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News (17th October)

Concern Debating

The Concern debating team began their campaign in fine style last Wednesday evening, securing a unanimous victory over the Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny. The team, which was captained by Brendan Atkins and which also comprised Stephen Condron, Eanna Ryan and Kyle English, successfully proposed the motion that ‘ To end hunger, the world must embrace GMOs’ in what was a highly enjoyable and informative debate. Their next challenge will be to oppose the motion that ‘ For women to access leadership positions, gender quotas must be implemented’ against Loreto Convent, Clonmel on Thursday next.

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UL Sports Adventure Centre

On Monday and Thursday of last week two separate groups of transition year pupils visited the UL Sport Adventure Centre in Killaloe, Co. Clare. Over the course of the day the pupils engaged in a wide variety of both land and water based activities including canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, archery, orienteering, team challenges and the high ropes course. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed this fun and challenging trip.

Harty Cup

Last Wednesday our Harty Cup hurlers lost out by the narrowest of margins in their opening group game against Gaelcolaiste Mhuire A.G.  Playing against the wind in the first half,  Thurles kept in touch, aided by a goal from Gearoid Troy. At half time they trailed by a single point ( 0-7, 1-3). The second half was an equally tight affair and the Cork side just about held out to win on a scoreline of  16 points to 1-12. Thurles will now face Colaiste na Trioniode, Doon in their next game which will be played on Wednesday, the 25th of October.

Writer’s Workshop

Last Tuesday morning some of our first year students attended a creative writing workshop with Roisin Meaney at Thurles Library. Ms. Meaney, who hails from Listowel, has written two novels for children aged between 10 and 13 (‘ See If I Care’ and ‘ Don’t Even Think About It’) along with numerous novels for adults. The workshop offered valuable tips on how to create interesting characters, develop settings and construct plots and through its interactive format students were encouraged to offer their own original ideas.

Soccer

Our under-17 soccer panel had a very useful run out last Friday, playing Cahir in a challenge match designed to prepare them for their upcoming Munster Junior Cup tie against De la Salle of Waterford. Both sides were equally matched in the first half with Cahir opening the scoring from the penalty spot before Alex Garcia Diaz equalized for the C.B.S., finding the bottom corner from a free kick. Thurles made a lot of changes for the second half ( 21 players got some game time over the course of the game) and Cahir scored two late goals to win the game 3-1.

First Year Hurling Blitzes

The school had four separate first year teams which competed in hurling blitzes in Dr. Morris Park on the Tuesday and Thursday of last week. This was a great way to give as many students as possible the opportunity to represent the school on the hurling field. Two of our four teams qualified for the next round of the competition. Under-19 Basketball The senior basketball squad got their season off to a great start last Monday when a strong team performance saw them defeat Wilson’s Hospital by 63 points to 21 in the first league game of the year.