October 17, 2019

Sister Act
Ursuline’s Sister Act had audiences rocking in the aisles and rolling with laughter when it opened last weekend. The cast of around two hundred and twenty, involving students from Third Year, TY, Fifth Year and Sixth Year were outstanding in all their performances. The stage was rife with energy and joy from beginning to end and the comic moments were razor sharp with lots of memorably witty lines. The Alan Menken score of big musical numbers such as Raise Your Voice, Take Me To Heaven and Sunday Morning Fever lifted the roof and uplifted the spirits of all those watching and singing. Aideen Carew owned the stage in the role of Deloris. She was magnificently bawdy, brash, big mouthed but completely loveable. She contrasted humourously with the strict, traditional but ultimately big-hearted Mother Superior was acted with great conviction by Aoife Dempsey. The hero of the piece, cop sweaty Eddie, was played endearingly by Anna Derby. He saves Deloris from thevillainous bully boy Curtis and his band of henchmen Joey, Pablo and TJ played by Katie Gleeson, Eva McBrearty, Jodie O’Leary and Avril Macken respectively. It was another brilliant, thoroughly enjoyable and fun production from the Ursuline students and the fantastically dedicated music and production team involved. Well done everyone.

Junior Football
Ursuline Junior footballers played their last group game on Monday, 14 October against Presentation Clonmel. Although the weather was biblical it didn’t have any effect on the performance of the footballers. From the get go, Ursuline took the lead with Grainne O’Donnell blasting the net with only seconds on the clock. It was to be an impressive performance from her as she finished the half with a personal tally of 3-1. Joint captains, Katie O’Dwyer and Rachel Quinlan, led by example in the first half and ended with an impressive 3-3 between them. UCT dominated the first thirty minutes with Katie Gleeson (1-0), Jess Gleeson (0-2), Clodagh Fanning (0-1), Michelle Flanagan (0-1) and Kate McGrath (0-1) all adding to the score board. Half-time score was Ursuline 7-9 to 0-1. Ursuline stared the second half where they left off with Michelle Flanagan and Niamh Shanahan scoring 0-1 and 1-0 respectively. Alice O’Donoghue and Michelle Flanagan were on target with impressive solo goals to extend the lead even further. With five minutes remaining Robyn Fanning raised the white flag. Paula Quirke ended a great Ursuline performance by scoring a point after good build up play from Sarah Corcoran, Danielle Ryan, and Kate Ferncombe. We now have qualified for a Munster quarter-final after the mid-term break.

LGFA First Year Blitz
On Tuesday, 8 October, the First Years got their Ursuline football careers off to a flying start in the Tipperary Schools First Year Blitz held in Rockwell. There is such interest in football this year among this year group that the school entered two teams. The Ursuline ‘A’ team began the competition well beating St. Anne’s Tipperary Town in the first game 1-4 to 0-1. Mid-fielders Lucy Purcell and Anna O’Donoghue were influential keeping Ursuline in front and Clodagh Twomey in goal kept a clean. The second game against Cashel CC saw the girls play superbly from the throw in. Ciara Fitzpatrick and Sarah Quinlan were at hand to finish off a great Ursuline performance as Leah O Brien and Grace Hennessy were solid in the full back line. The final score was 4-4 to 1-0. Cahir proved to be a good match for the Ursuline and they pushed out in front in the opening five minutes. However once Rachel Ryan and Roisin Duffy in defence got the measure of the Cahir forwards Jane Corcoran and Maria Ralph did the scoring at the other end. As the match neared the final whistle Ursuline went ahead after solid work from Maeve Lynch. Final score was 4-1 to 2-1. The last group game was against a very strong Loreto Clonmel team. Emma Corcoran and Olivia Ward did very well to keep Loreto scores at a minimum but despite the effort UCT ended up losing 1-4 to 0-2. Ursuline finished in the top two in the group that put us through to a final against Loreto. The loss to Loreto in the group stages spurred Ursuline on in the final and they duly obliged. Leah O’Brien lifted the cup on behalf of all Ursuline students and they were crowned First Year Tipperary Schools ‘A’ champions.
Ursuline ‘B’ team also had a great day out and showed great talent in their games. Losing to St. Anne’s ‘B’ in the first game (3-1 to 0-1) they turned that around by beating Loreto Clonmel in the second game 3-1 to 0-2. Philomena Gillman, Ava O Dwyer, Alison Morgan and Isabelle Carr were the scorers. They narrowly lost to Borrisakane in the final game 2-1 to 1-2 which meant they didn’t qualify to the semi final but showed great spirit and mettle throughout the day in all their games.

German Debating
The German Debating team of Ellen Duggan, Ellie McMinn, Jennifer Murphy and Rebecca Walshe were in action against Coláiste Cholim Ballincollig on Thursday, 17 October. They opposed the motion Every School Day Should Start with a Period of PE. They prepared well, spoke well and argued their case passionately to secure a first round win.

The Ursuline Senior Camogie team played Doon in Sarsfields pitch on Tuesday, 15 October. They equipped themselves well against the Limerick side to secure their third win of the championship. This sees the Senior team through to the Munster Semi-Final.
On foot of winning the Munster 7s title last week the Ursuline were flying the flag for Munster in the Provincial 7s Final. The team travelled to Trim on Wednesday, 16 October to complete in the All Ireland series against Loretor Kilkenny, Presentation Athenry and St Louis Ballymena. UCT dug deep and played with great verve up against fierce competion from the Leinster and Connacht sides in particular. They won their game against Ballymena to finish third.

The Senior As and Junior As secured recent wins against Villiers in the Munster Schools League. Junior A goalscorers included two from Grace Murtagh and one each from Alex Hally and Anna McCartan. In the Senior A game those who found the back of the net were Aoibhinn Fanning, Emma Osborne and Emily Kavanagh with a double.
On Wednesday, 17 October the Senior As had a spectacular 6-1 win against Leesiders Ashton. Those who obliged with scores included Emma O’Meara, Marion Gillman and Emily Kavanagh.

Written By Nora Tuohy