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Harty Cup 1/4 Final Victory

Victory for CBS in Harty Cup 1/4 final

Dr Harty Cup quarter-finalThurles CBS (Tipperary) 2-8 Gaelcoláiste Mhuire AG (Cork) 1-10

Despite posting 15 second-half wides, Thurles CBS held on to advance past Gaelcholáiste Mhuire and into the Dr Harty Cup semi-finals at Kilmallock yesterday. Leading 2-4 to 0-7 at half-time and with the wind to come, competition favourites Thurles appeared set to push on and book their last-four spot with ease. A combination of poor shooting and a dogged Gaelcholáiste display made for a closer-than-expected second-half, but, ultimately, the Cork city school couldn’t get level.Selector Martin Maher acknowledged afterwards the first-half goals from Jack Butler and Billy McCarthy, which helped them lead 2-4 to 0-7 at the break, were crucial.“Conditions were difficult,” he said, “both sides had wides and the wind was swirling. We’re just delighted to get over the line. The goals really brought us into the game. They started well but we gained confidence from the first goal and then maybe we were lucky to get the second. There was nothing simple there.


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It was a quick turnaround coming back after Christmas but we have a few weeks now to prepare for the semi-final.”Thurles were left standing as AG roared into life, scoring five points in the opening eight minutes, Donal Ó Conaing and Adam Ó Donnabháin impressing in attack and Eadbhard Ó Conaing on top at the back. The Tipperary school served notice of their intentions as Butler was denied by a Darragh Ó Conaill save in the 12th minute and a minute later Thurles’ brightest attacker had the ball in the net, finishing well after Robbie Long’s delivery broke.Butler followed that with a point and while Donal Ó Conaing responded with a free for the AG, Thurles then struck for a second goal. This time Butler was the provider for midfielder McCarthy, who fired past Ó Conaill. Further points from Ronan Teehan and Robbie Long – who also drew a fine save from Ó Conaill – meant three points separated the sides at half-time and Brendan Kelly’s brace at the start of the second-half suggested an inevitability about the outcome.

In the 36th minute, Gaelcholáiste Mhuire seized a lifeline, however. Somehow, energetic midfielder Dayne Ó Laoi – who will feature for Cork against UL in the Waterford Crystal Cup today – made his way through four challenges and, though he was only able to get in a one-handed shot, the ball nested in the net to leave it 2-6 to 1-7.Thurles created enough chances to pull clear again but the target remained elusive and they had 10 second-half wides by the 45th minute. The AG couldn’t take full advantage but Ó Laoi, with a great point on the run, did manage to bring them back to within a point.

A Donal Ó Conaing free might have levelled but Thurles full-back Enda Heffernan did well to bring the ball down on the goal-line.Eventually, Thurles’ drought was ended by Butler, though Donal Ó Conaing replied immediately and did so again after Niall Heffernan nailed a difficult free. Deep into injury time, the AG were afforded one final chance when Evan Ó Síocháin found possession on the left but Dillon Quirke forced him wide and his low effort was saved by William Tierney. That was the last action, though an incident after the final whistle saw referee Richard Moloney red-card Thurles’ Ronan Heffernan, who may miss the semi-final against Castletroy College or Youghal’s Pobalscoil na Tríonóide.

Scorers for Thurles CBS: J Butler 1-2, B McCarthy 1-0, B Kelly, R Long 0-2 each, R Teehan, N Heffernan 0-1 (free) each.Scorers for Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG: D Ó Laoi 1-3, D Ó Conaing 0-5 (four frees), A Ó Donnabháin 0-2.THURLES CBS: W Tierney (Thurles Sarsfields); D Quirke (Clonoulty-Rossmore), J Derby (Thurles Sarsfields), E Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore); J Skehan (Holycross-Ballycahill), C McCullagh (Moycarkey-Borris), R Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore); B McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields), C Moloney (Thurles Sarsfields); R Teehan (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), K Duggan (Galmoy), N Heffernan (Moycarkey-Borris); B Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), R Long (Drom & Inch), J Butler (Upperchurch-Drombane). Subs: M Connors (Drom & Inch) for Duggan (47), M Stakelum (Holycross-Ballycahill) for Kelly (54, injured), R Purcell (Thurles Sarsfields) for Teehan (60).GAELCHOLÁISTE MHUIRE AG: D Ó Conaill (Na Piarsaigh); A Ó Súilleabháin (Glen Rovers), E Ó Conaing (Na Piarsaigh), R Ó Meara (Na Piarsaigh); A Breathnach (Na Piarsaigh), J Ó Muireasa (Na PIarsaigh), E Ó Caoimh (Na Piarsaigh); L Ó Cochláin (Glen Rovers), D Ó Laoi (Na Piarsaigh); C Ó hAinifín (Na Piarsaigh), E Ó Laoire (Na Piarsaigh), K Ó hEathairn (Na Piarsaigh); D Ó Conaing (Na Piarsaigh), A Ó Donnabháin (Glen Rovers), E Ó Síocháin (Na Piarsaigh). Subs: B Ó Ceallacháin (Na Piarsaigh) for Breathnach (24, injured), P de Faoite (Glen Rovers) for Ó hEathairn (half-time).Referee: R Moloney (Limerick

BT Young Scientists 2015

C.B.S. Young Scientist Entrants 2015.

Best of luck to this year’s C.B.S. entrants in the BT Young Scientist Competition. We are delighted to have four groups qualified this year representing our school. Each of our projects is exciting and fresh in their approach, reflecting the enthusiasm of the students involved.

