Well done to 2nd year musician Clíona Nic Domhnaill who sang her own original composition in the final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest last Wednesday, September 7. Clíona beat hundreds of original entrants, successfully qualifying through each stage, to reach the final six. Clíona wrote the words, music and accompaniment of her song ‘Ag Seasamh le mo Realtaí’, ‘Standing with my Stars’. She sang it for three judges in the final, putting in a most stunning and haunting performance. She was well supported by friends from her class and year group, accompanied by Ms. Frend, Unfortunately it was not be be this time for Clíona but with such a wealth of talent at such a tender age there is no doubt she will be one to watch in the future. The Junior Eurovision will be aired on TG4 and again well done to Clíona for taking part and achieving so highly.
The Senior camogie team opened the new school year with a challenge game against the Presentation Thurles on Wednesday last. A keenly contested game saw the Presentation finish in the stronger by a 1 point margin. Both teams were happy to get in some pre season match practice.
The TY students had a busy first week. On Wednesday, Michael Gleeson, the MOG facilitator took the group and gave a very informative and lively workshop on car safety. Michael’s visit is eagerly anticipated every year and the girls learned lots about the importance of car safety in a practical way. They learned how to change a tyre, how to wear a seat belt in the correct position to prevent injury in the event of an accident and what they should do if they are ever involved in a collision. Michael’s lively delivery was refreshing but he never trivialises the seriousness of his subject matter.
Garda Station Open Day
On Wednesday morning two groups were invited to Thurles Garda Station. The visit was educational and interesting for the students who had the opportunity to see cells, learn about the work of the Guards and view their vehicles. The Gardaí stationed in Thurles spoke to the girls about the consequences associated with a life of crime. The also stressed how young people can be limited in their future travel plans, possibly being prohibited from visiting Australia or America if they receive a conviction. So their message to the students was that crime doesn’t pay.