March 24, 2014


Having accumulated full marks in the league phase of the Concern Debates this year the Ursuline team went on to debate against Castlecomer College last Tuesday evening. The Ursuline girls were opposing the motion that ‘Hosting the World Cup 2014 and the Olympics 2016 is money well spent by Brazil’. The team performed very well refuting ably and showing a great depth of knowledge on the topic. Castlecomer team proved very tough competition and the tension was palpable as the audience awaited the adjudigators’ result. The motion was defeated and the Ursuline team will now debate in the quarter finals against Colaiste Bhride, Carnew on Wednesday, April 2. The venue is still to be confirmed. The team is comprised of Leah Carroll, Clodagh Nash, Roisin Putti, Rose Cantillon and Simone Gordon. The girls are currently researching the next motion which they will propose: ‘China is good for Africa’.


On Wednesday last week three groups of YSI students headed to the Munster Final of the Young Social Innovators Competition. The groups involved had already done considerable work in highlighting a social issue which they felt needed to be addressed. The Cancervive group had been busy raising awareness of the issue of breast cancer, the Breakfast Club team had spent months informing students of the importance of eating a breakfast and had gone on to provide a breakfast facility in the school while the Bouys Allowed group had focused on the issue of water safety. All three groups had to prepare a visual presentation which was narrated by one of the group members lasting two minutes. All groups did very well on the day and are now awaiting results.


A Transition Year group took Willie Russell’s Our Day Out to the Holycross Drama festival last week and garnered many accolades including Second place overall for Most Creative Drama and two acting awards for Anna Slattery-Fitzgerald and Blathnin Linane. Well done to the girls and their teacher Ms Slattery for putting such an entertaining production together.


On Wednesday last week Musical Evening took place in the school and was well supported by parents, staff and students. It was a lovely evening which showcased some of the school’s amazing musical talents. The programme for the evening was as follows:

Intermediate Orchestra  – Imagine, John Lennon

Choir First Year –  The Drunken Sailor Arr:Emily Crocker &  Part of Your World, Alan Menken

Emma Nesbitt  – The Little Negro Debussy (Piano)

Ensemble comprised of Cliodhna Murphy (Voice), Megan Hayes (Violin), Anne Spillane ( Piano): – Let it Be, John Lennon

Irene Flynn (Voice) – Thank you for the Music, BennyAndersson /Bjorn Ulvaeus

Katie Taylor (Piano) – Variations in G Kuhlau

Junior Cert/Vocal & Instrumental Ensemble – Smile Charlie Chaplin

Caoilinn Putti (Flute) – Sonate Poulenc

Tara Walsh (Piano) – Kavaleriskaya Kabalevsky

Alacoque Daly (Voice) – Voi Che Sapete,  Mozart

Nicole Morris (Flute) – Andante in C,  Mozart

Katie Cody (Bassoon) – Entertainer, Joplin

Constance Quinlan-  Caoineadh Luimní (Arr) Grainne Yeats

Harp Ensemble – Limerick Lamentation & Habanera Gris (South American) Ortiz

 Intermediate Traditional Group – Elizabeth Kelly’s Slip Jig & Eddie Duffy’s Barndance

 Senior Traditional Group-  Neary’s Jig/Micho Russell’s Reel & The Parting, Charlie Lennon

Cecilian Choir – Amazing Grace &   Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Lennon & McCarthy

Mairead Blake (Piano)-  An Chúilfhionn,  Arr: Exposito

Galina Kennedy & Megan Long (Vocal Duet) – The Cat Duet, Rossini

Cliodhna Heenan (Violin) – Czardas Monti

Alexandra White (Piano)-  Nocturne in Eb op 9 no 2,  Chopin

Orla Maher (Flute)-  Libertango,  Piazolla

Senior Vocal & Instrumental Ensemble – Night Fall    – Adele / Arr: Katie Cody

Jenny Byrne & Roisín Heenan –  Sull’aria (Letter Duet),  Mozart

Aisling Deegan(Piano) – Sonata in C minor op10 no 1,  Beethoven

Eimear Kinsella (Violin) –  Ballad,  Malcolm Arnold & Romanian Dance no 6, Bartok

Chamber Choir –  Danny Boy Arr: Spevacek & “Como Tu” Alberto Grau

Senior Orchestra – Scenes from Carmen Suite No 1 Bizet & Russian Sailors’ Dance Glière



The Senior Camogie team had another successful day out last week as they won the Tipperary Senior A Schools Blitz. Their first match was played against The Presentation School, Thurles and the Ursuline team managed to score three goals to secure a win; 3-1 to 1-3. The girls then faced St Mary’s Nenagh in a very close match; the Ursuline team held on to victory again this time being a goal ahead, finishing on 3-5 to 2-5. This win allowed the team to progress to the final where the girls met Colaiste Phobal Roscrea; the final was nail-bitting, both teams determined to take home the silverware. After a closely fought contest the Ursuline girls won the final 3-3 to 1-8. Well done to the members of the team for all their dedication and hard work.


The Senior A team played in the Senior A League Final last week but was unlucky to be beaten 3-0 by the Crescent, Limerick. The Junior A team also played in a semi-final this week, for them it was the Junior A Cup, despite brave efforts, the victory went again to the Crescent side. Well done to both teams who trained very hard all season.

Written By Nora Tuohy