December 20, 2018

Christmas Carol Service
The annual Christmas Carol Service featuring musicians, soloists and choirs from First Year to Sixth Year took place on Monday, December 17, The Sr Ursula Memorial Hall was transformed into a delightful Christmas scene with candles, lights and festive decorations. There was a traditional group of harp, fiddles, flutes, concertina, bodhrán and tin whistle playing distinctly Irish versions of Ding Dong Merrily on High and I saw Three Ships. The Cecilian Choir and Chamber Choir sang a selection of Christmas tunes including the hauntingly beautiful The Wexford Carol and the uplifting Carol of the Bells. Harpist Ella Flynn, Fifth Year, accompanied the Senior Orchestra for What Child is This? Isobel Hillery was joined by both school choirs for her rendition of O Holy Night. The programme also featured a Fifth Year vocal quartet comprising of Deirdre Fogarty, Aideen Carew, Laragh Hatherell and Aoife Dempsey. Well done to all those who performed and to Music teacher and Choir Mistress Ms Butler who organised the programme of events. Many thanks also to those who teach in St Angela’s Academy of Music where many of the students attend music tuition.

Mass of the Gifts
The Christmas Mass or Mass of the Gifts was celebrated in the Cathedral of the Assumption on Thursday, December 20. It is always such a special occasion and a lovely reminder of the religious meaning and spiritual value of Christmas. Fr Jim Purcell, the School Chaplain, presided over the mass and gave a very gentle, inspiring homily. There was a fabulous selection of Christmas songs which Cecilian Choir, Chamber Choir and many of the school’s finest instrumentalists had been rehearsing in the lead up to the mass. There was a liturgical movement at the offertory procession which included many dancers from Sixth year. They brought boxes to the altar to symbolise the many acts of charity that take place throughout the school during the year. This dance also featured two of school’s Spanish students, Daniella and Zanaida, who incorporated flamengo style movements into the procession. The students moved with grace to the strains of ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’ sung by Cecilian Choir and interspersed with bell ringing by some Leaving Cert Music students. As is Ursuline tradition all First Years did a fabulous slow movement to Silent Night. They held lit candles while singing Silent Night in Irish, English and German. It was a joy to behold this beloved hymn prayed through harmonious voices and elegant movement. Thanks to all readers, musicians and dancers whose preparations made the Mass of the Gifts 2019 not only possible but wonderful.

Senior Camogie Munster A Semi-Final
Well done to the Ursuline Senior Camogie panel and coaches Ms Hogan and Ms O’Friel for reaching a Munster A Semi Final. They faced Ursuline’s Waterford who were always going to be stiff opposition. The Ursuline Thurles had the advantage of playing on home soil but this was not enough to secure a place in the final. Ursuline Waterford just pipped the Thurles girls at the post to finish with a heart breaking one-point lead. UCT played out of their skin but it wasn’t enough against a Waterford side that took every opportunity that came their way.

Christmas Activities
UCT-tv continued on Friday, December 14 with the Ursuline version of All Star Mr and Mrs. The Mr and Mrs were Ms Hynes and Mr McLoughlin who had to demonstrate just how well they knew each other. Mr McLoughlin brought gushes of approval from the audience when he declared that he wouldn’t change a thing about Ms Hynes as she was perfect.
The annual Teacher v Student debate happened on Wednesday, December 19. Representing the staff were debating enthusiasts Mr O’Byrne, Ms Geoghegan and Ms Loughnane who proposed the motion that ‘There is Feminism in the North Pole.’ There were pitted against a mighty team of Sixth years including Gemma O’Dwyer, Mary Kate Barrett and Gráinne McNamara. They argued strongly that the North Pole is not in fact an equal opportunities employer and that the fairer sex don’t fare so well there. The students won but the staff but up a brave fight, so well done to all those involved. Much thanks is due to the Fifth Year councillors and their year head Ms Bourke for organising the Christmas activities over the last number of weeks.

A merry and safe Christmas to all our students, their parents and relatives from Ms Butler, Ms Slattery and Ms Gleeson and all the staff and of the Ursuline Secondary School.

