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January News(2)

Guest Speaker

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.

White Cup

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.

January News

Harty Cup

Our senior hurling panel enjoyed an important victory over Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG in the quarter-final of the Harty Cup competition in Kilmallock last Friday. Thurles performed well in the first half, despite playing against the breeze and led by three points at half-time. A second-half goal for Gaelcholaiste Mhuire brought them back into the game however and in the end Thurles ran out narrow victors on a scoreline of Thurles; 2-8, Gaelcholaiste; 1-10. Well done to all involved.

Senior Football

‘Congratulations’ to our senior football panel on their victory last Thursday over Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir in the semi-final of the County ‘B’ Championship. Thurles played well in what was a very high scoring game and seemed to have the game won with fifteen minutes to go. However two late goals by Cahir made for a dramatic finale with the C.B.S. holding on to win by a single point. The final score was Thurles; 4-9, Cahir; 3-11. Guest Speaker On Thursday last Mr. Dermot Fitzgerald of Boru Stoves Ltd., Thurles spoke to our fifth year L.C.V.P. students about entrepreneurship and business management. Mr. Fitzgerald gave the students very practical advice about how to set up and run a business. The students greatly enjoyed this enlightening talk which they found to be very relevant to their studies. Young Scientist Thurles C.B.S. had four separate entries in the BT Young Scientist Exhibition which took place in the R.D.S. last week. Sean Ryan, William Creedon and Darragh Byrne studied the rates of participation in sports within the school community. Their project, entitled ‘ Infinity Trainer’, focused on the perils of overtraining and made recommendations in relation to injury management programmes. As part of his project, Mark Fortune developed a pictorial substitute for the numerical and alphabetical encryption test that web-users often need to pass to enter a website. Jamie Stapleton, Paul Hennessy and James O Sullivan’s project, entitled ‘Life Buoys’, is based on their prize-winning entry in last year’s Young Social Innovators competition. They are using modern mobile technology to improve the efficiency and proper maintenance of life buoys. Finally, Tommy O Donnell and Michael O Callaghan’s project focused on how humanity could provide much of our energy requirements through mining natural resources on planets within the Solar System. All of the aforementioned students deserve praise for their ingenuity, innovation, resourcefulness and enthusiasm.


Our under-16 basketball team was in action on Thursday last when they played Colaiste Pobail Setanta in the All-Ireland ‘C’ Cup semi-final. The entire team performed excellently and the first half was extremely competitive. Setanta dominated the third quarter and although the C.B.S. narrowed the gap in the final quarter through a spirited comeback, it was not enough to overhaul their opponents’ advantage The final score was 52-45.

School Mass

The entire school community marked the Feast of the Epiphany on Tuesday last by attending a mass in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall . The mass was celebrated by our school chaplain, Fr. Tomas O Connell.

Transition Year 

Transition Year Students selling their produce during the week.


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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