Last week our basketball teams switched their attention from the league to the cup. Our under-16s progressed to the quarter-finals of the National Cup on Monday, the 17th of October, thanks to a 33 points to 29 victory over the Patrician Academy in Mallow. This hard fought win will see them face St. Paul’s of Monasterevin in the next round. Also in action last week was our under-19 panel and they continued their unbeaten run this season when they dispatched of Kilkenny C.B.S., defeating their opponents by 63 points to 32. Top scorers for the C.B.S. were Darren O Sullivan (19), Sean Mockler (18) and Adam Darby (12). They will now face Glanmire in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Cup. ‘Well done’ to both teams.
Our under-16 ½ hurlers enjoyed a comfortable victory over Midleton C.B.S. in the semi-final of the Dean Ryan Cup on Wednesday of last week. An early Max Hackett goal and a flurry of points from Darren Flood, Keith Ryan, Jack Lanigan and Darragh Tynan ensured that the result was beyond dispute at an early stage. They will face a much stiffer test in the final however against a formidable St. Colman’s side.
Jim Langton Success
‘Congratulations’ to our under-14 hurlers on winning the Jim Langton Tournament which was held in Kilkenny on Wednesday of last week. Thurles defeated Callan and Charleville on their way to the final, where they beat the hosts, Kilkenny C.B.S.
Last Thursday a selection of our first, second, fourth and fifth year students were entertained at The Source Theatre by traditional storyteller, Niall de Burca. His shows, ‘Tales of the Gods-Stories from World Mythology’ and the slightly more spooky ‘Tales of the Macabre’ proved highly enjoyable for the pupils who attended.
On Tuesday, the 18th of October, a golfing team represented the school at the Annual Schools Golf Tournament at Esker Hill, Tullamore. The team of six comprised a selection of students from first year to fifth, with four scores counting on the day. The team, which consisted of Jack Ryan, Corey O Brien, Paddy Bowden, Fred Crowley, Luke Aherne and Eoin Purcell, played extremely well and finished in third place. ‘Well done’ to all involved.
Two teams from the school competed in the Tipperary First Year Hurling League which began in Dr. Morris Park last Tuesday. Team One won all three of their matches while Team Two won one and lost two. The competition continues this week.
The school would like to thank all those who supported our bicentennial fundraising event at Thurles Greyhound Stadium last Friday night. Along with the ordinary race card there was a novelty relay race between a selection of teachers and a selection of students, which the students narrowly won. All proceeds from this very enjoyable night’s entertainment will go towards the construction of an Astroturf facility in the school.
On Friday last, fifty of our Transition Year students had a fantastic opportunity to attend a course at Tipperary Museum in Clonmel. This was part of the County Council's Articulation Project. Students learned about researching art, artefacts and architecture. Also, a member of Toastmasters spoke to the students about the techniques of public speaking. In the afternoon students got an extensive guided tour of Holycross Abbey. Local man, John Bourke gave a detailed account of the history of the abbey, its architecture and artefacts. Students then got an opportunity to sketch the Abbey from the garden outside. Students will continue to participate in the Articulation Project over the next few weeks.