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News (6th December)

Croke Cup Champions



‘Congratulations’ to our under-15 hurling panel on their victory over Cashel Community School in the final of the Croke Cup last Friday. Thurles started well, building up an early lead which they never looked like relinquishing. The final score was 20 points to 6 and the Thurles captain, Martin Paul O Dwyer, had the honour of lifting the cup for the C.B.S.

Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team notched up their third unanimous victory of the season when they defeated St. Kieran’s of Kilkenny on Tuesday night last. In what was a very enjoyable debate, the C.B.S. team, which was captained by Harry Hogan and which also consisted of Tommy O Sullivan, Brendan Atkins and Kyle English, successfully proposed the motion that ‘ International Climate Change Agreements are a load of hot air’. The team’s final debate of the group stages will see them pitted against the Ursuline Convent and they will be attempting to oppose the motion that ‘ The U.N. should be disbanded’.


Local musicians, Johnny B and Jonny ‘Smacks’ visited the school last Wednesday to help with the official launch of the school’s A.I.B. Build-A-Bank branch. They entertained the assembled first years with a couple of songs as well as dishing out spot prizes and participating in a question and answer session.


On Friday last , Councillor John Hogan assisted  our sixth year L.C.V.P. students with their ‘Local Area Investigation’ by delivering an extremely informative talk about local ameneties and commercial infrastructure. Among the topics discussed by Councillor Hogan were local employment, financial institutions, voluntary organisations and the potential for tourism.

Men’s Cancer Alliance

Last Wednesday our transition year ‘Social Innovation’ class held a cake sale in the school which raised awareness about the issue of male cancer and which also raised over 300 euro for the Men’s Cancer Alliance in the Mater Hospital, Dublin. A ‘mannequin challenge’ video of the cake sale was also recorded and can currently be  viewed on the school website. ‘Well done’ to all involved.

Cross Country Championships

The school did very well at last Wednesday’s Tipperary Cross Country Championships, which were held in Thurles Crokes. Both our minor and intermediate teams took gold in their respective team events while Emmet Fogarty won individual gold in the junior category.


On Tuesday, the 29th of November, four teams from the school competed in the Tipperary Schools Badminton League which was held in Our Lady’s, Templemore. Our under-19 A team beat Roscrea but lost to Templemore while the B team lost to Roscrea A but defeated Roscrea D. At under-15 level, the A team won against Nenagh but lost to Templemore while the B team lost both of their matches.  

News (24th November)

Music Talk

Last week our fifth year and sixth year music classes, along with the school’s choral group, attended a talk by Mr. Martin Barrett, entitled ‘Reaching the higher notes in life’. The lecture concentrated on career opportunities for music students and highlighted the fact that there were more options available to students than the most obvious performing and teaching ones. Other avenues of employment include marketing, commerce and music production. The talk certainly opened the students’ eyes to the career possibilities that exist for students of music.

Team Hope Shoebox Collection

‘Well done’ to transition year pupils; David Mawe, Ben Murphy and Eanna Ryan on coordinating the collection of Christmas Shoeboxes from first and second year students and on raising money for sustainable projects run by Team Hope. Hopefully, their hard work will bring a little bit of festive joy to some of those in the Developing World who are less fortunate then ourselves.



Personal Safety Course

Last week our transition year students participated in a personal safety course which was delivered by Personal Safety Ireland. The course focused on awareness, boundaries, consent and self-defence techniques. The pupils really enjoyed this practical and thought-provoking workshop.


The current season came to a disappointing end for our under-19 basketball panel last Thursday when they were narrowly defeated by Marist College, Athlone in the semi-final of the Midlands League. The team performed admirably and lost out by a single basket, the final score being 57-54.


Our under-19 soccer panel took on Colaiste Mhuire Co-Ed in a useful challenge match on Monday, the 21st of November. Goals from Jack Hackett and Matthew McKevitt helped the C.B.S. to a 2-1 victory. This game should stand them in good stead as they prepare for the knockout stages of the Munster Senior Cup.

News (21th November)

 Dean Ryan Final

‘Commiserations’ to our under-16 ½ hurlers on their narrow defeat to St. Colman’s of Fermoy in the replay of the Dean Ryan Cup final, which was played at the Gaelic Grounds last Saturday. There was very little between the teams throughout the game and Thurles led by 8 points to 4 at half-time. However two second half goals from Fermoy pushed them into the lead and even though Kieran Moloney got a goal back for the C.B.S. , ultimately it wasn’t enough. The final score was St. Colman’s: 2-12, Thurles: 1-13.

 Croke Cup

Well done’ to our under-15 hurling panel on progressing to the final of the Croke Cup following a very comfortable victory over High School Clonmel on Friday last. The team performed very well and some early goals put the contest beyond reach by half-time. They will now face Cashel Community School in the final on Friday, the 2nd of December.  

Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team secured another unanimous victory last Monday evening, the 14th of November, when they successfully opposed the motion that ‘France should allow religious symbols in public institutions’ against the proposition team from Glenstal Abbey. The team was captained by Harry Hogan and he was more than ably assisted by Tommy O Sullivan, Kyle English and Mark Fortune. Their next debate will see them attempt to propose the motion that ‘Climate change agreements are a load of hot air’ and their opposition for that debate will be St. Kieran’s of Kilkenny.

Careers Fair

A careers fair, which was held in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall on Monday, the 14th of November, was attended by a selection of fourth, fifth and sixth year students from the town’s four secondary schools. Stalls from a wide selection of universities and institutes of technology were present on the day, with representatives available to distribute college literature and to answer any queries that the students may have had. The event was not only extremely useful for sixth year students but also for fourth and fifth years, prompting them to think about possible future college courses and careers.


