October 18, 2018

Beauty and the Beast
This year’s Ursuline production ‘Beauty and The Beast’ has been an outstanding success. The full audiences each night were treated to a feast of song, dance and Disney magic. Kate Williams was resplendent as the kind hearted Belle who sees through the frightening appearance of the Beast to the gentle man beneath. Caitríona Timmins displayed an array of emotions as the bewitched Prince trapped in the body of a ferocious creature. The spellbinding music and host of enchanted characters including Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumière, Cogsworth, Madame de la Grande Bouche made for a most enjoyable evening for young and old alike. The detestably narcissistic Gaston was played with great humour by Jennifer Murphy. The chorus including feather dusters, spoons, plates and flying cutlery added to the high octane performances that infused the entire show. It was spectacular from the opening curtain to the final encore so well done to everyone involved.

Open Evening
The annual Ursuline Open 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 are welcome to join us on that night. We look forward to seeing you all.

Camogie Junior A Championship
The Junior A camogie team had a great opening to the season with a win against Bandon in the first round of the championship. It was a good overall performance with the students pulling together well to secure victory on a score of Ursuline 1-7 to Bandon 0-9. Their next game is against Tulla after the mid-term break.

All Ireland 7’s
The Ursuline 7’s travelled to Ashbourne on Wednesday, 17 October to represent Muster in the All Ireland A Final. They played the winners of each province, Presentation, Kilkenny, Belfast and Presentation Athenry. The games were closely fought contests with the Ursuline digging deep throughout. The team can be proud of their work rate, with the competition providing a great opportunity for team building. Well done to the side and to coaches Ms Hogan and Ms O’Friel.

Senior Football
Ursuline Thurles travelled to Claughaun GAA Field in Limerick last Thursday,11 October to play Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale in the second game of the Senior Football Championship. Eimear McGrath put over three early frees to place Ursuline in the lead. Maria Connolly, Ellie Ryan and Niamh Keane added to this tally to make it a seven point lead. Abbeyfeale soon got on the scoresheet with a goal and a point. Roisin Bambrick and Eimear McGrath kept Ursuline ahead with two well taken goals before Abbeyfeale responded by raising the green flag their end. Kate O Connor pointed with five minutes left in the half before Niamh Keane in the forward line scored a further 1-1. The half time score was Ursuline Thurles 3-10 – Abbeyfeale 2-1. The second half started well with Kate O Connor racing through on goal to rattle the net. Roisin Bambrick followed suit beating the goalie after an impressive solo run. Abbeyfeale then hit a purple patch adding 2-2 with 15 minutes left on the clock. The ever dangerous Niamh Keane scored two further points, one from her left and one from her right foot. But Abbeyfeale continued to push on, scoring a hatrick of goals, but the gap was too wide for the Limerick side to catch up. Ursuline finished the game strong and Niamh Long who had a standout performance on the day scored two points from midfield. UCT rounded off a great performance with Emma Kelly raced through to find the top right hand corner. Final score was Ursuline Thurles 6-15 to Abbeyfeale 6-6. We now play Glanmire CC in the final group after the midterm break to vie for a Munster quarter final place.

Junior Football
Ursuline Thurles played their second game of the group last Tuesday, 16 October against Cashel Community School in St. Patrick’s College. Cashel got the head start, scoring a goal within the first few minutes. Alex Hally made her presence felt at corner forward, pointing twice in the first quarter, which she followed up with a superb goal to the roof of the net. At this stage Cashel had scored two further goals and 2 points. Rachel Quinlan kept Ursuline in the game when she rounded the centre back to sail between the uprights. With ten minutes to go in the first half Cashel scored a further three points. However Ursuline would not be undone responding with a well taken goal from joint captain Marion Gilman. The half time score saw Ursuline trailing 2-3 to Cashel’s 3-5. Cashel started the second half by putting over two points in the opening five minutes. Grainne O Donnell was at hand to score another Ursuline goal, but that still left a four point deficit in Cashel’s favour. They were very much in command of the game, scoring a further three unanswered points. Ursuline needed a goal and Ella Ryan duly obliged raising the green flag. Cashel kept putting over points and scored three more, two from play and one from a set piece. Cashel were reduced to points in the second half from a combination of good defending and top class saves from Amy Cloonan Fennelly between the posts. Ursuline scored a few points in the dying minutes but it was not enough to save the day this time out. St. Anne’s, Tipperary will be the last group game before the Munster qualifiers so the Ursuline are still in with a chance.

Congratulations to the first year soccer team who won the Post Primary Futsal Soccer Blitz hosted by Peake Villa in Tipperary on Wednesday, 17 October. They play Colaiste Phobail, Colaiste Mhuire and St Joseph’s, Borrisoleigh in the mid-final. The team were in top form only conceding one goal in all their games. They now go on to compete in the County Final. Well done to the girls and their coach Mr. McGlynn.

Written By Nora Tuohy