Dr Aisling Memorial Bursary
Meadbh Putti was the worthy recipient of this year’s Dr Aisling Butler Memorial Bursary. Meadbh achieved outstanding Leaving Cert results and is currently studying medicine in UCC. John and Evelyn Butler presented her with this gift at a ceremony in the Ursuline on Wednesday 19 September, attended by the whole school. Meadbh thanked them for their generosity and the positive legacy they have established in the name of their daughter. Meadbh was accompanied by her parents Michelle and Joe Putti and her grandparents Mary and Johnny Hoolan. The Dr Aisling Bursary was established by John and Evelyn in memory of their daughter who died in the tragic Air France disaster along with her friends Jane Deasy and Eithne Walls.
The annual Gaisce Hike in the Slieve Bloom Mountains was a weekend of fun and fitness for the 83 students who took part. The seven silver medallists undertook a gruelling three day, 50 km trek while those students going for bronze walked 30 km over two days. Despite sore feet, aching limbs and slight exhaustion a great weekend was had by all. Each evening tales of survival where shared along with pizza making the tiring adventure worth all the effort. Many thanks to the teachers who supervised the students, Ms Coffey, Ms Tuohy, Ms Carew and Ms Egan who co-ordinated the whole weekend.
Congratulations to Sixth Year Student and poet Hannah Murphy who won a prize at this year’s Wild Words creative writing competition organised by Leitrim County Council to coincide with the Carrick-on-Shannon Children’s Book Festival. Hannah’s poem A Grave Goodbye is about loss and is published in the sixth edition of Wild Words. This follows on from Hannah’s success as runner up in the Trocaire National Poetry Competition in April.
The Ursuline has quite a few students selected to play for their provinces at the Interprovincials. Best of luck to Kate Ryan, Alex Hally and Andrea Hally on the Munster u16 panel. Emily Kavanagh playing Munster u18, Emma Osborne and Alannah Walsh lining out for the South East u18 and Roisin Kelly selected as part of the Connacht u16 squad.
The whole school assembled on Wednesday 19 September and were addressed by the new Green Schools Chairperson Grainne MacNamara. She gave an inspirational and funny speech on the continued need for students to do their bit for the environment. Despite the fact that the school has a staggering seven Green Flags there is still plenty of work to do. She finished by telling the audience that the Green School’s motto for this year is ‘Make the Ursuline Green Again.’ Erica Carroll is the new Chairperson of the School Council and she spoke to the school about the theme for the year, a Pope Francis quote ‘Joy springs from a grateful heart’. She reminded students to have a good attitude about gratitude in a speech that was littered with examples of silver linings.