December 14, 2018

Mission Day
Mission Day is always a huge highlight of the Ursuline calendar and this year it was bursting with frivolity and fun. It was held on Thursday, December 13 and all the action took place inside in the Sports Hall. The theme chosen by the Leaving Certs this year was Casino Royale. There were loads of games, obstacle courses and food. Students could get their fortune told, get their face painted or just hang out in the relaxation room. The disco was hopping with queues to get inside for a bit of a mid day bop. The sumo wrestling suits and the wrestling ring proved especially popular. Students and staff eagerly lined up at the bouncy ring with a view to taking their opponent down by literally knocking them off their pedestal. Students exchanged cash for chips and then spent these on whatever activities they wanted. Well done to the Sixth Years for organising such a great event with all money raised on the day going directly to support the work of Sr Clare Ursula’s work in Kenya providing vocational opportunities for young girls and women. Much thanks is due to Ms Molony who spearheaded Mission Day and to the students and staff who supported it.














Gael Linn Irish Debating

Junior Gael Linn and Senior Gael Linn Debating Teams both qualified out of the first round of the competition. The Junior team, under the guidance of Mr O’Dochertaigh, argued against getting rid of daylight saving time, ‘Bá cheart dúinn fáil réidh le ham coigilte sholas an lae’. Ursuline hosted the debate and faced opposition from Cistercian College, Roscrea, Loreto Clonmel and Presentation, Fethard. Ursuline’s Ethel Rose Murray, Maeve Adams and Ellie McMinn secured a win along with Loreto, Clonmel.
The Seniors included Zoe Bracken, Rachael Madden and Catríona Ní Shuilleabhán who proposed the motion ‘Tugaimid Aire mhaith dár seanóiri in Éirinn’ translated as ‘We take good care of our elderly in Ireland.’ They competed against Cistercians, Roscrea, Heywood Community School, Co. Laois and Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise. Ursuline and Cistercians successfully argued their way to the next round. Many thanks to their coach Ms Barry.


Second Year Debating
The Second Year in school Debating Competition is drawing to a close with semi-finals set to conclude before Christmas break. The teams will discuss and pick over the motion ‘Fashion is for Fools’. The students presented their three minute speeches with time for refutation, conferring and counter argument. The Second Year students involved are Kate Ryan, Laura Collins, Natalie Gilmore, Sinéad Tuohy, Ròisín Astwood, Leona Maher, Sophie Walsh, Catherine Hennessy, Mary Meehan, Megan Borland, Emily Mulrooney, Jessica Oakley, Anna McCartan, Camille Ryan, Audrey Lawlor, Yvette D’arcy, Elaine Frawley, Francesca Neilan, Lauren Mullally, Abigail Cahill, Lauren Ormond, Sophie Rowland, Sophia Whelan, Tara Queally, Gillian Bourke, Evie O’Carroll, Vera Ryan, Julie Ann Barrett, Leah O’Meara and Katie Norris. It is fantastic to see so much interest in Debating and speech writing from younger years and thanks to Ms Quinn who is indefatigable in the promotion of these skills.


Charities Committee
The Charities Committee were delighted to welcome Paddy Stapleton to school on Thursday, December 13 to receive the proceeds of the Jersey Day held recently. This fundraiser was in aid of his sister and past Ursuline pupil Amanda Stapleton. The school and students really wanted to help and support the family in some small way during this difficult time, Thanks to everyone who wore their club, County or Country colours and donated to this worthy cause.




Mass of the Gifts
The various departments and the many students involved are currently preparing for the Christmas Mass of the Gifts which will take place in the Cathedral of the Assumption on Thursday, December 20. All are welcome to attend what promises to be a lovely Christmas liturgy.

