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November News


Four students from the C.B.S. travelled to Nenagh Indoor Athletics Arena on Wednesday last to take part in the Munster Schools Combined Event Championships.  Each of the boys competed in five events; hurdles, long jump, shot, 200m and 800m.  In the Intermediate category Daniel Ryan took gold with an impressive tally of 3,417 points.  In the Junior category David Ryan also took gold with 2,743 points, recording a personal best of 6.07 metres in the Long Jump event.  Declan Ryan came in fourth place with 2,224 points ensuring qualification.  Jack Dolan was unfortunate to miss out on qualification by one point.  The three boys will represent C.B.S. Thurles in the All-Ireland Combined Multi Events Championships in Athlone this coming Saturday.  We wish them the very best of luck.

Irish E.U. Science Olympiad

Well done to transition year student, Mark Fortune, on winning a gold medal in physics at the annual Irish E.U. Science Olympiad. Students are selected for this competition based on their Junior Cert results in Maths and Science. This gold medal places Mark in the top three students in the competition and he has now been invited to attend further practical training at D.C.U. in January. After that Mark will participate in a final exam, from which six students will be chosen to represent Ireland at the European competition. We wish Mark the very best of luck.

Harty Cup

Our Harty Cup panel continued their preparations for their next group game against Ard Scoil Ris by playing two useful challenge matches last week. They took on St. Coleman’s of Fermoy last Monday and competed against Kilkenny C.B.S. last Wednesday.


Our under-19 basketball team was in action last Tuesday when they took on Rochfortbridge in their third league game of the season. A strong team performance saw them win the match by 46 points to 41.


Build-A-Bank Challenge

Last Wednesday saw the official launch of the school’s bank by Tipperary hurler, Brendan Cummins. There was a lot of interest among the student population and plenty of accounts were opened on the day. Now that the bank is up and running, students can access their accounts every Wednesday during lunch time. After the official opening Mr. Cummins spent the afternoon coaching some of our first year students through a series of hurling drills.

Open Night

The school held its Open Night for prospective students last Thursday. Parents and sixth class boys were given the opportunity to tour the school and to meet the teachers. The evening was a good opportunity for the boys to get a taste of life in a modern, progressive secondary school. As well as viewing the school’s impressive facilities the boys were able to see the wide range of extra-curricular activities that will be available to them in the C.B.S. The evening was very well attended. Open Night Competition Congratulations to Owen Sheridan of Scoil Mochaomhog, Two-Mile-Borris on correctly guessing the weight of an Irish Angus calf, one of five that were present on the night. Owen has won three years worth of free subscriptions to textbooks on his i-Pad in the C.B.S.


Science Week

Science week 2014

A full list of the activities organised for our science students to celebrate national science week is available to view on cbsthurles.ie.

This years theme is: The power of science!




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Thurles C.B.S. News


Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team got their new campaign off to a good start against Abbey C.B.S. last Wednesday when they successfully opposed the motion that ‘Critics who threw cold water on the Ice Bucket Challenge were unfair’ . The team was captained by Thomas Bourke and comprised Mark Fortune, John Lanigan and Diarmaid Meagher.  On the following day members of the team participated in a Concern debating workshop which was held in the Ursuline Convent. During this informative and fun event they learnt how to research, structure and deliver speeches. The team’s next debate will see them face the Ursuline Convent on the 10th of November when they will be opposing the motion that ‘Ireland must deliver on its 0.7 % overseas aid promise’. 

Hurling Blitz

On Tuesday and Thursday of last week teams from the C.B.S. played in first year hurling blitzes. One team made it to the Cup final and another reached the Plate final. In total over 70 first year students represented the school in these competitions.

Harty Cup

The Harty Cup panel continued their preparations for their upcoming game against Ard Scoil Ris by playing a useful challenge match against Presentation College, Athenry on Friday last.

