December 5, 2019

November Prayer Service
The entire Ursuline staff, student body and some the Sisters from the Community gathered in the Sr Ursula Memorial Hall on Friday, November 29 to remember deceased family members and friends. The theme for this remembrance service was ‘Memories are perhaps the best gifts of all.’ The celebrant was School Chaplain Fr Jim Purcell and as always, his words struck the right cord of both hope and solemnity. He reassured the congregation that those who have passed on have been elevated or raised up by God. He also spoke about how difficult and hard grief is, it touches everyone but with time, the faith and support of God and those around us, grief softens and peace will come. The beautiful singing of Cecelian Choir enhanced the ceremony, along with readings, reflections and the Gospel, Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled, which was sung instead of read. In preparation for this service each student recorded the names of their dead on an image of a gift. These people were prayed for and remembered and the gift of their lives acknowledged.

The four TY classes joined other TY groups from the diocese of Cashel and Emly, in the Cathedral of the Assumption on Thursday, December 5 for the Seinn Concert. The students spent quite a part of the day in rehearsal and workshops in preparation for the musical event. The girls actively participated in the learning of and singing liturgical music under the direction of composer Ian Callanan. The aim of Seinn is to encourage church singing among young people and to provide schools with liturgical music for use by Music and RE departments to enhance religious celebrations and gatherings. It was a lovely concert and the School and students were delighted for the opportunity to be a part of Seinn again this year. Well done in particular to the four Ursuline soloists on the night, Therese Hayes, Julie McConnell, Sarah Gorman and Kate Grogan.

LIFT Leadership Programme
LIFT, a new leadership initiative for Secondary Schools, was piloted in the Ursuline on Wednesday, December 4. The first cohort to be trained in Leading Ireland’s Future Together, LIFT, included TY students and teachers, who will be mentors in promoting positive leadership throughout the School. LIFT was launched in 2018 with Tipperary being a pilot county. The areas that were explored by this initial group of 15 students from UCT and students from other local Secondary Schools, included empathy and listening, integrity and honesty, positivity, respect, drive and determination and competency. The trained TY leaders will now deliver an eight-week programme to Second Year students with the view to getting them to reflect on leadership qualities and think about how they can be leaders in their own way.

LCMUN Junior
There was great interest and enthusiasm among the Second Years who signed up for Junior Loreto Convent Model United Nations. Twenty-four students travelled to Clonmel on Wednesday, December 4, to take part in this public speaking forum that aims to mirror the work and proceedings of the United Nations General Assembly. All students did very well and enjoyed the day with two students, Anouska Dunne and Robbyn Fitzgerald getting Best Delegate awards for representing the interests of Bahrain and Malaysia so effectively. Many thanks to their Fifth Year mentors Eva Morrissey and Jennifer Murphy.

Art Trip to Huge Lane Gallery
The Fifth and Sixth Year Art students travelled to Dublin last week to visit the Hugh Lane Art Gallery. Art appreciation is a very important part of their syllabus and it was a fantastic opportunity for them to study the Gallery’s collection that includes the Sean Scully Room and works by Francis Bacon, Jack B Yeats, Sir John Lavery aswell as Degas, Monet and Boudin and Harry Clarke’s impressive stained glass piece The Eve of St Agnes.

The Junior Camogie team won in their semi-final decider on Friday, 29 November beating Ballincollig to reach the last four in Munster. The final score was UCT 6-8 Ballincollig 2-8. Well done to the team and coach Ms Hogan.

The Minor A and Minor C Hockey teams were in action recently against Laurel Hill Coláiste. The Minor Cs drew 1-1 while the Minor As won 2-0 with goal scorers on the day Aoife Kavanagh and Aoihinn Kirwin.

Maths Modelling UL
TYs were in University of Limerick on Monday for the culmination of their Maths Modelling Workshops. Three Ursuline groups made presentations and the lecturers in UL were delighted with how they applied mathematical formulas and solutions to real life problems. Students presented their work on rising sea levels, the rate at which disease spreads in a population and how solar energy can make cities more sustainable. It was an interesting series of workshops for TYs, done in conjunction with Postgraduate Maths students and lecturers from UL, that got them to examine Maths in an innovative and practical way.

November 28, 2019

Tipperary Schools Cross Country
The Ursuline finished first place overall in the Tipperary Schools Cross Country held in Thurles Crokes on Tuesday, 26 November. It was a great day out for all teams. There was a worry beforehand that it might not go ahead due to the amount of rainfall recently. However, in true mud lark fashion, the show did go on and started off with the Minor girls 1200m race. It was a silver for UCT in this event. Next up was the Junior race, run over the same distance. It was very close with Kate Fercombe leading the field all the way around to win in comprehensive style with Orla Ryan putting in a fine run for the silver medal position. The Junior teams won gold, silver and bronze team medals which is a first at this Competition. Next up was the Intermediate and Camille Ryan lead these athletes to a well deserved bronze medal. The Senior team will be competing in the south east Munsters in February and the positions of the teams in the points race meant that Ursuline won the overall trophy for the best girls school in Tipperary! Well done to all involved and many thanks to coach Mr McDonnell.

TY Film Studies
The TY Film Studies Workshop is always a really popular event on the Transition Year calendar. The workshop facilitated by the Young Irish Film Makers based in Kilkenny go through the entire process of what it takes to make a film. The students are responsible for the story, the characters, plot, script, setting the scenes, costumes, shooting, sound, lighting, editing and production. The TY first film of the year was shot by Room 32 bringing a festive feel to the corridors with Santa hats, twinkling lights and an original story about a girl whose touch turned everything Christmassy.

