May 2, 2019

Junk Kouture National Final, 3Arena, Dublin
It was a magnificent performance by Caitlin Power in the 3Arena on Thursday, 2 May at the Junk Kouture National Final. Caitlin owned the stage exuding plenty of attitude and fun as she confidently took to the catwalk. Dancing to the Little Mix hit Salute it captured perfectly the essence of their design which was that education is vital for the empowerment of women and girls. Caitlin along with fellow TY team mates Nora Brennan and Cora Norton used over 15,000 bits of erasers, crayons, markers and crushed pens to design their stunning piece – A Shoulder to Crayon. The flared trousers and peplum top were accessorised with a spiral headpiece created from colouring pencils. The education of girls was the theme which motivated their creation. They wanted to highlight that opportunities for women are severely hampered if they are denied access to proper schooling, particularly in developing countries. Well done to the trio on qualifying for the National Final out of the highly competitive Regional Final and for their excellent presentation and performance last Thursday in the 3Arena. Thanks to all the supporters who made the journey and to the teachers who worked with them to complete their entry.

Athletics- East Munster Track and Field, Templemore
The South East Munster Track and Field took place 1 May in Templemore. The day started off very well with Anna Ryan winning gold in the 3 kilo Shot Putt. Anna has the Pole Vault competition to follow next week. She’s just back from the UK where she spent part of her Easter break being coached by Scott Simpson at the High Performance Centre in Loughborough University. Scott is the coach of Holly Bradshaw who is the current British Pole Vault Champion. Bradshaw won gold in the Athletics World Cup 2018 and is the current silver medallist from the European Indoor Championships this year. Fifth Year Chloe Slattery finished in second place in the Senior 100m and fourth in the Senior 200m.
Leona Maher qualified for the final of the Junior 100 metres and won silver along with bronze in the Long Jump. Chloe Byrne competed in the Junior 75 Metres Hurdles bagging the silver. Emily Davidson is emerging as one of the new athletic stars of the school and won gold in the Minor Long Jump and followed it up with bronze in the 75m Hurdles. Emma O Meara had a great day with gold in the 200m after making the final of the 100m. Marion Gillman had a great race in the 100m and took top spot on the podium. Louise Hickey finished in silver medal position in the Junior Shot and fourth in the Junior 200 metres final. Anna McCartan competed in the under 16 Mile and had a great race. Sophie Walsh competed well in the Intermediate 100m. Aodhamair Cronin, Grainne Lawler, Joyce O Sullivan and Emily Davidson all ran well in the Minor 100 Relay finishing fifth out of the nine competing teams. Rachel Ryan, Olivia Delaragy and Robyn Fanning took part in the Junior 100m, 200m and 800m finishing well up the field. The final event of the day for the team saw a really exciting 4 x 100 Intermediate Relay race with Anna Ryan, Emma O’Meara, Leona Maher and Marion Gillman lining up for the Ursuline and finishing strongly in silver medal position.

This has been the schools most successful South East Munster Championship for several years. The level of participation and effort from the girls was well rewarded in terms of making finals and winning individual medals and team medals. For several of the girls it was their first Athletics Championship and it just shows the depth of talent present in the school.

First Year Munster Football Blitz, Mallow
First Year Footballers travelled to Mallow Sports Complex on 1 May to compete in the Munster First Year Football Blitz which consisted of fifty five teams on the day. Having won the ‘A’ title two years ago and the ‘B’ title last year, the current First Years had a lot to live up to. However all three First Year teams competed brilliantly.

The ‘A’ team beat John the Baptist in their opening game 4-3 to 3-3. Captained by Danielle Ryan and Sarah Bell, they found themselves behind 1-1 in the opening few minutes. However, they soon regained momentum as Alice O Donoghue and Sarah Corcoran scored 1-1 and 1-2 respectively. Sarah Bell also added to this tally by converting a penalty as Lia Malocca impressed with a goal to the top corner. Next they secured a comprehensive victory over Mercy Mounthawk, Kerry. From the very outset they bombarded the Kerry goal and eventually ran out winners 9-8 to 0-0. Danielle Ryan scored a whopping 4-1 and both Sarah Corcoran and Kate Carr raised the green flag twice. Defenders, Paula Quirke, Alisha Kearney and Lia Malocca had made their way upfield to score points of their own while Andrea Quirke scored two brilliant points to cap off the win. Having won two of their pool games the As were handed a Semi-Final slot against Milltown of Kerry. There was nothing between these teams for much of the match and a late goal for Milltown sealed the win for them. Milltown started brightly and were four points up in the first five minutes but the Thurles girls rallied back and had 1-1 scored to draw the two teams level. Good work from Aoife Bourke in midfield who kept the blues in the game and all was level at half time. Milltown led again shortly after the restart but UCT had soon pegged them thanks to Lia Malocca. Although Thurles had a lot of possession they failed to convert it and only for Muireann Treacy in goals Milltown would have been out of sight. Muireann caught the eye of some county representatives during the day with her impressive kick outs and shot stopping abilities. However, near the end of full time Milltown struck the net and that late opportunity meant they progressed to the final.

