Dr Aisling Memorial Bursary
Niamh Hickey is this year’s recipient of the Dr Aisling Butler Memorial Bursary. Aisling’s Parents John and Evelyn presented Niamh with this very generous contribution towards her university education made in memory of their daughter who died tragically in the Air France accident ten years ago. Niamh is studying Pharmacy in UCC and thanked the Butlers for their assistance. She said she was honoured to accept the Bursary and thanked all her teachers. She offered her condolences to John and Evelyn on this the tenth anniversary of Aisling’s death.
There was assembly on Tuesday, 24 September which began with a prayer read by the two Vice Chairpersons of the School Council, Deirdre Fogarty and Emily Kavanagh. Maria Connolly, the Chairperson, introduced herself and gave her first address. She encouraged the First Years to get involved in the extra curricular life of the school as a way of meeting others and making friends. The School Council pick a theme each year and Maria informed the students they would be focusing on the idea that ‘life begins at the end of your comfort zone’. The Council aim to encourage pupils to try something new and stretch themselves towards doing something different in their lives. She joked that speaking in front of the whole school was about as far out of her own comfort zone as it was possible to be. The Chairperson of Green Schools, Victoria Cottrell, reminded the assembly that the school was applying for its sixth Green Flag this year, an impressive achievement. She implored the audience to continue their vigilance around recycling and that the Committee intended to shine a spotlight on the damage fast fashion is doing to the world. Ciara McConnell, the newly elected Chairperson of the Amber Flag Committee, spoke about the work they intended to this year on promoting positive body image around the school and reminding everyone that the whole person is what really matters.
Well done to Ruth Schofield, First Year who represented Ireland recently at the World Pony Games. Ruth competed with her older brother Caleb. The duo qualified for the A final and were placed in seventh position overall. Ruth and her pony Flash competed over three days in a variety of games in the U14 category.
The Ursuline was well represented at the Inter-Provincial Hockey tournament held on the weekend of 21 and 22, September. Kate Ryan and Alex Hally played on the Munster U16 squad while Emily Kavanagh and Andrea Hally togged out for the Munster U18s. Emma Osborne was selected for the South East U18 squad. Well done to all girls who did their school and provinces proud.
Opening of the Year Mass
The first mass of the academic year was a lovely gathering of students, staff, Ursuline sisters and some parents in the Cathedral of the Assumption. The theme chosen by the RE Department for reflection and celebration this year is ‘Life is God’s gift to you, what you do with it is your gift to God’. The School Chaplain, Fr Jim celebrated this Liturgy which involved students from all years in readings, prayers, reflections, carrying gifts and singing to make it a really special occasion. Fr Jim spoke about the amazing talents that God bestows but how these should not be taken for granted. They require hard work to hone them, bring them to fruition and use them in the service of others.
The Senior Camogie team were out on Monday, 23 September against St Flannan’s in the first round of the championship. They led the Clare side by six ponits at half time UCT 0-10 0-4 Flannan’s. The girls had widened that gap considerably by the full time whistle winning out 4-18 to Flannan’s 2-6.
The Ursuline was thrilled to hear the news that two past pupils and Camogie stalwarts were nominated for Senior All Stars. Well done to Eimear Loughman and Caoimhe Bourke on a great season and well deserved recognition.
Junior footballers defeated Doon in the opening round of the Munster Championship. It was a comprehensive win, getting the year off to a dream start. The entire team, including a strong bench had a great day out with Grainne O’Donnell, Cathy Hogan, Grace Murtagh and Kate Burke, in particular, being on top of their game.
The Seniors and Cadets were away to St Anne’s Tipp Town last week. The U16 team were beaten with the final scoreboard reading Ursuline Thurles 9 St Anne’s 30. The Seniors had a narrow win to snatch the points. The score in this game was Ursuline Thurles 35 St Anne’s 32.
Build a Bank
Well done to all 29 TYs who applied to run the School Bank. They were commended for their excellent interview skills by John Lillis from the Bank of Ireland. The bank officials selected for this year were Avril Macken and Michelle Flanagan as joint managers. In charge of Sales and Marketing will be Carolina Ceban and Ella Murphy. Operations and Auditing is the remit of Anna Grace and Ava O’Dwyer will take on the responsibility of Digital Manager.