Our Harty Cup panel got their campaign off to a good start last Wednesday when they defeated St. Coleman’s of Fermoy in their first game of the group stages. The final score was Thurles:1-22, St. Coleman’s: 2-16.
The Concern debating team competed in their first debate of the school year last Thursday evening when they proposed the motion that ‘The EU can well afford to open its borders to refugees’ against the girls from the Loreto Convent, Clonmel. The team was captained by John Lanigan and also comprised Ciaran Taffe, Mark Fortune and Harry Hogan. The team performed very well, in what was a very entertaining and thought-provoking debate, and thankfully secured a unanimous victory. The team will now face the Presentation Convent in their next debate and they will be opposing the motion that ‘ The COP21 agreements will succeed where others have failed’.
First Year Hurling Blitz
Over the last two weeks our first year hurlers have been competing in a series of hurling blitzes which have been held primarily in Dr. Morris Park. The school entered four teams in the competitions with a total of over 60 students being given the opportunity to represent the school on the hurling field. In Tuesday’s tournament two of our teams faced each other in the final of the plate competition.Re O Laighleis
On Tuesday last our 1NS class visited the library at The Source to listen to Re O Laighleis read some of his short stories. Mr. O Laighleis also gave the students some useful tips as to how to construct their own short stories. The boys were enthralled by the stories they heard and will hopefully have been inspired to create their own works of fiction. The school would like to thank The Source for organising this event.
Our under-19’s soccer panel was in action last Tuesday, taking on Charleville C.B.S. in a challenge match. Goals from Jack Cleary, Tommy Teer and Sean Connors, as well as an own goal , helped Thurles to a 4-2 victory.
Zambian Immersion Project
Last Thursday morning saw eight of our fifth and sixth year pupils, accompanied by three teachers, set off on their long journey to Mufilira in northern Zambia. Darragh Byrne, William Creedon, Diarmaid Meagher, Alex Murphy, Fionn McCartan, James Hammersly, Eugene Ryan and Daniel Matthews, along with Mr. Kelly, Ms. Aherne and Ms. Hogan, will spend this week visiting a primary school, an orphanage, an adult training centre run by the Christian Brothers in Murundu, and an old people’s home. Their experiences are sure to be life-changing and inspirational. The Zambian Immersion Project aims to raise much needed funds to help the Christian Brothers with their many important projects. The Brothers run an adult training centre, operate a feeding programme for the poor , manage an agricultural scheme and in recent years have built a village for the elderly, with individual homes, communal facilities and a medical clinic. The other main aim of the project is to raise awareness about issues such as global inequality and poverty in the Developing World and with that in mind the eight pupils will deliver presentations to each year group after they return from Zambia.
Interviews were held last Thursday for positions in the school bank. Bill Shanahan was chosen as Bank Manager, Patrick Bowden was selected as Assistant Manager, Joseph Abbot and Philip Ryan were appointed as the Sales and Marketing Representatives, William O Donoghue was given the position of Financial Controller andFinn Briody was picked to be Digital Officer. Well done to all.