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.

Camogie
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.

Hockey
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.

 

Football
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.

Camogie
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.

TY
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.

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.

Assembly
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.

Equestrian
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.

Camogie
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.

Basketball
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.

September 19, 2019

Sister Act
Rehearsals are underway for this year’s Show, the hilarious and exciting Sister Act. This musical, based on the film but with a very different but equally enjoyable score, promises to be a blast from start to finish. Aideen Carew will storm the stage as the wild and irrepressible cabaret singer Deloris Van Cartier who is hidden away in a convent for her own protection. The escapades of Deloris in the company of the devout but sheltered sisters makes for many memorably comedic moments. Tickets will go on sale in October so book a date with Deloris and her devotional crew to be sure of a seat and a great night of entertainment.

Gaisce Hike
Those students working towards their Gaisce Silver and Bronze medals went hiking in the Slieve Bloom Mountains between Friday, 13 and Sunday 15 September. Accompanying them on this challenge were instructors from the Birr Outdoor Education Centre. The weather was perfect with sunscreen needed for the near Mediterranean like conditions. The students trekked many, many kilometres over the beautiful hills taking in the unspoiled, natural terrain. There were a few blisters and a lot of smiles after the weekend away. Many thanks to the teachers who travelled to Birr and beyond with them – Ms Egan, Ms Bourke, Ms Coffey, Ms O’Shea and Ms Carew.

History Trip
The Sixth Year History class went to Dublin on Tuesday, 17 September for a day of historical fact-finding. The first stop was the beautifully renovated eighteenth century docklands food and whiskey store on the Customs House Quay, home to the EPIC Museum. The interactive galleries tell the story of Irish Emigration. After this it was off to Glasnevin Cemetery to get an entertaining and educational guide to the grave yards most notable residents. The tour guide Katie gave the students an insight into some of the most significant events in Irish History through the lives of the people buried there.

TY Trip to the Ploughing
The four TY groups headed off early to the Ploughing Match on Tuesday, 17 September. They got there in good time and had a great day wandering around the stands, soaking up both the sun and the atmosphere. The carnival was a popular attraction, as was Love Island winner, Greg O’Shea who was spotted by some of the students. The Bourke Sports and O’Neill stands were a must on the list as was the RTE tent for those lucky and patient enough to get in.

Basketball
In Basketball both the Seniors and the Cadets got the season off to a cracking start with wins against St Ailbe’s. In the South East Pool D the Cadets beat their Tipp Town opponents with a final tally of UCT 28 – 15 St Ailbe’s. The Seniors had an impressive win with the scoreboard reading UCT 29 – 7 St Ailbe’s at the full time whistle.

Hockey

The Senior B and Minor A hockey teams played Kilkenny College last week. The Senior’s secured a 2-0 victory while the Minors drew 1-1

Fifth Year Retreat

The Fifth Years have been settling into their new role as senior students in the school over the last few weeks so it was a good time to give them a chance to bond a bit more as a year group. The Mustard Seed Retreat team came to do some fun stuff but also give the pupils some reflection time and a chance to think about how they are coping with the changes and difficulties of growing up.

September 12, 2019

Hope Foundation Trip to Kolkata
Fifth Years and TY’s were interviewing last week for the much coveted places on the HOPE Immersion Trip to Kolkata. Interest in this programme continues to grow year on year. Forty-five students applied hoping to experience first-hand the important and valuable work done by this organisation founded by Irish woman Maureen Forrest. The trip will take place during the first week of the Easter holidays. Fourteen Ursulines will be among those volunteering young people all of whom will raise substantial sums through charity drives to fund HOPE’s educational and health programmes. The students selected from their application form followed by interview are Kate Lawlor, Gráinne Gleeson, Ella Hayes, Katie Gleeson, Emma Synott, Sarah Phelan, Ella Hourigan Powell, Ruth Brannigan, Aoife Murphy, Sarah Connolly, Tess O’Donoghue, Caoimhe Ryan, Eva McBrearty, Abigail Moriarty. The substitute students who will fundraise this year to travel next year are Cathy Hogan, Juli McConnell and Lizzie Burns.

