F.A.I. Senior Cup
Thurles got their Munster Senior Cup campaign off to a great start on Monday of last week, defeating a strong Nenagh side by 3 goals to 2 in what was a thrilling and highly competitive match. Matthew McKevitt opened the scoring for Thurles after 15 minutes with a deft strike from the edge of the box. Nenagh , aided by a strong breeze, fought back and levelled the game from the penalty spot on the half hour mark. In the second half, good interplay between McKevitt and Conor Stakelum saw the latter restore the lead for Thurles before another spot kick gave Nenagh the opportunity to equalise once again. Thurles then found the net with ten minutes remaining, through substitute, John Cussen, who headed home what proved to be the winning goal. Next up in the group stage is Killenaule.
Last Wednesday 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 three interviewees and the school would like to congratulate the chosen candidates on being selected. Eanna Ryan will be the Branch Manager this year with Luke Brereton as Operating Officer. The position of Marketing Manager went to Jack Ryan while Ayrton Ryan Casey will be Financial Controller. Two other ‘fluid’ positions will be filled by Seamus Stakelum and Cian Stakelum.
Our senior hurlers continued their preparations for their opening Harty Cup game against De la Salle, which will take place this Wednesday in Clonmel, by playing Charleville C.B.S. in a challenge match last Wednesday. Meanwhile, our Croke Cup hurlers had their first run out of the season last week when they faced up against Nenagh C.B.S..
The Sky Dome Academy brought their mobile planetarium to the school last week, affording our first and second year pupils the opportunity to learn about the planets, stars, galaxies and other objects in our universe. The pupils lay on the ground as images of the night sky were projected on to a dome above their heads. They enjoyed learning about abstract astronomical concepts in a fun and accessible way as well as seeing the night sky move above their heads in ‘quick time’, as the planets and stars seemed to traverse the sky in seconds rather than hours.
Two of our first year classes visited The Source Library last Tuesday to attend a reading of the novel ‘Friend or Foe’ by the author, Mr Brian Gallagher. The novel, which is aimed at young adults, tells the story of best friends, Emer and Jack, and is set in Dublin during the 1916 Rising. As well as reading from his novel Mr Gallagher gave the students advice on creative writing and described his research methods and how he creates characters. The students really enjoyed the experience.
Mental health Awareness Week
A full week of activite and fun is planned for next week to mark Mental Health Awareness Week
Past Pupils Concert
A wonderful night’s entertainment was had last Thursday when former pupils of the school staged a concert to help celebrate this year’s bicentenary. There was something for everyone on the night as there was an eclectic mixture of musical styles and genres. Acts included Caley Maher, Papa Zitas, Kevin Callanan and Graham Maher, Diarmuid Sutton, Jim Ryan, Gavin Taylor, Paul and Dixie Bryne, James McLoughlin, Seskin Hill, The Coens, Derek Ryan, Mark Condron, Edmund Dwan, Michael McLoughlin, Francis Butler, Br. Mick O Donoghue, Stephen Maher, Sweet Freedom, Colin and Mark Dowling and Jester. The school would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this such an enjoyable and emotional occasion.