November 17, 2014

Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition

Congratulations to 5th year student Clíona Collins who has qualified for the Regional Finals of the Soroptimists. Clíona’s topic was “Would gender quotas in politics or business have a detrimental effect on women or give a helping hand and greater equality for women for the benefit of all.”

Well done also to Leah Carroll and Claire Higgins who also took part.

First & Second Year Debating

The semi final of our in school debating competition will take place on Tuesday 2nd at 4pm. The motion up for deliberation is

“That technology is the enemy of mankind.”

The three of teams proposing the motion are Aisling Maher, Siobhán Greene, Aoife Dempsey; Deirdre Fogarty, Ella Flynn, Niamh O’Dwyer; Alecia Quinlan, Ciara Gleeson, Sarah Jane Gilmartin. The three teams opposing are Kerry Tierney, Grace Nash, Lucy Nugent; Jill Murphy, Aoibhinn Fanning, Emma Jane Burke; Isobel Quirke, Caítríona O’Sullivan, Neass McGrath.

The Semi-finals of the second year debating competition have been completed and the two successful teams were Erika Carroll, Stephanie Kelly and Gemma O’Dwyer and Mary-Kate Barrett, Lisa Fanning and Lauren Cloonan Fennelly. The second year final will be held on Monday 1st of December and the motion under the spotlight is; “Empty headed celebrities are the new gods.” The chair for this final will be Hazel McEnery.

The speeches are of two minute duration and the best of luck to all those future public orators.

Thanks also to Ms. Quinn for organising the competition and for mentoring the students in the art of good public speaking and retort.

Martine Madden

On Monday we were delighted to welcome first time author Martine Madden to our school. Martine is the mother of Sarah Madden, one of our Leaving Certificate students. The visit was arranged by Ms. Doherty, our school librarian who is also the driving force behind our junior and senior Bookclubs. Martine’s book has been described by the former Irish Times journalist and writer Conor O’ Clery as outstanding for a debut novel. The setting for her story is the Armenian Turkish conflict of 1915 and the Great War. This little known event was in fact the first genocide of the twentieth century. Two million Armenians were eliminated on the orders of the ultra nationalistic Turkish rulers. The expulsion of the Armenian people, also referred to as the Armenian Holocaust, was done through the use of forced deportations and massacres. This harrowing historical event is the backdrop for the main character Anyush, a young Armenian woman and the Turkish Captain with whom she falls in love. The Senior Book Club, which includes Martine’s daughter Sarah, along with some members of staff got the opportunity to discuss various aspects of the book with Martine. She also spoke about her creative process while writing this book and the lengths she went to in order to finish the novel. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thanks to Martine for coming to see us and we wish her every success with her fantastic book in the future.


On Tuesday our sixth year higher level English classes went to see a production of Shakespeare’s Othello staged in the Nenagh Arts centre. The play was performed by the Gaiety School of Acting. The students not only got to experience Othello on the stage but also benefitted from a workshop which followed. The workshop was aimed at helping students explore the major themes of this tragedy such as jealousy, love, prejudice, truth and deception, with a view to helping them answer questions on their Leaving Certificate.

Ursuline X Factor

The student body eagerly anticipated the return of our school based talent show the Ursuline X-Factor this week after it was postponed last Wednesday in preparation for Open Night. The three acts who entertained us this week were two first year singers Deirdre Fogarty and Emily Murphy who sang a beautiful harmonious duet of the song Budapest. Second year student Kate Kelly sang solo and 5th year student Kelly Doyle recited her own witty composition on the great water debate.

Sixth Year talk by Gerry Duffy

On Wednesday the 6th years were given a talk by the inspirational and motivational speaker Gerry Duffy which was organised by their Year Head Ms. Moloney. Gerry has become well known as the man who ran 32 marathons in 32 days. He spoke to the Leaving Certs about the need to define what our gaols are in order to try and achieve those goals. He mentioned the benefit of actually physically writing their hopes and dreams down on a piece of paper in order to have some clarity about what it is they wanted for themselves. He spoke to them about the importance of surrounding themselves with great people, told them not to be afraid to ask others for help, to be conscious of distractions which may interfere with them reaching their potential and he also mentioned the importance of retaining enthusiasm for what they are doing and for what they are trying to attain. He certainly spoke with infectious amounts of energy and enthusiasm and his message contained some interesting nuggets of advice. The sixth years seemed very receptive to his ideas and his personal story of how went from being not very ambitious for himself to becoming the highly motivated person he is today.

5th Year Retreat with Gerry Keegan

The fifth years had their annual retreat on Thursday, 20th of November. The religious education department were delighted that Gerry Keegan was once again available to come and lead the retreat. Gerry, who has been doing retreats with us for quite a number of years now, takes the entire year group on his own armed with just his faith, an ability to tell a good yarn and his trusty guitar. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and were given plenty of opportunities for reflection, exploration of their religious beliefs and prayer. Thanks to all the 5th year students for being so attentive and engaged and also to Gerry who continues to devote his energies to helping young people strengthen their spirituality.

Hockey Results

 The Ursuline Senior A team won against Bandon 4-2.

The Ursuline Junior A’s played a cup match against Bandon winning 4-0.

The Junior B’s were beaten by the Presentation Thurles 2-1.

The 2nd year B3 team lost to Loreto, Clonmel 3-1.

The 1st year B4 team drew with Loreto, Clonmel 2-2.

Susie Osbourne – Showjumping

One of our 5th year students, Susie Osbourne travelled to Neeroeterem in Belgium to represent Ireland in showjumping this week. Susie and her pony Lisrua Heide were participating in the pony Grand Prix between the 21st and 23rd of November. After this event Susie will travel onto Holland to represent her country in showjumping once again and doing us all proud.

Eileen’s Book of Recipes

Our school secretary, Eileen Coffey, is undertaking a very worthwhile and exciting endeavour in order to raise money for Suir Haven Cancer Services. Eileen’s novel idea is to create a recipe book with the scrumptious dishes being suggested and donated by well known Irish personalities. She has begun the task of trying to contact several high profile people and is hoping to do this by networking with people who may know somebody in the public eye. The motivation for Eileen has been the compassion and support she and her family received from Suir Haven when she lost her father Paddy Corbett to cancer. Her’s is going to be a different kind of recipe book in order to make a difference to all who have been touched by cancer. If you think you know someone well known who’d like to be involved or you would like to donate to the cost of the publication you can contact Eileen at the school.

Written By Nora Tuohy