Interprovincial Camogie
The Ursuline was well represented on the Munster U17 team that recently won the Interprovincial title. The superb panel of players, who overcame Connacht in the final by 3-5 to 1-6, included the Fifth Year duo Ròisín Bambrick and Emma Kennedy. Resounding congratulations to both girls and the rest of their Munster teammates.

Sixth Year Retreat

It was a mixture of happiness and sadness this week for the Leaving Cert class of 2020 who had their final year group retreat on Thursday, 12 September. The Mustard Seed facilitated this day of reflection, togetherness and memory making. They guided the group in meditation and spiritual exercises and encouraged the students to see beyond exam stress to the bright future ahead of them, filled with all manner of possibility.

First Year Walk

The First Years headed off on masse on Thursday 12 September for their annual beginning of term walk in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings of Templemore Park. In the company of their classmates and class tutors they had a picnic, fed the ducks and followed the fairy trail. They got an opportunity to have fun and get to know other students in their class and year group a bit better outside the confines of the classroom.

Senior A Hockey
The Ursuline hosted a Senior A Hockey Tournament on Wednesday, 11 September. UCT won against Laurel Hill Secondary School 5-1 and drew with Kilkenny College 1-1. They had less success in their clashes against Mount Mercy and Muckross but it was a fantastic day of hockey and a great start to the season with a bunch of girls who have a really positive team spirit.

Transition Year
Transition Years will be running the School Bank this year in conjunction with the Bank of Ireland. A representative of the Bank, Mr John Lillis, spoke with them on Monday, 9 September about what will be involved in this undertaking. There are many interested students and potential financiers up for this year’s challenge of establishing and running a school bank.

September 5, 2019

Sixth Year Geography Trip

The Sixth Year Geography classes took their annual trip to Clare in the company of their teachers Ms Tuohy, Ms Callanan and Ms Hedigan. On the two-day excursion they not only observed the unique landscape of the Banner County but collected data for their field study report which forms a fifth of their final Leaving Cert Grade. They took in the megalithic Poulnabrone dolmen, the Aillwee caves, the Cliffs of Moher and the new coastal defences in Lahinch. Transportation and deposition at Bishop’s Quarter beach near Ballyvaughan was investigated using various geographical tools such as trundle wheels, ranging poles, metre sticks and clinometres, recording in the minutest detail the ever altering western seaboard.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable educational and memorable outing in a beautiful part of the country.

 

Transition Year

It was a busy week for the four Transition Year classes. They had a workshop on Tuesday facilitated by Develop Me – a team of business professionals who specialise in experiential training programmes for Secondary School students. The Search for the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine took the students on a fun quest, the ultimate aim of which was to tap into the skills required for project management and the completion of personal tasks to the best of their ability.

Killaloe

On Friday, 6 September there was a chance for the TY’s to bond as a year group on land and water at the University of Limerick Adventure Centre in Killaloe. The scaled dizzying heights on the high ropes and took to the waves wind surfing and sailing. It is always one of the highlights at the start of the TY with students getting more acquainted with each other and with their tutors. Through the various activities they not only had fun but learned resilience, team work, endurance and sampled new sports.

Sister Act

Auditions were held last week for this year’s school musical Sister Act. With a large chorus of Third, TY and some Fifth Years it promises to be a lively, funky and riotously enjoyable show.

History Treasure Hunt

A historical treasure hunt around the town of Thurles was organised for the TY’s on Thursday, 5 September. They used map skills to locate historic features and learned a bit more about how their locality was shaped by the events of the past.

