March 7, 2019

Limerick Choral Festival
Cecilian Choir have won the Limerick Choral Festival for the third consecutive year. They competed in the Post Primary Equal Voice Competition, impressing the judges with yet another powerful performance. The 120 strong choir, comprising of students from all years and vocal abilities, sang the old crooners classic ‘Fly me to the Moon’ and ‘Deep River’ a gospel, spiritual piece. Well done to those students who dedicatedly turn up to weekly practice and to their Choir Mistress Ms Butler, accompanied by Mr Farrell.

Loreto Convent Model United Nations
Rebecca Walsh, Leah Phelan, Jennifer Murphy, Eva Morrissey and Kaja Gowra represented the Ursuline at LCMUN. The three day Model United Nations, held in Loreto Convent, Clonmel, was attended by over 190 delegates and proved to be a lively and educational outing. Each student researched her own country, prepared and delivered her resolution, opening speeches and generally contributed to the debates. Important topics of the day such as protection of the rain forest and indigenous people, reproductive rights, cybercrime, the Jammu Kashmir conflict and brutally within the legal system were explored and debated with passion and sincerity. As usual Loreto Convent had everything running smoothly and the opportunity for social mingling with peers was an added bonus. Well done to all the girls and congratulations to Jennifer Murphy on her Best Delegate Award.

ARTiculation
Well done to Kaja Gorwa, TY, who won the Regional Final of ARTiculation in held in Clonmel Museum on Wednesday, 6 March. The competition combines Art and Public Speaking and students are required to give a ten minute presentation on a topic of their choice. Kaja’s chosen topic was ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, an iconic work by the Japanese painter Hokusai. Kaja gave an in-depth presentation, wowing the audience with her passion and expertise. Kaja is now destined for the All Ireland Final where she will get to speak on the same topic once again. Well done Kaja on her fantastic win and to her mentor Ms Quinn.

Build a Bank
Well done to the Build a Bank team who organised a Family Fun Bingo Night in the school on Saturday, 2 March. The money raised from the night, totaling over €1500, will be going to Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre, a most worthy cause. Many thanks to Bingo hosts, Paul and Martin, who donated their services for free, supplying both the Bingo equipment, calling out the numbers and making the evening a lot of fun for everyone. Congratulations to First Year student, Aoife Maher. A regular saver with the school’s ‘Just Bank’, Aoife won the jackpot house prize of €200. Best of luck to the Build A Bank Team of Sophie Cornally Ryan, Ella Ryan. Eve Corbett, Shauna Durack, Jean Grace and Amy Cloonan Fennelly who compete in the National Final in the RDS this week.

Kemmy School of Business Excellence Award
Congratulations to our 27 TY and Fifth Year students who achieved an A grade in their Junior Certificate Business Exam, 2018. They were awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the Kemmy School of Business in UL in recognition of this accomplishment with the ceremony taking place on Wednesday 6 March.

Hockey
The Minor As showed their mettle in their semifinal Cup clash against Crescent this week. They shook off a bruising three – nil deficit in the opening fifteen minutes to claw their way back into contention. For the remainder of the first half and the opening quarter of the second half the Ursuline had all the possession. This was capitalised on by goal scorers Emma McCabe, Kate Ryan and Grace Murtagh to bring the girls level par with their opponents. The Minor’s conceded two goals in the dying minutes to make the full time score 5-3 in favour of the Limerick side but the girls in blue did not make it easy for them. Well done to all and to coach Ms Kelly.

Munster Schools Junior Ladies Football Final
The Junior Football Team lined out against local rivals Cashel Community School on Wednesday, 6 February in the Munster Cup ‘C’ Final. This had all the ingredients of a tense and exciting encounter with two closely tied teams. The Cashel girls got off to a great start but the Ursuline did not stay on the backfoot for long. They fought their way back into the game and the final score was a very respectable 5-6 – 3-4 in favour of Cashel. Well done to Cashel on their victory and we wish them every success going forward in the championship.

Athletics
Anna Ryan, Fifth Year, competed in the Munster Schools Indoor Games in Nenagh on Tuesday, 5 March. Anna took part in both the Intermediate shot put and long jump events, as well as guesting in the high jump. In the shot put, Anna’s best throw was an impressive 11 83 in a highly competitive field. In the high jump she equaled her PB of 1.60m set at the National Juniors this year. Well done Anna.

Linguistics Olympiad
Congratulations to Megan Boland who has qualified for the National Final of the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad. She will travel to Dublin City University on Wednesday 20, March to compete against other finalists from the various regions. She will be vying for a chance to make the Irish team who then go onto the International Linguistics Olympiad in Yongin, South Korea.

Games Fleadh
The TYs learned loads and had loads of fun at the Games Fleadh hosted by Thurles LIT last week. Computer games and coding with microbits were the order of the day for the girls. The students also learned about the many opportunities available in this area and the diversity of careers on offer.

Written By Nora Tuohy