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News (19th April)

O’Dowd Cup

Congratulations to our under-15 hurlers on being crowned Munster champions last Wednesday following their victory over De la Salle in the final of the O’Dowd Cup. Thurles started well, building up a five points to one lead early in the first half. De la Salle fought back however and the CBS led by just a single point at half-time ( 1-5, 1-4). De la Salle started the second half strongly, scoring two points before Thurles took control of the game, eventually emerging victorious on a scoreline of 2-11 to 1-6. This was a strong team performance, helped by some impressive displays from the captain, Luke Shanahan, and from Stephen Ferncombe, who scored both goals. Eddie Maher and Darragh Stakelum were very busy in midfield while Jack Leamy and Liam McCormack also turned in fine displays. Well done to all involved.

White Cup Champions 2018

Rice Cup

Our Rice Cup ‘A’ panel qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition by winning their blitz on Thursday, the 12th of April. The squad defeated teams from Roscrea, Naas and Blackwater CBS and will face either Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG or Youghal in the next round. Our ‘B’ panel was in action the following day but despite some good performances they failed to progress to the next round of the competition.

Business and Innovation Project

Our transition year pupils travelled to Grange Hill last Monday where they participated in a scenic forest walk. As well as getting some fresh air and exercise the trip provided the students with the inspiration needed to complete a business and innovation project which challenges them to come up with some new ideas about how the area’s natural resources and amenities could be better utilised for tourist purposes.

French Exchange

Recently, fifteen students from the coastal town of Lannion in Brittany spent one week with their host families in Thurles and Roscrea as part of a student exchange organised jointly by the CBS and Colaiste Phobal Ros Cre. While visiting Ireland the pupils got a taste of Irish school life as well as gaining an insight into Irish history and culture. Included in their itinerary were visits to the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle and the Swiss Cottage. They also visited Dublin where they participated in the Viking Splash Tour and viewed the Book of Kells. Students from our school had previously visited France. Overall, the exchange was a huge success and a very enjoyable and educational experience for all involved

Under-16 Soccer

The school’s under-16 soccer panel was knocked out of the South-East Munster Cup at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday last. The team was unlucky to come up against a very strong Tramore team which managed to build up a four goal lead by half-time. The players didn’t drop their heads though and managed to get a couple of consolation goals , via Jack Lillis and Alex Garcia Diaz.

Highest Grade in Leaving Cert Chemistry

Congratulations to Mark Fortune Congratulations  who received recognition from the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland today for attaining the highest grade in the LC Chemistry examinations 2017.

MOG Car Safety Demonstration

On Thursday last our transition year students attended a car safety demonstration course intended to teach young drivers about the limitations and frailties of a motor vehicle, thereby dispelling the notion of "invincibility" behind the wheel. The students were able to examinethe internal workings of a specially modified car and gain an insight into the dangers of driving with damaged parts. It was a very interesting demonstration which helped to encourage responsible driving among young people.

News (25th March)


O’Dowd Cup

 Well done to our under-16 hurlers on progressing to the final of the O’Dowd Cup following a 4-12 to 1-7 victory over St. Colman’s of Fermoy last Wednesday. Aided by a goal from Liam McCormack, the CBS led at half-time by 1-6 to 4 points. Thurles pulled further ahead in the second period and goals from Stephen Ferncombe, David Fogarty and Jack Leamy helped them to a 4-12 to 1-7 victory. They will face either De la Salle or Ard Scoil Ris in the final.

German Exchange


Last Saturday, nine German exchange students travelled home to Rosenheim in the south-east of Germany having spent the previous ten days with their host families in Thurles, Holycross, Ballycahill, Horse and Jockey, Gortnahoe and Two-Mile Borris. While in Ireland the students, from the Ignaz Gunther Gymnasium, attended classes with their exchange partners as well as experiencing a taste of Irish culture through their attendance at G.A.A. matches and St. Patrick’s Day parades. They also visited local attractions such as the Rock of Cashel and the Mitchelstown Caves. Last September their host students had a very enjoyable time in Rosenheim. Plans for next year’s exchange are already underway and incoming fifth year students are invited to participate.