Congratulations to the Ursuline Senior Ladies Footballers who secured a two-point victory over Coláiste na Déise in the Munster Schools Championship. The Tipp girls played the Dungarvan side on Thursday, 21 November with a Munster 1/4 final spot for the winner. UCT started well but failed to convert a number of superb chances before Rachel Quinlan and Chloe Slattery grabbed a goal each. Eimear McGrath, Chloe Slattery and Erin Bourke all added to the score line with a point apiece.. In the mean time Dungarvan had responded with 1-3. Niamh O Dwyer for Ursuline then hit top form and struck 2-1 within five minutes to extend the lead. Not to be outdone Dungarvan raised the green and white flag before Kate O Conner for Ursuline received a quick pass from Aoibhinn Fanning and struck the back of the net. Half time score was 5-4 to 2-4. With conditions worsening play was difficult for both sides in the second half. Dungarvan started well and had four points scored within ten minutes. Although there was equal possession the Ursuline could not seem to convert to scores. With five minutes on the clock Dungarvan grabbed their third goal to leave only a two point deficit between the teams. UCT finally got their first score of the half when Eimear Mc Grath pointed from a placed ball. Dungarvan scored another point near the end of full time and set up a nervous few minutes of injury time. Stephanie Dwan nearly secured the win only for her shot hitting the woodwork but the team managed to ward off any last minute Dungarvan resurgence and the final score was Ursuline 5-5 Dungarvan 3-9. It has been a great term for Ursuline Football as the Senior team and both Junior teams have all progressed to the Munster 1/4 finals. The Senior Team will play Ennis, Clare, the Junior 1 team will play Youghal, Cork and the Junior 2 will play Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare.


John Paul II Awards
The John Paul II Awards in recognition of Parish, Community and Social Involvement continue to go from strength to strength each year. At the award ceremony on Thursday, 21 November in the Anner the Ursuline had many students receiving Papal Crosses, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Well done to Orla Cornally and Alix Noonan who both achieved their Papal Cross this year, the highest John Paul 11 Award. There were several Gold medalists including Áine Nyland, Caitlín Power, Eva Morrissey, Makayala O’Donnell, Orla Ryan, Michelle Bergin and Cora Norton. These students completed twenty weeks working in their parishes and twenty weeks volunteering in their communities. Aisling Hickey, Fifth Year, received her Silver medal and Anna Bradish, Sixth Year a Bronze Medal. The Awards were presented by Donal Walsh’s mother Elma who spoke about Donal and the contribution he made in his Parish and local community despite his illness and short life. She highlighted the importance of encouraging and enabling young people to participate in their localities in order to enhance and sustain them. Well done to all students for their ongoing commitment to Awards and to Mr Murphy, the School co-ordinator of the John Paul II Awards.

Say It Workshop
TYs had their annual Say It workshop delivered by those working in the Rape Crises Centre in Kilkenny. They learned about sexual health, sexual violence and keeping themselves safe. A really practical Programme given by those who work in the area of women’s health.

Junior Certs Study Skills Seminar
Junior Cert students had a study skills seminar prepared and delivered by their teachers last Thursday, 28 November. Students were asked to think about the type of learner they are whether that is visual, auditory, kinesthetic or read/write learner. The teachers spoke about the characteristics of each and what methods best suited each type. They gave them tips for staying on top of work, staying motivated, planning and organisation. It was a very beneficial workshop that also dealt with student well being issues such as managing stress and taking care of themselves at busy times.

There was a nice atmosphere at lunchtime on Thursday when many members of staff joined students for a bite to eat in celebration of Thanksgiving. The accompanying musical of ABBA certainly lifted the spirits and it was a really good beginning to the festive season. There will be more craic to come with Christmas activities organised by Fifth Year School Councillors starting this week to count us into the holidays.

November 22, 2019

Kate Ryan, Irish U16 Hockey
Congratulations to Kate Ryan, Third Year, who got the call up last week for the Irish U16 Training Panel. Kate, has been attending trials since before the mid-term break. She is fantastically dedicated to her sport and it is great to see that her hard work and training has been rewarded.

Mission Day
The Leaving Certs in the Ursuline always do a superb job each year in organising Mission Day. The money collected, through fun antics on the day, goes directly to Sr Claire Ursula, a Thurles missionary from the Convent working in Kenya. This year they outdid themselves by putting on a ‘Ladies Day at the Races.’ There had plenty of stalls and activities set out for the other years and teachers to enjoy such as pin the tail on the horse, bouncy castles, face painting, a glow disco, a guess the caption competition and much more besides. The style stakes were incredibly high with teachers and Leaving Cert students putting on their finery for the ‘Best Dressed’ Competition. The races themselves were more human than equine with a slow race, walked at a glacial pace. The joint winners were Ms Bourke and Ms Hogan, crossing the finish line in a dead heat. Ms Cregan and Mr English left the rest of the field in tatters in the piggy back race. Despite putting in quite a bit of pre-race training Mr McGlynn and Mr Kirby never got going in the three legged race, finishing poorly in last place. The races were followed by a catwalk show to find the best home-made creative headpiece from among the Sixth Years. There were some lovely hats and renowned milliner Alison Roe travelled to UCT especially to do the judging. The overall winner was a colourful origami creation designed and worn by Fiona Guidera.
Ms Egan won the best teachers hat with a Christmas inspired wide brimmed tinsel trimmed sun hat festooned with twinkle lights. Thanks to the Leaving Certs who did a fantastic job putting on Mission Day and making it so memorable. Thanks also to their Year Head Ms Bourke who kept them motivated and encouraged them in all their ideas.

