November 15, 2018

Open Night

The Ursuline were delighted to welcome prospective students and their parents to the school for the annual Open Night, which took place on Tuesday, November 13. The corridors and classrooms were brimming with energy, enthusiasm and colour with students and teachers on hand to show all that the Ursuline has to offer. The first years did a tremendous job as tour guides for the evening showing sixth class and fifth class students around the school. There were interactive displays in the Science Labs, Home Economics kitchens, Technology and Tech Graphics Rooms. There a few characters to be seen around the place including Michael D. Higgins, his bodyguard, a few Suffragettes, Hogwarts wizards, a Roman Patrician, Cervantes and even Albert Einstein.  The halls wafted with music provided by choirs, orchestras and a band of ukulele players strumming along to popular tunes Riptide and Despacito. The students proudly showed displays of all the many activities that happen School Council, Young Scientist, the Show, Junk Kouture, Mini Company not to mention the sports demonstrations that took place on the Astro-Turf and in the Sports Hall. Thanks to all the students and staff who were involved in making Open Night 2018 a great success.

Rotary Youth Leadership

Congratulations to TY student Alix Noonan who beat off stiff competition locally to be chosen as this year’s candidate forthe Rotary Youth Leadership. She will now represent her school and the local Rotary branch in the Regional leg of the competition.

John Paul II Awards

The Ursuline were very proud of the students who received John Paul II awards last week in the Anner Hotel. AlixNoonan, Caoimhe Meade, Orla Cornally, Erica Carroll, Aoife Meagher and Heather Ryan were recognised for the positive contribution they have made to parish and community work.


Congratulations to Ellie Ryan, Leaving Cert, who has been chosen to play with the North Munster Interprovincial Schools side. Ellie with be part of the panel who take on the South Tipperary Schools team on Friday evening.

The Senior A camogie team are into a Munster quarter final after a decisive win against Borrisokane on Monday, November 12. The final score was 1-18 to 1-3.

The first year camogie teams played in a Tipperary Schools’ blitz on Wednesday, November 14. The first team won against Cashel 3-2 to 1-2 to go through to the final against Nenagh. The second team beat both Cashel and Nenagh. Well done to the newest camogie stars to don the Ursuline jersey.


Congratulations to Emily Kavanagh, Fifth Year, has been selected for the Irish U17 Development Panel. This panel will come together a number of times this year to strengthen the squad for next year’s U18 internationals. Andrea Halley, Fifth Year, has done exceptionally well in her trials for the Irish U16 panel making it to the last 22.

Well done to the Senior As who won their first League game against Ashton in Cork, on Friday, November 9 in weather conditions that could best be described as apocalyptic.

In other hockey results the Minor As ended their game against Villiers in a nil all draw. The Minor Bs played Villiers winning 1-0.

In first year hockey results the Red team had no joy against Kilkenny College while the first year Blue team had more success beating Kilkenny College 1-0.


Armistice Remembered

Those who fought and died in World War One and those who returned wounded in body, mind and spirit were remembered this week. A short prayer service recalled this important centenary of the Armistice on November 11, 1918. Included in the memorial was a reading of ‘The Fields of Flanders’ by John McCrae and a haunting rendition of the Last Post, played by two of the Ursuline’s trumpeters.


Junior Football

Ursuline Thurles travelled to Clonoulty last Thursday to take on St. Anne’s in the last group game of the Junior FootballChampionship. Ursuline, knowing that a win would secure them a spot in the Munster 1/4 Final duly obliged. The game proved to be a challenging contest from the outset as St. Anne’s raced to a 1-2 to no score lead in the first five minutes. But it was early days and once the Thurles side settled into the rhythm of the game they started to produce the goods. There were points from Rachel Quinlan, Jess Gleeson and a hatrickof points from Katie O Dwyer. St. Anne’s scored a further 1-2 by the twenty minute mark to keep them ahead. Ursuline, leadby captain Caoimhe McCarthy, hit a purple patch and she set up attacks for Katie O Dwyer and Niamh Shanahan who both scored impressive goals. Cathy Hogan added to the score line by running from midfield past four Tipp defenders to raise the green flag. The half time score was 3-5 to 2-4 to Ursuline. St. Anne’s started the second half by putting pressure on UCT and had put a few between the uprights before Cathy Hogan added a point for Ursuline. Kate Burke then added a further point from a tight angle. St. Anne’s grabbed a lifeline ten minutes from time by scoring a goal and were hoping to add a further goal only for the very reliable Amy Cloonan Fennelly in goalswho saved a crucial penalty. Club players, Rachel Quinlan and Kate McGrath were most impressive on the day being part of every attack and every defensive play. This duocapped off a great Ursuline performance by scoring a point and goal respectively to send the UCT side through to the Munster 1/4 final in two weeks.