Young Scientist

Cytherean Industries:  Tommy O Donnell and Michael O Callaghan develop a road map which provides solutions to our requirement of clean energy sources by developing the abundant resources available within our solar system. This highly developed and ambitious project charts the developments required and the suggested methods of exploiting these natural resources for the benefit of Earths ecosystems. Tommy and Michael provide a detailed account of the resources required and the stages necessary in order to allow humans to mine for natural resources on planets such as Mars and Venus and also closer to home the Moon.

Infinity Trainer:  Seán Ryan, Darragh Byrne and William Creedon study the uptake of sports in our school population, analyse participation rates and make some recommendations regarding possible overtraining. During the course of the project interesting patterns have emerged regarding the uptake of sport and the need for an injury management programme during periods of the year where preseasons and end of seasons may overlap for different sports.

Visualising better passwords:  Mark Fortune develops a new approach to the dreaded password. Mark investigates the use of pictures as an alternative to the brain scrambling eight character, number/ letter/symbol conundrum we endure on a daily basis. A very innovative project with a huge amount of effort invested with huge opportunities for application in life today.

Wise Buoys:  Jamie Stapleton, Paul Hennessy and James O Sullivan Develop their already successful life buoy project from last year’s Young Social Innovators Competition. This seemingly obvious application of modern mobile technology is testament to the students’ ingenuity.


We wish each of our students the best of luck in the competition and commend them for their hard work to date. The Young Scientist takes place in the RDS from the 7th to the 10th of January.

December News (2)

Concern Debating

‘Congratulations’ to our Concern debating team on their unanimous victory over the girls from the Presentation Convent on Monday night last. The team, which was captained by Thomas Bourke and comprised Harry Hogan, Mark Fortune and John Lanigan, successfully proposed the motion that ‘ The Ebola outbreak demonstrates the International Community’s indifference to Africa’ in what was a very stimulating and entertaining debate. This victory makes it three unbeaten this year and the team will be in action again in January when they will propose the motion that ‘ Scotland should have voted for independence’. The opposition will be from Our Lady’s of Templemore.

Geography Field Trip

On Monday last our 6B geography class traveled to Upperchurch to study the Owenbeg River as part of their Geographical Investigation field trip. The students measured river discharge and bedload size and plotted valley transects. They will now spend the next few weeks writing up their projects, which will be worth 20 % of their grade in the Leaving Cert Geography paper. A special thanks must go to Mrs. Maureen Harty ( whose land the river passes through) for very thoughtfully providing the entire class with some hot soup. This was a wholly unnecessary but much appreciated act of generosity.  

Bubble Soccer

On Tuesday and Thursday of last week our transition year pupils participated in the latest fun, sporting craze, Bubble Soccer. The students donned protective suits ( body zorbs) which allowed them to collide and knock each other over, without fear of injury. The equipment was provided by past pupil, Liam Bannon of Tipperary Bubble Sports. The students really enjoyed this novel and fun activity.

Zambian Immersion Project

On Friday last interviews were held for the biennial trip to Mufilira in northern Zambia. Next October eight students, accompanied by three teachers, will spend two weeks in the Copperbelt area of Zambia. While there they will visit an adult training centre, an old folks’ home, a hospice and a primary school. Between now and then the eight chosen pupils will be tasked with raising both awareness and funds to help with the progress of many ongoing projects which are currently being run by the Christian Brothers in Mufilira and nearby Murundu.


Daniel and David Ryan represented CBS Thurles and Ireland on the Intermediate and Junior Boys teams at the SIAB Schools Combined Events International in the Emirates Arena, Glasgow on Saturday, the 13th of December. They both produced master class performances in their events setting 7 new personal bests between them on the day with Daniel holding off the English to win gold in the Intermediate Boys competition (a year out of his age)and David separating the English to win silver in the Junior Boys competition, just 27 points off the gold medal. It was a historic day for the Irish Schools team who brought home their largest ever haul of medals. Up against the might of the English, Welsh and Scottish, Ireland captured five individual medals including a gold medal for Daniel and a silver for David. Daniel also won a silver for the team event.   Congratulations lads on this huge achievement.


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International success for Ryan brothers

SIAB Schools Combined Events

Glasgow, Saturday 13th December 2014


David & Daniel Ryan represented CBS Thurles and Ireland on the Junior & Inter Boys teams at the SIAB Schools Combined Events International in the Emirates Arena, Glasgow on Saturday 13th December.

They both produced master class performances in their events setting 7 new pbs between them on the day with Daniel holding off the English to win gold in the Inter Boys competition a year out of his age & David separating the English to win silver in the Junior Boys competition, just 27 points off the gold medal.


David and Daniel Ryan

It was a historic day for the Irish Schools team who brought home their largest ever haul of medals. Up against the might of the English, Welsh & Scottish, Ireland captured 5 individual medals, two gold for Daniel Ryan and silver for David Ryan in the Junior Boys. Well done lads, we are proud of you lads.

Swimming success

CBS Thurles had five students who participated in the highly competitive Munster Schools Swimming Gala last Sunday in the UL arena.






Each of the boys competed in the four individual events;100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststoke and 100m Butterfly. In the age group 16-18 James Symons recorded a Personal Best of 58secs for the 100m Freestyle.

This saw him into the final to which he narrowly missed out on the bronze medal. Cillian O' Gorman and Dean Cooke competed in the 100m Backstroke, Freestyle and Breaststroke and recorded Personal Bests which also took them into the finals of those events. Darren O' Sullivan swam in the 100m Freestyle and Butterfly and earned his place in the 100m Butterfly final. Our youngest competitor Dawid Mawe recorded a Personal Best for his 100m Backstroke and also made the final.

All swimmers who are part of the local Kingfisher swimming club performed brilliantly on the day and their new Personal Bests will see them qualify for the National Division Age Groups Competition next summer.

We wish them the very best of luck