Geography Bake Off
The Geography Department ran a Great Geography Bake Off open to all students on Monday, 18 November to mark Geography Week. There was great excitement as the mouthwatering mountains, volcanoes, land masses and landscapes were exhibited at lunchtime. The number of entries was phenomenal with over 30 cakes of all geographical descriptions presented for judging. Ms Gaynor from the Home Economic Department was in the unenviable position of having to pick a Junior and Senior winner. In the end Sixth Year student Saoirse Ryan’s Poulnabrone Dolmen set on the karst landscape of The Burren won in the Senior category. The Junior category winner was a highly imaginative and realistic earthquake cake complete with car being swallowed up by a massive vault line, baked by Joy McAteer and Hannah Murphy. Other activities during the week included a scavenger hunt on Wednesday and on Thursday at lunch time there was a fun Stop the Geography Bus which was won by Gráinne Callanan, Second Year.

Hockey Results
There are a number of hockey results from the last couple of weeks. The Junior As beat the Presentation from Brandon. The Senior Bs and Minor Bs had no joy against Loreto Clonmel.
The Senior As had a great win against Regina Mundi from Cork finishing out the game 4-2. The Junior As won their Regina Mundi clash impressively beating the Leesiders 4-0.
Last week First Years, Senior and Junior As were away to Mount Mercy on Wednesday, 20 November. The home advantage proved a challenge on this occasion and the Junior As succumbed 2-1 while the Senior As had to content themselves with a 0-0 draw. The First Years played their hearts out to win 1-0, Rosie O’Grady finding the net for UCT.

Comhairle na nÓg
The Ursuline was well represented at the recent Comhairle Na Nóg meeting of the Tipperary branch. The students in attendance included Julia McConnell, Ava O’Dwyer, Claudia O’Brien and Aoife Curran. Julia McConnell and Aoife Curran were selected for the current Committee. Comhairle Na Nóg is a Tipperary Youth Council and this year’s Committee, is under the Chairmanship of Sixth Year student, Aishlinn Maher. Other Ursuline students in attendance included Siobhán Green, Sixth Year and Jessica Skeffington, Second Year.

TY Work Experience
The TYs were on the first of their Work Experience placements last week. They will do three in total over the course of the year. It is a wonderful opportunity for them to experience life in the workforce and sample careers they have an interest in. Thanks to all employers who have taken on Ursuline work experience students, it is greatly appreciated.

CBS Show
Following on from auditions twelve TY students have been chosen to take part in the CBS Show in January. Quite a few will be taking on lead roles with the others singing in the Chorus. Well done to Anna Derby, Eva McBrearty, Avril Macken, Antonia Kevin, Anna Grace, Kate Lawlor, Julie McConnell, Ella Murphy, Aoibhinn Quirke, Avril Clohessy, Aoife Curran and Kate Grogan. Best of luck to the Ursuline girls and to the entire production team in the CBS. They always put on a great show.

November 14, 2019

Open Evening
The Ursuline annual Open Evening took place last Tuesday, 12 November. The school was delighted with the huge turn out, with over three hundred prospective students and their parents coming through the doors between 4.30 – 6.30 pm. The stars of the night were the present First Years who gave tours telling of their first-term experiences in UCT. They were charming, competent and articulate and many parents were delighted to hear first hand how these youngest members of the School Community had settled into Secondary School. Overall the response to the School was really positive. There were displays and presentations throughout the building and grounds encapsulating all the many, diverse extra curricular activities the Ursuline has to offer. The Music Department showcased Chamber Choir, and Senior Orchestra whilst there were individual musical performances on piano, flute, saxophone, cello and an outstanding duet by two First Years, Ròisín and Mairead, who delighted with both classical and trad pieces. The Science Labs are always a big attraction on the tour and this year they were an even bigger draw with a periodic table cake decorated by Ms Hogan and the TY’s to mark the 150 Anniversary of the table of elements. There was hockey, badminton and basketball displays in the Sports Hall and a fun obstacle course for the Primary School students to have a go at. The Home Economics Department had tasty sausage rolls and scones and students were busy baking and sewing craftwork projects. There were a few historical characters floating around the History Room and games in the Business Room and Languages area. Thanks to all who came to visit us on the night and particularly thanks to our own students and staff who stayed late to give a hand. As always it was a night full of enthusiasm and fun.

University of Limerick Scholarships
The Ursuline wishes to congratulate Gemma O’Dwyer and Laurna Ryan who received Entrance Scholarships from the University of Limerick. Both students did exceptionally well in their Leaving Cert and both are studying Law and Accounting in UL. That brings to six the total number of bursaries awarded to students from the Class of 2019.

Gael Linn Debating
Congratulations to the Junior Gael Linn Debating team who are through to the next round after an unanimous win last week. They beat Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise and St Leo’s in Carlow. Kate Ryan, Lauren Mullally and Gráinne O’Donnell spoke for three minutes each opposing the motion ‘School Days are the Best Days of our Lives’. The bus full of supporters who travelled with them provided great morale, cheering the trio on every step of the way. Their next debate is scheduled to be before Christmas so best wishes to them and their teacher Ms Barry as they prepare for it.

Charities Committee
The Charities Committee have been hard at work both before and after the mid-term break preparing Christmas Shoeboxes for Team Hope. It is such a worthwhile endeavour as the gifts will be shipped to children in war torn and poverty stricken communities across the globe. This is the only present these children will receive and the box always includes essential items for washing, wearing and writing. A fantastic accomplishment by the Charities Committee who gave up lunch times to collect and sort the boxes. Thanks to all students who went to the effort of bringing in a gift and Ms Egan and Ms Stakelum who spearhead the Committee.

