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News (11th November)

Dean Ryan Champions

The school secured its record-breaking thirteenth Dean Ryan title when our under-16 ½ hurlers defeated Midleton C.B.S. in the final of the Munster schools hurling competition, which was played in Clonmel on Wednesday last, the 8th of November. Thurles started the game strongly, a Devon Ryan goal helping them to build up a four-point lead before Midleton responded with six unanswered points of their own.

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Each side scored four more points apiece over the remainder of the first half and Midleton led by 10 points to 1-5 at the interval. Midleton began the second period well, netting twice to build up a seven-point lead with a quarter of an hour remaining in the fixture ( 2-13, 1-09). With the game looking like it was slipping away, Thurles showed fantastic determination and fighting spirit, clawing their way back into contention through goals from Stephen Ferncombe and Jack Lanigan before points from Darren Flood, Stephen Ferncombe and Devon Ryan helped to secure a three-point victory for the C.B.S. The final score was Thurles: 3-15, Midleton: 2-15. Afterwards, the Dean Ryan Cup was presented to joint captains, Darren Flood and Jack Lanigan. The team now progress to the All-Ireland final where they will face either the Connacht or the Leinster champions. ‘Well done’ to all involved in securing this prestigious Munster title for the school. We wish the team the best of luck in the final.

Internet Safety Talk

Last Wednesday afternoon two local Gardai spoke to our second-year students about safe and responsible use of the internet. Among the topics addressed were cyber-bullying and the legal implications of online misbehaviour. Students were advised that any comments they make online need to be sensible and respectful and were warned about the dangers of posting inappropriate pictures on social media.


Our under-17 soccer panel was knocked out of the Munster Junior Cup last Tuesday by a very strong De La Salle side. This always looked like it was going to be a very tough draw for the C.B.S. and thus it proved. De la Salle scored twice in the first half and an early goal in the second half effectively killed off the tie. Despite the loss, the Thurles players can be proud of their performances. They battled gamely, against superior opposition and refused to let their heads drop or their discipline slip. The entire team worked extremely hard until the final whistle and in particular, there were impressive displays from Jordan Fahy, Jack Ryan-Casey, Aidan Slattery and Dillon Maher.

News (3rd November)

Concern Debating

The Concern debating team secured another three points last Thursday evening courtesy of a unanimous victory over the Loreto Convent, Clonmel. The team, which was captained by Brendan Atkins and also consisted of Steven Condon, Eanna Ryan and Kyle English, successfully opposed the motion that ‘ For women to access leadership roles, gender quotas must be enforced’ in what was a very entertaining and informative debate. Their next debate will see the team oppose the motion that ‘ Young people are indifferent to the problems of the developing world’ against Presentation Secondary School, Waterford.

Harty Cup

Our senior hurling panel enjoyed a comprehensive victory over Scoil Na Trioniode, Doon in the second round of the Harty Cup group games which was played in Limerick last Wednesday. Thurles started strongly, building up an early lead thanks to goals from Gearoid Troy and Darren Flood. At half-time, the CBS led on a scoreline of 2-7 to 6 points and they extended that lead in the second half thanks to a very dominant display. Devon Ryan and Jack Lanigan both found the net after the interval to leave the final score at Thurles: 4-19, Doon:0-9. The team will face Nenagh CBS in their final group game.

First Year Hurling Blitz

The strength of hurling in the school was highlighted last Tuesday when our two teams faced each other in the final of the Tipperary Schools First Year Hurling Blitz, which took place in Dr. Morris Park. They defeated teams from Templemore, Abbey, Clonmel and Nenagh en route to the final. In the end, it was the team captained by Eoin Horgan which tasted victory. Well done to all involved.

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King Lear

On Wednesday last our sixth year English students attended a performance of King Lear in the school’s assembly hall. The show, performed by CycloneRep, consisted of key scenes from the play combined with discussions which focused on the motivations of key characters and the exploration of the play’s dominant themes. As usual with Cyclone Rep, there was plenty of humor and the show was a highly enjoyable method of revising the play which will be examined in this year’s Leaving Cert paper.

First Year Trip

On Wednesday last, the 25th of October, our first-year students went on a school tour to Limerick to celebrate the end of their first full term in secondary school. In the morning they visited King John’s Castle where they had great fun exploring the castle, enjoying the magnificent views of Limerick and imagining the life of a Norman soldier in such a fortress. Afterwards, they visited Thomond Park, the home of Munster rugby, where they participated in a stadium and museum tour. The pupils then rounded off a very enjoyable day by spending some time bowling at Leisureplex. Jim Langton Cup ‘Well done’ to our under-14 hurlers on retaining the Jim Langton Cup following a blitz in Kilkenny CBS last Wednesday. Thurles defeated a team from Kilkenny CBS by four points in the final and afterward Thurles captain, David Sherman was presented with the cup.

