F.A.I. Senior Cup
A very successful week for the school’s sporting teams began last Monday when our under-19 soccer panel enjoyed a comfortable win over Scoil Ruain, Killenaule. Matthew McKevitt, Frank McKevitt, Mark Purcell, Connor Murphy and Jack Hackett all got their names on the scoresheet, thus ensuring that they topped their qualifying group for the second consecutive year. As group winners they will have home advantage in the first knockout round of the competition.
On Tuesday night, the 11th of October, our Concern Debating team successfully proposed the motion that ‘ Ending World Hunger by 2030 is an Impossible Dream’ in a highly entertaining and informative debate against the girls of Loreto Convent, Kilkenny. The team was captained by Harry Hogan and also comprised Brendan Atkins, Tommy O Sullivan and Mark Fortune. Their next debate will see them oppose the motion that ‘ France Should Allow Religious Symbols in Public Institutions’. The proposition for that debate will be Glenstal Abbey.
Our senior hurling panel began their campaign in fine style on Wednesday last, defeating De la Salle of Waterford by 3-17 to 1-8. It was De La Salle who started the stronger, scoring the first three points of the game and, aided by a strong breeze, pushing out their lead to 5 points just before the interval. However, a late Conor Bowe goal reduced the margin to 2 points at half-time. Thurles dominated the second half with goals from Anthony McKelvey and Darragh Woods ensuring victory, while 7 late unanswered points put a sheen on the scoreline.
The senior basketball squad made it three from three in the Midlands League last Thursday when they defeated Marist College, Athlone by 55 points to 41. There were fine performances from Darren O Sullivan, Sean Mockler and Adam Darby in what was a very strong overall team performance. This week will see them play Kilkenny C.B.S. in the first round of the cup.
Mental Health Week
Last week, to celebrate Mental Health Week, the school organised an array of events which focused on promoting positive mental health and allowing pupils and staff to take a brief respite from the pressures of modern living. On Monday, ex-Tipperary hurler, Mr. Seamus Hennessy spoke to our sixth year students, encouraging them to communicate with their friends and family and emphasising the importance of talking about any issues that might worry them. On Tuesday, current Tipperary star, Mr. Noel McGrath spoke to our fifth year pupils about overcoming obstacles that may be placed in their paths. Our second years participated in a fun talent show on Wednesday and also a series of team-building exercises on Thursday morning. On Thursday, Fr Joe Walshe spoke to our third years about the power of prayer and positivity while on Friday the first year students participated in a table quiz, the proceeds of which will go to AWARE.
Dean Ryan Hurling
Our under 16 ½ hurlers capped off a great sporting week for the school with an excellent victory over Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG in the quarter-final of the Dean Ryan Cup on Friday last. Thurles led by 5 points to 4 at half time having played with the wind. Gaelcholaiste Mhuire fought back in the second half but a strong team performance, allied with a Max Hackett goal, helped the C.B.S. to a 1-11 to 0-9 victory. Next up will be Midleton in the semi-final. We wish our boys the best of luck in that encounter.