Green Schools
Swap Shop, now in its third year, has become an important aspect of the Green School Calendar and a really exciting event for the whole student body to look forward to. This year the focus was entirely on fashion. Students brought in clothes and accessories that they no longer loved to be token traded for other fashion items that caught their eye. There was a huge response with hundreds of tops, skirts, shorts, dresses and jewellery pieces collected in the last few weeks. There was a great buzz on the trading floor on Thursday, 14 November at lunchtime when students got to feast their eyes on the fashion and bag themselves a bargain.

Second Year Retreat
The Second Years had their annual retreat facilitated by An Tobar Nua on Friday, 8 November. This team have been coming to the school for the last number of years and have proved to be very popular with the students. There were ice-breaker games to start off the day and the students and retreat team leaders spoke about the experience of growing up. They discussed the meaning life and Second Years were each given a piece of ‘treasure’ to keep as a reminder that life should always be treasured. The girls also got an opportunity to ask questions about God and Religion which were then addressed by the Retreat Team.

Maths Modeling Workshop
On Tuesday, 12 November, the TY classes had a MACSI, Maths Modeling workshop with lecturers and post graduate Maths students from UL. The Ursuline students have made a start on their modeling projects which requires them to come up with mathematical formulas that can then be applied to real life problems and situations. Some of their innovative ideas include models to quantify popularity, movie success, the spread of disease and the melting of the polar ice caps. The team from UL, overseeing MCCSI, were impressed with the TY’s ideas and their progress so far.

Sixth Year Trip to Hamlet
Leaving Certificate English students accompanied their teachers to see Hamlet on Wednesday, 13 November. The classic Shakespearean tragedy about the Prince of Denmark was performed by the Gaiety School of Acting and staged at the Firkin Crane Theatre in Cork. The play was followed by a workshop that helped students to connect further with the themes, issues and characters. It also aimed at getting them to think critically about the work and the performance in preparation for answering exam questions. Also well done to Mollie Lloyd who won the Hamlet in emojis competition.

Playboy of the Western World
Thirty-eight students, both Higher and Ordinary Level, studying the Playboy of the Western World for Leaving Cert English were treated to a performance of this iconic JM Synge play in Kilkenny on Thursday, 14 November. The play was produced by the Barnstorm Theatre Group and the cast included two members of the Thurles Drama Group Paula and Lorna. The play was really enjoyable and added greatly to the students understanding of the text.

The Junior ‘2’ footballers played Borrisokane on Friday, 8 November in the Munster Junior Football Championship. With the Junior ‘1’ team already through to a Munster 1/4 final there was eagerness on the part of both the players and coaches for the Junior 2’s to qualify and they duly obliged. Ursuline were very unlucky to lose full forward Michelle Flanagan in the warm up due to injury but the team got off to a great start nonetheless when Michelle Dwan scored a goal within the opening minute of the match. Clodagh Fanning, Michelle Dwan and Danielle Ryan all pointed within the next five minutes. Chloe Byrne, joint captain for the day with Robyn Fanning, raised the green flag midway through the half and this was soon followed by another goal by Clodagh Fanning who impressed at centre forward. Niamh Shanahan finished off a great half by scoring 1-1. Borrisokane in the opening half hit a few wides and despite great effort on their part they only managed a point on the scoreboard by halftime. This was due in part to the pressure of the backs with Kate Carr, Lia Malocca, Paula Quirke, Holly Fitzgerald and Alisha Kearney. Half time score was Ursuline 4-1 Borrisokane 0-1. Clodagh Fanning got Ursuline underway in the second half with a well-taken point before Robyn Fanning hit the top corner of the net from twenty five yards out. Borrisokane then hit a real purple patch scoring five unanswered goals. Chloe Byrne led by example and got Ursuline back on track with a great individual point. Borrisokane kept the pressure on Ursuline by scoring a further two goals. With all to play for Paula Quirke got forward for Ursuline and scored a goal to keep Ursuline in front. Borrisokane struck another goal with a few minutes remaining but Ursuline responded with a point from Michelle Dwan and Chloe Byrne with a goal from a free kick. The team now await their Munster 1/4 Final clash to be played in the next two weeks.

Ursuline Senior Footballers travelled to Limerick on Thursday, 7 November to play Abbeyfeale in a Munster Senior Football group game. With the aid of a slight breeze Abbeyfeale were out in front at half time 6-6 to 1-1. This left UCT with a massive uphill battle in the second half. Despite a solid performance they could not make up the deficit and fell short with a final score line of 6-9 to 3-9. With a win against Doon and a draw against Glanmire Ursuline finish the group in second place. Next game against Ard Scoil Na Deise, Dungarvan will be a playoff for a Munster 1/4 place. Best of luck to the team in this crucial decider.

November 7, 2019

University Scholarships
Well done to the Ursuline students from the class of 2019 who have received university scholarships based on their outstanding Leaving Certificate results. Caitríona Timmins and Katie Morrissey have both been awarded UCD Entrance Scholarship. Erika Carroll has been chosen to receive a Trinity Entrance Scholarship. Niamh Hickey, the recipient of the Dr Aisling Butler Memorial Bursary, is also to receive the JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship which supports gifted students across Ireland. Best of luck to the girls as they begin on their chosen career paths.

Congratulations to Maria Connolly, Eimear Bourke,, Grainne Long, Emma Dunphy, Emily Kavanagh and Eimear McGrath, members of the Munster Inter-Pro Camogie team who represented their school and province before the midterm break.

