March 5, 2020

Munster Indoor Athletics
A small team of Ursuline athletes competed in the Munster Indoor Championships in Nenagh on Tuesday, 3 March and many thanks to the parents who accompanied them. Anna Ryan, the Track and Field Captain, now in her Leaving Cert year, was once more, the star of the show for UCT. She had an outstanding competition, bringing home two gold medals with a jump of 5m26 in the long jump and a throw of 10m24 is the 3k shot putt. Anna did not do her number one event on Tuesday the pole vault so hopefully we are witnessing the development of our very own Tipp version of Jessica Ennis! Louise Hickey also made the Shot putt final finishing in a very respectable fourth position, just out of the medals with a throw of 8m16.

Next out on the track for Ursuline was Emily Davidson. Emily ran a great time of 8.26 to pick up bronze in the Junior 60m. she followed this up with a fantastic jump of 4m94 to pick up a
second bronze in the Junior long jump.

Leona Maher jumped 3m87 in the Intermediate long jump and made the semi-final of the 60m. Our Minor trio of Naoise Qunilivan, Ruth Scholfield and Lily O’Reilly saw both Naoise and Lily making the 60m final and Naoise bringing home a bronze medal for the Ursuline. Our last event was the Intermediate relay with a good team of Leona Maher, Emily Davidson, Louise Hickey and Emma Gleeson. The girls ran a great race and finished in bronze position! Well done to all athletes

Green Flag
The Green Flag Committee had an important assessment on Wednesday 4 March in pursuit of their eighth Green Flag – Global Citizenship and Marine Environment. They met with Catherine Broderick, Environmental Officer with Tipperary County Council who was impressed with their presentation. They outlined the comprehensive body of work they have been involved in over the previous two years in preparation for this Green Flag. They spoke with enthusiasm, knowledge and conviction about the responsibilities of citizens towards the environment and the action that needs to happen to protect the oceans of the world. The Green Schools Committee are leading by example rather than preaching about what should to be done. Catherine commended the team for their many innovative schemes to promote sustainability and environmental awareness including the highly successful Swap Shop and their make-up wipe campaign.

Gael Linn Debating
The Junior Gael Linn Debating team of Gráinne O’Donnell, Kate Ryan and Lauren Mullally were in action on Thursday 5 March in Cahir in the All-Ireland semi-final. The students were up against tough opposition going head to head against teams from St Anne’s Tipperary Town, Macroom and Clonakilty, all vying for a place in the All-Ireland Final. They spoke with great flair and eloquence in Irish on the topic of ‘Young people need to have space for Religion in their lives.’ Their arguments and counter arguments were convincing in their preposition of this motion. Well done to the team and to their mentor Ms Barry.

Angus Beef Competition
Well done to the UCT Angus Beef Team who had a tough day presenting their project in the All-Ireland Final held in Croke Park on Wednesday, 4 March. It was an early six am start for agricultural enthusiasts Katie Gleeson, Michelle Flanagan, Megan Searson and Laura Phelan who have put immense work into this project since they first saw it advertised at the Ploughing Match in September last year. Under the guidance of Ag Science teacher Ms Ryan the students organised an Angus Beef Burger day, a Name the Calf Competition for primary school children, went on a fact finding tour of Dovea and got speakers in to discuss the quality of Angus Beef and also talk about opportunities for women in agriculture. The spent the entire day being interviewed by a total of nine judges from the Angus Beef Producers Association, ABP, Kepak and other stakeholders in the beef industry. Well done to them on all their hard work and fingers crossed as the winners will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Ursuline Second Year Basketball team are through to an All-Ireland final following their win against St Bridget’s Callan on Thursday, 5 March. This decider was a home game for UCT and they didn’t disappoint their supporters. They were leading well but a bit of complacency crept in and they gave the Kilkenny side an opportunity to get back into the game. It was full steam ahead from the team in the last quarter in order to ensure victory was theirs. The final score was UCT 26 St Bridget’s 22. Well done to all Second Year players and their coach Ms Ryall. This follows on from the decisive First Year victory on Friday 28 February in the South East Quarter Final which saw Ursulines win against Waterpark College Waterford by a whopping 48 points to 6.

Transition Year CSI Workshop
Now in its Second Year the CSI Workshop is a really popular day of practical learning for the TYs. Kieran and Jim were in UCT from Monday to Thursday last week doing full day forensics workshops with each TY class. They learned about the science behind investigating crime scenes and learned about this work from the facilitators who are former members of An Gardaí Síochana who spent the majority of their careers working in CSI. The afternoon session gave the students an opportunity to put on white jumpsuits and do some forensic investigations themselves taking finger prints, shoe prints, DNA prints from a ‘murder’ scene that the facilitators had set up. It was all really interesting and a very practical glimpse at what happens at the scene of a crime.

The Junior As ended their match against Bandon in a 2-2 draw. The Junior B side beat Castletroy 2-0. The Minor B team played a Quarter Final Cup game against Laurel Hill Coláiste which ended in a nil all draw. Unfortunately UCT lost on shuttles. The Minor As played won their semi-final Cup game against Laurel Hill Secondary, Limerick by 2-0.
The Junior As are through to a Cup Final after beating St Angela’s 2-0 on Thursday, 5 March in a hard fought battle from start to finish. Ursuline won the Junior A Cup last year so hopefully this team are on track to emulate the success of 2019.

The Ursuline had some very talented musicians who travelled to Belfast over the mid-term break and were featured on TG4 playing with the In Tune for Life Orchestra. Naoise Barrett, harp, Caoimhe Meade , concertina, Ciara Cheshire, fiddle and Sarah Brett, tin whistle were there supporting Ned Kelly, one of the founders of the Orchestra who received a Gradam Ceoil award for his commitment to traditional Irish music. Well done to all these talented Ursuline trad musicians and to Ned on his well deserved award.

Aidan Fogarty Visit
There was great excitement with the arrival of Dancing with the Stars contestant Aidan Fogarty visited the Ursuline on Thursday, 5 March. Aidan was accompanied by his dance partner on the show Emily Barker. He showed a bit of his fancy footwork to rapturous applause. He has lots of support in the school and everyone is delighted he is doing so well.

Written By Nora Tuohy