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News (2nd October)

Cookery Demonstration

Last week our transition year students attended a one-day cookery demonstration at the ‘Recipe 4 Success Cookery School’ in Limerick. In the morning the pupils learnt how to bake muffins and how to make butternut squash soup from scratch. Later on, they were instructed how to make banana bread before being given the opportunity to dish up an Indian chicken curry with rice. Cooking is a valuable and necessary life skill and the pupils really enjoyed learning lots of practical, new skills in a fun environment.

School Mass

On Thursday last the entire school community made the short journey to Thurles Cathedral to attend our annual school mass, which was celebrated by Fr. Stapleton. The ceremony was a beautiful way to mark the beginning of the school year as well as an opportunity for students and staff alike to reflect on their own prayers and wishes for the coming year. Also present for the mass were the students from St. Ailbe’s primary school, many of whom also contributed to the service and to the choir.

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Our under-19 soccer panel was in action last Thursday, playing Cashel in a very competitive challenge game. Cashel scored first but the C.B.S. equalized through Ronan McGuire before goals from Dylan O Shaughnessy and Adam Darby confirmed the victory for Thurles. Once more this challenge match was a good opportunity for players to get game time and twenty squad members got a run out on the day. The panel will now take on Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir this Wednesday in the first group game of the Munster Senior Cup. Hurling Our Harty Cup hurlers continued their preparations for their upcoming games against Doon and Nenagh by playing a practice match against Ard Scoil Ris last Wednesday. 

News (26th September)

Art Trip
Last Friday our fifth and sixth year art students travelled to Limerick for their annual art history appreciation trip. They began by visiting Limerick City Gallery where they toured Elizabeth McGill’s exhibition, ‘Headland’. Following this, they made their way to the Hunt Museum to view both its permanent collection and the temporary exhibition of the works of Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry, entitled ‘ Contrasting Visions of Ireland ‘. The students really enjoyed the contrast between the two galleries and in particular the chance to view the paintings of two Irish masters in the Hunt Museum.

Geography Field Trip
On Monday, the 18th of September our sixth year geography pupils travelled to Tramore to carry out an investigation into coastal erosion. While there, they conducted a cliff investigation and a wave survey and these practical studies will now form the basis of their Leaving Certificate projects. The project is worth 20 % of the overall marks on offer and so this field trip is a crucial element of their geography course.


First Year Hurling League
The final of the first year hurling league was played in the Railway Field last Tuesday afternoon and saw the team from 1E, captained by Darragh Fitzpatrick overcome their rivals from 1B in what was a very entertaining game. The final was the culmination of a series of games which have been played at lunch times over the last number of weeks. Teams from our five classes each played four league games before the leading teams faced off in the final. The league is a great way to give playing time to as many students as possible and this year over eighty of our first years participated.

Preparations for upcoming championship games continued last week with the Harty hurlers travelling to Fermoy to test themselves against St. Colman’s on Wednesday while the Dean Ryan panel hosted Kilkenny C.B.S. on the same day. The under-14s were also in action, getting their season under way on Friday afternoon with a challenge game against Cistercian College, Roscrea.

Our Munster Senior Cup players had their first run out of the season last Thursday, playing Colaiste Mhuire in a challenge match in Peake Villa. This was a good opportunity to give players some game time and over the course of the ninety minutes twenty boys got the opportunity to represent the school on the soccer field. Hopefully the game will stand them in good stead for their upcoming group games against Colaiste Dun Iascaigh and Nenagh C.B.S.

Open Night
The school will hold its open evening for incoming first year students on Thursday next, the 5th 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.

News (25th September)

Junior Cert Results

‘Congratulations’ to all of our transition year and fifth year students who received their Junior Certificate results on Wednesday last. The dedication and hard work that they applied to their studies were duly rewarded last week. Well done to all.

Higher Options

On Thursday last, the fourteenth of September, sixth year students attended the ‘Higher Options’ information day at the R.D.S. in Dublin. There were exhibitions from all the third level institutions in the U.K. and Ireland as well as helpful lectures on different career choices. An enjoyable and informative day was had by all.

First Year Leagues

The first year hurling leagues commenced two weeks ago and will continue to run this week during lunch times at the Railway Field. The league pits teams from the different class groups against each other and is a great way to provide game time to as many pupils as possible.



Study Skills

Over the last number of weeks, our first and third year students attended 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 aid techniques, including mind mapping. Other year groups will also attend these very insightful seminars in the coming weeks.


Our senior hurlers have already begun their preparations for this year’s Harty Cup campaign, playing a useful challenge game against Blackwater College on Friday, the 8th of September before taking on Midleton last Wednesday in another worthwhile practice match. This year’s draw sees the panel pitted against Nenagh C.B.S., Doon and Gaelcholaiste Mhuire Thuaigh, against whom they’ll play their first group game on Wednesday, the 11th of October. Our under 16 ½ hurlers were also in action last week, playing Templemore in wet conditions last Monday. They will face St. Colman’s of Fermoy in the first round of the Dean Ryan Cup on Wednesday, the 4th of October.

German Exchange

Nine of our fifth year students have just returned home, having spent nine days with their host families in Rosenheim in southern Germany. While there, Kyle English, Jamie Donovan, Bill O’Keefe, Ethan Shanahan, David Mawe, Evan Lyons, Michael Maher, Darren O’Regan and Adam O’Donoghue attended the Ignaz Gunther Gymnasium ( secondary school) as well as visiting Munich and the Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden, the oldest active salt mine in Germany. Their German exchange pupils will pay a return visit in March of next year. Boru Stoves Last Thursday our sixth year L.C.V.P. class paid an informative visit to Boru Stoves in order to fulfill their course requirement to study a local enterprise. The pupils were given a guided tour of the manufacturing facility by Production Manager, and past pupil, Mr. Dan Tynan. They learnt about the history of the business, the importance of research and development and modern production methods. 

