March 26, 2017

Kate Russell All Ireland Tournament

Well done to the Senior A Hockey team who represented their school and the province of Munster with pride at the Kate Russell All Ireland Tournament. The Senior As played matches against the other provincial champions Kilkenny College, Banbridge Academy, Muckross Park and Còlàiste Iognáid.

The two-day tournament was held in the grounds of Banbridge Hockey Club. First match for the Ursulines was against South Eastern rivals, Kilkenny College. It was an evenly balanced match with both teams playing and marking carefully. An early goal from Kilkenny College was the difference between the teams at the final whistle. With little time to recover, the Ursulines were on the pitch again in a short time against Leinster Champions, Muckross Park. From the start, Muckross pressed hard and negated any Ursuline pressure and they were rewarded with a goal in the first half. In the second half, the pressure being exerted by Muckross was rewarded with a second goal. A disappointing first day for the Ursuline.

The first match on Friday against Connacht Champions, Colaiste Iognaid, saw the Ursuline in more focused form and they pressed on the Connacht goal throughout and were rewarded with their first goal of the tournament. The final match of the two-day tournament saw the Ursulines facing Ulster Champions, Banbridge Academy, who need a win against the Ursuline to secure the tournament. Ursulines played well, scoring two goals (Ruth Hassett & Caoimhe Perdue) against the Ulster team but the latter was not anxious to let go their tenuous hold on the Kate Russell Trophy and they ran out convincing winners.

Thanks to everyone who travelled to support the team and those who sponsored and supported them on this journey. Well done to Ms Rossiter & Ms Creegan for all their hard work, coaching and dedication.

Public Speaking

Congratulations to Erika Carroll, Mary Kate Barrett and Gemma O’Dwyer who were runners up in the All Ireland Final of the Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking Competition. The Ursuline team came second out of 360 competitors nationwide. The All Ireland was held in the Iontas Theatre in Maynooth where two teams from each province were finalists. The students excelled and gave wonderful presentations on the theme of respect. They were also presented with individual prizes and a prize for their school. Well done to the students and to their mentor Ms. Quinn who travelled with them and to Sr. Mercedes who also made the journey.

Musical Evening

The annual Musical Evening, showcasing the variety of musical talent in the school, took place on Tuesday, March 21 in the Sr. Ursula Memorial Hall. The musical extravaganza featured classical and traditional musicians, orchestras and choirs ranging from First Year to Sixth Year. The two hours of music included singing from the award winning Cecilian Choir, Chamber Choir and First and Second Year Choirs. There was great variety and talent on display from both groups and soloists who played and sang music ranging from the sensory delights of Debussy to the jazzy strains of Duke Ellington, to the beautiful Irish air ‘An Droichead’ to the operatic music of Bizet. A highlight from the night was when Junior Orchestra were accompanied by traditional Irish soloists. Well done to all musicians who participated in the Musical Evening and to the music teachers to prepare them to such a high standard. Best wishes to Chamber Choir and Senior Orchestra who are competing at Feis Ceoil this week.

Model United Nations

There were six Ursuline students who attended the Model United Nations last week as delegates. There were 190 students taking part overall and Loreto Clonmel was venue for this simulation of the work of the United Nations. Representing the Ursuline were Emily Bourke as the delegate for Sweden, Claire Casey, the delegate for Denmark, Michaela Kerwick, the delegate for India, Dearbhla Lanigan, the delegate for Namibia, Sarah Barrett, the delegate for Peru and Liana Kelly who was deputising for UNESCO. The students represented their nations in discussions as varying as the legislation of arms, stem-cell research, the regulation of the sex trade and solutions to the current situation in Iraq. They made speeches and got a feel for how the real UN conducts its business. Well done to all those who participated.

Second Year Trip to the Synagogue

Ms. Keating’s Second Year Religion class took a trip to Dublin on Wednesday, March 22 to visit the Orthodox Synagogue in Templelogue. The students undertook this as part of their Religion Journal worth twenty per cent of their final exam. They met a member of the congregation, Ms. Melanie Brown, who was told the group that she was familiar with the Ursuline having been to St. Angela’s Academy previously as a music examiner. Melanie spoke to them about the types of service that take place in the synagogue. She pointed out the different features of the building. The class also learned about the history of the Irish Jewish population dating back to the Norman invasion. The students were also curious to know the effect the Holocaust had on the Jewish faith and the Jewish people. Melanie was very interesting and answered all questions with great patience and knowledge. It was a very informative, interesting trip. Well done to the class who organised the entire visit themselves. Thanks to the teachers who accompanied them Ms. Keating and Ms. Spillane.


Congratulations to First Year student, Aoife Murphy, who has been selected to train on the Irish Junior Tetrathlon Squad 2017. Tetrathlon involves the disciplines of swimming, running, shooting and cross country pony riding.

Danish Students

On Tuesday, March 21, the Ursuline welcomed back Danish exchange student, Mette Jensen, who came on a visit with her classmates and two teachers. The group of twenty nine, who were on a five day school tour of Ireland, came especially to Thurles as Mette wanted to show them the school and meet some of her former teachers. The Fifth Year Councillors brought the students to Maths classes and after that they took a tour of the school. They got a chance to hear the Junior Orchestra and Cecilian Choir rehearsing for the Musical Evening. They went to the boarding school and then went to see the Cathedral of the Assumption next door. After lunch the Fifth Year hosts brought the students out onto the Astro turf to teach them the finer points of Gaelic Football and Hurling. The group thoroughly enjoyed the day out in Thurles and it was lovely to be able to meet Mette again and know that she had such fond memories of her time in the Ursuline.

Get up and Go Mini Company

Congratulations to ‘Farm Blue’ Mini Company who have qualified for the National final of ‘Get up and Go’ Mini Company Competition. 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. Congratulations also to the other TY Mini companies who received prizes for sustainability, ‘The Scrub Hut’ and ‘Squeaky Clean’ make beauty products that contain no microbeads and are therefore kind to the environment.

Bondi Bankers

The Ursuline entry for the Bank of Ireland ‘Build A Bank’ Competition travelled to the Silversprings Hotel, Cork on Wednesday, March 22, to compete in the Regional Final. The TY bankers were Gemma O’Dwyer, Mary Kate Barrett, Aoife Coman, Shauna Fogarty, Lucy O’Brien and Michelle Ryan. They chose the name Bondi Bankers for their financial institution and got about ten percent of the student population to open up accounts with them. They also collected money for Jigsaw Mental Health through sponsorship from local businesses, raffles and bake sales, donating about €1000 to their chosen charity. Their catchy phrase was ‘Save Money, Save Lives’ and this was certainly what the students aimed to do by raising funds for a worthy cause.

Written By Nora Tuohy