May 23, 2019

Child of Mary Mass
On Thursday, 17 May the Leaving Cert Class of 2019 celebrated their Graduation Mass, fondly known as the Child of Mary Mass in the Cathedral of the Assumption in the company of their family, friends and teachers. They were joined by the other year groups in a lovely recollection of their time in the Ursuline and the journey they have completed together through secondary school. ‘It’s the moments together that change us forever’ was the theme the Sixth Years choose for their mass and Kerry Tierney expressed this theme aptly when she spoke about how they were unfamiliar to one another when they started out in First Year and how they leave now as firm friends. Fr Jim Purcell encouraged them to keep showing up and the miracle will happen and to be kind and gentle on themselves. Many of the Sixth Years expressed the theme in a liturgical dance at the beginning of the mass with the orchestra playing a beautiful symphonic version of Coldplay’s Paradise. The music, singing and artwork all helped to make this last school mass a special occasion for this year’s Leaving Cert class. Thanks to all the teachers and staff involved in the mass which was a lovely celebration of friendship and togetherness. A special thank you to the Home Economics Department who provided refreshments in the Sr Ursula Memorial Hall afterwards.

Jessie Buckley
The school was delighted to welcome to back past pupil and rising star of the film, television, stage and music worlds Jessie Buckley. She came to wish the Leaving Cert class of 2019 well on their last day in school and recalled fondly her time as an Ursuline. Jessie who graduated from secondary school in 2007 has gone on to have an illustrious acting career with her most recent hits including Beast, Wild Rose and the mini-series Chernobyl. She gave a very powerful and emotional address to the students encouraging them to believe in themselves, in their abilities, to listen to other people’s stories, to share their own stories, to look after their bodies, to open their ears, eyes and hearts to the world, to be passionate about living their lives and not to be afraid of their own potential – that it is a most powerful thing. She told them life takes work but to bring dignity to whatever it is they do. Jessie was accompanied by her mother Marina, who is Music teacher in St Angela’s Academy. She was warmly greeted by many of her old teachers in the school and her sister Lilly, who is in First Year.

Awards and Final Year Assembly
The whole school gathered for the Final Assembly of the Year in Sr Ursula Memorial Hall on Thursday, 23 May. Ms Butler wished the class of 2019 well in the Leaving Cert and thanked them for their contribution to the school over the years. There were awards presented for various achievements in Music, Sport, the Creative Arts, Performance, Public Speaking and Debating and overall contribution to the school.

The Helen Larkin Fitzgerald for student of the year was received by Shauna Fogarty. Shauna was recognised for giving 100% to everything she does and always showing great leadership abilities. The Bank of Ireland Award was presented to Megan Brophy by Marie Cuniffe of the Bank. Megan was commended for her positive impact on those around her.

The Sports Award was presented jointly to Niamh Long and Lauren Murtagh. Both played Senior Football and Lauren also played Hockey while Niamh was an integral part of Junior and Senior Camogie teams during her time in school. The Excellence in Sport Award was presented to Katie Morrissey the current U18 Irish Junior Tennis Champion who has also represented Ireland in International competition.

The Sr Ursula Memorial Medal for a piece of original creative work was awarded to Mimi O’Grady for her powerful essay on a moment of insight and inspiration. Ella Flynn, who achieved a distinction in her Grade 8 Harp Exam, was presented with the Dwan Salver by her Harp teacher Marina Buckley. This is given to the student who receives the highest grade in a Music Exam. The Music student of the year was awarded jointly to Caitríona Timmins and Emma Nesbit for their selfless contribution to the musical life of the school.  The David Moloney Medal for Performance was presented to Erika Carroll by his wife Eve. Erika was a member of Debating and Public Speaking teams throughout her time in school and performed in four school shows.

Other awards included Gaisce Bronze and Silver medalists and Certificates of Merit and Certificates of Attendance. It was a lovely ceremony and a nice way for the Leaving Cert class of 2019 to finish their time in school. Best of luck to all of them in their State Exams.

To entertain there was a fabulous performance by Chamber Choir of the beautiful Michael McGlynn arrangement of Sí do Mhaimeo í. Chamber Choir won at the recent Cork Choral Festival with this song and received a special Adjudicators prize for performance of a song in Irish. They were subtly and skillfully accompanied by All Ireland winning Bodhran player Sarah Bourke, Sixth Year.