The Ursuline Senior Basketball team have reached the quarter-final of the Midlands C League. They now face MoateCommunity School, determined to secure a victory and a much-coveted semi-final slot. Best of luck to the team and their coach Ms McGinley.

Shoe Box Appeal

Well done to the Charities Committee who worked in conjunction with Ms Coman’s CSPE classes to organise shoe boxes on behalf of Team Hope. This worthwhile cause sees shoebox presents being distributed to young boys and girls in developing countries. This will most likely be the only gift these poor children will receive. Thanks to all students who so generously filled and brought in shoeboxes.

Public Speaking and Debating

Junior Debating is alive and well in UCT with 30 first year teams and 20 second year teams signed up to compete in Ms Quinn’s in house debating competition. The motion up for discussion is ‘Being young is no longer fun.’ It promised to be a hotly debated, impassioned contest, as always.

November 8, 2018

German Debating

The Ursuline won the first round of the Goethe Institute Ireland German Debating Competition for secondary schools on Monday, November 5. They faced a formidable side from Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew, Co. Wicklow and were glad to secure a one point victory to see them through to the next round. The Ursuline proposed the motion that ‘Transition Year is valuable’ or ‘Das Übergangsjahr ist wertvoll’. Well done to the team of Ella Finlay, Elizabeth Grace, Andrea Hally and Victoria Cotterell on their individual and team performances in what was a lively exchange of ideas in German.




Transition Year
It was a busy week for Transition Years with hairdressing and law workshops. Ann O’Reilly spoke to the students about hair care and good hair practice. This workshop was so much fun as the students got to practice up-styles and braiding on doll heads with a prize for the best brand name for a new shampoo.
The law workshop gave students a comprehensive look the legal profession in Ireland. The function of the courts, barristers, solicitors, the Gardaí, the prison service, the criminal and civil justice systems, was explored in an informative and interactive way. The highlight for students was the mock trial where all the roles of a real life court room were played out for a full legalistic educational experience.


Well done to Maresa Ronan and Romy McCarthy who competed for Ireland on the U18 Eventing Team in July. Both students, who hail from Fethard, were the only two representatives from Munster on the six person squad. The competition was held in Fontainebleau, France, with the students and their ponies ‘Mac’ and ‘Paddy’ flying the colours for their country and their school.


The Senior As travelled to Kilkenny College on Monday, November 5 to play a challenge. The team were happy with their performance and are now ready for their first league outing against Cork side Ashton on Friday.


Katie Ryan
Katie Ryan, Junior Cert, was awarded her Trail Blazer gold pin in Girl Guides over the mid-term break. This is the highest National IGG award and a significant accomplishment for Katie who is a member of the Rathdowney branch of Irish Girl Guides.

October 25, 2018

Beauty and The Beast
Sadly the school production of Beauty and the Beast has come to an end but what a show it was. This year’s musical was hugely well received by audiences with standing ovations and a packed auditorium every night. The entire cast performed with energy and drive, singing, dancing, giving it their all on stage and clearly enjoying every minute of it. The main characters never faltered. They were simply superb and determined to deliver ‘Tony’ worthy performances every time they donned their costumes to thread the boards. Thanks to everyone involved with music, orchestra, production, choreography, lighting, sound, costumes, make up, tickets, programmes, raffle prizes and supervision. Each person who put in herculean effort to get the show ready on time and to such a high standard deserves heaps of praise and huge thanks. Well done everyone.

Rotary Youth Leadership Competition
Alix Noonan, Fifth Year, has been selected to represent the Ursuline Secondary School in the next round of the Rotary Leadership Competition. Alix was chosen after an interview process. There are many instances where Alix has shown leadership skills and taken on leadership roles both in school and in her community. She is a very socially aware and civic minded young person. Last year in TY she was involved in Cabra Wetlands and even spoke to President Higgins and Sabina about the local ecology of the area. She is currently involved in the John Paul II awards in the parish of Moycarkey under the direction of Fr Tom Fogarty and through this Alix was part of a group that built a grotto on the grounds of Two-Mile-Borris Church. She is a Venture Scout in her spare time. In school she has made huge contributions through her commitment to Junk Kouture and Gaisce. She is a very worthy representative and the school is immensely proud of her accomplishments. Best of luck Alix and also well done to the other Ursuline students who interviewed, Caoimhe Meade, Roisin Kelly, Kate Dwan and Rachel Madden.

