January 23, 2020

Public Speaking
UCT had a very busy week with four teams preparing for the regional round of the Knights of Columbus Public Speaking. This national competition allows young people the opportunity to research and explore their religion and in particular its relevance to today’s life. Representing the School from Fifth Year are Ellie Culliton, Leah Phelan and Ellen Duggan. The other Fifth Year team is Erica Ryan, Kaja Gorwa and Michaela Grace Ginty. TY also fielded two teams in the competition with Julie McConnell, Isobel Doyle and Caoimhe Martin comprising one team and Aoife Curran, Saoirse Barrett and Leanne Party Power making up the other TY trio.
Ellie Culliton is this year’s Ursuline qualifier for the Soroptimist Munster Final in Limerick. Following on thirty years of UCT tradition in this competition we wish Ellie the very best of luck in what is always a worthwhile and stimulating endeavour.

On Saturday 18, January Ursuline competed in their second Munster Final in as many weeks. The Seniors were through to an All-Ireland Semi-Final so fingers were crossed that the Juniors could make it an Ursuline double in Munster. The Junior As travelled to Cork Camogie Grounds to play the uncompromising Scared Heart Clonakilty. It was always going to be a challenge. Clonakilty got an early lead leaving the score 2-1 to no score after ten minutes. Ursuline tried very hard but could only manage two points from frees despite a huge push. The opening of the second half saw Ursuline rally further and after scoring 2-1 were only two points off their West Cork rivals. Frees kept Clonakilty to the fore and that momentum carried them through to leave the final score 2-9 to 2-3. Wishing Sacred Heart the very best in their All Ireland Semi-Final.

First and Second Year Basketball players had games last week against St Anne’s, Tipperary Town in the South East league. There was success for both teams.
The First Year result was Ursuline Thurles 18 St Anne’s.12. The Second Years had a comprehensive win in their encounter Ursuline Thurles 34 St Anne’s.6.
The First Year’s also played CTI from Clonmel last week and kept up their winning streak with a 36 – 0 victory. Well done to all involved.

On Monday, 20 the Junior Bs won their league game against Presentation Thurles 4-0.
The Seniors As beat Scoil Mhuire 2-1 in their League play-off game and have Senior A Cup Semi at home to Mount Mercy on Wednesday next.
The Minor As also had a 2-0 victory in their Cup Quarter-Final match against Scoil Mhuire, Cork.
The Junior As drew 3-3 against Scoil Mhuire coming back from 2-0 down in the opening stages. They will now play Scoil Mhuire in the return fixture.

CBS Show
Well done to the sixteen Ursuline TYs who were part of the cast of The Greatest Show. Congratulations to the staff and students of the CBS who staged a fantastic musical again this year.

All TY classes are currently completing a two day First Aid course which will certify them as first responders for two years.

Anna Ryan

Last weekend Ursuline student Anna Ryan, Sixth Year, won the National Junior Women’s Pentathlon in Athlone. Anna competed in five events – 60mH, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt & 800m. This extraordinary feat was followed the next day in Nenagh by winning the Munster Girl’s U/19 Pole Vault and High Jump and finishing second in the Shot Putt and second in the Senior Women’s Pole Vault. On Sunday 5, January Anna won the Munster Junior 60mH & Shot Putt and was second in the Pole Vault.

In February, she is receiving a Munster Star Award for the Best Tipperary Juvenile Female Athlete at Munster level and a Tipperary Star Award for the Best Juvenile County Tipperary Athlete and an Achievement Award for representing Ireland at the Youth Nations Cup last August.

Anna’s athletics career continues to go from strength to strength and in the Ursuline their is huge pride at all she has achieved . Well done Anna.

Both the Senior and Junior Football teams qualified for Munster Semi-Finals which were played last week.

