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October News (4)

Thurles C.B.S. News


Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team got their new campaign off to a good start against Abbey C.B.S. last Wednesday when they successfully opposed the motion that ‘Critics who threw cold water on the Ice Bucket Challenge were unfair’ . The team was captained by Thomas Bourke and comprised Mark Fortune, John Lanigan and Diarmaid Meagher.  On the following day members of the team participated in a Concern debating workshop which was held in the Ursuline Convent. During this informative and fun event they learnt how to research, structure and deliver speeches. The team’s next debate will see them face the Ursuline Convent on the 10th of November when they will be opposing the motion that ‘Ireland must deliver on its 0.7 % overseas aid promise’. 

Hurling Blitz

On Tuesday and Thursday of last week teams from the C.B.S. played in first year hurling blitzes. One team made it to the Cup final and another reached the Plate final. In total over 70 first year students represented the school in these competitions.

Harty Cup

The Harty Cup panel continued their preparations for their upcoming game against Ard Scoil Ris by playing a useful challenge match against Presentation College, Athenry on Friday last.

Guest Speaker

Garda Clodagh Kenny visited the school again last week when she spoke to a selection of first and second year students about safety over the Halloween period. In particular, Garda Kenny spoke about the hazards associated with fireworks.

U.C.D. Entrance Scholars The school would like to congratulate past pupils; Declan Atkins, Brian Bourke, Brian Fanning and Thomas Skehan on being selected as U.C.D. Entrance Scholars this year. Entrance scholars are first year college students who have achieved 560 points or more in their Leaving Certificate. They will be presented with their awards at a special ceremony in U.C.D. O’Reilly Hall on the 12th of November.

French Debating

Our French debating team was in action recently when they competed in the Secondary Schools French Debating Competition organised by Alliance Francaise. The team consisted of Eoin Fitzpatrick, Tom Bourke, Ciaran Taffe and Mark Purcell and they competed against a team from Presentation College, Terenure. Ciaran Taffe was awarded a gold medal as best speaker.

Guest Speaker

On Monday last Mr. John Costigan, branch manager of FBD Insurance, spoke to the 4Y transition Year class about insurance. Mr. Costigan’s informative speech dealt with the rationale behind insurance as well as how policies operate. The issue of insurance is part of the Life Skills programme that the Transition Years are currently studying. The school would like to thank Mr. Costigan for giving so generously of his time.

Hennessy B Blitz

The C.B.S. participated in and won a Hennessy Cup blitz which was held in Dr. Morris Park last Friday.


The school community would like to express its sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Thomas Butler whose untimely death occurred last week. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.  

Open Night

The school will hold its rescheduled open evening for incoming first year students on Thursday, the 6th of November. Parents and prospective students will be given the opportunity to inspect the school’s impressive facilities as well as the chance to meet the staff. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be a good opportunity for sixth class boys to familiarise themselves with life in a modern, progressive secondary school.

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