News (23rd October)

Dean Ryan Cup

‘Congratulations’ to our under-16 ½ hurling panel on progressing to the final of the Dean Ryan Cup, following a comprehensive victory over John The Baptist, Hospital in Dundrum last Wednesday. The result never seemed in doubt and a goal from Chris Monroe helped Thurles to a 1-8 to 3 point lead at half-time. Jack Lanigan, Devon Ryan and Darren Flood (2) all found the net in the second half and the CBS eventually won the game on a scoreline of 5-18 to 0-8. They will now face either Midleton CBS or St. Flannan’s in the final.


The senior basketball team was unlucky to be narrowly beaten in the league by Castleknock College on Wednesday last. The CBS performed well as a team in what was a very close game. Top scorers on the day were Sean Mockler (19), Philip Ryan (13) and Adam Derby (7). Unfortunately, it was not enough to secure victory and they were beaten by 4 points in the end (51-47).

Maths Week 2017

To celebrate Maths Week 2017 a number of activities were organised within the school by the maths department, assisted by some transition year pupils. A team maths problem solving and puzzle competition for first years took place on Friday morning, the winners of which were Keelan Ryan Quirke, Tommy Maher, Aidan Stakelum and Eoin Horgan.




Other activities included a daily problem solving competition for all junior students, a ‘guestimation’ game open to all students and the Prism problem solving competition for fifth years. Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather, a planned transition year trip to the Project Maths Trail in Birr could not go ahead and had to be rescheduled for later in the school year. Health, Exercise and Activity Workshop On Friday last our 4B transition year class attended a health and nutrition workshop delivered by Tipperary hurler, Noel McGrath. The workshop focussed on healthy eating and physical exercise. The students partook in some circuit training and there was a focus on exercises that could be done at home and which don’t require any gym equipment. The class really enjoyed this informative workshop.


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.


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.

News (11 October)

Dean Ryan

The under-16 ½ hurlers enjoyed a comfortable victory over the reigning champions, St. Coleman’s of Fermoy in the quarter final of the Dean Ryan Cup which was played in Clonmel last Tuesday. Thurles started strongly and goals from Darren Flood and Stephen Ferncombe helped them to a 2-11 to 1-7 lead at half-time. The CBS stretched out their lead in the second half with Darren Flood grabbing a second goal to help them to a victory on a scoreline of 3-29 to 3-8. They will now face St. John The Baptist Community School, Hospital in the semi-final.


Two teams from the school, one junior and one senior, competed in the Munster Schools Integrated Oratory Competition in Mount Mercy College, Cork on Saturday last, the 8th of October. In their first debate, the senior team, which consisted of Kyle English and Brendan Atkins,  opposed the motion that the Front National have no place in French society while the junior team of Adam Treacy and Stephen O’Shaughnessy argued that the general public still believe in the integrity of the Gardai. After their initial debates, for which they had prepared, the students participated in two further mace debates where they were given the motions fifteen minutes beforehand. Topics included offensive jokes, scientific plagiarism and affirmative action. All debates were carried out in the Canadian Parliamentary format with teams giving and receiving points of information. The pupils involved enjoyed the experience and hopefully it will help to improve their debating skills.

James O’Donoghue Memorial Cup

On Friday last 92 of our first year pupils competed in the James O’Donoghue Memorial hurling blitz against teams from The Abbey, Tipperary town. Both schools fielded 8 teams each, with each team consisting of eleven players. Every team played four games and in the end Thurles retained the cup which was presented to joint captains, Darragh Fitzpatrick and Kevin O’Donovan.




Our under-19 soccer panel was narrowly defeated by Cahir in the first group game of the Munster Senior Cup which was played in Cahir Park last Wednesday. Thurles started well and goals from Frank McKevitt and Jack Dolan saw them establish a two goal lead. However, Cahir were given a lifeline back into the game when they were awarded a penalty just before the break. Both teams had chances in the second half but it was Cahir who took their ones, scoring twice to win the game 3-2. The next fixture, against Nenagh CBS,  is now a must win game. On Friday our under-17 team had their first run out of the season against Cashel at Peake Villa. This was a good opportunity to give players some game time and all twenty who togged out were given their chance in what was an entertaining and competitive 2-2 draw. Kevin Patan and Alex Garcia Diaz scored the goals for the CBS.

Print Workshop

Last Wednesday Mr. Brian Fitzgerald, a print artist from Limerick Printmakers visited the school to run the first of two print workshops for our transition year art students. The purpose of the workshop was to explore the craft of Intaglio printing. The students made sketches which were inspired by a primary source and then transferred them to acetates in preparation for next week’s printing class.

Creative Engagement Exhibition

On Tuesday, the 3rd of October our transition year art students presented their entry in the Creative Engagement Exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Inspired by last year’s bicentennial celebrations the transition years of 2016-17 designed and built a ceramic mural which celebrates the history and heritage of the school. The mural consists of two panels. The panel on the left represents the lives of Brother Edmund Rice and the Cahill brothers who founded the school while the panel on the right presents the school as it is now, showcasing our ethos and our connections to the community. The mural can be viewed outside the front entrance of the school building.