News (8th May)

Fitzgerald Cup Success

‘Congratulations’ to our under-17 hurling panel on defeating Nenagh C.B.S. in the final of the Fitzgerald Cup last Thursday. Nenagh, assisted by the wind in the first half, went in at the interval leading by 1-9 to 1-7: the Thurles goal having been scored by Max Hackett. The second half was a high scoring and thrilling affair with man of the match, Conor Bowe getting a vital goal for Thurles while Darren Flood also performed well, finishing the game with a tally of ten points. In the end Thurles proved to be just too strong for their opponents, winning by a margin of four points. The final score was Thurles: 2-22, Nenagh: 1-21.

Fitzgerald ‘B’

Alas, our Fitzgerald ‘B’ panel was not so fortunate the previous day, coming up short against Borrisokane in the semi-final. Aided by a strong breeze Borrisokane built up a sizeable first half lead, scoring four goals in the process. There was a spirited response in the second half from Thurles and a Luke Cashin goal plus a string of frees from Devon Ryan helped to claw back some of the deficit. It was not enough however and Boorisokane won on a scoreline of 4-14 to 1-14.

Concern Debates

Our Concern debating team, which consists of Harry Hogan, Kyle English, Tommy O Sullivan, Brendan Atkins and Mark Fortune, attended the national final of the Concern Debates competition last Thursday evening, where they were presented with trophies in recognition of reaching the semi-final. The team also scooped the award for Best Researchers on the night. Well done to all involved.



Cabragh Wetlands

As part of their Junior Cert science coursework several of our second year classes paid visits to Cabragh Wetlands last week to study local habitats.

Road Safety Seminar

Last Thursday our transition year pupils attended a road safety seminar at L.I.T.-Thurles which was organised by the Tipperary Divisional Traffic Corps in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority. There, they listened to a talk from a road collision survivor who told his story and urged young drivers to be sensible and mature behind the wheel. The students also engaged with the RSA Shuttle which teaches the importance of safe tyres, the dangers of driver fatigue and texting while driving as well as imparting other road safety tips. Also present on the day was the roll-over simulator which spins around while people sit in it, mimicking the effect of a road collision and highlighting the importance of wearing safety belts.

Under-16 Football Final

Our u-16 ½  football panel took on Presentation, Milltown in the Corn Ui Bhuchalla Munster Schools final on Friday last. The team performed well for the opening 25 minutes, playing against a strong breeze. The score at that stage was Milltown: 1-2, Thurles:0-3. However Milltown finished the half extremely strongly and led by 2-5 to 0-3 at half-time. Despite good performances from Zac Jackson and Peter Melbourne in defence, Darragh Tynan in midfield and Fred Crowley, Eanna Ryan and Jack Lanigan in the forwards, the team was unable to bridge the gap in the second half and lost on a final score of 4-11 to 0-9.

News (2nd May).

Under-16 Soccer

Our under-16 soccer panel progressed to the final of the South East Munster Cup last Friday, courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Colaiste na Mara of Tramore. The C.B.S. started the game well but it was Tramore that opened the scoring against the run of play with twenty minutes gone. Thurles had lots of possession and equalised just before half time when Kevin Patan lobbed the keeper after being put through by Cian Stakelum. Thurles remained the better team in the second half with strong performances around the middle from Jack Ryan-Casey, Nico Mallen and Patrick Stakelum. Half way through the second half Aiden Slattery scored what was to prove the winning goal. The C.B.S. had a couple of great chances to make it three but they were not able to convert them and had to withstand a late Tramore onslaught before the final whistle. ‘Well done’ to the panel on reaching the first ever soccer final for the school.



L.C.V.P. Talk

On Monday the 24th of April our fifth year L.C.V.P. students attended an informative talk which was delivered by Mr. John O Shaughnessy, Managing Director of Clancy Construction and Mr. Declan Fitzpatrick, Contracts Director with the same firm. The guest speakers informed the students about the types of projects that have been recently undertaken and completed  by Clancy Construction, which has just celebrated its seventieth anniversary. The two men also spoke about the current state of the construction industry and about careers in trades and areas such as quantity surveying. The students really enjoyed this very enlightening talk.

Transition Year History and Geography Trip

On Thursday, the 27th of April , our transition year students travelled to Belfast for their history and geography overnight trip. That morning they visited the impressive and enlightening Titanic Centre where they learnt about the building of the Titanic and the history of the Harland and Wolff shipbuilding yard and the White Star Shipping Line. In the afternoon the pupils participated in guided tours of both the Falls Road and the Shankill Road, where they viewed murals and were told about the city’s violent recent history by guides who themselves had been involved in ‘The Troubles’. It was an eye-opening and fascinating experience for the pupils. They also visited Crumlin Road Gaol. On the following day the students visited the world-famous basalt columns of The Giant’s Causeway before crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in scenic Ballintoy.

Rice Cup

Our Rice Cup hurlers enjoyed a good victory over Midleton C.B.S. in the quarter-final of the competition on Thursday last. A strong team performance will now see them play either Doon C.B.S. or Templemore in the semi-final.