U-16 ½ Football


Despite a very committed performance, our under-16 ½ footballers were defeated by Ennistymon in the Munster quarter-final last Wednesday. The first half was very competitive, Thurles leading by a point at half-time. However, Ennistymon got the better of the second period, eventually winning on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-4. From a Thurles perspective there were impressive performances from Kyle Ryan, Kieran Costello, Kevin Hayes, Devon Ryan, Barry Ryan and Darren Flood.



Our under-16 soccer players got their first run-out of the season last Thursday when they played Cashel in a challenge match. Goals from Jack Lillis and Jack Kelly helped the C.B.S. to a 2-1 lead at half-time, though Cashel came back to equalize in the second half. This was a good opportunity for players to get some game time with 21 of the squad getting on to represent the school.

Anti-Bullying Workshop


As part of the school’s ongoing focus on student wellbeing, Mr. Pat Courtney delivered an excellent workshop on friendship, bullying and internet safety to all our third year pupils on Friday, the 16th of March.


Games Fleadh  2018 


Last Wednesday our first year coding classes, accompanied by a selection of transition years, attended the third level games development exhibition at LIT-Thurles. The pupils interacted with games developers and listened to informative talks from industry experts. The event was particularly useful for anybody considering a career in computer programming or games development.

games fleadh 2




News (10th March)

O’Dowd Cup

Our under-15 hurlers began their defence of the O’Dowd Cup in fine style last Wednesday, defeating a strong St. Flannan’s side by two goals to set up a semi-final showdown with either Nenagh or St. Coleman’s next week. The first half was a competitive affair, Thurles going in at the interval leading by a solitary point (1-4, 0-6). However, two Thurles goals early in the second half gave the C.B.S. control of the tie and eventually Thurles ran out as worthy winners on a scoreline of  5-9 to 3-9. The goals were scored by Jack Leamy, David Fogarty, Stephen Ferncombe, Alex Lawlor and Pat Ryan.

Indoor Athletics

Our athletes enjoyed considerable success on Tuesday last when they picked up several medals at the Munster Schools Indoor Athletics Championships which were held in Nenagh. Emmet Fogarty, of third year, won gold in the junior 1,200 metres race while Jack Ryan secured a gold medal in the intermediate shot putt competition. Dillon Ryan also medaled, picking up a silver in the junior long jump. Well done to all.

Law Module

Last week our transition year students participated in an engaging, interactive law seminar which was facilitated by Kate Hedigan of LawEd. The pupils were informed about various aspects of law including consumer law, employment rights, road traffic offences and the laws in relation to alcohol and drugs. Through the medium of a mock trial they also learned how a court operates, the roles of judges, barristers and solicitors, and the differences between civil and criminal cases. The pupils also learned about careers in law.

Cross-Country Athletics

On Friday, the 23rd of February, our three cross-country athletics teams (minor, junior and senior) travelled to the WIT sports campus in Carriganore, Co Waterford, having qualified from the East Munster Championship the previous week. Our junior team, which consisted of Emmet Fogarty, Tadhg Gould, Jack O’Mara, Alex Crowley, Stephen Mawe, Denis Shanahan and Donnacha Troy, secured the bronze medal on the day, thus qualifying for the All-Ireland Championships. Also qualifying for that event was Darragh Minogue, who finished in tenth place in the minor boys’ race.‘Best of luck’ to the boys in the All-Ireland and ‘well done’ to all who competed on the day.



Our second year basketball team progressed to the final of the Midlands League last Thursday following a 31 points to 22 victory over Marist College, Athlone

News (24th February)

French Cultural Trip

In the early hours of last Wednesday morning thirty seven of our first year students arrived safely home in Dublin Airport having spent the previous four days in Paris. During their sojourn in the French capital they participated in a wide array of activities designed to improve their linguistic abilities and give them a taste of Gallic culture. On their first morning in Paris they enjoyed a guided bus tour of the city before having lunch in a nice restaurant on the Rue Rivoli. Afterwards, the pupils visited Notre-Dame Cathedral and took a stroll around the historic Notre-Dame area. The following day saw a visit to the Louvre where they were given the opportunity to appreciate the museum’s impressive collection of fine art: including, of course, the Mona Lisa.