December 7, 2018

Well done to the Ursuline soccer team who represented Munster in the FAI Post Primary First Year Girls National Futsal Finals. They won the Mid-Tipperary division before coming out on top in both Tipperary and Munster. In the National Final they faced teams from Leixlip, Sligo and Carndonagh. The standard was incredibly high but the girls showed great character in the finals as they had done at every stage of the tournament. It was an honour for the team and the school to represent their province in this the Ursuline’s first ever National Soccer Final. Congratulations to the team Kayla Treacy, Sarah Bell, Kate Carr, Grace Fitzpatrick Ryan, Miah Bourke, Muireann Treacy, Grace Ryan, Molly Ryan, Kate Bergin, Kate Ferncombe, Emily Keane, Danielle Ryan and to their coach Mr McGlynn.

Congratulations to the Senior A Camogie Team who are through to a Munster Semi-Final after their win against the Presentation, Thurles on Tuesday, December 4. There was fine displays of skill from both sides in this local derby played in Dr Morris Park amid dry but cold conditions. The team now go on to face fellow Ursuline’s from Waterford with home advantage.

Amanda Stapleton Benefit Fund
On Thursday, December 6, the school Charities Committee organised a jersey day to raise money for the Amanda Stapleton Benefit Fund. Amanda is a past pupil of the Ursuline and all the donations from the jersey day will go to help her and her family during this difficult time. She is in our thoughts and in our prayers.

Congratulations and well done the TY students who have been selected for the CBS Show. Kaci Kerwick will play Maria Elena and there will be strong Ursuline participation in the chorus. Those who successfully auditioned include Maria Maher, Jade McCarthy, Kate Ryan, Kiera Scanlon, Sorcha Scott, Ellen Dugan, Kate Maher, Michaela Grace Ginty, Enya Hogan and Ella Ryan. Best of luck to them and the rest of the cast and crew of the Buddy Holly Show on what is bound to be a great stage production.

The Seinn Concert in the Cathedral on Wednesday, December 5 was a big undertaking comprising of TY students from all across the diocese of Cashel and Emly. The Ursuline and its students were delighted to be part of this wonderful musical event that saw so many young voices raised in song and worship. The TYs had been busily preparing for Seinn with their Music Teachers and in their Choral classes over the past number of weeks. Well done to everyone involved and in particular thanks to the teachers who took care of the musical arrangements for the Ursuline.

The First Years played a challenge against Rockwell on Wednesday, December 5 and were delighted with their win. There was plenty of action in a game that was an ideal chance for mentors to work on team building and tactics.

AILO Adapt Workshop
A number of Ursuline students attended the AILO Adapt problem solving workshop in St Kieran’s College in Kilkenny on Tuesday, December 4. The aim of this workshop was to prepare students for the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad or AILO.

Mena Noone on the Late Late Toy Show
For First Year student Mena Noone this year’s Late Late Toy Show was extra special. She was there singing and dancing her heart out in the opening number. She joined host, Ryan Tubridy, at the very beginning and the very end for The Greatest Show from the hit film The Greatest Showman. Along with the other performers she did a fantastic job in what was a very memorable start to the Toy Show.

The Minor As and Junior Bs played Crescent last week but there was no luck for either team on the day. The Minor result; Crescent 4 – 2 UCT and the Junior B result; Crescent 4 – 1 UCT. The Junior Cs won in their match against Crescent by 1-0.
On Friday, November 30 the Senior Bs lost 5-2 in their outing against Laurel Hill Secondary School. The Minor Bs beat Laurel Hill on the same day 1-0.

Well done to the Fifth Year Student Councillors who are organising festive fun and games at lunch time to get the school into the swing of Christmas. They started on Friday, November 30 with a lunch time quiz between students and teachers. The students taking on the intellectual might of the teachers were Chloé Slattery, Anna Derby and Gemma O’Dwyer. The teachers taking on this fearless bunch included Mr Kirby, Mr O’Dochertaigh and Ms Keating. The quiz ended in a draw for both sides but the most entertaining aspect of it all was the cubby bunny half-time contest between two good sports From First Year Megan Kelly and Anouska Dunne, They literally had the audience in stitches.