It was a historic day on Wednesday, 25 October with the Ursuline winning its very first county final in soccer. A team of first years travelled to Peake Villa in Tipperary to compete in the First Year County Tipperary Futsal Final, having qualified as mid-finalists the previous week. Well done to the team and their coach Mr McGlynn.

The Senior camogie team played in the first round of the Munster Championship last week. They came up against a very strong Ballincollig side from Colaiste Choilm. The final score was Ursuline 1-12 Ballincollig 4-19.

There were a number of hockey games in the previous weeks. The Senior As played a friendly against Laurel Hill Colaiste as season training continues in earnest.
The Minor As ended their league game against Mount Mercy in a 0-0 draw, while the Junior A team lost in their league game also against Mount Mercy, 1-0.
The Junior Bs had no luck finding themselves with a two goal deficit at the final whistle when they met with Laurel Hill Secondary School.
The Senior C team won well in their outing against Laurel Hill by 3-0.

Amber Flag
Ms Loughnane and her team of highly motivated fifth and sixth year students are doing great work in promoting well-being and mental health around the school. In keeping with the Halloween season they made gratitude pumpkins to be distributed to all first years in honour of them reaching the milestone of their first term in ‘big’ school. It was a nice way to congratulate them on having make this leap forward into post primary and acknowledging their coping skills.

St Ursula’s Feast Day
The feast of St Ursula was remembered in the school on Monday 22 October. There was a prayer service over the intercom in which St Ursula was recalled as the patron saint associated with the education of girls and the empowerment of women. This was accompanied by instrumental music and afterwards there was a bar of chocolate for everyone.

Basketball Results
The cadets recently beat Portlaoise Scoil Chriost Rí in the Midlands C League. The final result was UCT 32 – 22 Portlaoise. The Seniors also had success against Portlaoise beating them 48 – 34.

October 18, 2018

Beauty and the Beast
This year’s Ursuline production ‘Beauty and The Beast’ has been an outstanding success. The full audiences each night were treated to a feast of song, dance and Disney magic. Kate Williams was resplendent as the kind hearted Belle who sees through the frightening appearance of the Beast to the gentle man beneath. Caitríona Timmins displayed an array of emotions as the bewitched Prince trapped in the body of a ferocious creature. The spellbinding music and host of enchanted characters including Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumière, Cogsworth, Madame de la Grande Bouche made for a most enjoyable evening for young and old alike. The detestably narcissistic Gaston was played with great humour by Jennifer Murphy. The chorus including feather dusters, spoons, plates and flying cutlery added to the high octane performances that infused the entire show. It was spectacular from the opening curtain to the final encore so well done to everyone involved.

Open Evening
The annual Ursuline Open Evening will be held on Tuesday, 13 November between 4.30 – 6.30. All fifth and sixth class students interested in what we do, the life of the school and the array of subjects and activities are welcome to join us on that night. We look forward to seeing you all.

Camogie Junior A Championship
The Junior A camogie team had a great opening to the season with a win against Bandon in the first round of the championship. It was a good overall performance with the students pulling together well to secure victory on a score of Ursuline 1-7 to Bandon 0-9. Their next game is against Tulla after the mid-term break.

All Ireland 7’s
The Ursuline 7’s travelled to Ashbourne on Wednesday, 17 October to represent Muster in the All Ireland A Final. They played the winners of each province, Presentation, Kilkenny, Belfast and Presentation Athenry. The games were closely fought contests with the Ursuline digging deep throughout. The team can be proud of their work rate, with the competition providing a great opportunity for team building. Well done to the side and to coaches Ms Hogan and Ms O’Friel.

Senior Football
Ursuline Thurles travelled to Claughaun GAA Field in Limerick last Thursday,11 October to play Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale in the second game of the Senior Football Championship. Eimear McGrath put over three early frees to place Ursuline in the lead. Maria Connolly, Ellie Ryan and Niamh Keane added to this tally to make it a seven point lead. Abbeyfeale soon got on the scoresheet with a goal and a point. Roisin Bambrick and Eimear McGrath kept Ursuline ahead with two well taken goals before Abbeyfeale responded by raising the green flag their end. Kate O Connor pointed with five minutes left in the half before Niamh Keane in the forward line scored a further 1-1. The half time score was Ursuline Thurles 3-10 – Abbeyfeale 2-1. The second half started well with Kate O Connor racing through on goal to rattle the net. Roisin Bambrick followed suit beating the goalie after an impressive solo run. Abbeyfeale then hit a purple patch adding 2-2 with 15 minutes left on the clock. The ever dangerous Niamh Keane scored two further points, one from her left and one from her right foot. But Abbeyfeale continued to push on, scoring a hatrick of goals, but the gap was too wide for the Limerick side to catch up. Ursuline finished the game strong and Niamh Long who had a standout performance on the day scored two points from midfield. UCT rounded off a great performance with Emma Kelly raced through to find the top right hand corner. Final score was Ursuline Thurles 6-15 to Abbeyfeale 6-6. We now play Glanmire CC in the final group after the midterm break to vie for a Munster quarter final place.