 

Teacher v Student Soccer Match
The annual Teacher v Student soccer match was played in the glorious sunshine on Wednesday, 22 May. This is always a tense affair with the pride of the parish at stake for both sides. The game ended in a dubious 1-1 draw. The highlight of the event was not the fancy footwork on the field but the action on the sidelines with the Sixth Years dressing up as teachers to add colour and fun to the occasion. It was like double vision on the hockey pitches with the teachers and their doppelgängers and the likeness in dress and mannerism was freakishly similar in many instances.

 

County Fleadh
Congratulations to the students who competed in the County Fleadh in Ballina on Sunday, 19 May. Sarah Bourke came first in both over 18 Bodhran and Celli Drums. Emma Nesbit came second in the Slow Airs fiddle over 18 and first in the fast tunes. Naoise Barrett, Third Year, won first prize in the Harp Dance tunes 15-18. Naoise and Ciara Cheshire, Third Year, were part of the Killa Celli Band that took first prize in the 15-18 Celli Band Competition. Laurna Ryan, Sixth Year was part of a Grupa Cheoil which also qualified for the Munster Fleadh. Well done to all students who competed in what is a very high standard traditional music competition.

 

Worlds Irish Dancing
Sarah McCarthy, Third Year, has qualified for the CRN Worlds’ Irish Dancing Competition to be held in Killarney in June. Sarah will dance in the U15 competition a reel, traditional and set dance. Good luck to Sarah from all in the Ursuline.

May 16, 2019

Athletics
Well done to Anna Ryan, Fifth Year, who was in action last week at the County Track and Field Championships. She won all of her events – Shot Put, Pole Vault and Javelin with a PB of 28:14 in the Javelin.

Hannah Murphy
It has been announced that Leaving Certificate student, Hannah Murphy, has been chosen as the runner-up in the post primary category of Trocaire’s annual Poetry competition run in conjunction with Poetry Ireland. The competition is entitled Until Love Conquers Fear and this year writers were asked to reflect on the theme Land is Life. Hannah’s outstanding poem, Home obviously impressed the judges and it follows on from her success in the same competition last year when she also scooped the second place prize with her poem about war called The Television. Hannah will now attend the awards ceremony this week taking place in the National Library of Ireland. Well done to wordsmith Hannah who clearly has great poetic ability and a talent for reaching out to others through verse.

Caoimhe Meade
Congratulations to Caoimhe Meade, Fifth Year, who was awarded the prestigious Michael O’hEidhinn medal for her Grade 8 Concertina exam. Caoimhe was presented with her prize at a ceremony held in Comhaltas, Monkstown. Caoimhe is a very talented traditional musician and this prize is a great honour and testament to her talent and hard work.

Football
On Tuesday, 14 May three teams of First Years travelled to Rockwell to take part in the Tipperary Schools Football Blitz. They had some really competitive matches, putting in great performances against well matched teams in all three groups. The first team won games against Cashel, Presentation Thurles and Cahir which got them as far as the semi-final with St Anne’s. The Tipp Town side put in the better display to come out on top on this occasion. The second Ursuline team progressed to the final of their group dispatching Presentation Clonmel, Cashel and St Anne’s along the way. Their opponents in the final were Presentation Thurles, who were the eventual winners in this group. The third team beat St Anne’s and Templemore but lost to Presentation Thurles. There was plenty of great play from the Ursuline sides and lots of opportunities for the students to show their footballing skills and talents. Many thanks to Mr McLoughlin and Mr Kirby for their coaching of all football teams throughout the year.

HTAI History Quiz, Cork
Mount Mercy in Cork was the venue for the Munster HTAI table quiz for Junior Cert students. Two teams travelled from the Ursuline with History teachers Ms Downey and Ms Coman for what was a fun opportunity to revise topics that are related to the Junior Cert History Syllabus. The Ursulines scored highly in what was a tough competition that called on students to trust their historical instincts particularly on the trickier questions. Well done to competitors Eilish Naughton, Holly Fitzgerald, Taryn Kelly, Caoimhe Dooley, Ruth Brannigan, Katie Bergin Gráinne Gleeson and Fiona Breslin.