Junior Football
Ursuline Junior Footballers progressed to the Munster Quarter Final last Thursday, November 29 beating Scoil Pol, Limerick. Conditions were poor and both teams were aided by a strong wind in each half. Ursuline, against the wind in the first half, put in a great team performance to go in at half time a point in front. Midway through the second half Scoil Pol took the lead and Ursuline found themselves on the back foot. However, great leadership from joint captains Caoimhe McCarthy and Marion Gilman brought UCT back in front to finish six points ahead. The Juniors now face Clare champions, Kilrush CS for a Munster semi-final spot.

November 29, 2018

Anna Bradish Wins EU Soapbox Public Speaking
Anna Bradish, Fifth Year, is the National Winner of the EU Soapbox Public Speaking Competition. Anna represented both her school and region in the final on Tuesday, November 27 held in the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin. She spoke with great confidence in front of Minister for State, Seán Kyne, EU representatives and politicians from across the political spectrum. Anna was not one bit fazed by either the four person judging panel or the esteemed audience. Her speech, a spirited defence of European elections, contained many fine points delivered with the right mixture of aplomb and gusto. Her prize includes money and a trip to Brussels for a most deserving winner.


November Prayer Service
The whole school gathered together on Monday, November 26 for a prayer service for the holy souls. The theme for this para liturgy was ‘Light in the Darkness’ and in preparation each student in the school decorated a glass jar using paint, paper and permanent markers on which they wrote the names of those they wanted to remember. Inside each jar was a tea-light and the flicker of 800 candles in the darkened sports hall was both beautiful and solemn. The prayer service opened with a movement with some students holding electric lights which were then placed on a wooden cross. Fr Jim Purcell, the school chaplain, presided over the service and delivered a very honest, genuine homily touching on his own experience of grief. He mentioned that life after the death of a loved one is strange. Fr Purcell told the students that someone gave him a copy of the Robert Browning Hamilton poem ‘I walked a mile with Pleasure’ and he recited it for the students and staff. He spoke about how sorrow causes actual physical pain but yet we learn so much from it about ourselves, about life, about love, about faith. The music and readings added to the sacredness of the occasion and there was a beautiful litany interspersed with the choir singing Snow Patrol’s ‘Light up’. The November Prayer Service is one of the most valuable times of worship in the school calendar as honouring our dead relatives and friends means so much and touches the deepest parts of ourselves. Thanks to everyone who made it so special.


It was a clean sweep for the Ursuline’s athletes at the Tipperary County Cross Country championships held at Thurles Crokes on Wednesday, 27. The four teams, Minor, Junior, Intermediate and Senior secured straight wins in what was a fantastic display of team work and individual speed and strength. The Minors set the tone for the day with Kate Ferncombe leading the girls home with a determined gold medal winning performance. The Juniors and Intermediates followed suit, both finishing in the top position. The winning streak remained unbroken by the Seniors with Chloé Slattery leading her team home to first place. What a spectacular day for all the Ursuline Athletic teams and many thanks to coach, Mr McDonnell.


Senior As were in action against Mount Mercy in the League on Wednesday, November 28. The home venue was a huge advantage with Ursuline securing a decisive 6-2 win.


The Senior Football team beat Blackwater Community College, Lismore on Monday, November 26. This comprehensive victory sees them through to a Munster semi-final. The team rose to the occasion with eminent performances from Niamh Keane, Lauren Murtagh, Maria Connolly and Eimear McGrath.


Green Schools
The Green Schools committee organised a successful Swap Shop, which happened at lunchtime on Wednesday, November 28. This event, in its second year, has proved to be a highly successful way to get the student body to reuse and recycle unwanted items that are in good nick. Following the maxim ‘One Man’s Trash is another Man’s Treasure’ the committee began collecting second hand stock over the previous weeks by asking students to donate that which they no longer loved nor wanted. As usual they were overwhelmed by the response. For each item brought in the student got a ticket, which could then be used to pick up anything that caught their eye in the shop. There were plenty of books, games, jewellery, perfectly packaged perfumes, make up and clothes. Students came along with a view to stocking up for Christmas either for themselves or for their nearest and dearest and there were bargains galore. Well done to the Green Schools Committee and to mentors Ms Carroll, Ms Carew and Ms Ryan.


