May 16, 2019

Well done to Anna Ryan, Fifth Year, who was in action last week at the County Track and Field Championships. She won all of her events – Shot Put, Pole Vault and Javelin with a PB of 28:14 in the Javelin.

Hannah Murphy
It has been announced that Leaving Certificate student, Hannah Murphy, has been chosen as the runner-up in the post primary category of Trocaire’s annual Poetry competition run in conjunction with Poetry Ireland. The competition is entitled Until Love Conquers Fear and this year writers were asked to reflect on the theme Land is Life. Hannah’s outstanding poem, Home obviously impressed the judges and it follows on from her success in the same competition last year when she also scooped the second place prize with her poem about war called The Television. Hannah will now attend the awards ceremony this week taking place in the National Library of Ireland. Well done to wordsmith Hannah who clearly has great poetic ability and a talent for reaching out to others through verse.

Caoimhe Meade
Congratulations to Caoimhe Meade, Fifth Year, who was awarded the prestigious Michael O’hEidhinn medal for her Grade 8 Concertina exam. Caoimhe was presented with her prize at a ceremony held in Comhaltas, Monkstown. Caoimhe is a very talented traditional musician and this prize is a great honour and testament to her talent and hard work.

On Tuesday, 14 May three teams of First Years travelled to Rockwell to take part in the Tipperary Schools Football Blitz. They had some really competitive matches, putting in great performances against well matched teams in all three groups. The first team won games against Cashel, Presentation Thurles and Cahir which got them as far as the semi-final with St Anne’s. The Tipp Town side put in the better display to come out on top on this occasion. The second Ursuline team progressed to the final of their group dispatching Presentation Clonmel, Cashel and St Anne’s along the way. Their opponents in the final were Presentation Thurles, who were the eventual winners in this group. The third team beat St Anne’s and Templemore but lost to Presentation Thurles. There was plenty of great play from the Ursuline sides and lots of opportunities for the students to show their footballing skills and talents. Many thanks to Mr McLoughlin and Mr Kirby for their coaching of all football teams throughout the year.

HTAI History Quiz, Cork
Mount Mercy in Cork was the venue for the Munster HTAI table quiz for Junior Cert students. Two teams travelled from the Ursuline with History teachers Ms Downey and Ms Coman for what was a fun opportunity to revise topics that are related to the Junior Cert History Syllabus. The Ursulines scored highly in what was a tough competition that called on students to trust their historical instincts particularly on the trickier questions. Well done to competitors Eilish Naughton, Holly Fitzgerald, Taryn Kelly, Caoimhe Dooley, Ruth Brannigan, Katie Bergin Gráinne Gleeson and Fiona Breslin.

Breast Cancer Awareness Talk
The TYs and Sixth Years had a very informative talk on Breast Cancer given by Juliet O’Connell a Breast Cancer survivor herself. She spoke about her own diagnosis and told them about the importance of regular breast examination. She showed them how to check for lumps and what signs to look out for to aid early detection. The students and staff who attended learned a lot about the disease and more importantly how to protect themselves against it.

Cecilian Choir and Choir exams
Well done to Cecilian Choir who attended the Navan Choral Festival on Thursday, 9 May. They participated in the Post Primary/Youth Choirs Competition singing Fly me to the Moon and an African-American spiritual song Deep River. The Choir comprising of students from First Year to Sixth Year had a great day out and put in a brilliant performance. The Cecilian Choir, along with the TY Choir and Chamber Choir had RIAM exams on Tuesday, 14 May. All three choirs sang their prepared pieces with uplifting harmonies joining together exquisitely to perform in a variety of styles. Thanks to Choir Mistress Ms Joan Butler and Ms Quinn in the Music Department.

Written By Nora Tuohy