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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



October News (3)

 Harty Cup

Our senior hurling panel was in action last Wednesday when the squad took on West Limerick Colleges in their second game of the group phase. It was a very tight match and Thurles led by three points going into the final minutes of the game. Unfortunately West Limerick Colleges got a last minute goal which resulted in the game ending in stalemate. The final score was WLC 3-9, Thurles 1-15. The C.B.S. will be in action again on the tenth of November when they will play Ard Scoil Ris.

Senior Golf

Our Senior Golf team competed in the Munster Schools Senior Qualifying competition held in Ballyneety Golf Club on Thursday last. The team comprised Aaron Ryan, Conor Stakelum, John Corbett, Brian Fallon and Harry Fitzgibbon and although they played well they did not do enough to qualify for the next round.


Both our under-16 and our under-19 teams were in action last Thursday when they traveled to Mullingar to take on teams from St. Finian’s in what was for both age groups their second league game of the season. The under-16’s played extremely well and ran out comfortable winners while our under-19’s suffered heartbreak as a last second basket saw Mullingar emerge victorious on a scoreline of 46 points to 45.


On Thursday last Garda Clodagh Kenny spoke to the 3ND C.S.P.E. class about anti-social behaviour and its consequences in law. This is the theme of the Action Project that the class is undertaking for their Junior Cert this year. The students really enjoyed this highly informative and thought provoking talk and the school would like to thank Garda Kenny for giving so freely of her time.

Gaisce Medals

Fifty of our fifth year pupils received their Bronze Gaisce Medals last week. This presentation of the President’s Award was in recognition of the completion last year of a twenty six week course which focused on the areas of community involvement, personal skill, physical recreation and adventure journey. Well done to all involved.





Croke and Hennessy Cup Games

Our Croke Cup panel played a useful challenge match against Blackwater College on Tuesday last. Meanwhile our under-15 hurlers played Carraig C.B.S. in the quarter-final of the Tipperary Schools ‘B’ competition on Thursday last. Unfortunately the Carraig team proved too strong for the Thurles lads on the day.

Comhairle na nOg

Jamie McCormack, Robert Healy and Conor Ryan represented the school at last Thursday’s meeting of  the Tipperary Comhairle na nOg. At the conference they were introduced to last year’s committee members before watching the locally made film ‘Silent Keys’. This film , which deals with the theme of substance abuse, was produced  by the ‘Thurles Young Filmmakers’ group and was directed by sixth year student, Adam O Dwyer. Fifth year pupil ,Brandon Meaney, who was representing Littleton Youth Project, was elected on to the county committee, the first meeting of which will be held on the 12th of December.

October News (2)

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Dean Ryan

Congratulations to our under-16 ½ hurlers on their quarter-final victory over St. Coleman’s of Fermoy on Wednesday last. Played in blustery conditions the game proved to be a very close and exciting affair, Thurles only progressing after extra-time on a scoreline of 1-20 to 2-15. The C.B.S. will now face Our Lady’s of Templemore in the semi-final. We wish them the best of luck.

First Year Hurling

The school had a total of four different first year hurling teams that competed in blitzes on Tuesday and Thursday of last week. These tournaments saw our first years taking on teams from a variety of other Tipperary based schools. The students really enjoyed representing the school on the playing field and teams from the C.B.S. were successful in qualifying for the next round of both the cup and shield competitions.]

Harty Cup

Our senior hurlers continued their preparations for their next group game against West Limerick Colleges by playing a useful challenge match against Nenagh on Thursday last.

Kilkenny Theatre

Last Monday our 4Y and 4T Transition Year classes traveled to the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny to see Ger Carey’s hilarious new one-man show ,‘ A Comic Journey Inside The Teenage Brain’. The show encourages teenagers to laugh at themselves and hopefully also to reach a better understanding of the difficulties teenagers face in their everyday lives.

Hennessy Cup ‘B’

Well done to our under-15 ‘B’ panel following their victory over Rockwell last Friday. A good team performance saw them win on a scoreline of 4-9 to 3-4. They will now face Carraig-on-Suir in the next round of the competition.

Blue September

Well done to students in 4T who, as part of the international ‘Blue September’ campaign, organised a ‘Jersey Day’ in order to raise money and awareness to help in the fight against cancers that affect men. With their help the school raised €1,095.

Fun Run

On Thursday last the entire school community participated in a very successful and enjoyable ‘Fun Run’, the object of which was to raise funds to support the continuing development of sporting facilities in the school as well as to offset the cost of transport for extra-curricular activities. All the students walked to the racetrack where they either walked or ran a lap of the track before returning to the school. The school would like to thank Thurles Racetrack, the Order of Malta, the Gardai and everyone who supported the event.


Open Night

The school will hold its open evening for incoming first year students on Tuesday next, the 21st of October. 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. 

October News

Gaelic Games Promotion Day

Almost three hundred fifth and sixth class boys and girls attended our one day Gaelic Games Promotion Day which was held in Semple Stadium and Dr Morris Park on Thursday last. The day started with a tour of Semple Stadium before the boys and girls rotated between six different coaching stations, each focusing on some of the key skills of both football and hurling. Our G.A.A. coaches were ably assisted on the day by past pupils; Ronan Maher, Pa Bourke, Denis Maher and Cathal Barrett. The school would like to thank the primary schools and the pupils’ parents for helping to facilitate this very successful event.





Junior Golf

On Wednesday last our junior golfers travelled to Cahir Park Golf Club to compete in the East Munster Qualifying Section of the Schools Junior Golf Competition. The team consisted of Cian Stakelum, Jack Ryan and Aaron Quinn and although they played well they did not progress to the next phase of the competition. 

Build-A-Bank Challenge

Last Monday representatives from the A.I.B. conducted interviews in the school to fill the positions available in this year’s school bank. In total there were twenty seven interviews and the school would like to congratulate the chosen candidates on being selected. Jason Jordan will be the Bank Manager this year with Michael Purcell as Assistant Manager. The position of Sales and Marketing Director went to Conor Ryan while Darren O Sullivan and Jack Moore were chosen as Customer Service Operators. Eddie O Gorman will be Financial Controller. They will undertake a training and induction day this week to prepare them for their year’s work.

Study Skills

On Monday last our third and sixth year students attended separate study skills seminars which were delivered by educational experts, The Super Generation. The pupils learnt about the importance of planning as well as a series of memory aide techniques such as mind-mapping. 

Harty Cup

Our senior hurlers got this year’s Harty campaign off to a successful start last Wednesday with a convincing victory over St. Flannan’s College in the first game of the group stages. Thurles were too strong for their opponents on the day and ended up winning the game on a scoreline of 5-26 to 6 points. Well done to all involved.

Dean Ryan Hurling

On Monday last, our Dean Ryan hurlers played a useful challenge match against St. Kieran’s of Kilkenny while on Tuesday our first year hurlers took on St. Coleman’s in a practice game.

School Mass

On Tuesday and Wednesday of last week our school chaplain, Fr Martin Hayes, celebrated a series of masses for the individual year groups. These masses were a nice way to mark the beginning of a new school year as the school community was brought together in celebration of our faith.

Open Night

The Open Night for CBS Thurles will take place on Tuesday 21st October.  All 6th class boys and their parents/guardians are invited to attend on the night and experience what the school has to offer.  The principals address will be at 7.30pm followed by tours of the school.