November 11, 2013


Congratulations to Ruth Atkins, Jenna Pierse and Ciara Maguire who are to receive Entrance Exhibition Awards as a result of their excellent Leaving Certificate results. The three students are to be recognised by Trinity College Dublin due to the fact that they achieved 560 points or more in their Leaving Certificate. The awards reception will take place on November 19 in Trinity College. The school wish to commend the girls for al their hard work and wish them well with their studies in Trinity College Dublin.


Congratulations to the Chamber Choir and the numerous students who obtained High Achiever Awards from the Royal Irish Academy of Music on Sunday, November 3 in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Obtaining a High Achiever Award is an amazing accomplishment as only 150 awards are allotted to each province while there are more than 42,000 Royal Academy music examination candidates each year. A student may only be considered for such an award if she/he has been awarded a minimum of 19 out of 20 in at least two of their three performance pieces. The students who won awards this year were Constance Quinlan (piano-grade 5 & har –grade 4), Sarah MacNamara (piano-grade 6), Leah Carroll (piano-grade 7), Cait Ryan (Harp-grade 3), Emily Kavanagh (violin- grade 1), Anna Crotty (violin- Intermediate Recital Cetificate), Cliodhna Heenan (Violin- Advanced Recital Certificate), Aisling Deegan (Music Theatre- grade 5), Julia Buckley (Music Theatre- grade 7) and Lucy Tobin (Music Theatre- grade 7).

Congratulations to all the students upon receiving such commendation from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, it is undoubtedly a testament to both their dedication and hard work. Congratulations also to their teachers who guided them so well to these impeccable standards.


The public speakers are extremely busy at the moment as they prepare for various competitions in the near future. Molly Kavanagh, Rachelle Bowden and Katlyn Maher are getting ready for the Carlow IT Parliamentary Style Debating Competition which will take place on Friday, November 15. Their debate topics centre on the economy and construction, a very current topic in today’s society. The Mental Health Project team is also preparing speeches at present. The team consists of three members and one substitute. This year the team members are; Alexandra White, Mary Claire Fitzgerald, Aoife Fogarty and Ruth Bugler. The Soroptimist Individual Public Speaking competition is also fast approaching with the first round on November 16. Three speakers may go forward per school. This year Teresa Ryan, Hilary Grogan and Leah Carroll will represent the Ursuline Secondary School. Last year Ciara Maguire won the All-Ireland Final of Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition while representing the school.


Darren Smith, the Irish Senior Women’s hockey team coach visited the school last week. This was Mr Smith’s first school visit since coming to Ireland in January and it was a great honour to have him in the school. During his visit he did training sessions with the Junior A and Senior teams focussing on skills development. Mr Smith has played 212 times with New Zealand and has been the assistant-coach for the New Zealand Men’s Hockey team for 6 years prior to taking up his new post as Irish coach. The school would like to thank him for coming to the school and imparting such expert knowledge to the students.


The Ursuline Junior A team took on St Angela’s on November 6. The girls played an excellent match and were convincing winners as they scored 6 goals. The finishing score was 6-0 to the Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles.


The camogie team continued their successful season as they had two victories this week. The Senior Camogie team played Tulle and managed to take the victory 2-16 to 2-8. They also went on to play Bandon and they had a most impressive win as they notched up 11-6 on the score board while Bandon scored 2-2. Well done to Ms O. Hogan and her team on their great efforts this season.

Written By Nora Tuohy