Following this the students visited the Arc de Triomph, ascending to the top to take in the awe-inspiring panoramic view of the city. The afternoon was capped off with a visit to the Eiffel Tower and that evening the pupils enjoyed a fun and relaxing couple of hours at a local bowling alley. Monday was spent at Disneyland, where Thunder Mountain and the Rock N Roller Coaster appeared to be the star attractions for the boys. On the final morning the group strolled around the historic Montmartre area of the city and visited La Basilique du Sacre Coeur. Later the pupils were given a guided tour of the Stade de France before stopping at a shopping centre en route to the airport to pick up a few souvenirs. Needless to say, it was a very educational and enjoyable tour.

O’Dowd Cup

Our under-15 hurlers took on De la Salle of Waterford in a useful challenge match last Wednesday. This game should stand them in good stead as they prepare to face St. Flannan’s in the first round of the O’ Dowd Cup next week.  

News (2nd February)

Wellbeing Week

Last week the school organised a series of events which were designed to promote awareness of mental health issues and to encourage positivity and general wellbeing. On Monday our second year students participated in a range of enjoyable team-building exercises in the school yard and in the P.E. hall; the winning class group was rewarded with pizza and chips on Friday. On the following day Mr. Justin Campbell, addiction counsellor and former Galway hurler, spoke to the fifth years about alcohol, gambling and drug addiction. Using his own life story as an example, Mr. Campbell outlined how easy it can be to slip into addiction and he furnished the pupils with some effective strategies and advice so that they will be able to recognise the warning signs and thus avoid getting into any difficulties. On Wednesday our first and second year students attended productions of Mr. Michael O Sullivan’s Humourfit show, which analysed issues such as bullying in a humorous, interactive and thought-provoking manner. Along with these activities, there was a ‘Wellbeing’ noticeboard in the foyer where students posted positive messages about mental health, subjects such as religion, S.P.H.E. and P.E. focused on wellbeing, and ‘Mindfulness Moment’ quotes were read out over the intercom each day.

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There will be a separate schedule of events for third, fourth and sixth year pupils after the mid-term break. Student Motivation, Bullying and Internet Safety Talk Mr. Pat Courtney spoke to our fifth year class groups about issues such as bullying, internet safety and motivation for exams on Thursday last before also addressing parents that evening on similar topics. Mr. Courtney spoke about the characteristics and tell-tale signs of bullying behavior as well as its effects on the victim. In his talk to parents he outlined coping strategies for parents of both the victim and the bully. Other important issues covered in his talks included how to stay safe online and how to increase student motivation.

Equestrian Success

Congratulations to our equestrian team on winning the local leg of the Inter-Schools Ireland Equestrian League at Tipperary Equestrian Centre on Saturday, the 27th of January. The team, which consisted of Killian Ryan, Cormac Quirke, Oliver Penfold and Toby Lambe, was one of only three teams, from the sixteen which were competing, to post a clear opening round. They then won the play-off round which was run against the clock. Well done to all involved. Basketball Our first and second year basketball teams were in action last Monday, taking on sides from St. Paul’s of Monasterevin in the Midlands League. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good day for either team; the first years losing out by 20 points to 32 and the second years by 35 points to 44.

Rice Cup

Our Rice Cup hurling panels continued their preparations for the upcoming tournament by playing some useful challenge matches against Birr last Thursday.

Transition Year Work Experience

Our Transition Year students are currently completing the second week of their work experience. Work experience is an integral part of the Transition Year programme as the students are afforded the opportunity to learn new skills while also gaining an insight into possible career choices for their futures. The school would like to thank all the businesses and organisations who helped to facilitate this element of the Transition Year course by offering our students their work placements.


Our third year and sixth year students are currently sitting their ‘mock’ examinations. These exams provide the pupils with an important insight into the layout, structure and timing of the exams and are thus an excellent preparation for the state exams in June. We wish them all the very best of luck.