Junior Football
Ursuline Thurles played their second game of the group last Tuesday, 16 October against Cashel Community School in St. Patrick’s College. Cashel got the head start, scoring a goal within the first few minutes. Alex Hally made her presence felt at corner forward, pointing twice in the first quarter, which she followed up with a superb goal to the roof of the net. At this stage Cashel had scored two further goals and 2 points. Rachel Quinlan kept Ursuline in the game when she rounded the centre back to sail between the uprights. With ten minutes to go in the first half Cashel scored a further three points. However Ursuline would not be undone responding with a well taken goal from joint captain Marion Gilman. The half time score saw Ursuline trailing 2-3 to Cashel’s 3-5. Cashel started the second half by putting over two points in the opening five minutes. Grainne O Donnell was at hand to score another Ursuline goal, but that still left a four point deficit in Cashel’s favour. They were very much in command of the game, scoring a further three unanswered points. Ursuline needed a goal and Ella Ryan duly obliged raising the green flag. Cashel kept putting over points and scored three more, two from play and one from a set piece. Cashel were reduced to points in the second half from a combination of good defending and top class saves from Amy Cloonan Fennelly between the posts. Ursuline scored a few points in the dying minutes but it was not enough to save the day this time out. St. Anne’s, Tipperary will be the last group game before the Munster qualifiers so the Ursuline are still in with a chance.

Congratulations to the first year soccer team who won the Post Primary Futsal Soccer Blitz hosted by Peake Villa in Tipperary on Wednesday, 17 October. They play Colaiste Phobail, Colaiste Mhuire and St Joseph’s, Borrisoleigh in the mid-final. The team were in top form only conceding one goal in all their games. They now go on to compete in the County Final. Well done to the girls and their coach Mr. McGlynn.

October 11, 2018

Beauty and the Beast

The countdown is on to opening night. This year’s Ursuline musical, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, promises a great night of entertainment for all the family. In this classic story the handsome prince is trapped in the body of a fearsome beast. His only hope of salvation is the love of a kind, young woman, Belle, who sees past his frightening exterior to the beauty of the heart that lies beneath. All the magic of the film will be brought to life on stage with a host of enchanted characters and a few villains thrown in for good measure. There will be plenty of song, music, dance and theatrics to make the show a wonderful experience for the young and not so young. Make sure you book early to secure a seat for what will be another great, memorable Ursuline show. Tickets can be reserved by phoning Eileen or Bernie on 0504-22147 or by calling into the School Reception. We look forward to seeing you between Saturday 20 October and Thursday 25 October.


Open Evening
The annual Ursuline evening will be held on Tuesday, 13 November between 4.30 – 6.30. All fifth and sixth class students interested in what we do, the life of the school and the array of subjects and activities is welcome to join us on that night. We look forward to seeing you all.


Well done to Emma Osborne who recently competed in the individual Inter-schools Show Jumping competition in Mullingar Equestrian Centre. The competition was over two phases with the second against the clock. Emma and her mount had a double clear in a fast time to finish in fourth place. This now qualifies her for the final in April.


World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day, Wednesday, 10 October was marked in the Ursuline with the launch of the Amber Flag initiative. The week also happened to be National Choral Singing Week so the whole school came together in song to celebrate both occasions. There were choirs from each year and a staff choir and everyone joined voices to belt out a fine rendition of The Beatles ‘A little help from my Friends.’ Thanks to Ms Butler and Ms Loughnane who organised the gathering, the singing and for picking a particularly upbeat tune, tailor-made to promote positive mental health. It was a hugely joyous event and echoed the words of Ella Fitzgerald ‘The only thing better than singing is more singing.’