Breast Cancer Awareness Talk
The TYs and Sixth Years had a very informative talk on Breast Cancer given by Juliet O’Connell a Breast Cancer survivor herself. She spoke about her own diagnosis and told them about the importance of regular breast examination. She showed them how to check for lumps and what signs to look out for to aid early detection. The students and staff who attended learned a lot about the disease and more importantly how to protect themselves against it.

Cecilian Choir and Choir exams
Well done to Cecilian Choir who attended the Navan Choral Festival on Thursday, 9 May. They participated in the Post Primary/Youth Choirs Competition singing Fly me to the Moon and an African-American spiritual song Deep River. The Choir comprising of students from First Year to Sixth Year had a great day out and put in a brilliant performance. The Cecilian Choir, along with the TY Choir and Chamber Choir had RIAM exams on Tuesday, 14 May. All three choirs sang their prepared pieces with uplifting harmonies joining together exquisitely to perform in a variety of styles. Thanks to Choir Mistress Ms Joan Butler and Ms Quinn in the Music Department.

May 9, 2019

Musical Evening

The annual Musical Evening took place in the Sr Ursula Memorial Hall on Wednesday, 8 May. It was a pageant of music with something to suit every taste. Both school Choirs – Chamber and Cecilian sang and wowed the audiences with their repertoires that have proved so successful for them in competition this year. Chamber Choir won the Adjudicator’s prize at the recent Cork Choral Festival and Cecilian Choir won Limerick Choral Festival for the third year in a row. Other musical treats on the night included Junior and Senior Orchestra, soloists in a range of instruments including piano, harp, flute, cello and saxophone, trad groups and a variation of voice styles. Thanks to all the teachers from St Angela’s Academy of Music, Sr Cecilia, Ms J Butler, Ms Quinn and Ms Barry from the Music Department for all their hard work in making the evening the outstanding success it always is.

Camogie

The First Year Camogie players competed in the Munster Blitz on Wednesday, 8 May in Mallow. The first team beat Blarney. Cashel and Laurel Hill proved to be more of a challenge in this group. The second team got as far as the semi-final stage beating Borrisokane and Fermoy in their group games. This saw them qualify from their group games for the semi-final but lost to Middleton by a point. A great day out was had by all the girls and there was some fabulous displays of skill and grit by all who participated. Thanks to Camogie coaches this year Ms O’Friel and Ms Hogan for all their hard work and effort.

TY Trip

The end of year Transition Year trip happened last week with all three classes and their tutors heading off to Dublin and Belfast for a jam-packed schedule of fun and sightseeing. They attended the Junk Kouture National Final on Thursday, 2 May in the 3Arena to cheer on their fellow TYs Caitlin Power, Nora Brennan and Cora Norton and their fabulous design ‘A Shoulder to Crayon’. The tour took in the Viking Splash, Tayto Park, the Belfast Titanic Museum and a bus tour of Belfast. They had a brilliant time with fab weather thrown in for good measure.

Charities Committee

The Charities Committee organised a fun run on Thursday, 9 May to raise money for the ISPCC and Cameo Care. The whole school got on their runners and pounded the pavements around the town and along the Jimmy Doyle Road. It was brilliant for fun and fitness. Cameo Care is a local charity caring for people with Dementia while the ISPCC is a national organisation dedicated to Children’s rights. They collected €550 for both of these worthy causes.

May 2, 2019

Junk Kouture National Final, 3Arena, Dublin
It was a magnificent performance by Caitlin Power in the 3Arena on Thursday, 2 May at the Junk Kouture National Final. Caitlin owned the stage exuding plenty of attitude and fun as she confidently took to the catwalk. Dancing to the Little Mix hit Salute it captured perfectly the essence of their design which was that education is vital for the empowerment of women and girls. Caitlin along with fellow TY team mates Nora Brennan and Cora Norton used over 15,000 bits of erasers, crayons, markers and crushed pens to design their stunning piece – A Shoulder to Crayon. The flared trousers and peplum top were accessorised with a spiral headpiece created from colouring pencils. The education of girls was the theme which motivated their creation. They wanted to highlight that opportunities for women are severely hampered if they are denied access to proper schooling, particularly in developing countries. Well done to the trio on qualifying for the National Final out of the highly competitive Regional Final and for their excellent presentation and performance last Thursday in the 3Arena. Thanks to all the supporters who made the journey and to the teachers who worked with them to complete their entry.

