Under-16 ½ Football
Our under 16 ½ footballers were in action on Monday, the 7th of March, when they took on Ennistymon in the round of last 16 of the Munster championship. Thurles performed well, with Barry McGrath and William Creedon delivering particularly impressive performances, but unfortunately they lost out by two points after the game was taken to extra-time. The final score was Thurles: 1-10, Ennistymon: 1-12.
That same afternoon the school community gathered in the Assembly Hall to acknowledge and celebrate the hugely impressive achievements of the school’s under-16 basketball squad. The team won this year’s Midlands League as well as completing the All-Ireland League and Cup double.
Presentation of National Flag
On Monday, the 7th of March, the school was represented in Croke Park at the official presentation of the national flag to post-primary schools by fifth year pupil Harry Hogan and by first year students Sam Quinlan and Ryan Walsh. Organised by the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation, in conjunction with the G.A.A., the event provided secondary school students with the opportunity to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising. The students received the flag and a copy of the Proclamation from officers representing the Defence Forces as well as listening to the keynote speech which was delivered by President Higgins. On Tuesday 15th March we celebrated the Flag Raising event with all students and staff honouring the flag with music and celebration.
Zambian Immersion Project
On the Tuesday of last week the students who participated in the Zambian Immersion Project delivered informative presentations to the different year groups in the school, outlining their experiences in Mufilira in northern Zambia earlier in the school year. The students spoke about the many important projects which are run by the Christian Brothers in Mufilira and Murundu. These include a primary school, an adult education centre, an agricultural project and the provision of a supply of clean water. The speakers spoke of how inspirational and humbling the experience was and thanked everybody for contributing so generously to the fundraising efforts. The immersion project, which the school has been involved in since 2005, is designed to raise awareness among secondary school students and the wider community of issues such as poverty, inequality and global justice. The project also raises funds which help to support the many worthwhile initiatives which are run by the Christian Brothers in Zambia.
Young Social Innovators
A selection of our transition year students traveled to the Lyrath Estate on Wednesday last to compete in the Young Social Innovators ‘Speakout’ event. The school had three entries in the competition; one on farm safety, one on youth fitness and one concentrating on environmental issues. Each of the three groups delivered an innovative presentation on their chosen topic and they are now awaiting the results of the competition, which will be announced next month.
White Cup Hurling
Our White Cup hurlers enjoyed a comfortable victory over Midleton C.B.S. last Wednesday. A strong team performance saw them progress to the semi-final of the competition on a scoreline of 4-23 to 4-07. Their opponents in that fixture, which is scheduled for Wednesday the 6th of April, will be St. Flannan’s of Ennis.
Following on from the transition years’ visit the week previously, 44 of our fifth year students travelled to the Gaiety Theatre last Wednesday to attend a performance of John B. Keane’s highly popular play, Big Maggie. As well as being an enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment the attendance at the live production of the show should prove to be very beneficial educationally as the students will be answering on the text in the Leaving Cert English exams next year.
Forty of our first year students had an enjoyable day out last Friday when they traveled to Waterford to compete in the Br. Anslem Tournament. They played four games over the course of the day. Basketball On Wednesday last the first round play-offs for the under-14 National Cup took place in the school’s sports hall. Thurles advanced to the semi-finals of the competition after beating Larkin Community College and despite losing to Colaiste Mhuire, Crosshaven. On Friday the under-15 play-offs were also played in the school. Despite victories over Crosshaven and Waterpark College, our under-15 team unfortunately did not progress to the semi-finals.