The ‘B1’ team lost their first match to Coláiste Mhuire Ennis, Clare but responded brilliantly in the next by beating Presentation Listowel. Captained by Anouska Dunne and Evie Smyth they led by example and played excellently throughout to win. Kate Bergin, Anna O Brien and Rebekah Smith were central to a lot of Ursuline scores in the first two matches. Although progressing to a Semi-Final they were beaten by a few points at the end of full time.

The ‘B2’ team captained by Emma Carey were up against a strong St Angela’s, Cork team in their first match and lost 5-1 to 0-6. Ursuline points coming from Emma Carey, Katie O Neill, Mia O Dwyer and Tara Gleeson. They also played Colaiste Íde, Kerry and Edmund Rice College, Cork in their remaining games but unfortunately lost both games by narrow margins. Well done to all the First Year Footballers on what was another brilliant day out on the pitches and thanks to Mr McLoughlin who travelled to Mallow and coached the teams all year along with Mr Kirby.

Chamber Choir
It was a very successful day out for Chamber Choir who competed in the Cork Choral Festival on Thursday, 2 May. Their rendition of Sí do Mhaimeo Í won them a special Adjudicators Award and a Certificate of Excellence for the choir. Well done to all members and to their Choir Mistress Ms J Butler. It is particularly poignant for the Leaving Certs as this was to be their last occasion singing in competition with the Chamber Choir. Thanks to them for their commitment and for enhancing the musical life of the school with their talents.

Equestrian
Olivia Swan, Third Year, from Cloughjordan won her first International Event at Ballindenisk on the eight-year-old Rockon Pedro on Easter Sunday, 21 April. This duo have had numerous wins and were second in the National Championships 2018. This is Olivia’s final year in ponies and her focus is now on Tattersalls’s International which starts on the 28 May.
Among Olivia’s many supporters on the day of her great win were her parents Charlie and Carol Swan, grandparents Donald and Theresa Swan and maternal grandparents Timmy and Trish Hyde.

Ellen Duggan, TY
Congratulations to Ellen Duggan on her recent win in an essay competition. As a result of her success and as part of her prize she gets to go to Cambridge College during the summer for a two week course in creative writing.

Empowerment and Equality Conference, University of Limerick
Victoria Cottrell, Fifth Year, had the honour of being asked to address the Empowerment and Equality Conference in University of Limerick in such distinguished company as Dr Mary Ryan and former Tanaiste Mary Harney. Victoria spoke for five minutes about female empowerment, a topic on which she is well informed following on from her success in the Regional leg of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition in which she touched on some of the same issues.

Fifth Year Ecology Trip
The FifthYear Biology classes headed off on Wednesday, 1 May to Castlecomer Discovery Park to complete an Ecology study in the company of their teachers. This work is in preparation for exam questions asked on the Leaving Cert Biology paper. The students examined insect life and recorded their findings. They got to apply some of their knowledge in a practical way and got to grips with the scientific processes of finding evidence and writing up results. They got great weather for their trip and really enjoyed being out and about.

Scifest LIT
The Ursuline had six projects entered in Scifest in LIT Thurles, Thursday, 2 May. It was the Ursuline’s First Years scientists who dominated on this occasion chief among them Anna O’Brien, Joyce O’Sullivan, Orla Redfern, Lauren Brannigan, Nora Kilrane, Sarah Grace Ginty and Katie Healy. Projects varied from investigating taste, baking powder, uptake of water by plants, the browning of apples, artificial intelligence and sound perception/auditory illusions. Nora Kilrane won the Best Technology Prize while Sarah Grace Ginty and Katie Healy won the prestigious Irish Science Teachers Award. Well done to all participants who worked so hard in preparation for this competition.

Written By Nora Tuohy