March 4, 2017

Junk Kouture 

Congratulations to the Ursuline Junk Kouture team, ‘Kamuro’,  who emerged as the front runners in Munster, topping the regional poll with 4030 on line votes. Their stunning creation also came 2nd out of approximately 400 entries countrywide, in the overall National vote. The TY team of Winona Ryan, Sarah Ryan and Róisín Heffernan, who is also modelling the dress, are now busily preparing for their catwalk debut at the Regional Final Showcase in UL on Friday, 10th March. Róisín will strut her stuff to a completely sold out audience. Best of luck to the girls and thanks to everyone who voted for them.

Sky Sports Living For Sport

Noel McGrath came to give a workshop to TY students last week. Noel is a Sky Sports Living For Sport ambassador and he spoke to four groups of sporting enthusiasts about the programme. He is mentoring the girls on how to organise an adapted physical event to be held at some stage before the end of the school year. The idea behind the programme is to make sport inclusive of everyone, but in particular those who find physical activity challenging because of a special need.


TY’s had guest speakers in this week in connection with YSI projects. Fr. Joe Walsh visited one class last Friday to give them a helping hand. Another class invited in Oonagh Hogan from the charity Aware. She outlined for them strategies which could be helpful in dealing with stress and anxiety.

UCD Business Roadshow

On Wednesday, 1st of March the UCD Business Roadshow came to the school to meet with sixth year students interested in pursuing the study of business after the Leaving Cert. The talk was given by four recent graduates of the Quinn School of Business in UCD. They spoke about the benefits of a good business degree and the many job and career opportunities that can be pursued with a business degree under the belt. The UCD alumni also gave the girls a good insight into college life and what is expected of a student at Third Level. The talk was delivered in a fun and informative way and it gave the students plenty to think about and digest.

Limerick Choral Festival

Well done to Cecilian Choir who travelled to Limerick on Friday, 3rd March to sing at the Limerick Choral Festival. They performed ‘April Showers’ and ‘O Lux Beatissima’ which translates as ‘O Blessed Light’ and Cecilian Choir most definitely light up any room with their heavenly voices. Well done to Ms. McNally and Ms. Butler for their work in preparing the choir for this competition.

Fairtrade Talk LIT

On Thursday, 2nd of March TY class, Room 32, attended a Fairtrade talk in LIT. The students learned a great deal about the operation of Fairtrade. They discovered that the organisation is bigger than just the products sold in the supermarkets under the Fairtrade logo. Students were informed that not only do individual farmers and growers in developing countries benefit from getting fairer prices for their produce but that Fairtrade naturally has a positive knock on effect for the rest of the local community. Thurles was commended for being a Fairtrade town and as such a large supplier of Fairtrade products. Heidi, from Nicaragua, spoke to the assembled students about her story of working in a Fairtrade coffee plantation. The students found the talk interesting and informative and were delighted to be asked to participate in such an important event.

RIP Bobby O’Brien 

The school community of Ursuline sisters, staff and students both past and present wish to extend the deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Bobby O’Brien. Bobby’s encouraging presence on the sideline of practically every hockey match for the last twenty seven years will be sorely missed in the months and years ahead. Bobby had a great way with everyone and was supportive of all Ursuline sporting endeavours. He was there cheering on the students on the good days and offering reassuring, wise words on the bad days. Bobby’s cheeriness, sense of fun and incredible sporting knowledge left an indelible mark on everyone he met. There is a huge hole in Ursuline hearts which will never be filled as a result of his sad passing . May he rest in Eternal Happiness and Peace.


Best wishes to our athletes who travel to Antrim next weekend to take part in the schools All Ireland Final.

Hockey Results

The Senior A’s played Loreto Kilkenny this week. Unfortunately they lost out to the Leinster side. The final score was UCT 3-0 Loreto.
The Junior A’s also took on Loreto KK. That game finished in a  2-2 draw.
In the Junior B cup Quarter final against Villiers the Thurles girls had more success winning impressively by 4 goals to nil.
In the Minor B cup UCT took on Laurel Hill Coláiste but were pipped by the Shannonsiders 1-0.

Written By Nora Tuohy