Junior Ladies Football
Ursuline Thurles started their Junior football championship campaign last Monday against STN Doon in Doon. The team started well and were 1-2 up in the opening minutes up thanks to Roisin Bambrick. Katie O Dwyer put UCT further in front with a well taken goal before Rachel Quinlan scored two points from set pieces. Doon responded by scoring 2-2 to leave 2 points between the teams. Roisin Bambrick opened up the Ursuline lead with another two goals while Jess Gleeson pointed. Doon still kept fighting back scoring 1-2 to leave 4 points between the teams before Katie Gleeson scored a goal to put Ursuline in a half time of 7 points. The Thurles side started the second half brightly with Roisin Bambrick scoring 1-2 and Katie O’Dwyer scoring a point from an acute angle. However, Doon hit a purple patch and scored 1-7 to leave only 3 points between the teams with 10 minutes to go. Grace Murtagh, introduced as a substitute at half time made her presence felt by racing through on goal and slotting the ball to the top left hand corner. She then added another point a few minutes later. Doon would not give up and hit Ursuline with 2-3 to put them in front for the first time in the match with 2 minutes remaining. Alex Hally showed great skill to point after a fantastic solo run to leave 1 point between the sides. As the game inched into injury time, joint captains of Caoimhe McCarthy and Marian Gilman showed great character to bring their team ahead again by working the ball upfield to Roisin Bambrick. She rattled the net to put Ursuline ahead again. Roisin ended the day with an impressive personal tally of 5-4. Jess Gleeson rounded off a great Ursuline performance by pointing with the last kick of the game. Final score was 7-11 to 5-14. Ursuline now play Cashel next Tuesday 16 October, with both teams hoping to top the group. Well done to the team and Football coaches Mr McLoughlin and Mr Kirby.


Space Week
A sizeable contingent of fifth years and TY’s attended a Space Week event in CIT, Cork. This was organised in conjunction with Blackrock Observatory and speakers included an astrophysicist who told the students about investigations into life on other planets. Other speakers included an expert on careers available in the area of space exploration and an expert on space law. There was little doubt that the star of the show was former NASA astronaut Dan Tani. He told the captivated audience all about his own space adventures and his four-month stint manning the International Space Station. He explained what is involved in a space-walk and gave a fascinating insight into the life and work of an astronaut. The students got the opportunity to ask questions and got a few selfies with space celebrity Dan. It was a great experience. The UCT students showed huge interest in the topics discussed and participated enthusiastically.

October 4, 2018

Beauty & The Beast
Be our guest for the annual Ursuline Show. This year’s production is the stuff of legend, the much-loved fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast. The musical, based on the popular Disney film of the same name, promises to be an evening of fun, enchantment and entertainment for all the family. This
classic tale tells the story of Belle and the Beast whom she tames with her kindness and ability to see beyond his brutish appearance to the tenderness of his heart beneath. The music by Alan Menken contains a cast of magical characters, Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Madame de La Grande Bouche and memorable tunes, Be My Guest, Tale As Old As Time and of course Beauty and the Beast. Rehearsals are in full swing with a cast of around 200 students with opening night on Saturday, 20 October.

Tickets go on sale Monday, 15 October and are available from Eileen or Bernie at the school office on (0504) 22147. We look forward to you joining us for what is always a fantastic musical extravaganza.

Munster Final Camogie Victory
Congratulations to the Ursuline 7 a side team on winning the Munster Final in Holycross on Wednesday, 3 October. They beat Cashel in their first game with the final score of UCT 3-3 to Cashel’s 2-4. Their next encounter was against Borrisokane and the Thurles girls emerged victorious beating their fellow Tipp side 3-1 to 1-1. Cashel won their game against Borrisokane so the final was a replay of the opening match with the Ursuline up against Cashel again. The Ursuline girls showed their mettle to see off the Cashel threat determined to bring the Munster title back to the school.

The result was a decisive win for UCT 5-4 to 0-2. This sees the Ursuline heading to the All Ireland Final of the 7’s competition where they will represent Munster. The Senior camogie team togged out for a challenge match against Presentation Thurles in preparation for the season ahead.

Congratulation to Lauren Murtagh, Sixth Year, who won an All-Ireland in July playing with her home county, Kildare. She lined out in the centre back position and her tremendous work rate and magnificent display earned her player of the match.

Hope Trip to Kolkata
This year marks the third year the school has worked with the Hope Foundation. The Cork based charity do invaluable work with the poorest of the poor on the streets of Kolkata. Students in TY and Fifth Year expressed huge interest in taking part in the fundraising efforts to secure one of the
coveted places on the trip with 63 students presenting for interview. The successful candidates are Caoimhe Brennan, Sarah C. Fitzgerald, Michelle Bergin, Jean Grace, Rachel Madden, Annie Nolan, Ellie Hannon, Emily Kavanagh, Ellen Liffey, Marie McGrath, Kaci Kerwick and Laura Ryan. They will travel to India for a week in April with their teachers Mr McLoughlin and Ms Hynes. We wish the students the very best in their fundraising efforts for this most worthy of causes.

