March 20, 2015

Chamber Choir

Our Chamber Choir, which includes students from Junior Cert. up to 6th year, travelled to Feis Ceoil in RDS for the Alice Yoakley cup. They sang a gospel spiritual entitled “Deep River” and “Teir Abhaile Riu”, arranged by Irish composer David Mooney.

In a very competitive contest the Choir were awarded highly commended scoring 90 marks. We were narrowly beaten by Wesley College who were 2nd with 91 marks, & Presentation Kilkenny who won the competition with 92 marks. We are very proud of the Chamber Choir who always perform so harmonically and congratulate them on achieving such a high standard in such a tough discipline. We also congratulate Ms. Butler, their Choir Mistress, for her time and dedication.

Speech & Drama

All the LAMDA candidates received the required marks and over to render them successful in their particular grades. The bronze and silver medal students all received their relevant medal. Special congratulations to Teresa Ryan and Zoe Maher who were awarded their gold medal. A special word of thanks to Ms. Purcell for preparing the Speech and Drama students for their exams.

Hockey Results

The first year ‘A’ team played Bandon Grammar in a Cup semi-final which they won by 5 goals to 1. The 2nd Year ‘A’ team also played Bandon in their semi-final which they won by two goals to nil.

Also in hockey this week our Junior ‘B’s won their Cup semi-final beating Midleton 3 goals to 2. Well done to all the players and coaches involved.

1st Year Basketball – The Midland ‘B’ Regional Basketball Final

Ursulines 29 – Loreto Mullingar

The unbeaten run of our First Year Basketball unfortunately came to an end last on Thursday, 19th of March. They were beaten at the final hurdle in the Midlands Regional Final by formidable opponents, Loreto, Mullingar. The Westmeath side were very strong and well prepared. Our girls fought so hard throughout the game and despite being on the backfoot they brought a 20 point deficit back to a 10 point deficit in the end. This is an indication of their spirit and determination to play their best and not give up until the final buzzer. This is not the end of the road though, the 1st year team can now look forward to an All-Ireland playoff after the Easter break.

Tipperary Senior Camogie Blitz – The Ragg

It was in the glorious sunshine last Thursday, 19th of March that our Senior Camogie team had their last outing of the season. They participated in the Tipperary Schools Senior Camogie Blitz playing their counterparts from Templemore and Presentation Thurles. We won our first game against Templemore by a goal the final score being UCT 3-3 – Templemore 2-3. Our next game saw us spar against Presentation Thurles. The Presentation had already beaten Templemore and continued this winning streak against us. The score in this match was Presentation Thurles 4-0 – Ursuline Thurles 1-2. So Presentation, having won both their games, were certainly in a strong position going into the final against us. However our girls had left some fuel in their tanks for the last game of the day and managed to overcome strong opposition from the Pres. The final scoreline was Ursuline Thurles 4-4 – Presentation Thurles 1-8 and this result put us the overall winners. So well done to coach Ms. Hogan who has certainly had a superb year with all her teams. The Senior players involved in the blitz were Aileen Ryan, Mary Dwan, Maria Kinnane, Saoirse Harrington, Fiona Shortt, Laura Ryan, Lily Dalton, Ellen Fitzpatrick, Niamh Long, Caoimhe Perdue, Katie Ryan, Megan Long, Chloe Purcell, Jenny McCormack, Treise Gleeson, Amie Kennedy,

Sara Louise Costelloe, Niamh Keane. Our students involved in the Tipperary County Minor Munster Final were not included on the panel for the blitz. Finally best wishes to the Tipp Minors who are up against Cork this Saturday, 21st of March. They will be captained by our own Lorna O’Dwyer, 6th year.

First Year Retreat

We welcomed the retreat team The Mustard Seed back to the school on Thursday, 19th of March. The team comprising of Conor, Peter and Linda took the entire first year group in the Sr. Ursula Memorial Hall. The first years had a fun faith filled day. They got to spend time with their year group outside of normal classes and got to know each other a little bit better as a result.

Tennis Results

In the Munster Schools Tennis Shield our U 16 team, comprising of Captain Jessica Fitzell, Caoimhe Perdue, Ròisín Heffernan and Jill Shanahan overcame a Cork side from St. Aloysius College, Carrigtwohill. Their victory was comprehensive with our players winning all their matches, both singles and doubles. The final result for the day was Ursuline 5 points Carrigtwohill 0. Well done to the students and to their coach Ms. Gleeson.

Cinema Afternoon

First year students were treated to a special in school screening of ‘Grown Ups’ on Friday afternoon, 20th of March. They paid 2 euro, which included popcorn, to watch the film and the money raised will go to charity. The event was organised by a 5th year LCVP group as part of the mini enterprise module of their syllabus. The afternoon was a great success so well done to the 5th years involved for running the event so well.

Aviva Class Challenge

Well done to first year group 1B who clocked up a staggering 458 km in the past two months in the Aviva Class Challenge. They were followed in the impressive running stakes by another first year group, 1D who ran, as a class, a total of 417 km since January. Ms. Creegan has toted up the clicks from each year group involved and the official results for the entire school have been submitted to the Aviva Fitness Schools Challenge so we are keeping our fingers crossed that we can do as well if not better than last year.

Written By Nora Tuohy