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November News(3)


On Saturday, 15th November, three of our athletes traveled to the AIT Indoor Arena in Athlone to compete in the All-Ireland Schools Combined Events Tournament. Daniel Ryan was a clear winner in the Intermediate Boys category, posting personal bests in the 200 m, hurdles and the 800m events. His brother, David, ran a great race in the 800m, shaving 5 seconds off his previous best to ensure a second place finish in the Junior Boys category. Declan Ryan put in a solid performance, registering personal bests in the 200m, 800m and hurdles events, placing him in twelfth place in the Junior Boys category. Both Daniel and David will now represent Thurles C.B.S. and Ireland in the SIAB Schools Combined Events International which will take place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on the thirteenth of December. There the Irish team will compete against the best athletes from England, Scotland and Wales. We wish them the best of luck.

Internet Addiction and Me – Best Documentary Galway Junior Film Fleadh

Congratulations to CBS student Eoin Corbett whose film documentary called ‘Internet Addiction and Me’ won Best Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh. Eoin finished the documentary in May and posted it on-line.  Within a week it had been seen by over 2000 people.    Last week Eoin travelled to Galway where he was delighted to win the Best Documentary Award.  Eoin hopes to continue making films in the future and study Film and Television Production in college.  To view the documentary on-line just search ‘Internet Addiction and Me’ or go to the schools website at  cbsthurles.ie.





Harty Cup

Our senior hurling panel secured progression to the quarter-finals of the Harty Cup on Wednesday last with an important victory over Blackwater College in their last game of the group stages. Thurles started slowly, in what was a must-win game and they trailed Blackwater at half-time (2-2, 0-5). However a strong second half display saw them win the game by nine points in the end (2-15, 3-3). The quarter-final will be played on the fourteenth of January but the draw has yet to be made.

Croke Cup

Our under-15 hurlers were in action last Thursday when they took on Templemore in the semi-final of the Croke Cup. Unfortunately they were beaten on the day on a scoreline of Templemore 2-13, C.B.S. 2-7. Their attention will now turn to the White Cup competition which will begin in the new year.


‘Hard luck’ to our under-16 basketball team who, despite a good performance, were defeated by Haywood College in the semi-final of the Midlands League on Thursday last. The final score was 31-24. The team are now busily preparing for their upcoming All-Ireland Cup semi-final against Colaiste Pobail Setanta from Dublin.

National Water Safety Award

Last Tuesday three of our fifth year students; Jamie Stapleton, James O Sullivan and Paul Hennessy attended a national water safety awards ceremony in Dublin Castle. The three students received their award in recognition of a project that they completed as part of the Young Social Innovators programme, while they were in transition year. This project involved the students working on improvements that could be made to life buoys. The students enjoyed the occasion, which was a well-earned recognition of the hard work they had put into this project.

Transition Year Science Tour

On Tuesday last over fifty of our Transition Year students headed for the continent where they spent four days attending lectures and classes at the European Space Centre in the Ardennes region of Belgium. Some of the highlights of this very enjoyable and educational trip included a zero gravity space walk and a simulated space shuttle launch. Also on the agenda were visits to a forest activity park and a water park as well as some time for shopping in Maastricht. A great time was had by all.  

November News(2)


The GloHealth All Ireland Combined Events Championships

The Championships took place in AIT International Arena, Athlone on Saturday, 15th of November. The performances across the board were of a very high standard with athletes battling it out for the All Ireland Titles in the junior, intermediate and senior categories.

For the Inter Boys Daniel Ryan (Thurles CBS) underlined his huge potential for the Combined Events with a clear cut victory in the inter boy’s competition. Ryan impressed over the barriers (8.42 seconds) ad also in the long jump (6.31m) and 200m (23.50) to accumulate an overall points total of 3,500. Tim Bowler (St Mary’s CBS Enniscorthy) placed second with a score of 3,303 with Keith Marks (Ashbourne A.S) third on 3,293 points.


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Only 23 points separated Shane Mooney (Summerhill College, Sligo) and David Ryan (Thurles CBS) in the junior boy’s competition. Despite Ryan’s best efforts in the 800m (2:13.74), Mooney hung on for victory with a score of 2,863 points with Ryan second on 2,840 points.Mathew Behan (C.U.S) made his intentions known from the start with a swift win the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.08 (962 points). He never looked back from there as he claimed the senior boy’s title with a score of 3,249.

 Concern Debating

‘Well done’ to our Concern debating team on successfully opposing the motion that ‘Ireland must deliver on its 0.7% overseas aid promise’ against the girls from the Ursuline Convent on Monday last. The debate was extremely entertaining and informative and all speakers were of a very high calibre. In the end, by a split decision, the motion was opposed. The team was captained by Thomas Bourke and also comprised Mark Fortune, John Lanigan and Diarmaid Meagher. Their next debate will see them take on the Presentation Convent on the 3rd of December and they will be proposing the motion that ‘The Ebola epidemic demonstrates the international community’s indifference to Africa’. We wish them the best of luck.

Harty Cup

Our senior hurling panel enjoyed an important victory last Tuesday against Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick. A strong start saw them lead at half time (2-3, 0-6) and they held out for victory on a scoreline of 3-12 to 12 points. They will need an equally impressive performance this week as they take on Blackwater College in a ‘must-win’ final group game. Good luck to all involved.


The school’s under-16 basketball team played St. Corleth’s of Dublin in the quarter-final of the ‘C’ cup on Tuesday last. A strong team performance saw them progress to the semi-final on a scoreline of 47 points to 40. Daniel Ryan was top scorer on the day, netting an impressive 22 points while other scores came from David Ryan (14), Sean Mockler (6) and Patrick O Gorman (5). The team is also into the semi-finals of the Midlands League and will take on Haywood College this Thursday.

Art Trip

On Thursday last our fifth and sixth year art classes travelled to Dublin for their annual art trip. In the morning they visited the Hugh Lane Gallery where they were given a guided tour of the Sean Scully and Francis Bacon exhibitions. After lunch they visited the National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology on Kildare Street where they viewed objects from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. The highlight of this visit was undoubtedly the Bog Bodies exhibition. A very enjoyable day was had by all.

Science Week

All of our junior students were busily engaged last week as they participated in events which celebrated Science Week. On Wednesday our first years took part in a science quiz while on Friday they completed forensic science and digestion workshops which were delivered by Lismore Education Centre. They also took part in an on-line competition entitled ‘I’m a scientist, get me out of here’ where they asked scientists around the country questions and then voted for the scientist who gave the best answer. The second years were also kept busy. They had to solve a forensic science murder mystery using a number of experiments from their Junior Cert course. They also competed, along with the third years, in a Science Olympiad. Ray Fuller of third year won the Olympiad and secured a trip for his class to see a science show in The Source.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Transition year students from the 4W class have spent the last number of months organising a Christmas Shoebox Appeal. They collected funds and shoeboxes full of gifts from first, second and third year students. They raised enough money to pay for one orphan care pack, two broods of chickens, three sets of mosquito nets and two child hygiene packs along with over thirty shoeboxes; all of which will be sent to people in the Developing World. Well done to all involved

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!




October News (4)

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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