The Junior camogie team played Borrisokane in St Patrick’s College on Tuesday, 5 November. It was an exciting game with plenty of scores from both sides to keep the play moving. The final score was 8-7 to 6-3 in favour of UCT.

The First Years played a challenge against the Presentation Thurles last week. It was a great day out and an opportunity for the players to show coaches their skill level.

There was plenty of action on the Astro turf last week with four Ursuline teams coming head to head with Kilkenny College and the Senior As and Junior As taking on their counterparts from Laurel Hill Secondary School. In the A games the Seniors had a decisive win, beating the Shannonsiders 6-0. Scores were courtesy of Anna Downey who found the net twice, Emily Kavanagh Emma O’Mara, Ciara Kelly and Andrea Hally. The Junior As ended their battle in a 2-2 draw. The Ursuline goal scorers on this occasion were Kate Ryan and Anna McCartan. On Wednesday, 6 November the Junior Bs won their match against Kilkenny 7-0. The Junior Cs left an even bigger deficit between the sides with their 9-0 win. In the other games the Minor As and Minor Cs came through on scorelines of 2-0 and 2-1 respectively. Well done to all involved.

The TYs had a haircare and hairstyling workshop on Monday and Tuesday last week. This popular programme was delivered by Anne O’Reilly of Rootine. Students learned the do’s and don’ts of looking after their locks and got a chance to practice up styling on mannequin heads. It was a most enjoyable and practical workshop.

It has been a fantastic year for Fifth Year student and horsing enthusiast Olivia Swan. Her successful year culminated in her receiving the Leading Munster Pony Rider of the Year Award at a reception held in Ballykisteen Hotel recently. This award was in recognition of her two Eventing Ireland International wins on her pony Rockon Pedro. Olivia’s equestrian talent meant she was selected to represent Ireland at the European Championships in Strzegom Poland in August, where the pair finished in thirteenth place. Well done to Olivia on her shining success.

Well done to the First Year Futsol Soccer team who finished in the runner up spot in the County Final just before the mid-term break. The students played so well just missing out on the top spot.

October 24, 2019

Ursuline’s Sister Act
All good things must come to end and so it was that the Ursuline’s hugely successful run of Sister Act came to an on Thursday, 24 October. Thanks to everyone who came to support this year’s Show. The audiences at each performance were fantastic, clapping, cheering and laughing heartily at the witty one liners peppered throughout the script. There was amazing chemistry between the brassy, raunchy Deloris played so endearingly by Aideen Carew and the no nonsense, straight laced, droll Mother Superior. In this part Aoife Dempsey proved herself to be a fine comic actress with impeccable timing and priceless facial expressions. Other lead actresses who gave stand out performances were Kaci Kerwick who oozed innocence and stage presence as Sr Mary Robert. Michaela Grace Ginty was the affable, music loving, peace-keeper between the two strong female leads. There were great performances from Curtis and his gangster friends, TJ, Pablo and Joey played by Katie Gleeson, Avril Macken, Jodie O’Leary and Eva McBrearty. The whole cast of the over 220 strong chorus, the orchestra and dancers gave belting performances and the costume department outdid themselves both in authenticity and glitz. When the sequined habits took to the stage in the second half the whole place dazzled and twinkled. Many thanks are due to everyone who made Sister Act such a huge success- the stage crew, the lighting and sound crews, the Music Department, the Home Economics Department, the Art Department who miraculously transformed the Sports Hall into a church, the Technology Department who helped with set design, the office staff who sold tickets and produced the programme, the production crew, the students who came in at night to help, the sponsors and parents who donated raffle prizes and every member of staff who helped with prizes, front of house, promotion and supervision. Every Ursuline Show really is a whole School affair.


BT Young Scientist
Eva McBrearty and Annabelle Ryan, TY, have qualified for the 2020 BT Young Scientist. Their project is an investigation of regenerative farming and the girls are considering if it could be the solution to Ireland’s Climate Crisis. The students will look at which farming techniques retain the most carbon in the soil, thereby reducing carbon emissions. They will showcase their finished work in the RDS in January 2020 so the very best of luck to them both as they undertake this very important scientific research.


Congratulations to Ursuline’s Eimear McGrath, Maria Connolly, Eimear Bourke, Gráinne Long, Emily Kavanagh and Emma Dunphy who will represent North Munster in School’s Interprovincial Camogie in Mallow on Friday, 25 October.
Well done to Drom-Inch on their recent and impressive Senior County Camogie win against title-holders and favourites Burgess-Duharra. Wishing all the Ursuline pupils, past and present, on the Drom-Inch panel, all the best as they progress in the Munster Club Championship.


Maths and Science Olympiad
Katie Gleeson, TY, has been selected to participate in the National Maths and Science Olympiad to be held in Dublin over the mid-term break. The State Examinations Commission identified Katie as being eligible for the competition due to her outstanding results in Junior Cert Maths and Science. Well done also to her Maths and Science teachers Ms Ryan and Ms Kelly.


Europe Direct Soapbox Public Speaking
There was great representation from the Ursuline at the Europe Direct Soapbox Public Speaking Competition held in Nenagh Library on Tuesday, 22 October. Ms Quinn, as always, is keeping the enthusiasm and art of public speaking alive in the school. She did a fine job in guiding the students and preparing them with their delivery of their three minute speeches. They spoke on the topic ‘Climate Change is not my problem’ with each of the Ursuline students opposing this controversial statement.


