March 5, 2016

Green Schools Assessment

Last Tuesday the Ursuline had an assessment for their 6th Green Flag, Global Citizenship: Recycling and Waste. The assessment was conducted by Catherine Broderick, Education Officer of Tipperary County Council. A number of presentations were made by the committee detailing the work of students and teachers over the past two years in increasing recycling and strengthening the schools links with the global community. They now eagerly anticipate the results of the assessment, which they will receive in May.

Green Schools Ambassador Programme

Last Friday, five students travelled to a Green Schools Ambassador programme in Limerick. The brand-new initiative was organised by An Taisce and and sponsored by Irish Water. During the day ten students from all over Munster took part in workshops on water, including water pollution and water treatment. They also visited Clareville water treatment plant. The ambassadors now look forward to sharing what they have learned with their classmates.


Ursuline 1st and 2nd years were in action again during the week playing their last match of the League. It was a home fixture against Cross and Passion College, Kilcullen.
1st years had a great win on a final scoreline of 31-20. Some amazing basketball was played by Amy Cloonan Kennedy and Makayla O’Donnell.
The 2nd year team also played great and showed some true team spirit. Unfortunately they came up against some though competition and lost to a stronger side. The game ended UCT – 21 – 39 – Kilcullen. Well done to all who represented the school so well and to coach Ms. Casey.

Limerick Choral Festival

Congratulations to our Cecilian Choir who competed in the Limerick Choral Festival. The judges were very impressed with them and their song choices and placed them third. Well done to Ms.Farrell and Ms. McNally for their hard work in preparing the girls.

Hockey Results

The Senior B’s played a cup game this week against Cork side Regina Mundi. The final score was UCT 2 – 5 Regina Mundi. The game against Laurel Hill Còlàiste in the Junior B Cup produced a much more favourable result. The Ursuline won 8 goals to nil. The first years were out in force last week also playing teams from Laurel Hill Còláiste. The 1st Year Red team won 1 – 0. The 1st year Green won 3 – 1. The 1st Year Orange lost by a goal. UCT 1 – 2 Laurel Hill Còláiste. There was great home support on Wednesday last when the Junior A’s won their semi-final Cup match against Crescent. When the final whistle blew the Ursuline were two goals up winning 3 – 1. Well done to all players and their hockey coaches.


The Junior A Camogie team played an away game to Bandon, last Friday, 4th.March. It was the semi-final of the Junior A plate however they were pipped at the post by the west Cork side in what was an evenly matched game throughout. The final score board read Ursuline 2-5 Bandon 2-6.

Student Enterprise Awards

Well done to our three TY’s teams who qualified for the County Final of the Student Enterprise Awards held on Friday, 4th in the Tipperary Institute. The students did a fantastic job of representing each of their enterprises and all three companies received awards on the day. Perfect Pal, a shower accessory got a consumer award. Little Foot, a farm safety booklet for children was singled out for a special merit award and Binder Buddies received an innovation award.


Congratulations to Anna Ryan, 1st year who won a silver medal in the long jump at the Munster Indoor Athletics competition. Well done also to Fiona Looby, 2nd year and Jean Grace, 1st year who also represented the school taking part in several sprint and field events.

Youth Connect Film Competition

Well done to TY students Anna Grace, Anna O’Shaughnessy, Megan O’Dowd and Chloe Beehan who qualified for the final 32 in the national Youth Connect Film Competition. The theme for the 3 minute short had to be on decent working conditions. The title of the Ursuline entry was ‘The Sun always shines on decent work.’ Their film focussed on the negative effects that overwork and insufficient breaks can cause to a person’s health especially their mental well being. The film was premiered in the Savoy in Dublin. Although they didn’t win it was a great day out and a touch of Hollywood for the girls.

TY News

The TY’s had two very interesting talks last week which opened their eyes in very different ways. The first was on Fair Trade held in the Tipperary Institute. The students heard from Omar, an organic coffee farmer from South America. He spoke to them about how coffee farmers and coffee producers are working together to create sustainable employment and sustainable communities. The students were impressed at the innovative ideas in use on the plantation such as growing lemon grass in between the coffee plants to make maximum use of the land. Another innovation is that the waste product or pulp from the coffee is used to supply the energy needs of the community.
The other talk was from the Road Safety Authority. The guest speaker Catherine told them about how she lost her sister in a road traffic accident and the impact this tragedy had on herself and her family. It created awareness for the TY’s around he devastation caused by road deaths and car accidents.

Talk on 1916

The sixth years history students had a talk last Thursday given by local historian Jimmy Duggan on what was happening in Thurles around 1916. It was interesting for students to get a local perspective on this important national historical event. Jimmy spoke to them about the Thurles branches of the important nationalist organisations of the time such as the Gaelic League, the GAA, the Volunteers, Cumman na mban and the IRB and the key local people connected with these groups. He spoke about the topography of the town of Thurles and it’s hinterland. The students in particular liked the photographs Jimmy showed them of that time which gave them a good picture of what Thurles looked like in 1916. Thanks to Jimmy for coming in and sharing his knowledge with us.

Ceilí Dancing

The TY students got into the spirit of seachtain na Gaeilige with a ceili held on Friday, 4th March. There was great craic as a hooley got underway in the middle of the day. Feet were pounding and hearts racing as the students danced, twirled and swung their way through ‘The siege Ennis’ the ‘Sweets of Mayo’, the ‘Walls of Limerick’ and ‘Shoe the Donkey’. They were shown the right moves to these well known set dances by Michael Cooney. Thanks to Bean de Burca for organising this enjoyable event. The TY’s will now surely be set for the set dancing that happens late in the night at most Irish weddings.

Written By Nora Tuohy