Athletics- East Munster Track and Field, Templemore
The South East Munster Track and Field took place 1 May in Templemore. The day started off very well with Anna Ryan winning gold in the 3 kilo Shot Putt. Anna has the Pole Vault competition to follow next week. She’s just back from the UK where she spent part of her Easter break being coached by Scott Simpson at the High Performance Centre in Loughborough University. Scott is the coach of Holly Bradshaw who is the current British Pole Vault Champion. Bradshaw won gold in the Athletics World Cup 2018 and is the current silver medallist from the European Indoor Championships this year. Fifth Year Chloe Slattery finished in second place in the Senior 100m and fourth in the Senior 200m.
Leona Maher qualified for the final of the Junior 100 metres and won silver along with bronze in the Long Jump. Chloe Byrne competed in the Junior 75 Metres Hurdles bagging the silver. Emily Davidson is emerging as one of the new athletic stars of the school and won gold in the Minor Long Jump and followed it up with bronze in the 75m Hurdles. Emma O Meara had a great day with gold in the 200m after making the final of the 100m. Marion Gillman had a great race in the 100m and took top spot on the podium. Louise Hickey finished in silver medal position in the Junior Shot and fourth in the Junior 200 metres final. Anna McCartan competed in the under 16 Mile and had a great race. Sophie Walsh competed well in the Intermediate 100m. Aodhamair Cronin, Grainne Lawler, Joyce O Sullivan and Emily Davidson all ran well in the Minor 100 Relay finishing fifth out of the nine competing teams. Rachel Ryan, Olivia Delaragy and Robyn Fanning took part in the Junior 100m, 200m and 800m finishing well up the field. The final event of the day for the team saw a really exciting 4 x 100 Intermediate Relay race with Anna Ryan, Emma O’Meara, Leona Maher and Marion Gillman lining up for the Ursuline and finishing strongly in silver medal position.

This has been the schools most successful South East Munster Championship for several years. The level of participation and effort from the girls was well rewarded in terms of making finals and winning individual medals and team medals. For several of the girls it was their first Athletics Championship and it just shows the depth of talent present in the school.

First Year Munster Football Blitz, Mallow
First Year Footballers travelled to Mallow Sports Complex on 1 May to compete in the Munster First Year Football Blitz which consisted of fifty five teams on the day. Having won the ‘A’ title two years ago and the ‘B’ title last year, the current First Years had a lot to live up to. However all three First Year teams competed brilliantly.

The ‘A’ team beat John the Baptist in their opening game 4-3 to 3-3. Captained by Danielle Ryan and Sarah Bell, they found themselves behind 1-1 in the opening few minutes. However, they soon regained momentum as Alice O Donoghue and Sarah Corcoran scored 1-1 and 1-2 respectively. Sarah Bell also added to this tally by converting a penalty as Lia Malocca impressed with a goal to the top corner. Next they secured a comprehensive victory over Mercy Mounthawk, Kerry. From the very outset they bombarded the Kerry goal and eventually ran out winners 9-8 to 0-0. Danielle Ryan scored a whopping 4-1 and both Sarah Corcoran and Kate Carr raised the green flag twice. Defenders, Paula Quirke, Alisha Kearney and Lia Malocca had made their way upfield to score points of their own while Andrea Quirke scored two brilliant points to cap off the win. Having won two of their pool games the As were handed a Semi-Final slot against Milltown of Kerry. There was nothing between these teams for much of the match and a late goal for Milltown sealed the win for them. Milltown started brightly and were four points up in the first five minutes but the Thurles girls rallied back and had 1-1 scored to draw the two teams level. Good work from Aoife Bourke in midfield who kept the blues in the game and all was level at half time. Milltown led again shortly after the restart but UCT had soon pegged them thanks to Lia Malocca. Although Thurles had a lot of possession they failed to convert it and only for Muireann Treacy in goals Milltown would have been out of sight. Muireann caught the eye of some county representatives during the day with her impressive kick outs and shot stopping abilities. However, near the end of full time Milltown struck the net and that late opportunity meant they progressed to the final.