Following on from the school’s huge success in reaching its first ever National Soccer Final the Ursuline had two teams competing in this year’s FAI Post Primary Futsal Soccer competition held in Tipperary on Thursday, 17 October. The girls beat Coláiste Pobal Roscrea, St Joseph’s Borrisoleigh and Coláiste Mhuire in this first leg. Two teams now go through to the County Final – Ursuline Thurles and Presentation Thurles. Well done to both teams who took part and best of luck to those who will fly the UCT flag in the next round.

Rotary Youth Leadership
Jennifer Murphy has been selected to represent the Ursuline in the Rotary Youth Leadership Competition. She interviewed on Thursday, 17 October along with other students in the school who have shown exceptional leadership qualities. Jennifer impressed the judges with her participation in Loreto Convent Model UN where she won a Best Delegate Award this year. She spoke about her interest in Gael Linn Debating and being part of the All Ireland Winning Team. In her spare time Jennifer in a keen sailor and is a qualified sailing instructor. She won second place in Bronze fleet in Mirror European sailing. She is a keen musician, taking lead roles in the Ursuline Musicals over the last number of years and achieving Grade 7 in her piano exams. She is very accomplished and will do the School and herself proud in the next round of Rotary interviews. Well done to all students who put themselves forward Sarah C. Fitzgerald, Cora Norton, Aoife Murphy and Chloe O’Connell.


Sarah Bell and Hannah O’Brien, North Munster Soccer
Ursuline soccer stars Hannah O’Brien, TY and Sarah Bell, Second Year, were part of the North Munster Soccer squad who travelled to Liverpool recently for a challenge match. Hannah the goalie and Sarah who plays centre-back had a great experience playing against a tough English side.


Well done to First Year students, Lily O’Reilly, Naoise Quinlivan and Ruth Schofield who participated in the National Pony Games in Punchestown recently. They girls did a great job guiding themselves and their ponies Crunchie, Flash and Silver to success.

October 17, 2019

Sister Act
Ursuline’s Sister Act had audiences rocking in the aisles and rolling with laughter when it opened last weekend. The cast of around two hundred and twenty, involving students from Third Year, TY, Fifth Year and Sixth Year were outstanding in all their performances. The stage was rife with energy and joy from beginning to end and the comic moments were razor sharp with lots of memorably witty lines. The Alan Menken score of big musical numbers such as Raise Your Voice, Take Me To Heaven and Sunday Morning Fever lifted the roof and uplifted the spirits of all those watching and singing. Aideen Carew owned the stage in the role of Deloris. She was magnificently bawdy, brash, big mouthed but completely loveable. She contrasted humourously with the strict, traditional but ultimately big-hearted Mother Superior was acted with great conviction by Aoife Dempsey. The hero of the piece, cop sweaty Eddie, was played endearingly by Anna Derby. He saves Deloris from thevillainous bully boy Curtis and his band of henchmen Joey, Pablo and TJ played by Katie Gleeson, Eva McBrearty, Jodie O’Leary and Avril Macken respectively. It was another brilliant, thoroughly enjoyable and fun production from the Ursuline students and the fantastically dedicated music and production team involved. Well done everyone.

Junior Football
Ursuline Junior footballers played their last group game on Monday, 14 October against Presentation Clonmel. Although the weather was biblical it didn’t have any effect on the performance of the footballers. From the get go, Ursuline took the lead with Grainne O’Donnell blasting the net with only seconds on the clock. It was to be an impressive performance from her as she finished the half with a personal tally of 3-1. Joint captains, Katie O’Dwyer and Rachel Quinlan, led by example in the first half and ended with an impressive 3-3 between them. UCT dominated the first thirty minutes with Katie Gleeson (1-0), Jess Gleeson (0-2), Clodagh Fanning (0-1), Michelle Flanagan (0-1) and Kate McGrath (0-1) all adding to the score board. Half-time score was Ursuline 7-9 to 0-1. Ursuline stared the second half where they left off with Michelle Flanagan and Niamh Shanahan scoring 0-1 and 1-0 respectively. Alice O’Donoghue and Michelle Flanagan were on target with impressive solo goals to extend the lead even further. With five minutes remaining Robyn Fanning raised the white flag. Paula Quirke ended a great Ursuline performance by scoring a point after good build up play from Sarah Corcoran, Danielle Ryan, and Kate Ferncombe. We now have qualified for a Munster quarter-final after the mid-term break.

LGFA First Year Blitz
On Tuesday, 8 October, the First Years got their Ursuline football careers off to a flying start in the Tipperary Schools First Year Blitz held in Rockwell. There is such interest in football this year among this year group that the school entered two teams. The Ursuline ‘A’ team began the competition well beating St. Anne’s Tipperary Town in the first game 1-4 to 0-1. Mid-fielders Lucy Purcell and Anna O’Donoghue were influential keeping Ursuline in front and Clodagh Twomey in goal kept a clean. The second game against Cashel CC saw the girls play superbly from the throw in. Ciara Fitzpatrick and Sarah Quinlan were at hand to finish off a great Ursuline performance as Leah O Brien and Grace Hennessy were solid in the full back line. The final score was 4-4 to 1-0. Cahir proved to be a good match for the Ursuline and they pushed out in front in the opening five minutes. However once Rachel Ryan and Roisin Duffy in defence got the measure of the Cahir forwards Jane Corcoran and Maria Ralph did the scoring at the other end. As the match neared the final whistle Ursuline went ahead after solid work from Maeve Lynch. Final score was 4-1 to 2-1. The last group game was against a very strong Loreto Clonmel team. Emma Corcoran and Olivia Ward did very well to keep Loreto scores at a minimum but despite the effort UCT ended up losing 1-4 to 0-2. Ursuline finished in the top two in the group that put us through to a final against Loreto. The loss to Loreto in the group stages spurred Ursuline on in the final and they duly obliged. Leah O’Brien lifted the cup on behalf of all Ursuline students and they were crowned First Year Tipperary Schools ‘A’ champions.
Ursuline ‘B’ team also had a great day out and showed great talent in their games. Losing to St. Anne’s ‘B’ in the first game (3-1 to 0-1) they turned that around by beating Loreto Clonmel in the second game 3-1 to 0-2. Philomena Gillman, Ava O Dwyer, Alison Morgan and Isabelle Carr were the scorers. They narrowly lost to Borrisakane in the final game 2-1 to 1-2 which meant they didn’t qualify to the semi final but showed great spirit and mettle throughout the day in all their games.

