October 24, 2019

Ursuline’s Sister Act
All good things must come to end and so it was that the Ursuline’s hugely successful run of Sister Act came to an on Thursday, 24 October. Thanks to everyone who came to support this year’s Show. The audiences at each performance were fantastic, clapping, cheering and laughing heartily at the witty one liners peppered throughout the script. There was amazing chemistry between the brassy, raunchy Deloris played so endearingly by Aideen Carew and the no nonsense, straight laced, droll Mother Superior. In this part Aoife Dempsey proved herself to be a fine comic actress with impeccable timing and priceless facial expressions. Other lead actresses who gave stand out performances were Kaci Kerwick who oozed innocence and stage presence as Sr Mary Robert. Michaela Grace Ginty was the affable, music loving, peace-keeper between the two strong female leads. There were great performances from Curtis and his gangster friends, TJ, Pablo and Joey played by Katie Gleeson, Avril Macken, Jodie O’Leary and Eva McBrearty. The whole cast of the over 220 strong chorus, the orchestra and dancers gave belting performances and the costume department outdid themselves both in authenticity and glitz. When the sequined habits took to the stage in the second half the whole place dazzled and twinkled. Many thanks are due to everyone who made Sister Act such a huge success- the stage crew, the lighting and sound crews, the Music Department, the Home Economics Department, the Art Department who miraculously transformed the Sports Hall into a church, the Technology Department who helped with set design, the office staff who sold tickets and produced the programme, the production crew, the students who came in at night to help, the sponsors and parents who donated raffle prizes and every member of staff who helped with prizes, front of house, promotion and supervision. Every Ursuline Show really is a whole School affair.


BT Young Scientist
Eva McBrearty and Annabelle Ryan, TY, have qualified for the 2020 BT Young Scientist. Their project is an investigation of regenerative farming and the girls are considering if it could be the solution to Ireland’s Climate Crisis. The students will look at which farming techniques retain the most carbon in the soil, thereby reducing carbon emissions. They will showcase their finished work in the RDS in January 2020 so the very best of luck to them both as they undertake this very important scientific research.


Congratulations to Ursuline’s Eimear McGrath, Maria Connolly, Eimear Bourke, Gráinne Long, Emily Kavanagh and Emma Dunphy who will represent North Munster in School’s Interprovincial Camogie in Mallow on Friday, 25 October.
Well done to Drom-Inch on their recent and impressive Senior County Camogie win against title-holders and favourites Burgess-Duharra. Wishing all the Ursuline pupils, past and present, on the Drom-Inch panel, all the best as they progress in the Munster Club Championship.


Maths and Science Olympiad
Katie Gleeson, TY, has been selected to participate in the National Maths and Science Olympiad to be held in Dublin over the mid-term break. The State Examinations Commission identified Katie as being eligible for the competition due to her outstanding results in Junior Cert Maths and Science. Well done also to her Maths and Science teachers Ms Ryan and Ms Kelly.


Europe Direct Soapbox Public Speaking
There was great representation from the Ursuline at the Europe Direct Soapbox Public Speaking Competition held in Nenagh Library on Tuesday, 22 October. Ms Quinn, as always, is keeping the enthusiasm and art of public speaking alive in the school. She did a fine job in guiding the students and preparing them with their delivery of their three minute speeches. They spoke on the topic ‘Climate Change is not my problem’ with each of the Ursuline students opposing this controversial statement.


Following on from the school’s huge success in reaching its first ever National Soccer Final the Ursuline had two teams competing in this year’s FAI Post Primary Futsal Soccer competition held in Tipperary on Thursday, 17 October. The girls beat Coláiste Pobal Roscrea, St Joseph’s Borrisoleigh and Coláiste Mhuire in this first leg. Two teams now go through to the County Final – Ursuline Thurles and Presentation Thurles. Well done to both teams who took part and best of luck to those who will fly the UCT flag in the next round.

Rotary Youth Leadership
Jennifer Murphy has been selected to represent the Ursuline in the Rotary Youth Leadership Competition. She interviewed on Thursday, 17 October along with other students in the school who have shown exceptional leadership qualities. Jennifer impressed the judges with her participation in Loreto Convent Model UN where she won a Best Delegate Award this year. She spoke about her interest in Gael Linn Debating and being part of the All Ireland Winning Team. In her spare time Jennifer in a keen sailor and is a qualified sailing instructor. She won second place in Bronze fleet in Mirror European sailing. She is a keen musician, taking lead roles in the Ursuline Musicals over the last number of years and achieving Grade 7 in her piano exams. She is very accomplished and will do the School and herself proud in the next round of Rotary interviews. Well done to all students who put themselves forward Sarah C. Fitzgerald, Cora Norton, Aoife Murphy and Chloe O’Connell.


Sarah Bell and Hannah O’Brien, North Munster Soccer
Ursuline soccer stars Hannah O’Brien, TY and Sarah Bell, Second Year, were part of the North Munster Soccer squad who travelled to Liverpool recently for a challenge match. Hannah the goalie and Sarah who plays centre-back had a great experience playing against a tough English side.


Well done to First Year students, Lily O’Reilly, Naoise Quinlivan and Ruth Schofield who participated in the National Pony Games in Punchestown recently. They girls did a great job guiding themselves and their ponies Crunchie, Flash and Silver to success.

Written By Nora Tuohy