TYs returned this week after their first work experience placement. Thanks to all employers, businesses and organisations who afforded them this valuable opportunity.
There was a talk on the opportunities available to women in the technology sector on Monday, November 26. There is a real shortage of women opting for careers in STEM and this presentation aimed to show the students what they could bring to and consequently gain from employment in Science, Engineering, Maths but in particular technology.
The immensely popular TY film workshops are taking place at the moment with students getting a unique opportunity to script, shoot, edit and produce a short, entirely original film.
The TY choir are in the final stages of preparing for the Seinn concert, which will happen next Wednesday, December 5 in the Cathedral of the Assumption. They will join voices with other TY choirs from around the diocese in this collective musical venture. This is the second year Ursuline TYs have been involved in Seinn and last year’s concert was a lovely occasion for all involved.


Leaving Cert Art Trip
The Leaving Cert Art class, accompanied by their teacher Ms Lawlor, travelled to Dublin to the Hugh Lane Gallery renowned for its collection of modern art. This trip is an important part of their exam preparation and they learned loads from seeing important works of art first hand.


Fifth Year Visit to LIT Clonmel
Career Guidance teacher, Ms Golden, brought 26 Fifth Years to LIT Clonmel for a Creative Media careers exposé. It was most informative with students learning about the type of work available to Creative Media graduates particularly opportunities in the gaming and animation industries. They also heard from a past graduate who is a story board artist with his own design company. It certainly opened the students up to the many possibilities that can stem from a qualification in Creative Media.


Second Year visit to Cathedral of the Assumption
Ms Loughnane’s and Ms Keating’s Second Year Religion classes popped out to the Cathedral of the Assumption on Wednesday, November 29 to study and reflect on the Stations of the Cross. The death of Jesus and the reasons why he was executed are studied in detail as part of their Religion syllabus. So the depiction of Jesus’ last hours in the Stations was a most experiential way for the students to learn this fundamental tenet of the Christian faith.

November 22, 2018

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Alix Noonan, Fifth Year, has been chosen as the overall Regional winner of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award 2018. Alix was selected to represent the Thurles Rotary Club. She beat off stiff competition from seven other finalists from Limerick, Westmeath and Galway to win. Alix, along with Rotary winners from the other regions, will now go on the trip of a lifetime to the EU Parliament in Strasbourg where she will meet MEP’s. The prize also includes a trip to the Dáil and Aras an Uachtarain. Alix batted some tough questions from the four judges on a wide range of topics including the EU, Brexit and the environment. She was asked about her diverse range of interests and her volunteer work with Two-Mile-Borris parish John Paul II group and her involvement in building a grotto in the area. They were also interested in Alix’s Junk Kouture entry, Man Vs Nature, which incorporated the idea of the damage human beings are doing to the natural world. She was questioned about her with meeting President Michael D. Higgins last year when she spoke with him about the conservation work being undertaken at Cabragh Wetlands. Congratulations Alix on this fantastic achievement.

Ursuline was thrilled to chalk down a provincial victory for Tipperary at the FAI Futsal Munster Final on Tuesday, 20 November in WIT. It is onwards and upwards for this very talented team of first year footballers as they now get set to represent Munster at the National Final stage of this Post Primary Schools competition. It was a nail biting finish with the Ursuline girls winning against Blarney on penalties. The National Final will be played at the beginning of December. The very best of luck to this bunch of girls who are making history, being the first Ursuline team to reach a national soccer final.

Ellie Ryan, Sixth Year, has secured a place on the Munster camogie team after last weekend’s clash between North Munster and South Munster. She will now represent Munster in the School’s Interprovincial Camogie competition that takes place in Abbotstown on Saturday, November 24. Well done Ellie.

