October 11, 2018

Beauty and the Beast

The countdown is on to opening night. This year’s Ursuline musical, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, promises a great night of entertainment for all the family. In this classic story the handsome prince is trapped in the body of a fearsome beast. His only hope of salvation is the love of a kind, young woman, Belle, who sees past his frightening exterior to the beauty of the heart that lies beneath. All the magic of the film will be brought to life on stage with a host of enchanted characters and a few villains thrown in for good measure. There will be plenty of song, music, dance and theatrics to make the show a wonderful experience for the young and not so young. Make sure you book early to secure a seat for what will be another great, memorable Ursuline show. Tickets can be reserved by phoning Eileen or Bernie on 0504-22147 or by calling into the School Reception. We look forward to seeing you between Saturday 20 October and Thursday 25 October.


Open Evening
The annual Ursuline evening will be held on Tuesday, 13 November between 4.30 – 6.30. All fifth and sixth class students interested in what we do, the life of the school and the array of subjects and activities is welcome to join us on that night. We look forward to seeing you all.


Well done to Emma Osborne who recently competed in the individual Inter-schools Show Jumping competition in Mullingar Equestrian Centre. The competition was over two phases with the second against the clock. Emma and her mount had a double clear in a fast time to finish in fourth place. This now qualifies her for the final in April.


World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day, Wednesday, 10 October was marked in the Ursuline with the launch of the Amber Flag initiative. The week also happened to be National Choral Singing Week so the whole school came together in song to celebrate both occasions. There were choirs from each year and a staff choir and everyone joined voices to belt out a fine rendition of The Beatles ‘A little help from my Friends.’ Thanks to Ms Butler and Ms Loughnane who organised the gathering, the singing and for picking a particularly upbeat tune, tailor-made to promote positive mental health. It was a hugely joyous event and echoed the words of Ella Fitzgerald ‘The only thing better than singing is more singing.’


Junior Ladies Football
Ursuline Thurles started their Junior football championship campaign last Monday against STN Doon in Doon. The team started well and were 1-2 up in the opening minutes up thanks to Roisin Bambrick. Katie O Dwyer put UCT further in front with a well taken goal before Rachel Quinlan scored two points from set pieces. Doon responded by scoring 2-2 to leave 2 points between the teams. Roisin Bambrick opened up the Ursuline lead with another two goals while Jess Gleeson pointed. Doon still kept fighting back scoring 1-2 to leave 4 points between the teams before Katie Gleeson scored a goal to put Ursuline in a half time of 7 points. The Thurles side started the second half brightly with Roisin Bambrick scoring 1-2 and Katie O’Dwyer scoring a point from an acute angle. However, Doon hit a purple patch and scored 1-7 to leave only 3 points between the teams with 10 minutes to go. Grace Murtagh, introduced as a substitute at half time made her presence felt by racing through on goal and slotting the ball to the top left hand corner. She then added another point a few minutes later. Doon would not give up and hit Ursuline with 2-3 to put them in front for the first time in the match with 2 minutes remaining. Alex Hally showed great skill to point after a fantastic solo run to leave 1 point between the sides. As the game inched into injury time, joint captains of Caoimhe McCarthy and Marian Gilman showed great character to bring their team ahead again by working the ball upfield to Roisin Bambrick. She rattled the net to put Ursuline ahead again. Roisin ended the day with an impressive personal tally of 5-4. Jess Gleeson rounded off a great Ursuline performance by pointing with the last kick of the game. Final score was 7-11 to 5-14. Ursuline now play Cashel next Tuesday 16 October, with both teams hoping to top the group. Well done to the team and Football coaches Mr McLoughlin and Mr Kirby.


Space Week
A sizeable contingent of fifth years and TY’s attended a Space Week event in CIT, Cork. This was organised in conjunction with Blackrock Observatory and speakers included an astrophysicist who told the students about investigations into life on other planets. Other speakers included an expert on careers available in the area of space exploration and an expert on space law. There was little doubt that the star of the show was former NASA astronaut Dan Tani. He told the captivated audience all about his own space adventures and his four-month stint manning the International Space Station. He explained what is involved in a space-walk and gave a fascinating insight into the life and work of an astronaut. The students got the opportunity to ask questions and got a few selfies with space celebrity Dan. It was a great experience. The UCT students showed huge interest in the topics discussed and participated enthusiastically.

Written By Nora Tuohy