Fitness Day
On Monday, October 1 all TY’s got to experience a full day of fitness training with four instructors from Health and Fitness Ireland. The areas covered included quality movement, health and nutrition, circuit training, health psychology, interval training and speed and agility. The HEAT programme was offered to all participants with moderate levels of fitness while the PAD programme challenged the very capable athletic of which we have many. The instructors complemented all the students on their willingness to get involved and to give it their best. This was the first year TY’s have participated in this workshop and it proved to be very popular indeed.

There were a number of hockey fixtures in the last week. The Senior B’s played Villiers beating them 5-0. The Junior B’s and Minor B’s ended their games against Villiers in nil all draws.

An Triail at the Belltable
Two Leaving Cert Irish classes attended the Belltable Arts Centre for a showing of their Irish play An Triail on Monday, 1 October. The production, staged by Fibin, presented this modern Irish classic in an innovative and engaging way. The story, by Mairead Ni Ghrada deals with the issue of single motherhood in 1960’s Ireland. It was a real treat for students to see a staged production of a key text they are currently studying. A great day was had by all. Thanks to teachers Ms Bourke and Mr O’Dochartaigh for organising the event.

Mo Chara Visit
Ms Coman’s Third Year CSPE class were delighted to welcome Nikki from Mo Chara Animal Rescue to the school on Tuesday, 2 October. To the delight of students’ she brought with her some special four legged visitors including a 17 year old staffordshire bull terrier Ricky and a four week old kitten called Bobby. The girls learned about the challenges of owning a pet and discussed the rights and responsibilities of pet owners. In preparation for the visit the class organised a bake sale to raise money for this Moyne based charity. Nikki accepted a cheque for €400 from the girls and thanked them for their efforts and interest in animal rights.

September 27, 2018

Ms Anne Ryan, RIP
It was with great sadness that the staff of the Ursuline Secondary School learned of the passing of their former colleague Anne Ryan. For those who knew her, Anne was a stalwart of the school having attended as a pupil and returning to teach once she had finished university in Cork. She was a kind, caring member of staff who took great pride in her teaching, her pupils and their achievements and the school in general. She was a committed educationalist who brought out the very best in her students and instilled in them a love of learning.
She was particularly passionate about History and her wealth of historical knowledge was astonishing. Anne could hold sway on practically any subject, such was her great mind and her enthusiasm for learning. As well as her dedication to the job she was immense fun but at the same time always kept an eye out for those who may have been a little lost, whether that was younger colleagues or students who were struggling in any way. She was a lady, a scholar and an Ursuline through and through. The staff would like to take this opportunity to extend their condolences to Anne’s family, Mattie & Maureen (Drom), John & Jeanette (Ballinasloe) & Fr Richie (California)and her beloved nieces & nephews on this terrible loss.
Anne’s Requiem mass took place in her home place, Drom, on Thursday last and the Ursuline Chamber Choir paid a fitting tribute to Anne in Music, conducted and accomapnied by Ms J Butler & Mr Farrell. May she rest in peace. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam.

Opening Mass
The school gathered together on Monday, September 24, in the Cathedral of the Assumption to celebrate and ask God’s blessing on the new academic year. A quote from Pope Francis was chosen by the Religious Education Department as the theme for the year, ‘Joy springs from a grateful heart’. School Chaplain, Fr. Jim Purcell, said Mass and in his homily he touched on the ideas of gratitude and gentleness. He encouraged the students to be gentle in the ways they support one another. He spoke about prayer as a positive way of showing gratitude. He said that in the world of today it is often said people think too much, do too much, want too much, have too much and that they forget about the value of just being.

The Chairperson of the School Council, Erica Carroll, welcomed everyone to the Opening Mass. Ms Anne Ryan was remembered in the opening address and in the prayers of the faithful. There was a procession of symbols brought to the altar to represent the many things that add immense joy and colour to life. These offerings were laid in front of a magnolia tree which itself is symbolic of joy and divine beauty. At the Our Father the First Year students gathered around the altar to sing the Lord’s Prayer using actions led by Fr. Purcell. It was a lovely way to involve the newest members of the Ursuline in this, their very first Secondary School mass. The final hymn ‘Oh Happy Day’ sent everyone away smiling with an upbeat heart. Thanks as always to the Religion, Art and Music Departments for their contribution to the Mass and to Fr Purcell who always makes the occasion so meaningful.

Fifth Year Retreat
The Mustard Seed was back last week to facilitate a retreat with the Fifth Year group. The day began with interactive, fun games to get everyone in a relaxed comfortable mood. A time of reflection followed this initial exuberance. The retreat team got the students to focus on the people in their lives and during this part of the day they also discussed the effects of judgemental behaviour and attitudes. They probed where such judgements come from and the fairness of preconceived views. The day finished with a meditation and a chance for the students to collect and be with their own thoughts. The retreat was well received by the students.

