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News (10th October)

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.

Build-A-Bank Challenge

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.

Hurling Challenges

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..

Sky Dome

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. 


Book Reading

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.  

News (3rd October)

 Dean Ryan

Last Tuesday saw our under 16 ½ hurlers take on Our Lady’s of Templemore in The Ragg in the opening round of the Dean Ryan Cup. Thurles were aided by a strong breeze in the first half and they got off to a great start through a goal by Max Hackett in the opening minute. Templemore rallied well however and scored three of the next four points. A second goal, expertly executed by John Lanigan, allied with the accurate free taking of Darren Flood, allowed Thurles to lead by five points at the interval ( 2-8, 0-9). The second half was an equally competitive affair, with a Templemore goal after 46 minutes helping them to reduce the deficit. Thurles showed tremendous resilience however and held out for a three point victory. The final score was Thurles: 2-13, Templemore: 1-13. The C.B.S. will now progress to the quarter-finals where they will face Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG. We wish them the best of luck.

First Year Hurling League Final

The first year league came to a thrilling climax last Monday when the team from 1C, captained by Patrick Ryan, defeated the team from 1A in the league final. The league ran at lunchtimes over the last few weeks and as usual proved to be very popular with the first years. Over eighty players participated in the competition this year. A word of praise must go to the transition years as they helped to organise the competition as well as refereeing the games.


The under-19 panel prepared for this week’s first Munster Cup group game against Nenagh by playing a highly competitive challenge game against Cashel at Peake Villa on Thursday last. Meanwhile, our under-17s had their first run-out of the season in a practice match against Cholaiste Mhuire last Friday. This was a good opportunity for players to get some game time as the C.B.S. played a different eleven in each half.

School Mass

As part of our bicentennial celebrations the entire school community traveled to Thurles Cathedral last Thursday to participate in a mass which was concelebrated by Bishop Kieran O Reilly, Fr O Connell, Fr Hennessy and Fr Stapleton. The mass was also attended by the primary school boys from St. Ailbe’s. The ceremony was a beautiful way to mark not only the new academic year but also the school’s 200th anniversary. Students and staff alike were afforded the opportunity to reflect on their own personal wishes for the coming academic year while the mass also served to bring the school community together in prayer and in celebration of our faith.

First Year Hurling Blitz

The annual first year hurling blitz between Thurles and Abbey C.B.S. took place in the Railway Field on Friday last. All of our first year pupils participated in the event, being divided up into eight teams, each containing twelve players. In the end, it was Thurles who were presented with the James O Donoghue Perpetual Trophy by Mr Seamus O Donoghue. Well done to all involved, including the transition year pupils who refereed and umpired the games.



Our under-19 basketball panel made it two wins out of two in the Midlands B League on Friday last.  An excellent team performance saw them defeat Wilson’s Hospital by 54 points to 30.

News (26 September)

Gaelic Games Promotion Day

Almost four hundred fifth and sixth class boys attended our 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, during which, the boys were given the opportunity to hold aloft the Liam McCarthy and Irish Press Cups. Afterwards, the boys rotated between eight 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; including senior hurling stars: Ronan Maher, James Barry and Aidan McCormack, as well as former minor hurler and recent Paralympian, Peter Ryan . The school would like to thank the primary schools and the pupils’ parents for helping to facilitate this very successful event. A word of praise must also go to the transition year students who helped the event to run so smoothly.

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 Liam McCarthy Visits the C.B.S.

Last Thursday morning the school community congregated in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall to celebrate Tipperary’s wonderful recent victories in the Minor and Senior All-Ireland finals in the presence of the Liam McCarthy and Irish Press cups. Present on stage for the celebrations were Mr Andy Ryan, Games Development Officer, Mr Michael Burke, Chairperson of the County Board, Mr Ed Donnelly, Tipperary Statistics Analyst and Mr Joe Bracken, P.R.O. of the County Board. Also present on stage with the cups were the school’s five representatives on the minor panel; Eoin Barry, Killian O Dwyer, Dillon Quirke, Conor Stakelum and Bryan O Mara along with past pupils from the senior panel: Aidan McCormack, Ronan Maher and James Barry. Unfortunately, the other five past pupils on the panel were unable to make it due to other commitments. Also on stage was Peter Ryan, who recently represented his country in the Paralympic Games in Rio. Peter spoke about some of the difficulties he has overcome and some of his goals for the future. His speech, like the man himself, was highly impressive and hugely inspirational.


