October 28, 2017

Hello Dolly
A huge thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to make Hello Dolly a huge success. It was a tremendous show, enjoyed by the audiences who attended the six performances. The students had a great time treading the boards and made memories that will last a long time.


Kelly Ann and Katie Ryan, Racquetball
Congratulations to sisters Kelly Ann Ryan, Junior Cert and Katie Ryan, 2nd Year, who recently came first and second in the Ladies Open doubles Racquetball finals. Kelly Ann and Katie were sibling rivals on the court with Kelly Ann and her partner Aoife Beckett from Cork emerging victorious. The final score was 7-15 in what proved to be an exciting final, the venue for which was the O’Loughlin Gaels Club, Kilkenny. Kelly Ann appreciated the competitive game fought against Katie and her racquetball partner, Olivia Downey from Moycullen, as good preparation for her forthcoming trip to Minneapolis where she will compete in the Junior World Championships. To help defray some of the costs of this trip the proceeds of Sunday night’s Hello Dolly raffle were donated to Kelly Ann. The best of luck to her as she continues her training for this prestigious competition.


Maths and a Science Olympiad
The Ursuline was very proud to have two students competing in the National Maths and Science Olympiad held in Dublin City University on Saturday, October 21. Tara Lane, 5th Year and Ella Flynn, TY were selected based on the excellent results they attained in both Junior Certificate Maths and Science. The girls were only two out of around a hundred students asked to try out for the National Olympiad Team. Their high academic achievement in Science and Maths was identified by the State Examinations Commission out of the over 60,000 students who sat the Junior Cert in 2017. The questions asked at the National Olympiad Trials were of an exceptionally high standard. The girls received certificates of participation. Many thanks to their Maths teacher Ms. Molony and their Science Teachers Ms. Dwan and Ms. Hogan.


Hannah Cahill wins Wild Words
Well done to Hannah Cahill, 5th Year, who is the winner the Wild Words 2017 poetry and short story competition. This is Hannah’s second year to win this particular creative writing competition. Her winning poem will be published in Wild Words Volume 5. Also as part of her prize Hannah got the opportunity to attend a written masterclass with published authors which took place in Carrick on Shannon.


LCVP Tour of Irish Whiskey
Thirty two Leaving Cert students travelled to Royal Oak in Carlow to visit Walsh’s Whiskey Distillery on Tuesday, October 24. A visit out to a company or factory forms part of the students’ LCVP portfolio and they were given a comprehensive guided tour of the facilities. Woody, the front of house representative, explained the distilling process, gave the students a background profile of Walsh Whiskey, its products Writers Tears and The Irishman and it’s establishment in 2016. At the end of the tour there was a question and answer session. Students were given an opportunity to discuss the challenges facing a start up business and the potential for growth in the craft Whiskey sector. The qualities and skills the company would look for in an employee were also discussed which the students found particularly insightful. The whole visit was very practical and educational and the Leaving Certs’ eyes were opened in regard to entrepreneurship and business in general. Many thanks to the staff and management of Walsh Whiskey for allowing the Ursuline LCVP class access to their facility and to Ms. Hynes and Ms. Bourke for organising the trip.


Soapbox Europe Direct Public Speaking
On Wednesday, October 24, Isobel Quirk, Kerry Tierney and Hannah Cahill competed in the Europe Direct Public Speaking Competition. The Ursuline trio, along with over thirty other competitors, spoke on the opportunities that Brexit presents for Ireland. The event took place in the beautiful surroundings of Waterford City Hall. Well done to all speakers and in particular to Isobel Quirk who emerged as runner up on the day. Thanks also to their Public Speaking mentor, Ms. Quinn.


Rotary Youth Leadership
Fifth Year student, Alannah Walsh has been selected to progress in the Rotary Youth Leadership Competition. The other students interviewed were Sarah Barrett, Erika Carroll, Winona Ryan and Michelle Ryan. The competition rewards students for their leadership potential based on their participation in extra curricular activities. The best of luck to Alannah as she goes forward in this competition.


The Ursuline was well represented at the recent hockey interprovincials. Ciara Kelly, Junior Cert, was on the South East U16 Team. She scored in the game against Connacht and from her performance over the weekend she has been selected to try out for the Irish U16 team. Representing the Ursuline on the South East U18 team was Fifth Year student Mia Ryan. She also found the net, shooting one past the keeper in her sides win against Connacht. On the Munster U16 team were Andrea Halley, Marion Gillman and Emily Kavanagh and Galway girl, Ròisín Kelly, played U16 for Connacht. Well done to all the girls who represented both their province and school with pride.
On Sunday, October 16 the Senior A’s played a friendly against Connacht in UCT. It was good preparation for the forthcoming season and Ursuline were happy to secure a win, beating the girls from the West 4-2. Ursuline goal scorers on the day were Eimear McGrath and Maeve Hassett both getting two goals apiece. Thanks very much to Connacht for traveling to Thurles to oblige with this challenge.

Written By Nora Tuohy