Science/Maths Olympiad
Congratulations to three 2018 Junior Cert students who, as a result of their high achievements in Maths & Science, have been invited to attend the National Olympiad in DCU. The students are Sarah C Fitzgerald, Caoimhe McCarthy & Cora Norton.

September 20, 2018

Dr Aisling Memorial Bursary
Meadbh Putti was the worthy recipient of this year’s Dr Aisling Butler Memorial Bursary. Meadbh achieved outstanding Leaving Cert results and is currently studying medicine in UCC. John and Evelyn Butler presented her with this gift at a ceremony in the Ursuline on Wednesday 19 September, attended by the whole school. Meadbh thanked them for their generosity and the positive legacy they have established in the name of their daughter. Meadbh was accompanied by her parents Michelle and Joe Putti and her grandparents Mary and Johnny Hoolan. The Dr Aisling Bursary was established by John and Evelyn in memory of their daughter who died in the tragic Air France disaster along with her friends Jane Deasy and Eithne Walls.

The annual Gaisce Hike in the Slieve Bloom Mountains was a weekend of fun and fitness for the 83 students who took part. The seven silver medallists undertook a gruelling three day, 50 km trek while those students going for bronze walked 30 km over two days. Despite sore feet, aching limbs and slight exhaustion a great weekend was had by all. Each evening tales of survival where shared along with pizza making the tiring adventure worth all the effort. Many thanks to the teachers who supervised the students, Ms Coffey, Ms Tuohy, Ms Carew and Ms Egan who co-ordinated the whole weekend.

Hannah Murphy
Congratulations to Sixth Year Student and poet Hannah Murphy who won a prize at this year’s Wild Words creative writing competition organised by Leitrim County Council to coincide with the Carrick-on-Shannon Children’s Book Festival. Hannah’s poem A Grave Goodbye is about loss and is published in the sixth edition of Wild Words. This follows on from Hannah’s success as runner up in the Trocaire National Poetry Competition in April.


The Ursuline has quite a few students selected to play for their provinces at the Interprovincials. Best of luck to Kate Ryan, Alex Hally and Andrea Hally on the Munster u16 panel. Emily Kavanagh playing Munster u18, Emma Osborne and Alannah Walsh lining out for the South East u18 and Roisin Kelly selected as part of the Connacht u16 squad.


The whole school assembled on Wednesday 19 September and were addressed by the new Green Schools Chairperson Grainne MacNamara. She gave an inspirational and funny speech on the continued need for students to do their bit for the environment. Despite the fact that the school has a staggering seven Green Flags there is still plenty of work to do. She finished by telling the audience that the Green School’s motto for this year is ‘Make the Ursuline Green Again.’ Erica Carroll is the new Chairperson of the School Council and she spoke to the school about the theme for the year, a Pope Francis quote ‘Joy springs from a grateful heart’. She reminded students to have a good attitude about gratitude in a speech that was littered with examples of silver linings.

September 13, 2018

Junior Cert Results
Well done to all TY and Fifth Year students on their fantastic Junior Certificate results. There were plenty of smiles, hugs, cheers and a few tears of joy shed on Wednesday when the envelopes were opened. The students should be proud of their achievements in this their first and quite daunting state examination.

Leaving Cert Geography Trip
Leaving Cert Geography students completed a very important part of their final exam on Tuesday 11, September when they undertook their field work study. The two classes, under the expert guidance of Ms Tuohy and Ms Hedigan went west along the road to Co. Clare. The first stop was the Poulnabrone Dolmen and from there the group went to Aillwee Cave to view its spectacular underground caverns. The students then undertook an investigation of transportation and deposition at Bishops Quarter beach, near Ballyvaughan. Finally no tour of Co. Clare would be complete without stopping to view the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. Then it was back to Tipp after a very busy but very rewarding day out.

Jake Carter Rocks the Ursuline
Students were treated to a surprise lunchtime visit by singer and Dancing with the Stars winner Jake Carter on Wednesday, September 12. The girls in blue were out in force to sing along with Jake to Slow Hands and Shot Gun. Excitement was at fever pitch when he took a selfie with the crowd. He took questions from many of his fans and there was great banter between him and the audience. Best of luck to him as he starts his Irish tour in the Source in Thurles. Let’s hope he keeps his promise to return to UCT at some stage in the future.



The Ursuline were delighted to have two students on the Munster u17 camogie team, Eimear McGrath, fifth year and Ellie Ryan, sixth year. Munster won the Interprovincial All Ireland last weekend so well done to the girls on a successful outing for their province.

