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Harty Cup Champions 2015

CBS Thurles are Harty Cup Champions


Thurles CBS 2-12 St. Francis' College, Rochestown 1-12

First half goals from Kevin Duggan and Billy McCarthy proved decisive as Thurles CBS claimed their eighth Dr Harty Cup at Rochestown's expense in Mallow.


The Tipperary boys scored four unanswered points in the final 11 minutes to claim their first title since 2009 and end Rochestown's dreams of a Munster PP senior hurling and football double. The Cork school came from four points down at half-time to lead 1-12 to 2-8 entering the final stages, but late points from the outstanding McCarthy (two), Duggan and Michael Connors saw Thurles - who had Niall Heffernan sent off in stoppage-time - prevail.


In a game which was level five times, Rochestown drew first blood when Ciaran Cormack scored a superb goal in the 10th minute, but Duggan replied with a similar score six minutes later and McCarthy raised the winners' second green flag at the end of the first half to give them a 2-7 to 1-6 interval lead.

With Cormack and Shane Kingston to the fore, St. Francis' College restarted strongly and were level by the 44th minute. But Thurles finished the stronger.


Scorers - Thurles CBS: B McCarthy 1-2, K Duggan 1-1, N Heffernan 0-4f, R Long 0-2, P Kennedy, R Teehan & M Connors 0-1 each. Rochestown: C Cormack 1-6 (0-5f), S Kingston 0-4, S Powter and D Meaney 0-1 each.Thurles CBS: W Tierney; D Quirke, E Heffernan, J Derby; T Hayes, J Skehan, C McCullagh; B McCarthy, C Moloney; N Heffernan, K Duggan, P Kennedy; J Butler, R Teehan, R Long. Subs: M Connors for Butler (54), R Purcell for Moloney (56).Rochestown: A Cullinane; D Murphy, J Cashman, N Walsh; D Kelliher, D Griffin, C Sheehan; E O’Brien, J O’Sullivan; C Cormack, D O’Mahony, S Kington; D Meaney, S Powter, L O’Sullivan. Subs: K O’Donovan for Sheehan (30), M McAuliffe for L O’Sullivan (33), J Holland for O’Mahony (37), L Dineen for O’Brien (60).Referee: Damien Fox (Clare).

Zambian Immersion Project

This Preformance on Monday 23rd February is in aid of our Zambian Fund where 8 students and 3 teachers will travel to Zambia to assist the Brothers in their charitable Work.  Your support on the night will be greatly appreciated.  


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Beyond the Brooklyn Sky is the story of five fortysomething friends who left the small fishing village of Brandon in Kerry in the nineteen eighties in pursuit of their dreams in the States. It is now 2013, twenty years later, and they are reunited in what was their local village dancehall to celebrate Jack’s single-handed journey in a small plane across the Atlantic. Their past and present lives converge in this dance hall where they had their first kiss.

Like many Irish people of that time they have discovered that dreams don’t always come true.Throughout the course of twenty-four hours, over a lot of drink and a lot of music, their hearts, secrets   and shattered dreams open up. We discover that decisions were made that they all regret. These are realistic stories with real people, some trapped in loveless marriages, while others are re-igniting their love for each other. The direction of their lives and relationships over the intervening years is gradually uncovered.

They are people we recognise and so we care about them.This is a truthful and moving story about love, emigration, alcoholism and loss. It is both delightfully funny and sadly poignant. The play is seen through the eyes of the vibrant, optimistic teenager Shannon and the wisdom of the older Jamsie, whose son Jimmy is lost somewhere on the streets in the States. The music of the eighties is another character in the play and permeates the action. It transports the characters to a particular time and place in their lives.This is a story about middle -age in crisis. But hope for forgiveness and love is there.

The director Peter Sheridan says:  “It’s the best first time play I’ve ever read in all my years working in the theatre”.Monday night’s performance is €20 and in aid of the Schools Zambian Immersion Fund.

February News

Harty Cup Final

The school would like to wish the Harty Cup panel and their mentors the very best of luck in their upcoming final against Rochestown. The game will be played this Saturday, the 21st of February, in Mallow and throw-in is at 1.30 p.m.


On Monday last, our White Cup panel played Ballingarry in a challenge match while on Friday our Rice Cup hurlers took on Castlecomer in a practice game.

Zambian Immersion Project  

Tickets for the opening night of Thurles Drama Group’s production of ‘Beyond the Brooklyn Sky’ are still available. Proceeds of the night’s entertainment are being generously donated to the Zambian Immersion Project so if you would like to support a good cause, and enjoy a great night out, then please contact the school at 0504-22054 to book your tickets. Meanwhile the students involved in the project have been busy raising both funds and awareness. Last Friday saw them deliver an informative presentation to all our first year students.They explained the rationale behind the project and highlighted the important projects that are being currently undertaken by the Christian Brothers in Mufilira and Murundu.

Webwise Safer Internet Day

Last Tuesday, as part of Webwise Internet Safety Day, our first year students participated in a programme which concentrated on issues such as their on-line digital profiles, the importance of safeguarding their passwords and how to report suspicious or intimidating behavior on-line. In conjunction with this programme, two of our first year students, Ciaran Lloyd and Eoin Purcell, spoke on Tipp FM about how to ensure safe use of social media.

Cross-Country Athletics

On Thursday, the 12th of February, our cross-country athletes travelled to C.I.T. to compete in the Glohealth Munster Schools Cross-Country Championships where our Junior Boys (under-15) team won back the provincial title last held in 2009. The team consisted of Fred Crowley, Kieran Moloney, Jack Hickey, Kevin Bracken, Eanna Ryan, Ben O Dwyer and Niall Moore. Our Minor Boys (under-14) team was unlucky to finish just outside the medals in fourth place. The team members were Josh O’Dwyer, Dylan McLoughlin, Eoin Purcell, Ciaran Lloyd and Kieran Costello.



