Emily Bourke, Michaela Kerwick, Dearbhla Lanigan and Sarah Barrett are busily preparing for the ‘Soapbox’ Public Speaking competition organised by the Europe Direct Information Centre. They will speak on the topic ”The EU: United in Diversity.’ The competition shines a much needed spotlight on our participation in and comprehension of the European project.
In their recent games the basketball teams recorded wins. In the Midland 16 B League the students faced St. Leo’s, Carlow beating them 36 – 22. The Ursuline also had successes last week in their matches against Templemore. The results were Ursuline Seniors 28 – 22 Templemore. Ursuline Cadettes 30 – 28 Templemore. Well done to coaches Ms. O’Friel and Ms. McGinly.
There was huge excitement on Wednesday when Liam McCarthy came to visit. and he had in his company the Irish Press cup. Bainisteoir of the Senior hurling team Michael Ryan said that the last time Tipperary had been in possession of both cups was 1949. He commended the students and teachers for the successes the school has achieved in sports. He said he was delighted to be able to bring both Cups to the school. He praised the commitment of the senior hurlers and minor hurlers. He also commended all students involved in sports and encouraged them to keep with it and keep active. Ms. Hogan, who trains camogie in the school and who has achieved numerous victories down through the years at all levels with various teams, deservedly received a special mention and round of applause. Cathal Barrett representing the Senior hurlers and Brian McGrath representing the Minor hurlers also congratulated the school on its sporting achievements and thanked the students and staff for the warm, enthusiastic welcome. Cathal Barrett also said he hoped the Tipperary Camogie team would be bringing the O’Duffy cup back to the Premier county in the very near future.
Then the students who have achieved success at county, provincial and All Ireland level in Gaelic games were invited to take their place along side the Tipp players and manager. These included camogie players from the Tipperary Minor team who are 2016 All Ireland and Munster champions. Munster Final winners from the Tipperary Inter-Mediate team. The U14 and U16 Ladies Football All Ireland champion. Also congratulated were the Ursuline 7’s team who were literally just off the bus having secured their 4th consecutive Munster Final victory. Included in this team is Eimear Heffernan the U14 Feile skills All Ireland champion. The Ursuline 7’s camogie players beat Laurel Hill, Charleville and Flannans to reach the Final. In the final they faced Charleville again and won well. They will play in the All Ireland on 29th of October.
Mission Day 2016
There were glimpses of the past visible all around the school on Wednesday afternoon as the sixth years organised the annual Mission Day to raise money for the Ursuline Missions in Kenya. The theme chosen this year by the Leaving Certs was ‘Reeling in the Years.’ There was a bouncy castle, a bucking buckaroo, pony rides, raffles, face painting, guessing games, sponge throwing and a haunted house. This hair-raising, nerve wrecking, gut wrenching experience was hugely popular. The students created an atmosphere of great fun and craic around the school and raised around €3,700 to support the work of the Ursulines in Kitui Kenya. It will go directly to Sr. Claire Ursula who was originally based in the convent in Thurles. She and the other Ursuline sisters working in this district are providing young women and girls with much needed vocational training and education. Their work will definitely be boosted because of the successful fundraising efforts of the current sixth years.
The Senior A’s and Junior A’s played Villiers this week. The Senior A’s won their League game UCT 5 – 0 Villiers. The Junior B match was a friendly and the final score was UCT 7 – 0 Villiers.
The first year footballers played this week with a whooping three teams in action. The students were involved in a series of challenge matches in St. Patrick’s College playing teams from the Presentation. It was brilliant to see forty five eager students signed up for football, togged out in the school jersey and getting plenty of fresh air and exercise. Well done to Mr. Kirby and Mr. McLoughlin on training the teams.