U 15A Munster Champions
Thurles C.B.S. retained their Munster under-15 A hurling title by defeating St. Flannan’s in the final of the O’Dowd Cup by the narrowest of margins on Wednesday last. St. Flannan’s started strongly, building up a four point lead early on. Thurles fought back gamely and through a combination of well taken frees from Stephen Ferncombe and the hard work of Jack Leamy and Ryan Walsh in the middle third, they managed to take the lead. However, two late points from the Clare outfit left them leading by 10 points to 9 at half-time. Thurles took control of the game in the second half, denying St. Flannan’s a score for the opening 20 minutes while tacking on several of their own. The decisive score of the game came when David Fogarty found the net, skilfully flicking on a long ball from Darragh Stakelum. The C.B.S. now led by 5 points and the team was forced to defend, which they did manfully. Jason O’Dwyer expertly deflected a close range shot away from goals while Ciaran Lloyd flung himself in front of a number of attempts from Flannan’s. A tense 6 minutes of added time saw St. Flannan’s narrow the gap to a single point but the C.B.S. held out for a great victory. The final score was Thurles: 1-12, St. Flannan’s: 0-14.
Our Concern debating team was knocked out of the competition at the semi-final stage on Thursday evening last. The motion, that ‘Torture is a just means of preventing terrorism’, was a difficult motion to propose; every developed country, and every organisation which advocates for human rights, condemns torture in every circumstance. Nevertheless, the team, which was captained by Harry Hogan and which included Kyle English, Brendan Atkins and Mark Fortune, performed extremely well and the fact that they lost on a split decision is at least some small crumb of comfort. Well done to the four members mentioned above, and to Tommy O Sullivan who participated in several of the debates over the course of the campaign, on progressing so far in the competition.
Seven German exchange students who hailed from our partner school in Rosenheim in Bavaria, recently spent ten days in Thurles. During their time here the pupils attended classes and participated in everyday school life as well as visiting The Rock of Cashel, Mitchelstown Caves, Holycross Abbey and Dublin. The exchange students really enjoyed their Irish experience. Seven of our pupils will travel to Germany in July where they will experience German life, culture and even school. The German exchange programme provides a wonderful opportunity for students to greatly improve their spoken and listening language skills.
Our under-17 hurlers reached the final of the Fitzgerald Cup thanks to a comprehensive victory over Carrick-on-Suir on Friday last. The final score was 4-24 to 1-8 and the panel will now face either Templemore or Nenagh after Easter. Track and Field Our athletes had an extremely successful day at the County Schools Track and Field event which was held in Templemore last Wednesday. We had 27 athletes competing on the day and together they managed to win a total of 25 medals: 13 gold, 6 silver and 6 bronze. They now look forward to the East Munster meet which will be held in Waterford RSC on the 10th of May.