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March News

I.C.T.U. Youth Connect Film Competition

‘Congratulations’ to filmmakers, Adam O’Dwyer and Eoin Corbett, on scooping the top prize in the prestigious I.C.T.U. Youth Connect Film Competition. The two sixth year students were presented with the award for Best Film at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin on Thursday last. The competition invited second level students to create short films on the theme of ‘Income and Equality’ and the boys’ entry, entitled ‘It’s Time’, saw off competition from 92 other entries nationally to secure the top prize of a five day trip to New York. The short film, which is available to watch on Youtube, uses a mixture of  dark humour and poignancy to create an extremely thought-provoking film. Well done to Adam and Eoin, who shot, directed and edited the film, and to all the actors who performed in it.



Harty Cup Celebrations

‘Congratulations’ to our  Harty Cup panel, and to their mentors, Mr. Martin Maher, Mr. Niall Cahill and Mr. John Devane, on their tremendous victory over Rochestown in the competition final on February, the 21st . By bringing the cup back to Thurles for the eight time, this band of players has inscribed their names indelibly into the pages of the school’s illustrious sporting history. Well done to them all. Their momentous achievement was recognised by the school community at a celebratory reception in the James O’Donoghue Sports Hall on Monday afternoon last. The entire school community gave them a rapturous reception as they entered the hall, following behind a piper from the Sean Treacy Pipe Band. Guest speaker,  Fr. Tom Fogarty , delivered to the assembled students a very inspirational talk about the important role that sport plays in our lives and it was nice to have present on the day Br. Dooley and Br. O Connell as well as Mr. Andy Ryan and Mr. Dinny Maher, representing the County Board.

Zambian Immersion Project

All those involved in the Zambian Immersion Project would like to thank the Thurles Drama Group, who donated the proceeds of their very successful opening night performance of ‘ Beyond the Brooklyn Sky’ to the project. This highly entertaining night raised an impressive total of €3,595 for this good cause. The staff and students involved would also like to thank The Source Arts Centre, those who sponsored the raffle, Sammon’s Chemist, Bookworm and Costcutters ( for assisting in the selling of tickets), and all those who supported the event.

Concern Debating

‘Well done’ to our Concern Debating team on successfully proposing the motion that ‘ The idea that population growth will destroy the planet is nonsense’ against Mitchelstown C.B.S. in the play-off stage of the competition on Thursday evening last. The team was captained by Thomas Bourke and also consisted of Harry Hogan, Mark Fortune and John Lanigan. The team will now face the Loreto Abbey, Dalkey in the last sixteen of the competition next Thursday. The C.B.S. will be proposing the motion that ‘The world would be better off without GM crops’.

Wheelchair Basketball

Last Tuesday our transition year students participated in games of wheelchair basketball in the school sports hall. The games, run in conjunction with the Irish Wheelchair Society, were designed to raise awareness about disability.

Science Olympiad

Well done to transition year student, Mark Fortune, who successfully qualified through round two of the Irish EU Science Olympiad and will now represent his country in physics at the European Science Olympiad in Klagenfurt, Austria this April.