May 10, 2021

Ursuline Sisters Celebrate 250 Anniversary

First Year Class, 1D, in front of the banner celebrating 250 years of the Ursuline Community’s presence in Ireland.

First Year Class, 1D, in front of the banner celebrating 250 years of the Ursuline Community’s presence in Ireland. 

Sunday 9 May marked an important and historic anniversary for the Ursuline Order in Ireland. It was on this day, two hundred and fifty years ago that four Ursuline nuns arrived in Cork and so began the Irish branch of the Order. The Irish Ursuline Sisters had been invited to come by Nano Nagle, who would later establish the Presentation Order. Nano, a progressive and pioneering woman, wanted to improve the lives of girls in Cork through education. Four Ursuline Sisters, Elizabeth Coppinger, Mary Kavanagh, Eleanor Fitzsimons, Margaret Nagle, became the nucleus of the Ursuline Order in Ireland. From Cove Street in Cork they would spread out to found Schools in Waterford, Sligo, Dublin and of course Thurles. The Sisters remembered this important milestone with a prayer service on Zoom, to which teaching staff in the schools established by the Ursuline Order were invited to attend. Their Italian roots were acknowledged and readings included the writings of Ursuline founder St Angela Merici. There was also a lovely moment in the service when a sister from the Presentation Order read from their Convent in Cove Street in Cork, the first home of the Irish Ursulines. In School, on Monday, 10 May there was a Prayer Service broadcast to each and every classroom, praying for the Ursuline Sisters and thanking them for their for their work down the years. In the generations since coming to Ireland, the Ursulines have made a huge contribution to Education and instilling Christian values in those who attended their Schools. Pupils, past and present and staff of the Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles would like to thank the Ursuline Community for their immense devotion to education and to their unwavering commitment to the Christian ethos of love, a hallmark of their work with young people.

Below is a link to our prayer service.

Congratulations to Ursuline’s Megan Boland TY who is the 2021 winner of the Articulation Public Speaking Final. Megan was joined in the National Final by fellow TY Sophia Whelan. Megan’s speech on Gaudi designed Casa Battlo in Barcelona certainly captivated the judges as she outlined in vivid detail the exquisite architectural features that make this building a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sophia delivered her speech on Harry Clarke’s Geneva Windows commissioned for the League of Nations and the controversy surrounding some of the depictions. Sophia had an added interest in this particular topic given that Harry Clarke is her great, great-great-great grandfather. Well done to both finalists and to Megan who is the All Ireland Articulation Public Speaking champion. Thanks to Ms Quinn for all she does for Public Speaking in the Ursuline.

Articulation 2021 Ursuline

First Year Public Speaking
Well done to First Years Fiona Barry, 1B and Aoife Mullally 1A, who are this years winners of Ms Quinn’s Public Speaking Competition. The students spoke for three minutes on the topic ‘Life is full of challenges’. There were many entertaining speeches from all eight First Year finalists who looked at the difficulties thrown up by life from a variety of different perspectives. Well done to all who took part and who qualified for the Final, Fiona Barry, Aoife Mullally, Ella Heaney, Gerry Buckley, Lucy Mangan, Holly Kiely, Rosie Bradish and Cáit Browne.

TY Workshops
The TY’s have been busy over the last two weeks with a variety of Workshops. The CSI Workshop gave them a first hand insight into the world of forensic science and solving crime scenes.
The Big Bang Drumming workshop taught them various drumming techniques and rhythms. It helped students develop their musical ear and they had mighty craic beating loudly on the drums. Actor Alan Devine took them through their dramatic paces in a series of games that helped students find their acting vibe. They learned about voice projection and characterisation all in a fun way. Past pupil and Instagram sensation Anna O’Gorman came to classes last week to do a make up demonstration and some lucky students got to be models for a free makeover. Anna had loads of tips about how to achieve certain looks and how to apply make up correctly.

Written By Nora Tuohy