Our Concern debating team progressed to the semi-finals of the competition last Thursday evening, having successfully opposed the motion that ‘On global development issues, Obama delivered more hope than change’ against the proposition from Davitt College, Castlebar. The team was captained by Harry Hogan and also consisted of Kyle English, Brendan Atkins and Mark Fortune. The team will now face Sacred Heart, Clonakilty in the next round.
On Thursday last our transition year horticulture class visited Coolmore Stud where they were given an extremely interesting guided tour of both the working farm and the stud farm. The students were extremely impressed by the modern facilities and the innovative operation of the business. The highlight of the tour came when the students viewed Coolmore Stud’s prized possession, Galileo.
Under-16 ½ Football
‘Well done’ to our under 16 ½ footballers on reaching the final of the North Munster Championship, courtesy of a 3-16 to 1-6 victory over Rice College, Ennis last Thursday. Thurles led right through the game and were aided by the fact that Rice College were reduced to fourteen men after only ten minutes. Nevertheless, this was an impressive performance with the goals coming from Darragh Tynan, Sean Collins and John Kirwin. We wish them the best of luck in the final.
On Tuesday last the entire school community participated in a very successful and enjoyable ‘Fun Run’, the object of which was to raise funds to support the continuing development of sporting facilities in the school as well as to offset the cost of transport for extra-curricular activities. All the students walked to the racetrack where they either walked or ran a lap of the track before returning to the school. The school would like to thank Thurles Racetrack, the Order of Malta, the Gardai and everyone who supported the event.
On Friday last, Jerry O’Dwyer from JerryHasAnIdea.com spoke to our third year, transition year and fifth year art classes about his work as an art director and designer who specialises in providing visual solutions for advertisements. Mr O’Dwyer, a past pupil of the school, spoke about how he comes up with his ideas and how illustrations and images can be used to inform, sell and persuade. He also spoke to the students about the careers that exist for students who study art in secondary school and in college. The students really enjoyed this insightful and engaging workshop.
Rice Cup Blitz
Our Rice Cup ‘B’ panel competed in a qualifying blitz last Friday. They defeated Christian Brothers Cork but lost to Nenagh C.B.S. in the group games. They lost to Midleton C.B.S. in the semi-final but a victory over Rice College, Ennis in the third and fourth place play-off ensured that they qualify for the last 16 of the Rice Cup proper.
The annual school variety concert was held in the assembly hall last Friday night. As usual there was an eclectic mix of musical styles on stage; from classical to rock, traditional to soul and pop.
Along with our own musicians, an enjoyable feature of the evening was the performance of the choir from Scoil Ailbhe while past pupils, Graham Maher and Tommy Doyle also added to the great night’s entertainment.