November 14, 2015


The Senior Bs played a league match against Laurel Hill Secondary School this week winning by 5 goals to 1. The First Year green team was up against Laurel Hill Secondary School and they also won their game by 6 goals to nil. The First Year Red team took the pitch and also had a decisive victory winning by 8 goals to nil.

Crescent Comprehensive College arrived on Wednesday last for three matches. The Junior A hockey team won their league game 2 – 0. The Senior Bs drew against the same opponents, Crescent, 2 – 2. However, the Senior As also played Crescent on Wednesday but were unsuccessful. The Ursuline team scored first and then Crescent scored to equalise. There was one more goal before half time for the visitors. Another goal was scored by Crescent mid way through the second half and the Ursulines kept fighting but unfortunately leaked a number of goals in the last ten minutes. The final score was Crescent College 7 – UCT 1.

Four First Year hockey teams played against Leinster rivals Kilkenny College this week. There are so many enthusiastic First Years playing hockey that the different teams have been given distinguishing colours. The yellow team beat Kilkenny by 1 goal to nil. The White team won by 4 goals to nil. The purple team won by 3 goals to nil and the Ursuline First year Blue team lost by 1 goal to nil.

The Junior Bs and Minor Bs travelled to Limerick in atrocious weather on Thursday to play Laurel Hill Secondary School. However it was worth it in the end as both teams secured victories. The Junior Bs won their game 3 – 0. In the Minor B contest the Ursulines scored 5 – 0. Well done to all players and their hockey coaches.

Concern Debating

The Concern Debating got off to a good start against the Presentation Secondary School, Thurles on Tuesday night. The motion before the house was
‘Young people should be trusted to vote at sixteen’
and was proposed by the Ursuline team. The team was captained by Aisling Brennan with Deirdre Ryan as second speaker, Becky Coonan as third speaker and Anne Spillane as the final speaker. A huge amount of research had been done by both teams and rebuttals flew! After a most entertaining debate the motion was defeated, the Ursulines having incurred time penalties en route. Well done to the team who worked very hard to prepare for the debate and delivered their speeches beautifully.

Junior Camogie

UCT played St Flannans Ennis on Monday, November 9 in Dr. Morris Park. This was the first round of the Junior A championship. In very wet conditions Ursuline won on a score line of 5-9 to 3-3.
The next round of the Senior A championship is Monday, November 23 against Laurel Hill Limerick. Thanks to all the coaches for all their hard work.

Open Night

On Tuesday last the school opened its doors to prospective students and their parents. From 4.30 – 7 pm the building bustled with the activity of many of the academic and extra curricular pursuits that take place throughout the year. The choir sang, the senior orchestra played, there were hockey demonstrations on the astro turf, basketball in the hall. In the assembly area were displays by the Green Schools Committee, TY Mini Companies, the Student Council, the Charities Committee, Gaisce and a display of photos from Oliver, the musical production staged this year. In the Maths room there was a maze and brain teasers, in the History room there was a coffin with a bell to illustrate how the expression ‘saved by the bell’ became commonly used. The teachers and students in the kitchens were busy supplying delicious buns to those who crossed their threshold. In the English room Harry Potter and the Cat in the Hat put in an appearance. The Labs as always were heaving as people watching the scientific experiments. The tour was conducted mostly by the present first years who did a great job in showing people around. It was fantastic to welcome so many 6th class students and their families giving them a taster of life in secondary school. Thanks to all the students and teachers who pitched in enthusiastically to make the evening memorable for prospective students.

Entrance Scholarships

Congratulations to Leah Carroll, Alison Long, and Ròisín Putti who have been awarded scholarships for Trinity College Dublin based on their Leaving Certificate results. This brings to 13 the total number of students from the class of 2015 who have attained Entrance Scholarships based on their academic success in the Leaving Certificate. Congratulations and well done to them all.

Soap Box

Best of luck to TY student Michaela Kerwick who will be in Farmleigh House on Monday to participate in the Soap Box final. She will be speaking on the topic ‘Charity begins at Home’.

Soroptimist Competition

Lucy Bell, Katherine O’Dea and Lucy O’Hagan participated in the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition in the Clonmel Park Hotel on Saturday, November 14. Lucy O’Hagan and Katherine spoke on the topic of Health and the Environment focussing on the need to be adaptable in today’s world. Lucy Bell chose to speak about how girls who have education make significant contributions to their communities. There were ten speeches in all from competitors from Gael Colaiste, Clonmel, Loreto, Clonmel and Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown as well as the three speakers from the Ursuline. Two speakers were chosen to forward to the Regional Finals and Lucy O’Hagan was chosen as the reserve third.

Poetry Aloud

Good luck to Lucy Bell who has qualified for the semi-finals of Poetry Aloud in the National Library. She will be reciting ‘The Fisherman’ by Yeats and one other poem.

Basketball Results

The Ursuline Seniors and Cadettes were in action in the Midlands League last week. They played Portarlington but unfortunately on this occasion they were unsuccessful. The results were Ursuline 28 – Portarlington 33 in the Senior match. The Cadettes lost their game on a scoreline of 27 – 47. Hard luck to both teams who still continue to train hard.

Futsal Indoor Soccer 1st Year Blitz

Colaiste Mhuire was the venue for the Futsal Soccer blitz for 1st years. There were two Ursuline teams playing in Group. 1 and Group 2.

Group 1
Ursuline A beat Colaiste Mhuire 2-0
Ursuline A beat Fethard 4-2
Ursuline A drew with Presentation Thurles 1-1
Ursuline A lost to Borrisokane 1-0

Group 2
Ursuline B beat St. Joseph’s 4-0
Ursuline B beat Nenagh College 2-1
Ursuline B lost to Cahir 4-0

Ursuline A and B both finished second in the groups and unfortunately only the winners of each group played in the final. Ursuline A had to beat Borrisokane in their last match to qualify for the final and played extremely well but could not find the net. They hit the post and crossbar on a few occasions but weren’t able to convert these chances into scores. All players put in a huge effort on the day and caught the eye of the FAI officers. Erin Bourke scored 4 goals in one match for Ursuline A while Emma O Mara and Courtney Wright scored 2 goals each for Ursuline B. Congratulations to all the First Years who took part and to their coach Mr. McLaughlin.

Written By Nora Tuohy