On Friday, November 13, the TYs welcomed Edel Carey from the Irish Wheelchair Association. She spoke to all three TY classes about disability awareness. The students found it to be a very informative and thought -provoking session. Thanks to Edel for coming to speak on such an important issue in which young people show genuine interest and concern.
All the TYs were on work experience this week. We thank the employers for giving them the opportunity to experience the world of work and mentoring them in various professions.
It was a busy week for many of our hockey players. On Monday, four first year teams played their counterparts from Laurel Hill Còlàiste. The Green team won 4 – 0; the Pinks won their match 3 – 0; the Orange team had a scoreless draw and the Reds lost by a goal on a final score-line of Laurel Hill 4 – Ursulines 3.
On Tuesday 17, the Senior Bs played Còláiste Choilm from Ballincollig, Co. Cork. The Ursuline beat the Lee siders by 5 goals to 1.
On Wednesday 18, both Senior teams and the Junior A team played St. Angela’s College, Cork in League games. The Senior Bs won 8-0; the Senior As won by 3 goals to nil and the Junior As followed this trend with a 7-1 victory.
On Thursday the Minor B1s and the Minor B2s played Castletroy College with both teams winning their games: B1s – 6 goals to nil, B2s 5 goals to nil.
Well done to all players and coaches on some very fine results this week.
On Monday, November 18 forty first years participated in a basketball blitz against the Presentation, Thurles. It was an opportunity for both schools to get in some friendly match practice. A great afternoon was had with lots of talent on display. The atmosphere was fantastic with students on both sides showing whopping amounts of enthusiasm and energy for the game.
Novice Inter Schools Showjumping
The First Year Equestrian team of Isabelle Tyrell, Jennie Madden, Emma Osborne and Laragh Hatterell were competing in showjumping at the weekend. The Novice Inter-Schools team Competition was held in Killossory Stud and the girls were competing in individual and team rounds.
Rotary Youth Leadership
Well done to Aoife Shanahan from The Ragg who travelled to Wexford on Monday, November 16, as a finalist in the National Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Aoife was interviewed by Thurles Rotary in school and chosen from amongst twelve other Ursuline students to continue onto the next round of interviews held in LIT, Thurles, which she successfully completed. The members of Thurles Rotary Club who interviewed Aoife were impressed by her volunteerism and commitment to charitable causes. Aoife works with the Order of Malta. She helps out with the group Parents and Friends of Special Needs, even going to Fermanagh during the Halloween break providing respite care.
Last year, while in Transition Year, Aoife travelled to Kolkata with the Hope Foundation, working with street children in one of the most impoverished cities in the world. She volunteers with Special Olympics in Limerick and hopes to pursue a career in the area of Special Needs provision for children. In the National Finals she represented Thurles Rotary Club. She was one of seven finalists from all over the country. She received a lot of support from the members of the local Rotary Club who were impressed with all she has done to help others. Although she didn’t win she should be proud of her many accomplishments and her generosity of spirit.
‘An Triail’ UCD Drama Society
On Wednesday last, some of the Sixth Year honours Irish students travelled to UCD to see a production of An Triail starring past pupil Aoife Phelan, who did her Leaving Cert this year. This play, on their syllabus, was staged in the UCD Dramsoc Theatre. This controversial play,set in 1960s Ireland, was written by Máiread Ní Ghráda. It portrays the life of Máire Uí Chathasaigh, who is shunned by her family after falling pregnant by the local school-master. The play follows the trials and tribulations she faced as she was outcast by her family, society and the Church. The students were welcomed by their UCD counterparts and received a brief tour of the campus before the play. Aoife Phelan played the part of ‘an toibrí siosialta’, the social worker. Both her performance and that of the entire cast were exceptional. The students really enjoyed the experience.
Fifth Year Retreat
The Fifth Years were delighted with their one day retreat facilitated by Gerry Keegan last Friday. Gerry was able to keep the whole year group captivated with quizzes, stories, songs and his very unique brand of spirituality. The students felt that the retreat gave them a chance to bond as a year group. Gerry commented that there was a very positive, open atmosphere in the group and the students were very receptive to him personally and to his message. He spoke to them about miracles, faith and the healing power of the Eucharist. He finished the day with singing and a prayer service and the students came out of their retreat smiling.
Soapbox Public Speaking
Well done to Michaela Kerwick, TY, who was in Farmleigh House for the Grand Final of the Europe Direct Soap Public Speaking. She spoke on the topic ‘Charity Begins at Home’. Although she did not win she had a great experience and an enjoyable day.
Gael Linn Debating
Congratulations to the Irish Junior and Senior debating teams who were both successful in the second round of Gael Linn debating. The Junior team, comprising of Stephanie Kelly, Romy McCarthy and Erica Carroll spoke against the motion “Simon Cowell should be taken off television” – a topic which gave rise to some very interesting viewpoints ás Gaelige. The senior team of Constance Quinlan, Lucy Gillespie and Clíodhna Heenan were against the motion “Now is the time for our emigrants to return to Ireland.” Both teams defeated opponents from St. Kieràns, Kilkenny, Ferrybank, Waterford and Our Lady of Good Counsel, New Ross. Well done to the Irish teachers who coached the teams Mr. O’Dochartaigh and Ms. Á. de Barra and to the students themselves who were delighted that their hard work paid off. The teams have already begun research and preparations for the next round.