The Harty Cup panel continued their preparations for their upcoming game against Abbey C.B.S. by playing a useful challenge match against Nenagh last Wednesday. Our first year hurlers were also in action last week, with our A panel playing a practice game against Ard Scoil Ris on Tuesday and our C panel participating in a blitz in Dr. Morris Park on Thursday. Basketball Our under-16 basketball squad was in action last week, taking on St. Paul’s of Monasterevin in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Cup (B). Thurles started strongly and led right up to half-time. Unfortunately, it was St. Paul’s who finished the stronger, winning the game and bringing the season to an end for this group of players. Still they can be proud of reaching the quarter-final of the cup in their first year after promotion.

T.Y. Science Trip

Last week, 51 of our transition year students spent four days at the European Space Centre near Libin in Belgium. Each morning the students attended classes devoted to space science and astronautics. Other activities included trips to a forest activity centre, a water park and the city of Maastricht. An enjoyable time was had by all.



News (15th November.)

Dean Ryan Cup Final

Thurles C.B.S. and St. Colman’s of Fermoy will have to do it all again this Saturday after they could not be separated, even after extra-time, in the final of the Dean Ryan Cup, which was played in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick last Saturday. The game was a thriller with neither side able to break free of the other and it ended after extra-time on a scoreline of Thurles: 3-13, St. Colman’s: 1-19. Darren Flood, Jack Lanigan and Eoin Purcell got the goals for the C.B.S.

Harty Cup 2



‘Congratulations’ to sixth year student, Daniel Ryan, on claiming gold in the Senior Boys category at the All-Ireland Schools Combined Events competition which was held at Athlone Institute of Technology last Saturday. This was Daniel’s fifth gold medal at these events and it was made even sweeter by the fact that, in winning it, he set a new Irish record.

Munster Junior Cup

Our under-17 soccer panel progressed to the last 32 of the Munster Junior Cup on Wednesday, the 26th of October, thanks to an exciting and unexpected victory over Colaiste na Mara, Tramore. Tramore took the lead early on but from that point Thurles began to assert their dominance over the opposition. Ronan McGuire first equalized and then put the C.B.S. in front, only for Tramore to draw level before the break. Substitute, Dylan O Shaughnessy, scored a fine goal to restore the lead for Thurles but once more Tramore equalized. Finally, with ten minutes remaining, Nico Mallen scored what proved to be the winner for the C.B.S. The team will now face Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir in the next round.

Croke Cup

‘Well done’ to our under-15 hurlers on progressing to the semi-final of the Croke Cup following victory over Our Lady’s of Templemore on Monday, the 24th of October. Aided by a strong wind, Thurles started well and led by four points at half-time. A second half goal by David Fogarty and the reliable free taking of Steven Ferncombe sealed the victory for the C.B.S. .Their next opponents will be High School, Clonmel.

Basketball League Our under-16 and our under-19 basketball panels were in action before the Halloween break; both of them playing teams from St. Paul’s of Monasterevin. Our under-16s were playing only their second league game of the season and unfortunately they were beaten by 50 points to 37. The under-19s also fared badly, losing their unbeaten record by the narrowest of margins. They were beaten by 52 points to 51 in their final pool game but will still progress to the Midlands Semi-finals.

Basketball Cup Our under-19 panel played Colaiste na Phiarsaigh, Glanmire in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Cup on Wednesday last, the 9th of November. Unfortunately, despite a spirited team performance, they were unable to overcome a very strong Glanmire side, falling short on a scoreline of 49 points to 63. Top scorers for the C.B.S. were Darren O Sullivan, Adam Darby and Liam Kenny.

Bicentenary School Mass

A mass, specifically aimed at past pupils, former brothers, teachers and principals, current and former board of management members and all those who have a historic link to the school, was held in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall on the evening of Wednesday, the 26th of October . The chief celebrant was our school chaplain, Fr. Tomas O Connell and the mass was concelebrated by 21 other members of the clergy, including Archbishop Emeritus, Dr. Dermot Clifford. After the mass, everybody returned to the assembly hall for some food and a chance to chat and reminisce. Harty Cup Our Harty Cup panel topped their group and progressed to the last 16 of the competition thanks to a comfortable victory over a young team from Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG  on Wednesday, the 26th of October. The final score in the game was 5-24 to 0-14. They will now face a formidable Abbey C.B.S. team in the next round on the 30th of November.  

Dean Ryan Final (12th November)

Dean Ryan Final

Thurles CBS and Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy played out an exciting draw after extra time in the Dean Ryan Cup (Under 16.5 A Hurling) Final on Saturday November 12th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Thurles CBS 3-13 Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 1-19.The game was played at a high tempo with the Fermoy school settling into their stride quickly opening up a two point lead in the first 10 minutes.  The teams were soon level with points from Jack Morrissey and Jack Lanigan.  Pressure from CBS Thurles resulted in a penalty which Darren flood slotted to the left corner to give give Thurles a one point lead in the 23rd minute. The half time score left both teams level 7 points to Coláiste Cholmáin and 1.4 to the CBS Thurles.



The second half saw the score shared no more than 6 times. Jack Lanigan found the Colemans net earlt in the half to give a two point lead to Thurles.  However, the score was never more than two points between the teams as they headed towards full time.  Colemans fought back strongly to take the lead in the final minutes, With Thurles one point down Darren Flood took a free to level things up with the final play of the match to send both teams into extra time with a scoreline of 1.14 to Colemans and 2.11 for CBS Thurles.

Extra time could not separate the teams as the lead was shared four times during the 20 minutes of extra time.  The final score was Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy  1.19  CBS Thurles 3.13.  The date for the replay is fixed for Saturday 19th November at a venue yet to be fixed.