Gaelic Games Promotion Day
Almost four hundred fifth and sixth class boys attended our Gaelic Games Promotion Day which was held in Semple Stadium and Dr Morris Park on Thursday last. The day started with a tour of Semple Stadium, during which, the boys were given the opportunity to hold aloft the Liam McCarthy and Irish Press Cups. Afterwards, the boys rotated between eight different coaching stations, each focusing on some of the key skills of both football and hurling. Our G.A.A. coaches were ably assisted on the day by past pupils; including senior hurling stars: Ronan Maher, James Barry and Aidan McCormack, as well as former minor hurler and recent Paralympian, Peter Ryan . The school would like to thank the primary schools and the pupils’ parents for helping to facilitate this very successful event. A word of praise must also go to the transition year students who helped the event to run so smoothly.
Liam McCarthy Visits the C.B.S.
Last Thursday morning the school community congregated in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall to celebrate Tipperary’s wonderful recent victories in the Minor and Senior All-Ireland finals in the presence of the Liam McCarthy and Irish Press cups. Present on stage for the celebrations were Mr Andy Ryan, Games Development Officer, Mr Michael Burke, Chairperson of the County Board, Mr Ed Donnelly, Tipperary Statistics Analyst and Mr Joe Bracken, P.R.O. of the County Board. Also present on stage with the cups were the school’s five representatives on the minor panel; Eoin Barry, Killian O Dwyer, Dillon Quirke, Conor Stakelum and Bryan O Mara along with past pupils from the senior panel: Aidan McCormack, Ronan Maher and James Barry. Unfortunately, the other five past pupils on the panel were unable to make it due to other commitments. Also on stage was Peter Ryan, who recently represented his country in the Paralympic Games in Rio. Peter spoke about some of the difficulties he has overcome and some of his goals for the future. His speech, like the man himself, was highly impressive and hugely inspirational.
Our under-19 soccer panel began their preparations for the upcoming campaign on Tuesday last when they played Nenagh in a challenge match. They followed this up with a game against Cashel on Monday. Over the course of these two games over thirty students donned the school jersey and hopefully these games will prove to be useful preparation for the Munster Senior Cup ties that lie ahead.
On Tuesday last , September the twentieth, our transition year students paid a visit to the University of Limerick Activity Centre in Killaloe. Students partook in a wide variety of both land and water based activities which included canoeing, kayaking, climbing, team-building exercises and the ‘high ropes’ obstacle course. A great time was had by all.
On Monday and Tuesday of last week our third and sixth year students attended study skills seminars which were delivered by educational experts, The Super Generation. The pupils learnt about the importance of planning as well as a series of memory aid techniques, including mind mapping.
The basketball season got underway last week, with our under-16 and under-19 teams playing their first Midlands League games against sides from Confey Community College, Leixlip. The under-19 team defeated their opponents by 59 points to 45, with Sean Mockler and Darren O Sullivan finishing as top scorers. Unfortunately, the under-16 side lost their encounter.