Trial Interviews

The school would like to thank the many business people who gave so generously of their time last Thursday evening when they participated in trial interviews with fifth year students. Over fifty students were given the opportunity to develop their interview skills in front of experts from a range of career areas. Thanks to Mr. Philip Egan(law), Mr. Tony Meara(engineering), Mr. John Crowley(engineering), Mr. Anton O Briain(education), Mr. Peter Creedon(education), Dr. Declan Lawless(medicine), Dr. Paul Ryan(medicine), Mr. Adrian Darcy(technology), Mr. Billy Gleeson(agriculture) and Mr. Eamonn Bergin(agriculture). Thanks also to AIB bank manager, Mr. Niall Hogan, who visited the school the week previously to mentor the pupils on their interview technique.

Science Show

On Wednesday last, in conjunction with Engineers Week, our first year students attended an entertaining, interactive science show at L.I.T.. The show, entitled Physics and Forces, was both enjoyable and enlightening.



CBS reach Harty Final

CBS Thurles reach Harty Cup Final following narrow win over Castletroy College. 

CBS Thurles (Tipperary) 1-9 Castletroy CC (Limerick) 0-11

CBS Thurles withstood a ferocious second half fightback from 14-man Castletroy Community College to progress to their first Harty Cup final since 2010 following a tight semi-final in Toomevara on Saturday afternoon. Castletroy did superbly well to be in with a chance at the end having played almost 50 minutes with 14 men after full forward Ian Coates was issued with a straight red card for an off the ball strike on Thurles’ Jack Derby.


However, Thurles struggled to make their numerical advantage count in the bitterly cold conditions, that was until the final five minutes of the first half when they scored three unanswered points from Ronan Heffernan (2 frees) and Michael Connors before Robbie Long struck for the goal in added time, deflecting Heffernan’s free to the net. Castletroy had the breeze with them after the break and they made it count with Nash’s free-taking to a high standard while half back Andrew La Touche Cosgrave burst forward for two inspirational scores.

However the Limerick side were unable to level as Thurles kept their noses in front with Niall Heffernan continuing to be the teams chief threat in attack. A total of 13 wides from Thurles ensured Castletroy remained in the hunt in the closing stages with Barry Nash having his sides best opportunity to force a replay but he miss-hit his scoreable effort in the final minute as Thurles hung on.


Thurles CBS: W Tierney; C McCullagh, E Heffernan, J Derby; T Hayes, J Skehan, D Quirke; B McCarthy, C Moloney; M Connors (0-1), K Duggan (0-1), N Heffernan (0-7, 6f); J Butler, R Teehan, R Long (1-0). Replacements: R Purcell for Butler (46); P Kennedy for Moloney (48); B Kelly for Connors (55).

Castletroy Community College: J Power; Brian Nash, E Enright, F Hourigan; D Garry, C Carroll, D Golden; L Lyons, C O’Meara; C Nicholas, Barry Nash (0-8, 7f), J Nicholas; A La Touche Cosgrave (0-3, 1f), I Coates, E Hourigan. Replacements: M O’Dwyer for O’Meara (HT)Referee: N Wall (Cork)

January News (3)

Harty Cup

The Harty Cup panel was in action last week, playing useful challenge matches against Good Counsel on Monday and Borrisoleigh on Friday. These games should stand them in good stead as they prepare for their upcoming semi-final against Castletroy College. That game is scheduled for Saturday, the 31st of January.


The school entered four teams into the Tipperary Schools Badminton Tournament which took place in Roscrea on Tuesday last. The under-14 team consisted of Aaron Mulcaire, Odhran Moloney, Darragh Fogarty and Diarmaid Meagher. There were two under-16 teams which comprised Cillian Cullinane, Jack Fallon, Jack Dwan, Micheal Mulcaire, William O Donoghue, Elliot Doherty, Tomas Caffrey and PJ Tunstall. Our senior team included David Croke, Jack Cleary, Steven Flanagan and Sean Dwan. All of our teams acquitted themselves well.



IAMTA Maths Quiz

The school entered two teams in the regional leg of the inaugural Irish Applied Maths Teachers Association Junior Maths Quiz which took place last Wednesday. Team One consisted of Mark Fortune, Harry Hogan, Ben Hertramph and Patrick Bowden while Team Two included Ray Fuller, John Dunphy, Shane Maher and Rory Fogarty. Team One was very unlucky to be narrowly beaten into second place. Well done to all who participated.

 Drugs and Alcohol Talk

The Mid-West Regional Drugs and Alcohol Forum in conjunction with the HSE recently delivered an educational programme about substance abuse to second year students and their parents. Over the last two Monday evenings there were two workshops held in the school; one for parents and one for parents and students together. These workshops focused on common risk factors, tell-tale signs and effects, and prevention methods and messages. The evenings, which were well attended, were certainly informative and practical.


Our White Cup panel played a worthwhile practice match against Kilkenny C.B.S. on Wednesday last while our Rice Cup hurlers played useful challenge games against St. Coleman’s of Fermoy on the same day. In keeping with our policy of attempting to give game time to as many hurlers as possible, over 45 first and second year pupils represented the school in the Rice Cup games. Basketball ‘Well done’ to our first year basketball team on beating Ardscoil Athy on Tuesday last in what was a very competitive league game. The final score was 38-36. Also, on the same day our under-19 team played the same opposition in a practice match. Senior Football Our under-18 ½ footballers were in action last Friday when they played Nenagh C.B.S. in the final of the Tipperary Schools County Championship (B). Unfortunately, despite a very good team performance, they were beaten by three points on the day.