Our under-19 soccer panel began their preparations for the upcoming campaign on Tuesday last when they played Nenagh in a challenge match. They followed this up with a game against Cashel on Monday. Over the course of these two games over thirty students donned the school jersey and hopefully these games will prove to be useful preparation for the Munster Senior Cup ties that lie ahead.


On Tuesday last , September the twentieth, our transition year students paid a visit to the University of Limerick Activity Centre in Killaloe. Students partook in a wide variety of both land and water based activities which included canoeing, kayaking, climbing, team-building exercises and the ‘high ropes’ obstacle course. A great time was had by all.

Study Skills

On Monday and Tuesday of last week our third and sixth 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.


The basketball season got underway last week, with our under-16 and under-19 teams playing their first Midlands League games against sides from Confey Community College, Leixlip. The under-19 team defeated their opponents by 59 points to 45, with Sean Mockler and Darren O Sullivan finishing as top scorers. Unfortunately, the under-16 side lost their encounter.

Liam McCarthy Visits the CBS

Liam McCarthy visits CBS Thurles

There was great excitement on Thursday morning, the Liam MacCarthy Cup and Irish Press Cup were the guests of honour at a special function to welcome back current and past pupils of Thurles CBS who were involved with the Tipperary Senior and Minor Hurling teams in securing All-Ireland honours earlier this month.



The school had no fewer than eight past pupils on the senior panel, including the entire Tipperary full and half back lines, as well as five pupils, both past and present, on the minor panel. On a national level there are very few schools which could boast such a high level of involvement in the sport’s most prestigious flagship occasion and this involvement is an obvious testament to the strength of hurling in the school.  

Well done to Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Michael Cahill, Paudie Maher, Ronan Maher, Seamus Kennedy, Aidan McCormack, Steven Cahill, Killian O Dwyer, Conor Stakelum, Eoin Barry, Dillon Quirke and Bryan O Meara.On the day James Barry, Ronan Maher and Aidan McCormack represented the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel while Conor Stakelum, Killian O’Dwyer, Eoin Barry, Brian O’Mara and Dillon Quirke represented the Tipperary Minor Hurlers. County Board PRO Joe Bracken, Tipperary Senior Hurling stats team member Ed Donnelly and County Games Development Administrator Andy Ryan were other past pupils in attendance along with County Board Chairman Michael Bourke and special guest and past pupil Peter Ryan who recently returned from taking part in the Men's B Tandem Cycling Time Trial (Road) and Road Race at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.  

News (19th 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 fifteenth 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.

Hurling Challenges

Both our Harty and Dean Ryan panels were in action last Wednesday as they played challenge games against Midleton C.B.S.. The Harty panel will play their first group game against De la Salle of Waterford on the 12th of October while the Dean Ryan panel will face Our Lady’s of Templemore in the first round of the competition on the 27th of this month.

T.Y. Enterprise Talk

On Tuesday last, Ms. Sue Anne O Donnell, Student Enterprise Co-ordinator with the Tipperary Enterprise Board, visited the school to speak to our transition year pupils about participation in this year’s Secondary Schools Enterprise Programme. Ms. O Donnell informed the students about the details of the competition as well as helping them with the generation of ideas for their mini-companies. Later in the year, two of our companies will be selected to represent the school at the Tipperary Enterprise Awards.

i-Pad Training

Our first year students participated in an i-pad training workshop on Tuesday last. They learnt how to use the device to manage their workflow, how to record and present their work digitally and how to develop a digital portfolio.


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.

Geography Field Trip

Last Tuesday our Leaving Cert geography classes paid a visit to Tramore to examine and study some features of our coastal landscape. This field trip was in preparation for their pre-submitted geography project and they were examining the ‘Processes of Transportation and Deposition’. This project is worth 20 % of the Leaving Cert geography course. The students really enjoyed this interesting and practical field trip.

Past Pupils Concert As part of this year’s bicentenary celebrations, the school will host a Past Pupils Concert in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall on Thursday, the sixth of October, beginning at 7.30pm. We look forward to welcoming past pupils of all ages as they either perform on stage or just enjoy the entertainment as part of the audience.