Guest Speaker

Garda Clodagh Kenny visited the school again last week when she spoke to a selection of first and second year students about safety over the Halloween period. In particular, Garda Kenny spoke about the hazards associated with fireworks.

U.C.D. Entrance Scholars The school would like to congratulate past pupils; Declan Atkins, Brian Bourke, Brian Fanning and Thomas Skehan on being selected as U.C.D. Entrance Scholars this year. Entrance scholars are first year college students who have achieved 560 points or more in their Leaving Certificate. They will be presented with their awards at a special ceremony in U.C.D. O’Reilly Hall on the 12th of November.

French Debating

Our French debating team was in action recently when they competed in the Secondary Schools French Debating Competition organised by Alliance Francaise. The team consisted of Eoin Fitzpatrick, Tom Bourke, Ciaran Taffe and Mark Purcell and they competed against a team from Presentation College, Terenure. Ciaran Taffe was awarded a gold medal as best speaker.

Guest Speaker

On Monday last Mr. John Costigan, branch manager of FBD Insurance, spoke to the 4Y transition Year class about insurance. Mr. Costigan’s informative speech dealt with the rationale behind insurance as well as how policies operate. The issue of insurance is part of the Life Skills programme that the Transition Years are currently studying. The school would like to thank Mr. Costigan for giving so generously of his time.

Hennessy B Blitz

The C.B.S. participated in and won a Hennessy Cup blitz which was held in Dr. Morris Park last Friday.


The school community would like to express its sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Thomas Butler whose untimely death occurred last week. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.  

Open Night

The school will hold its rescheduled open evening for incoming first year students on Thursday, the 6th of November. Parents and prospective students will be given the opportunity to inspect the school’s impressive facilities as well as the chance to meet the staff. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be a good opportunity for sixth class boys to familiarise themselves with life in a modern, progressive secondary school.

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Irish Angus Beef Competition (Trip to Bristol)

Niall Maloney and Kieran Hennessy enjoyed their trip to Bristol last week as part of their preparations for the Certifiied Angus Beef Compwtition.

On Monday and Tuesday last we travelled as part of a group to Bristol in an excursion organised by ABP and in association with the Certified Irish Angus Producers Group and Kepak as part of our project.

We flew Dublin to Bristol and visited animal feed mill in Calne. We experienced the process in making animal feed and received an interesting guided tour of the production facility from the site manager. This was an eye opening experience of the scale of production and the factors involved in producing cost effective feed on a large scale to meet the various nutritional requirements of the different production models. Following a presentation on the foundation and development of Blade farming we had the opportunity to chat with and discuss the possible benefits of the methods used by blade in beef production with its founder Richard along with Joanne; calf rearing manager and Seth; nutrition manager for contract calf rearing units.

We have a comfortable overnight in a local hotel where we were well looked after and enjoyed some Blade Angus steak. On Tuesday morning we had an early start, so bacon butty in hand we began our journey to visit the remaining three farms. We visited a rearing unit where we were very impressed with the automated calf feeding system which monitors calf progress on a daily basis and has reduced the labour input for the farmer and their impressive calf rearing units: bright, airy, clean and spacious. We then travelled to the idyllic setting of a beef finishing farm where the owners who although major cereal farmers have invested in an impressive  Aberdeen Angus steer finishing unit which is notable for its simplicity attention to detail and efficiency.

Regular weighing of animals and ambitious targets for live weight gain are an important aspect of their system. Finally we visited a veal production unit where we were briefed on veal production in the U.K. and the high standards of animal welfare that are employed. Overall a very interesting snapshot of the latest developments in beef production in England.

Thurles Credit Union Winner

Congratulations to First Year student Cathal Ryan who won the Thurles Credit Union sponsored prize of an iPad and eBooks.

Thurles Credit Union kindly sponsored this prize following our decision to introduce eBooks for First Year student this year.

Thurles CBS IPAD Competition Tiernan O Donnell Cathal Ryan and Michael Harty