March 18, 2017

Gael Linn All Ireland Debating

Well done to our Junior Gael Linn debaters who competed in the All Ireland final last week. The team of Sadhbh Donovan, Alannah Walsh and Caitríona O’Sullivan and their supporters travelled to Athlone. The Ursuline were proposing the motion that ‘Ireland is a great country’. They were up against Sandford, Ranelagh and St. Gerard’s, Mayo in their group. Although the girls did not qualify out of their group they had a wonderful experience. It was a fantastic achievement for them as they are the first Junior Gael Linn Debating team from the school to reach the All Ireland. They did not go away empty handed winning €250 and a commemorative plaque for the school. Thanks also to team stand in Maresa Ronan and also to Irish coaches Ms. Barry and Mr. O’Dochartaigh

Holycross Drama Festival

Well done to the TY’s who swept the board after treading the boards at the Holycross Drama Festival. The cast, of about thirty students from all three TY classes, staged ‘The Necklace’. This play was originally a short story by Maupassant but was adapted for stage and is a very powerful moral tale. Emma Phelan, in the lead role of Matilde, won best overall performance. The adjudicators called her delivery a ‘tour de force’. Megan Brophy also picked up an acting award for her beautiful portrayal of Matilde’s friend Jeanne. There was a special adjudicators award for the dramatic work of the chorus. The school also picked up the award for the most challenging and creative production. The play was directed by Mary Slattery, who always puts her heart and soul into preparing the TY’s for this long standing competition. Well done to the cast and the production team.

Young Environmentalist

Congratulations to four Second Year students, Leann Donegan, Sophie Timlin, Sarah Fitzgerald and Katie McCarthy, who qualified for the Munster Final of the Young Environmentalist in UCC on Wednesday, 15th March. They presented their project ‘Ban the Microbead’ to judges at the ECO-DEN event. The girls were warmly received and got a positive result. It’s fingers crossed now for the National Final in May which they hope to qualify for. Thanks also to Ms. Carroll who heads Green Schools and who has prepared the girls for this competition.

School Fun Run

The whole school of students and staff were out in force to run a 3k loop of Chu Chulainn Road and round by the Jimmy Doyle Road on last Thursday, 16th March at lunchtime. The Charities Committee organised the event to raise money for the Sports teams in the school who have done so well in their competitions. The event was a combination of great fun and great exercise. Thanks to the local Guards, Brian Leamy and Paul Hogan in particular, who provided cover and support for the students on the roads. The hardworking Charities Committee were also out in their hi-vis jackets ensuring their peers stayed safe. Many thanks also to Ms. O’Sullivan and Ms. Egan who head up the Charities Committee.


The Junior A 7’s All Ireland Camogie winners are to receive a Sports Award in April for their outstanding success in the seven a side Camogie tournament over the last number of years. The Ursuline Junior Camogie players and their coaches Ms. Hogan and Ms. O’Friel have won three out of the last four 7’s All Irelands. It is fantastic that this fantastic achievement is being recognised.


The Second Year A team won in their game against Laurel Hill Còláiste by 6 goals to nil.
In their Cup Semi-Final against the Crescent the Second Year A team were unlucky to lose on strokes. Full time and extra time ended in a scoreless draw. The Ursuline lost to the Limerick side by 4 stokes to 2.
The Seond Year B2’s lost their League game against Laurel Hill Còláiste . The final score being UCT 0 – 2 Laurel Hill Còláiste. The same team, Second Year B2’s, won against Rockwell 2 – 0. This was also a league game.
The Junior A’s lost their Cup Semi-Final. They played Scoil Mhuire losing by two goals. The result in this match UCT 2 – 4 Scoil Mhuire.
The Senior A’s continued their winning streak beating Scoil Mhuire by a gaol. UCT 3 – 2 Scoil Mhuire.

YSI Speak Outs

All three TY groups travelled to City Hall in Cork on Wednesday, 15th of March to present their Young Social Innovator projects. Room 29 have titled their investigation ‘Drink, Drank, Drunk’ and are exploring the issue of teenage drinking especially the physical, emotional and social effects of excess.
Room 31 have called their project ‘7teen’ which focuses on teen safety on nights out. The group have developed a 7 point plan to ensure teens can have an enjoyable night out by raising awareness among their peers of the importance of personal safety.
Room 32 have honed in on the issue of anxiety naming their endeavour ‘The Worry Warners’. They have looked at the issue of the mental health of teenagers and the daily stresses in their lives. The group have identified activities to help overcome stress levels. The results of the Regional round won’t be known for a few weeks but there is no doubt that all projects have highlighted important social issues and proposed practical solutions.

Student Enterprise County Final

The Ursuline had two TY businesses go forward to the Student Enterprise County Final held in LIT Thurles on Friday, 10th March. The Farm Blue Mini Company came second overall. The business, headed up by Niamh Keane, Sarah Bourke, Jane Hyland and Lisa Fanning had two products to show the judges. The first is the innovative ‘head to tail’ which holds up the tails of cattle in a crush to prevent injury to the farmer or vet during dosing or AI. Their second product is a nasal paddle used to reduce the noise of calves during the weaning process. They won €300 and are currently preparing for their next competition ‘Get up and Go’.

The other TY Mini company to qualify for the Enterprise Awards was ‘The Button Business’ which is the brainchild of Nora Quinlan, Michelle Ryan, Ròisín Ryan, Molly Ryan and Nicole Kelly. The students got a merit for the most creative product on display. The company has been doing very good business in the school making personalised photo frames using colourful buttons. The students can customise the button pictures to celebrate or capture special occasions like birthdays, christenings, communions, anniversaries, in a unique and pretty way using buttons. The frames are reasonably priced at €15. This group are also entered for the ‘Get up and Go’ competition.

Written By Nora Tuohy