The ‘B1’ team lost their first match to Coláiste Mhuire Ennis, Clare but responded brilliantly in the next by beating Presentation Listowel. Captained by Anouska Dunne and Evie Smyth they led by example and played excellently throughout to win. Kate Bergin, Anna O Brien and Rebekah Smith were central to a lot of Ursuline scores in the first two matches. Although progressing to a Semi-Final they were beaten by a few points at the end of full time.

The ‘B2’ team captained by Emma Carey were up against a strong St Angela’s, Cork team in their first match and lost 5-1 to 0-6. Ursuline points coming from Emma Carey, Katie O Neill, Mia O Dwyer and Tara Gleeson. They also played Colaiste Íde, Kerry and Edmund Rice College, Cork in their remaining games but unfortunately lost both games by narrow margins. Well done to all the First Year Footballers on what was another brilliant day out on the pitches and thanks to Mr McLoughlin who travelled to Mallow and coached the teams all year along with Mr Kirby.

Chamber Choir
It was a very successful day out for Chamber Choir who competed in the Cork Choral Festival on Thursday, 2 May. Their rendition of Sí do Mhaimeo Í won them a special Adjudicators Award and a Certificate of Excellence for the choir. Well done to all members and to their Choir Mistress Ms J Butler. It is particularly poignant for the Leaving Certs as this was to be their last occasion singing in competition with the Chamber Choir. Thanks to them for their commitment and for enhancing the musical life of the school with their talents.

Equestrian
Olivia Swan, Third Year, from Cloughjordan won her first International Event at Ballindenisk on the eight-year-old Rockon Pedro on Easter Sunday, 21 April. This duo have had numerous wins and were second in the National Championships 2018. This is Olivia’s final year in ponies and her focus is now on Tattersalls’s International which starts on the 28 May.
Among Olivia’s many supporters on the day of her great win were her parents Charlie and Carol Swan, grandparents Donald and Theresa Swan and maternal grandparents Timmy and Trish Hyde.

Ellen Duggan, TY
Congratulations to Ellen Duggan on her recent win in an essay competition. As a result of her success and as part of her prize she gets to go to Cambridge College during the summer for a two week course in creative writing.

Empowerment and Equality Conference, University of Limerick
Victoria Cottrell, Fifth Year, had the honour of being asked to address the Empowerment and Equality Conference in University of Limerick in such distinguished company as Dr Mary Ryan and former Tanaiste Mary Harney. Victoria spoke for five minutes about female empowerment, a topic on which she is well informed following on from her success in the Regional leg of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition in which she touched on some of the same issues.

Fifth Year Ecology Trip
The FifthYear Biology classes headed off on Wednesday, 1 May to Castlecomer Discovery Park to complete an Ecology study in the company of their teachers. This work is in preparation for exam questions asked on the Leaving Cert Biology paper. The students examined insect life and recorded their findings. They got to apply some of their knowledge in a practical way and got to grips with the scientific processes of finding evidence and writing up results. They got great weather for their trip and really enjoyed being out and about.

Scifest LIT
The Ursuline had six projects entered in Scifest in LIT Thurles, Thursday, 2 May. It was the Ursuline’s First Years scientists who dominated on this occasion chief among them Anna O’Brien, Joyce O’Sullivan, Orla Redfern, Lauren Brannigan, Nora Kilrane, Sarah Grace Ginty and Katie Healy. Projects varied from investigating taste, baking powder, uptake of water by plants, the browning of apples, artificial intelligence and sound perception/auditory illusions. Nora Kilrane won the Best Technology Prize while Sarah Grace Ginty and Katie Healy won the prestigious Irish Science Teachers Award. Well done to all participants who worked so hard in preparation for this competition.