Ursuline travelled to Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Tuesday 21, January to play Clonakilty in the Junior Football Munster Semi-Final. Clonakilty started out strong, racing to a 1-2 lead. Ursuline then took hold of the game and scored two points from joint captain Katie O Dwyer. Sarah Bell, Grace Fitzpatrick and Clodagh Morris were now getting on top and setting up numerous attacks. Ursuline took the lead when Chloe Byrne intercepted a kick out to race through on goal and hit the back of the net. Clonakilty grabbed another point before Katie O Dwyer raised another white flag from a free. The half time score was Ursuline 1-4 Clonakilty 1-3, still anyone’s to play for. Clonakilty began the second half by scoring a goal to put them back in front. Ursuline responded by two points from Grace Murtagh and Katie O’Dwyer. Grace Murtagh and co-captain Rachel Quinlan were creating chances and equally defending at the other end. Clonakilty then opened up a lead by scoring two quick goals against the run of play. However, Ursuline kept the pressure on and were awarded a penalty when Katie O’Dwyer was fouled. She duly slotted to the bottom left hand corner to reduce the lead. Soon after she pointed for Ursuline from an impressive individual run and as Ursuline piled on the pressure with minutes left Clonakilty counter attacked to score their fifth goal of the game. The game ended on a final score Ursuline 2-6 Clonakilty 5-3. The girls in blue can hold their heads proudly. They produced great displays of football and showed grit right up to the final whistle. Well done to all.

The previous week the Ursuline Senior Footballers played Mercy Mounthawk on Friday 17, January in Charleville in their Munster Semi-Final decider.. In what was expected to be close game, only a few points separated the teams throughout. Mercy Mounthawk, from the Kingdom, started well and were 1-3 ahead in the first ten minutes. Ursuline soon gained momentum with Niamh O’Dwyer pointing followed by a goal from Marion Gillman. Captain Maria Connolly and Vice-Captains Aoife Cashman and Katelyn Ruddy were starting to get on top in the full back line and kept Mercy Mounthawk scoreless for the rest of the half. Eimear McGrath and Kate O’Connor pointed for Ursuline and the half time score ended with Ursuline 1-4 Mercy Mounthawk 1-3. The Kerry contenders started the second half quickly and found the net with their first attack. Ursuline responded with a flurry of points from Katie O’Dwyer and three from Eimear McGrath. Emma Dunphy, Erin Bourke and Caoimhe McCarthy setting up the attacks from the wing back line. Ursuline were leading by two points when with ten minutes to go they conceded three crucial points and suddenly found themselves behind. Katie O’Dwyer grabbed a point in the dying minutes but Mercy Mounthawk responded with 1-1. Cathy Hogan raised the green flag for the Ursuline and in the last minute of injury time she had a goal attempt blocked on the line. The final score was Ursuline 2-9 Mercy Mounthawk 3-9. The Seniors played out of their skins and were heartbroken to end their epic battle only one score off Tralee.

January 16, 2020

Joanne O’Riordan Visits the Ursuline
The Ursuline was delighted to welcome Joanne O’Riordan to the School on Friday, 10 January, 2020. Joanne, a Sports Journalist with the Irish Times and disability activist, is one of only seven people in the world with Tetra-amelia syndrome, a condition whereby she was born without limbs.

She was vivacious, energetic and her message of positivity really resonated with students and staff. The twenty-three year old self declared people person has a great attitude to life. She doesn’t give up on things easily refusing to let her disability or anything else get in the way of achieving what she sets her mind to. Joanne, a natural speaker with a quick and lively wit, had the students laughing, smiling and nodding in agreement at her wise words. She spoke about her life now, growing up, her degree in Criminology, her love of Sport and her work in Journalism.

The students had loads of questions for her such as what did she think her life would be like if she’d been born in a different era when technology wasn’t as advanced, what would she love to achieve as a journalist and what her typical day is like. She told them she loves meeting people, ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things and listening to their stories. She always tries to show the brighter side of life rather than focusing on all the sadness and badness in the world, both in her personal life and her work. She advised them not to be too tied to specific goals as life throws up random things so it’s best to keep an open mind. She told them to put positivity into the world and they would get it back in spades.

