November 18, 2013


Congratulations to the debating team who headed to Carlow IT on Friday last to compete in a parliamentary style debating competition. The competition was sponsored by the Engineering Department of Carlow IT. The motion for the first round on the competition was; “The Growth of the Economy is Inextricably Linked to the Growth of the Construction Sector”. The Ursuline team proposed this motion and were selected to go forward to the final. The team was comprised to two members; Rachel Bowden and Molly Kavanagh and one substitute debater, Kaitlyn Maher. Parliamentary style debating is particularly difficult as debaters must be able to interrupt others with points of information or respond to points of information during their own speech. The students were allowed 30 minutes to prepare the motion for the final. The Ursuline team opposed the motion; “Transition Year is a waste of time.” It was a very interesting debate with all teams arguing their points very eloquently. The Ursuline team didn’t take first prize on the day despite valiant efforts; however the girls won a runners-up prize of 250 Euros. Well done to the girls involved and their mentor Ms Quinn.


The Clonmel and District Final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition took place on Saturday, November 16 in Clonmel. The Ursuline Secondary School had three participants in the competition; Hillary Grogan, Teresa Ryan and Leah Carroll. The girls based their speeches around the topic of women and equality in health. It was a hotly contended competition and the Ursuline girls were unlucky not to be selected for the Regional Final. The All-Ireland Final of Soroptimist will take place in the Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles in March. It will be a great honour for the school to host this prestigious event; last year’s All-Ireland winner, Ciara Maguire, will address the audience. Ciara is a past pupil of the school and is currently continuing her studies in Trinity College Dublin.


The Concern Debating team won their first debate last week and is currently preparing for the next round of the completion. This motion centres on the idea that genetically modified foods are essential in solving the problem of world hunger. The Ursuline team will oppose this motion and the girls are currently busy researching the topic to furnish themselves with ample ammunition for rebuttals and refutes. The team is led by Leah Carroll and she is supported by Roisin Putti, Katie Cody, Clodagh Nash, Rose Cantillon and Simone Gordon.


The Irish debating teams are also very busy formulating the arguments for their upcoming debates. The Junior team is composed of Dervla Lynch, Gillian Burke and Sarah Kelly while the Senior team is comprised of Aoife Phelan, Romy Ronan and Siobhan Murchon. The Junior team is proposing the motion; “Tuilleann imreorí sacair a gcuid airgid!”- Soccar players earn their money! The Senior team is opposing the motion; “Tá an curaclam dara leibhéal oiriúnach don lá atá inniu ann!”- The second level curriculum is suitable for modern times! The completion is to take place on Wednesday, November 20 in Colaíste Ciarán, Croom, Co. Limerick.


The Second Year in-school debating competition is kicking off this week and there is huge interest among the Second Year students. A lot of these students participated in the First Year in-school league last year and were bitten by the debating bug! The First Year debating competition will take place after Christmas.


The Ursuline XFactor got off to an amazing start this week with a variety of talents on show from dancing, singing and guitar playing. Well done to all those who participated and we look forward to this week’s competition which will no doubt reveal more talent. The XFactor final will take place just before Christmas.


Congratulations to Catriona Molomby, Gemma Dunican and Aisling O’Hagan who were selected for the Under-18 Girls’ Munster Squad. It is an amazing achievement to be selected for the team and it is testament to the girls’ dedication, talent and hard work. The Munster team took on the Leinster U-18 team last weekend and won convincingly will a 14 to 3 finishing result. Well done to the three Ursuline girls on the squad.


The basketball teams had yet another hectic week. The Senior team played Naas and took a convincing victory 23 to 16. They also played Confey College but the result was not as favourable, despite scoring an impressive 26 points they were beaten by Confey College who scored 41 points.

The Cadette team also faced Naas but unfortunately the Naas team proved a formidable force scoring 38 to the Ursuline’s 10 points. The Cadette team also went on to play Confey College, this time they proved themselves very fierce adversaries as they scored 51 points while Confey College found it difficult to respond. The final score; 51 to 10, in favour of the Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles.


The First year Blue hockey team played the Presentation Secondary School, Thurles this week. It was their first competitive game and the team played outstandingly scoring 3 goals while the Presentation didn’t find the back of the net this time.

The Senior A team took on Mount Mercy and the girls played a very skilful game to take the victory 3-1. The Junior A team also played Mount Mercy, they too managed to clench victory with a 2-1 result at the final whistle.

The Junior B1 team played the Presentation, Thurles ; it was a very hard-fought match between two familiar sides but thankfully the Ursuline girls managed to score 2 goals to finish 2-0 on the score board.

Written By Nora Tuohy