On Tuesday last Mr. Finbarr Walsh, father of Donal, visited the school and delivered an inspirational and thought-provoking talk to fifth and sixth year pupils. Mr. Walsh spoke very emotionally about Donal’s long battle with cancer and the very important message that Donal wanted to share with other teenagers. That simple but important message was to ask for help when times are difficult. Mr. Walsh also spoke about the Donal Walsh Livelife Foundation which has been set up to promote Donal’s message about creating age appropriate teenage facilities in hospitals and hospice care centres and to spread Donal’s anti-suicide message. Although Donal’s death was obviously very tragic it is inspiring and uplifting to hear the positive message that he believed in and to see the huge successes that his foundation has already achieved.
Our under-15 hurlers were in action last Monday when they took on Charleville C.B.S. in a challenge game. Debating Our Concern debating team has now completed the group stage of the competition, emerging undefeated from their four scheduled encounters. The eleven points that they have accrued should now be enough to send them through to the knockout stages of the competition.
Zambian Immersion Project
In December interviews were held for the biennial trip to Mufilira in northern Zambia. The eight successful candidates were Diarmaid Meagher (Castleiney), Darragh Byrne(Ballygamane), Eugene Ryan( Rossmore), James Hammersley( Clonoulty), William Creedon( Thurles), Daniel Matthews( Holycross), Jamie Stapleton( Thurles) and Alex Murphy( Thurles). Next October these 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.
First Year Basketball
Well done to our first year basketball team following their victory over CBS Carlow in the Midlands League on Thursday last. The final score was 27 points to 12 and Thurles will now face Ardscoil Athy in their next game. Team; Jack Ryan, Conor Fogarty, Eanna Bourke, Sean Tunstall, Liam McDonagh, Jovi Chai, Gavin Keegan, Liam Kenny, Gavin Moriarty, Ryan Greene, Daniel Ryan, Blaine Carroll
The school would like to extend its sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Tommy Barrett who passed away last week. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.