She was thanked by Fifth Year students Katie McCarthy and Méabh Casey, who made the initial contact with Joanne and had a big part in arranging the visit. Before she hit the road Joanne met with the Senior

A Camogie panel to give them some motivational words ahead of their Munster Final the following day. She told them everyone on the team has the potential to be a hero. She urged them to go out, give it their all and find the hero within. She certainly empowered them to rise to the challenge as they came back from four points down at half time to beat the reigning Munster and All Ireland Champions, St Angela’s, Waterford. Thanks to Joanne for taking time out to come to the Ursuline and making such a big impression and leaving a positive imprint on all who heard and met her.

Irish Ambassador to Sweden Visits the Ursuline
Past pupil, her Excellency, Dympna Hayes, the Irish Ambassador to Sweden was an honored guest at the School on Friday, 10 January. She spoke to the TY’s about the work of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Ireland’s role in the United Nations. She was accompanied by Corporal Patrick Dollard who has served as an UN Peacekeeper in the Lebanon, Liberia, Chad and the Balkans. He spoke about Ireland’s 60 years of unbroken UN Peacekeeping service, the only country in the world with this lengthy record. Currently there are 600 Irish personnel working with the UN overseas. Her Excellency, Ms Hayes, lives and works in Stockholm. As part of her duties she invites Irish people to the Embassy to celebrate Irishness and promotes engagement and fosters links between the Irish Government and the Swedish Government. She also spoke about Ireland’s bid to become a non permanent member of the UN Security Council. She presented the School Council members with a UN Flag and got to meet her niece in TY Ella Hayes. It was a huge privilege for the School to welcome back Dympna and everyone is very proud of the important work she is doing in her ambassadorial role.

Little Princess Trust
On Wednesday, 15 January, 33 students from First Year to Sixth Year and two teachers, Ms Carew and Ms Coman cut their hair and donated at least seven inches each off their luscious locks for a very worthy charity, the Little Princess Trust. This unusual charity drive was the brainchild of Ms Carew’s Second Year Tutor class, 2C. Little Princess Trust uses the hair to make wigs for children and young adults who have lost their own due to illness, treatment or medical conditions such as alopecia. The School would like to thank the trainees and staff at St Sheelan’s College, Templemore who kindly cut the students hair on Wednesday and for the really nice atmosphere and sense of camaraderie among the Ursuline students and the students of St Sheelan’s.

Presentation of Mission Day Cheque
On Friday, 10 January Sr Claire Ursula, of the Ursuline Missions in Kenya met with Sixth Year School Councillors and their Year Head, Ms Bourke to receive a cheque for €5000. The money, the proceeds of Mission Day, organised by the Leaving Certs last November, will go directly to the education of young Kenyan girls and women. This money will be used to provide them with important vocational skills needed to secure employment and gain access to better opportunities for themselves and their families. Thanks to all students who donated so generously on Mission Day and to the Leaving Certs who gave the whole School a fun ‘Day at the Races’ and made it a day to remember.

It was a great start for the Senior A Hockey Team on Wednesday, 15 January when they beat Laurel Hill Cólaiste in the first round, quarter-final of the Munster Cup. It was a decisive 5-1 victory for the UCT girls who travelled to Limerick for the match. The initial goal came within five minutes thanks to Marion Gillman. Her fortuitous start was followed by Eimear McGrath who rocketed a ball into the net from a penalty corner. Emma O’Mara secured the third Ursuline score with a run along the base line and a cool finish. Coláiste’s only goal came at the end of the third quarter from a straight strike short corner. Aoibhinn Fanning knotched up a UCT fourth, a shot from the right side of the circle. With ten minutes to go and Ursuline well in front, Emma O’Mara made another base line run and slotted the ball home. A great team effort and an enthusiastic start to the season.
The Minor As also took on their Laurel Hill Coláste counterparts and similarly did the business with a 3-0 win.