German Debating
The German Debating team of Ellen Duggan, Ellie McMinn, Jennifer Murphy and Rebecca Walshe were in action against Coláiste Cholim Ballincollig on Thursday, 17 October. They opposed the motion Every School Day Should Start with a Period of PE. They prepared well, spoke well and argued their case passionately to secure a first round win.

The Ursuline Senior Camogie team played Doon in Sarsfields pitch on Tuesday, 15 October. They equipped themselves well against the Limerick side to secure their third win of the championship. This sees the Senior team through to the Munster Semi-Final.
On foot of winning the Munster 7s title last week the Ursuline were flying the flag for Munster in the Provincial 7s Final. The team travelled to Trim on Wednesday, 16 October to complete in the All Ireland series against Loretor Kilkenny, Presentation Athenry and St Louis Ballymena. UCT dug deep and played with great verve up against fierce competion from the Leinster and Connacht sides in particular. They won their game against Ballymena to finish third.

The Senior As and Junior As secured recent wins against Villiers in the Munster Schools League. Junior A goalscorers included two from Grace Murtagh and one each from Alex Hally and Anna McCartan. In the Senior A game those who found the back of the net were Aoibhinn Fanning, Emma Osborne and Emily Kavanagh with a double.
On Wednesday, 17 October the Senior As had a spectacular 6-1 win against Leesiders Ashton. Those who obliged with scores included Emma O’Meara, Marion Gillman and Emily Kavanagh.

October 10, 2019

The Ursuline School Show, Sister Act
With opening night on Saturday, 19 October, Sister Act, this year’s Ursuline School Show is shaping up to be a musical feast. The cast of over 200 students from Third Year, TY, Fifth Year and Sixth Year are singing with zest, dancing with pep and enjoying rehearsals in the lead up to this spectacular show. There will be loads of comedy from big personalities, singing the big show stopping tunes accompanied by a professional orchestra. It will be a fantastic night’s entertainment so don’t miss out. Tickets will be on sale at the Main School Office from Monday, 14th October or to reserve seats ring 0504-22147.


The Ursuline Senior footballers beat STN Doon in their first championship debut of the season. The game, played in Clonoulty, saw the Thurles contenders dominate in the first half with the first five scores resulting in goals. Those finding the back of the net included Marian Gillman, Roisin Bambrick, Kate O’Connor, Niamh O’Dwyer and Eimear Heffernan. Eimear McGrath was ever reliable on set piece duty and had three points to her name before the half time whistle. STN Doon responded by scoring four well-worked points. However Niamh O’Dwyer was on hand to add two further goals for Ursuline to complete her hatrick of the day. Anna Downey was impressive in midfield, accurately placing three points from distance. Doon in the meantime scored three points but Ursuline were on a roll, clocking up a further 3-2 from Kate O Connor 1-1, Roisin Bambrick 1-0, Erin Bourke 1-0 and Eimear Heffernan 0-1. The half time scoreboard read Ursuline 11-7 Doon 0-7. Doon started the second half brightly by scoring 2-2 within the first 10 minutes. Anna Downey extended the Ursuline lead by a point while Stephanie Dwan added a goal with 15 minutes remaining. Doon kept battling to the end adding four more points to their tally. However, Sarah Mae Crosse put further daylight between the teams by raising the green flag. Ursuline put away three more points and the game ended with Ursuline 13-10 STN Doon 2-13. Ursuline will take on Glanmire CC and Abbeyfeale in the remaining two group games.

First thing on Monday morning, 7 October, the Senior Camogie team headed to Cork to meet Bandon side Coláiste na Toirbhirte in the second round of the Munster A Championship. The long bus journey south was worth it in the end with Ursuline coming out on top 2-16 to Bandon 1-2.


Tipperary LGFA First Year Blitz
Two teams of enthusiastic First Year Footballers did themselves and the school proud in the Tipperary LGFA Football Blitz held in Rockwell on Tuesday, 8 October. The Ursuline first team beat strong contenders Loreto Clonmel in the A final by 4-5 to 1-5 to lift the first cup of the year for the school. They played their socks off with exceptional performances from all 16 girls on the Blue panel team.
The second Ursuline team, the Reds, also had a great day out with some fine displays of football and teamwork. They had a decisive win against Clonmel in their group.


Munster Schools Golf
Congratulations to Beatriz Rodriguez Ariza, Amy Mangan and Siobhan Doran who came second in the Muster School’s Golf Tournament held in Charleville last week. This fantastic finish sees the trio secure a place in the All Ireland Final. Well done girls.

On Thursday, 3 October the TYs nipped across the road to The Source theatre to check out the latest comic offering from Ger Carey. The TY Comedy Tour was full of light-hearted fun and Ger’s witty observations on the daily grind, secret life and inner workings of the adolescent mind were spot on. He had the students laughing at him and with him as he explored and mimicked the habits, eccentricities and characteristics that so often feature on this stopping off point between childhood and adulthood.