Ursuline First Year teams who recently competed in the Tipperary A Blitz

Build A Bank
There was an incredible buzz around the school at lunchtime on Friday, 16 November with the arrival of Instagram Influencer and Ireland’s fittest family contestant Oskar Lapinski. Oskar very kindly agreed to launch this year’s Ursuline Bank. The bank with it’s fun, catchy logo., ‘Just Bank’, aims to energise economic activity in the school by encouraging students to save vigorously in the weeks and months ahead. The bank is run by TY students, Orla Cornally, Shauna Durack, Eve Corbett, Amy Cloonan Fennelly, Ella Burke and Jean Grace. This enthusiastic team hope to go far in this year’s AIB Build a Bank competition. They certainly got off to a flying start on Friday and long may they continue to press ahead with their thrift promoting strategies.

The Senior As drew 1-1 against Regina Mundi on Wednesday, 21 November. The Junior As notched up a great 3-0 victory against the same Cork side Regina Mundi.

Green Schools
The Green Schools Committee have been working hard over the last while collecting used batteries for the Laura Lynn Foundation. In all they accumulated 30 boxes for this most worthy of causes. They have also been busy conducting a survey on the scourge of single use water bottles. They discovered that on average 53% of students bring this type of plastic bottle to school. They are hoping to encourage their fellow Ursuline’s to commit to using reusable water bottles as one of these is the equivalent of a staggering 168 single use bottles.
On foot of the hugely successful Swap Shop that happened around this time last year the Green Schools will be undertaking this venture again. This is in an effort to get everyone to be more conscious about the amount of stuff that we have and the amount of stuff that we buy particularly at this consumer frenzied time of the year.

Public Speaking
Victoria Cotterell, Fifth Year, won the local heat of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition held in Nenagh on Saturday, 17 November. The two other Ursuline contestants were fellow Fifth Year students Ellie Culliton and Ciara McConnell. Victoria spoke for six minutes on an Eleanor Roosevelt quote, ‘No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent.’ Included in her speech were topical issues such as bullying, social media, surviving trauma and coming out the other side stronger, more resolute. She mentioned Opray Winfrey as an example of the in dominatable human spirit. Victoria now goes on to compete for Tipperary in the Regional final scheduled for January.
Public Speaking team of Anna Bradish, Aoife Dempsey, Aislinn Maher and Kaja Gorwa reached the semi-final stage of Carlow Institute of Technology Built Environment debate. The opening motion dealt with the very topical issue of the role of the construction industry in tackling the homelessness crises. The students equipped themselves admirably in this first round and reached the highly competitive semi-final stage. In this section of the competition they had thirty minutes to research and write two speeches proposing that the construction industry should lead the way in addressing climate change. Well done to all those involved who researched, wrote and spoke so well within a very tight time-frame.

TY Trip to Lar na Pairce
Ms Bourke organised a trip for the TY’s to visit the GAA museum, Lar na Pairce, which is right on our doorstep. They had a very interesting time learning about the founding of the organisation and its cultural and sporting significance in Irish life over the last century. They got to browse GAA memorabilia and learn all about Gaelic games in days gone by. Thanks to Ms Bourke for organising this tour and to Liam O’Donoghue for introducing the students to this slice of GAA history.



Marie Keating Foundation Talk
Thanks to Eileen O’Riordan, a nurse with the Marie Keating Foundation, who came to the school last week to speak to senior classes about Cancer prevention. It was a valuable, informative presentation. The students were reminded that skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in Ireland and told of the necessity of protecting against the harmful UVA rays that cause long term skin damage. Eileen informed them of the dangers of smoking which causes not only lung cancer but is linked to throat, bladder, mouth, oesophageal, bladder and pancreatic cancer. She highlighted the link between excessive alcohol consumption and cancer. Also mentioned was the importance of diet and exercise in cancer prevention, with the staggering figure that 3,400 cancers in the UK could be deterred each year just through keeping active. She encouraged the students to form good exercise habits now so that it becomes part of their normal day. She ended on a positive note by mentioning that there are 138,000 cancer survivors in Ireland thanks to early detection, improved treatments and better information on living more healthily to keep cancer and other illness at bay.

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 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.