Basketball Results
In Basketball the Cadets secured wins against St Ailbe’s Tipp Town and Killenaule.
Ursuline Thurles 28 St Ailbies 15
Ursuline Thurles 9. St Anne’s. 30
Ursuline Thurles 30. Killenauale 2
Ursuline Thurles 11. Pres Clonmel 23

The Seniors had very good outcomes in their games against St Ailbe’s, St Anne’s and Killenaule. This qualified them for the South East Quarter Final against Ardscoil Na Mara.
Ursuline Thurles 29 St Ailbies 7
Ursuline Thurles 35. St Anne’s. 32
Ursuline Thurles 52. Killenauale 9
Ursuline Thurles 24. Pres Clonmel 40.

Well done to all players and to their coach Ms Ryall

January 9, 2020

Ursuline win Junior Football Munster Quarter Final

Ursuline Thurles secured a Junior Football Munster semi-final spot last Tuesday 7, January as they overcame Youghal, Cork in Mitchelstown. Ursuline started best and were soon two points ahead courtesy of Grainne O Donnell’s free kicks. Captain Rachel Quinlan led by example finding the back of the net with eight minutes on the clock. Grainne O Donnell added another point to heed tally before she scored a brace of goals to leave Ursuline ahead 3-3 to 0-0 at the break. Ursuline were fortunate to keep Youghal scoreless by halftime as they hit the crossbar and Muireann Treacy in goal pulled off three excellent saves.
Youghal, with the wind in the second half, immediately put pressure on Ursuline by scoring three quick points. However, Ursuline responded with Grainne O Donnell scoring a free and Katie Gleeson grabbing a goal. Jess Gleeson extended Ursuline’s lead as she put over two brilliant points from impressive individual runs. Youghal tried to keep in the match as they scored 1-1 with ten minutes remaining. However, Ursuline finished best with Rachel Quinlan scoring her second goal of the game and Katie Glesson raising two more green flags to end the match with a hatrick. Ursuline will now play Clonakilty on Monday 13, January in Pairc Ui Chiomh. Ursuline Senior footballers will play Mercy Mounthawk in their Munster semi-final on Friday 17th in Mannix College, Charleville.

BT Young Scientist
There was great interest in the Ursuline BT Young Scientist entry of TY students Eva McBrearty and Annabelle Ryan. The duo and their teacher Ms Marian Ryan represented the school with flying colours in the RDS last week with their project titled ‘Is regenerative farming the solution to Ireland’s Climate Crisis?’. There was particular media interest in their research on the benefits of regenerative farming which entails minimum soil disruption. The main thesis they set out to discover is can regeneration sequester more carbon than a plough based system, without affecting the performance of the soil. The girls concluded the longer the soil is left un-ploughed the greater amount of carbon it can hold thereby reducing the carbon footprint in Irish agriculture. The girls had a great start to their exhibition on the opening day being interviewed for Drivetime on RTE Radio 1 and being tweeted about by journalist Marcella Connolly of the Irish Farmers Journal.

TY Coding Workshop
The TY’s had a two hour computers workshop on Tuesday & Wednesday 7 and 8 January. The workshop was facilitated by Roisin and Karen who are lecturers based out of TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus . It consisted of an introduction, which aimed to highlight stereo types and address them, for example the low gender uptake, or the requirement to be a maths genius. This was followed by an introduction to code using a Micro:bit, creating projects such as a temperature sensor and a fit-bit. The workshop concluded with a session on computational thinking using the Bebras challenge, which helps students with their problem skills. The TYs thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Gael Linn Debating
Ursuline Junior Debating trio, Gráinne O’Donnell, Kate Ryan and Lauren Mullaly secured their next round place in the Gael Linn All Irish Debating competition. They were up against Ferrybank, Waterford, Hospital, Limerick and St Anne’s Tipp Town on Wednesday, 8 January, the venue for which was Rockwell College. They argued that RTÉ does not serve the broadcasting needs of the nation well. The team, their supporters and their mentor, Ms Barry, are delighted to be advancing to the next stage.

Senior B’s ended their game against Kilkenny College last week in a nil all draw while the Senior As lost 4-2. The Minor As had a great 3-1 win their game against Corkonians Regina Mundi.
The First Year As lost to Regina Mundi while the First Year Bs had a solid 2-0 win against their Regina Mundi counterparts.

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.