Katie Morrissey Tennis
It was a busy weekend for Leaving Cert student Katie Morrissey who competed in the Four Nations tennis tournament in Belfast recently. Katie represented Ireland at u18 level winning against her Scottish opponent 6-1, 6-2. The school is so proud of Katie and her talent, which sees her participating at the highest levels of her sport.

The Senior As had their first game of the season, a friendly against Kilkenny College on Wednesday, September 11. This afforded the team and coaches an opportunity to try out tactics and positions in preparation for cup and league games ahead.

TY Trip to Killaloe
On Friday, September 7, the three Transition Year classes headed off to the University of Limerick Adventure Centre in Killaloe. They had a fantastic day of activity based fun in the water and on dry land. The schedule for the day included kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, high ropes, archery and a climbing wall. For these tasks the girls had to use a range of skills such as balance, co-ordination, team building and also draw on their reserves of determination and motivation. The annual trip to Killaloe is a brilliant opportunity for the TY’s to get to know each better and to bond as a group. Thanks to Ms Coffey, Ms Doherty and Ms Purcell for accompanying the classes and getting stuck in themselves.

Higher Options
Quite a number of Sixth Years availed of the opportunity to attend the Higher Options exhibition in the RDS on Thursday, September 13. Students could view the myriad of college and post Leaving Cert courses on offer. They could also check out options for studying abroad and apprenticeships.

September 7, 2018

Leaving Certs History Tour
It was an early start for the Leaving Cert History class who headed to Dublin on Thursday, August 30 at 7.30 am. Their first stop was a guided tour of the EPIC museum on the Customs House Quay. EPIC, which opened in 2016, tells the story of Irish Emigrants in a visually creative and interactive way. The museum was founded by Irish emigrant Neville Isdell and is an acronym for Every Person Is Connected. With over 20 separate galleries encompassing the biographies of around 325 people of Irish heritage, the students only got a glimpse of the story of the diaspora in their two hour tour. There were sad tales of enforced emigration, poverty and destitution but also uplifting stories of the great achievements of the Irish abroad. Susan, the tour guide was vibrant and engaging even encouraging the girls to one-two-three to Riverdance in the Irish Dancing Room but they were all a bit too shy to shimmy on the dance floor.

In the afternoon the students took a tour of Glasnevin Cemetery in the company of Bridget. Bridget is a fountain of historical knowledge and a natural storyteller enlivening the stories of the graveyard’s permanent residents. Students learned about the bravery of Elizabeth O’Farrell, the humanity of Daniel O’Connell, the political ingenuity of Charles Stewart Parnell and the story of Irish Independence at the Republican plot. The last stop on the tour was the most visited grave in Glasnevin, that of Michael Collins, beautifully bedecked with flowers. Ironically, modern Irish History truly came alive for the students as they stood among the gravestones of the men and women who were at the forefront of Irish Independence. Bridget complimented the Sixth Years on their enthusiasm and interest. It was a lovely day out and the best way to learn about significant historical events and people.

Kate Ryan from Limerick and Waterford sisters Andrea and Alex Hally have been selected for the Munster u16 Interprovincial panel. Also Ròisín Kelly, fifth year has retained her place on the Connacht u16 squad. Well done to all.

Best of luck to Leaving Cert student Katie Morrissey who is traveling to Belfast on Friday, September 7 to represent Ireland in the Four Nations Tournament. Katie who plays with Larkspur, Cashel is on Irish the u18 team.

Fleadh Cheoil
Congratulations to Sarah Bourke, Leaving Cert, who is the All Ireland Bodhrán Champion 2018 having won in the 15-18 category at this year’s Fleadh. She played a jig, reel and hornpipe to a fiddle accompaniment.
Well done also to sisters Kate and Elaine Frawley who were part of a Groupa Cheoil that won the All Ireland 12-15 category at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann held recently in Drogheda. Junior Cert student Kate played both the harp and concertina while Elaine, in second year, was on the accordion. They are members of the Castleconnell, Ahane, Herbertstown Comhaltas branch and are well accomplished musicians.

Sixth Year Retreat
The Sixth Years had their final ever school retreat on Wednesday, September 6. The day was facilitated by experienced retreat team The Mustard Seed. They are always excellent at getting the students to enjoy the day while also taking stock of themselves and where they are in their lives. Affirmation was the theme of the day. Conor, Peter and Stephen focused the group on accepting themselves and accepting each other. They did exercises aimed at getting the students to recognise their own goodness and the goodness of the world around them. The day finished with some guided meditation and quiet self reflection.