TY Maths
The TYs had a workshop on Mathematical modelling last week given by Postgraduate Maths students and lecturers from UL. The visit aimed to help students with their Maths project work in TY. Their challenging Maths project for this term involves coming up with mathematical equations and formulas that can be applied to real life situations. The intention is for students to use Maths in a practical way such as to mathematically work out rising sea levels or discern how quickly disease can spread within a population.

Space Road Show, UL
The Space Road Show in UL was an opportunity for TYs and Fifth Years interested Physics to find out about the wide-ranging opportunities provided by Space science and space exploration. The first speaker of the day was current Ms Universe Ireland, Fionnghuala O’Reilly who works as a datanaut – a data analyst for NASA. They heard from a space architect who discussed the kind of building materials that would be necessary for the habitation of other planets. Other speakers included a film-maker and cartoonist with an interest in space themed street art and a man who works for the European Space Agency. It was a great day out for those with a serious interest in physics and the science of the universe.

October 3, 2019

Kate Ryan Irish U16 Hockey
Congratulations to Kate Ryan, Third Year, who has been selected to attend trials for the Irish U16 Hockey squad. It is great news for Kate, who is a dedicated and determined player. She impressed the coaches at the Inter-Provincials in Cork recently where she was a redoubtable member of the Munster U16 side along. The whole school is behind her, with fingers crossed that she will play out of her skin on the day of the trials.

There was plenty of action on the Hockey pitches this week, both at home and away. On Wednesday Junior As had a decisive victory over Kilkenny College, while the Junior Bs lost out in their game. The Minor A match finished in a 0-0 draw. The Minor Bs had no luck against their Kilkenny counterparts.
There is plenty of enthusiasm among the First Years for hockey and on Wednesday 2 October five teams headed off to a blitz hosted by Crescent. They played teams from Crescent, Rockwell and Laurel Hill. They got an opportunity to put their skills into action and have a fun day out. All five teams got into the playoffs and enjoyed their first foray into competition.

Sister Act
Rehearsals are well underway for this year’s school musical Sister Act with opening night on Saturday, 19 September. A veteran of previous Ursuline Shows Aideen Carew takes the lead as wild, raunchy night club singer Deloris Van Cartier supported by a talented cast that includes Aoife Dempsey as the Mother Superior and Michaela Grace Ginty as Monsignor O’Hara. There are loads of hilarious moments throughout interspersed with big musical numbers such as Raise Your Voice, Take Me to Heaven and Fabulous Baby. Bookings can be made through the School on 0504-22147.

The Junior Footballers are flying high after securing their second win of the group in the Munster championship on Thursday, 26 September in Clonoulty. Thurles and Tipp traded points before St. Anne’s grabbed a goal to put them in front. However, the determination of Cathy Hogan in midfield for Ursuline responded by running 30yards and blasting to the back of the net. Grainne O’Donnell was at hand numerous times throughout the first half and had three points to her name before the break. With five minutes to go in the half, Rachel Quinlan extended the Ursuline lead scoring 1-1. Half time score was Ursuline 2-5 St. Anne’s 1-2. The second half started with both teams again going point on point before Ursuline took hold of the game. Michelle Flanagan came in from the subs beach and immediately made an impact raising the green flag. Joint captains Rachel Quinlan and Katie O’Dwyer lead by example. Rachel scored an impressive individual point by gaining possession on the half forward line, beating two markers to finish exquisitely from an acute angle, taking her personal tally to 1-2 for the day. Katie O’Dwyer was equally as impressive as she scored 2-1, the last goal being struck from 30 yards out and lobbed in over the keeper. Kate Burke capped off a great Ursuline performance finding the back of the net with a few minutes remaining. The final score was 6-7 to 1-5. They will now play Presentation Clonmel in their last group game and are in a great position to grab a Munster 1/4 spot.

In a double header the Second Junior team got their campaign off to a winning start too by beating St. Anne’s 2, a game which was also played in Clonoulty the previous Thursday. From throw in Ursuline dominated, taking a strong 2-11 to 0-0 lead in the first half. Ursuline scores came from Michelle Flanagan, Niamh Shanahan, Michelle Dwan, Orlaith Ryan, Robyn Fanning and Chloe Byrne. Oralith Ryan got Ursuline off to a great start in the second half by scoring a well worked point. Megan Kelly and Louise Hickey both raised the green flag to further extend the lead. Alice O’ Donoghue added 1-1 before Kate Ferncombe grabbed a point with 10 minutes to go. Sarah Corcoran and Danielle Ryan were influential in midfield setting up the majority of scores. Final score was 4-19 to 0-1. They will now play Rockwell in the next group game.

On Thursday, 3 October the Junior B Footballers were in action against a particularly strong outfit from Rockwell. The Ursuline played well despite the miserable conditions. There were plenty of standout performances across the field of play with Chloe Byrne, Orlaith Ryan and Robyn Fanning being in fine fetter throughout.

An Tríail
Leaving Cert Irish students studying the Mairead Ní Ghárda play An Tríail went to see a production of it in the Belltable Arts Centre in Limerick on Monday, 30 September. They really enjoyed seeing the characters and the plot come to life on the stage and it helped them greatly with their understanding of the text.

The Junior’s started theIr Camogie Championship with a win against Doon on Wednesday, 2 October. It was a tight game that ended 2-10 to 1-10 in Ursuline’s favour. The Limerick side put it up to the girls with both teams battling till the end.

September 26, 2019

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.

Inter-Provincial Hockey
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.

Ladies Football
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.