March 16, 2018

Holy Cross Drama Festival
There were spectacular wins across the board for the Ursuline TY’s at the Holycross Drama Festival. They took first prizes in categories of Best Play, Best Director, Best Ensemble and Best Staging. Eimear Bourke in the lead role of Greta, the prison guard, won the Best Actress. There were also nods to Kate Williams as Best Supporting Actress and Siobhan Green and Aoife Cashman who took the honours in the Double Act category.
The Play, ‘Dark Road’, tells the story of a female concentration camp guard and explores the human capacity for evil. The setting is Germany, post World War Two, when the atrocities of the Nazi regime are beginning to come to light. While the fictional Greta awaits her execution she is interviewed by a journalist and the telling of her story begins. Through a series of flashbacks she is forced to confront her crimes. Well done the TY cast of 27 and to first time director Mr. Kirby.

Junk Kouture
Congratulations to the Ursuline students behind the haut couture creation ‘Palette Prisoner’ which has made it through to the National Final of Junk Kouture. The designers, Benita Wrochna, Katelyn Egan and Kayleigh Fogarty are among only 80 teams to secure a final place out of over 1500 original entries. They joined the four other Ursuline Regional Finalists on stage at the Limerick Concert Hall last Friday, 9 March. The atmosphere was electric. All five teams from UCT were well supported with many teachers and students travelling to cheer them on. Now the ‘Palette Prisoner’ trio will begin preparations for the Final in the 3Arena on 19 April. The online voting begins on Monday 1 April until Friday 5 and the girls are looking for support in this next stage of the process. Voting can be done through Facebook by clicking on ‘Palette Prisoner’. They would be very grateful for all support.

Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking
The Ursuline had a great victory in Maynooth last Saturday, March 10 when they won the National Final of the prestigious Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking Competition for the first time. The team of Mary Kate Barrett, Gemma O’Dwyer and Erika Carroll were delighted to scoop the trophy and cash prize for the school. They were applauded on by the other Ursuline team of Siobhan Green, Caoimhe Meade and Kate O’Connor, who also qualified for the Final. This was the first time in the history of the competition that two teams from the one school made it to the All Ireland Final. Erika, Gemma and Mary Kate spoke eloquently and passionately on the topic of world poverty. Many thanks to their Public Speaking teacher Ms. Quinn who was there to proudly see the team win.

Soroptimist Public Speaking
Well done to Kerry Tierney who represented the Ursuline in the National Final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition on Saturday, March 10. Kerry spoke with great passion on the theme of female empowerment and did both herself and school proud.


Limerick Choral Festival
Congratulations to Cecilian Choir who won at the Limerick International Choral Festival for the second consecutive year. They wowed the judges in the Post Primary Voice Competition with their rendition of the gospel spiritual song ‘Go where I send thee’ and ‘How are things in Gloucamorra?’ made famous by the film Finnegan’s Wake.

Feis Cheoil
The Chamber Choir scored highly and were commended in both of their Feis Cheoil competitions. The choir travelled to Dublin on Tuesday, 13 March in the company of their choir mistress Ms. Butler. In the sacred music competition, they sang ‘Oh Dear my Heart’ by Eleanor Daly. In the Alice Yoakley Quirk Cup the choir performed ‘Stars’ by Essenvaldes accompanied by water glasses to create a magical, ethereal sound.


Green Schools
A Green Schools assessment took place recently in the school with the Ursuline going for its record seventh flag. The Green Schools’ committee members presented to Catherine Broderick of Tipperary County Council. The students presented displays and speeches in connection with Environmental and Global projects in the school. The group were complemented on the high standard of their work.


HTAI History Quiz
Six teams travelled to Ard Scoil in Limerick on Tuesday, 12 March for the annual Junior Cert table quiz on all things historical. The quiz, run by the History Teachers Association of Ireland, is always a fun night out with schools entered from all around the region. One of the Ursuline teams came third and were delighted to be placed given the challenging and comprehensive nature of the questions. Well done to all who entered and travelled and to Ms. Keating and Ms. Downey who accompanied them.


Mini Company
Well Done to the TY Mini company of Kate Dwan, Katherine Quinn, Eabha Brennan and Aine Purcell. Their company ‘Sticks and Stones’ competed in the County Enterprise awards recently where they won a prize for their stand. The team used pebble art to create beautiful gift picture frames.


The Junior As travelled to Limerick to play Crescent in the semi-final game. The girls played a gutsy game to end in a draw. They now face the prospect of a replay just before the holidays.
The Junior B2 team lost to Crescent 4-0.
The Minor B had a decisive win against Castletroy beating the Limerick side 5-0. The Minor B2’s also had a comprehensive victory against Castletroy winning 7-1.
In the Minor A Cup game against Crescent ended in a 0-0 draw after extra time.
In another result the Minor B’s lost to Crescent 2-0.


The first and second year teams travelled to Portarlington to play in the Midlands B league. They played well and gained great experience.

Written By Nora Tuohy