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News (25 April)


The Tipperary Schools Track and Field Championships took place in Templemore on Wednesday last, the 20th of April, at which, athletes from the C.B.S. enjoyed considerable success. In the Minor Boys category our relay team, which consisted of Sean Phillips, Adam Dwyer, Adam Daly and Michael Scully, won bronze medals while Adam Dwyer also won a silver medal in the 100 metre sprint. At Junior level Jack Ryan won gold in the 100 metres, silver in the shot putt and bronze in the long jump while Sylvester Gomez won bronze in the discus. The relay team which comprised Jack Ryan, Brian Bergin, AJ Shanahan and Dylan McLoughlin took the silver medals. In the Intermediate level Patrick Scully took bronze in the 100 metres, Kieran Moloney was second in the 1,500 metres, David Ryan was placed third in the 400 metres while Declan Ryan won gold in the high jump and silver in the long jump. The relay team of Patrick Scully, Kieran Moloney, Jack Hickey and Shane Burke won gold medals. Well done to all involved.


Rice Cup

Our Rice Cup ‘A’ panel progressed to the quarter-finals of the competition following a convincing victory over Wexford C.B.S. on the Monday of last week. Unfortunately, despite a brave performance, our ‘B’ panel failed to progress past the round of last 16 as they were beaten by Nenagh C.B.S. on the following day.

Under-15 ‘A’ Football

‘Well done’ to our under-15 footballers, whose victory over Templemore on Tuesday the 19th of April on a scoreline of  2-12 to 1-11 means that they will now contest the final of the Tipperary Schools Championship. Their opponents for that tie will be High School Clonmel.

Fitzgerald Cup

Our under-17 hurlers continued their preparations for their Fitzgerald Cup final appearance against Nenagh C.B.S. by playing a useful challenge match against St. Coleman’s of Fermoy on Friday last.

Wheelchair Basketball

On Thursday last 26 of our transition year students travelled to Neptune Stadium in Cork where they competed in the Wheelchair Basketball finals. The students had previously participated in a workshop in the school. The competition is organised by the Irish Wheelchair Association and its aim is to raise awareness about issues that affect wheelchair users in Ireland.

Internet Safety Workshops

On the Thursday and Friday of last week our individual year groups attended extremely insightful talks on cyber-bullying and internet safety. The talks were delivered by Jeremy Pagden, the managing director of Schools Websites, and focused on issues such as cyber-bullying, e-mail scams, responsible use of social media and privacy protection issues.  Parents also had the opportunity to hear Mr Pagden as he delivered a talk for them on Thursday evening 

Substance Use Education Programme

A substance use education programme for second years and their parents is currently in progress in the school. On the Tuesday of last week there was an educational workshop for parents that focused on the importance of parental influence, key prevention messages and information on various substances while a second session was held this week for students and their parents. This second session supported learning from the S.P.H.E. course and reinforced key messages about cannabis, solvents and alcohol.

News (18th April)

Corn Aodh Ui Dhudha Cup

Success ‘Congratulations’ to our under-15 hurling panel on defeating De la Salle of Waterford in the final of the Aodh Ui Dhudha (Formerly known as the White Cup) Munster Cup in Clonmel last Wednesday. The game was a thriller, with the sides level on eight separate occasions. The teams were tied on 1-11 apiece after full time and extra-time proved to be even more dramatic. De la Salle led by three points with only minutes remaining and it looked like the tie was slipping away from the C.B.S. However a late goal by Jack Lee levelled the game before a Darren Flood point ensured that Thurles would be crowned Munster champions for the seventh time in the school’s history. The final score was Thurles: 2-17, De la Salle: 2-16. This victory caps off a sensational year for this group of players as they had previously represented the school on the two Thurles C.B.S. teams that had contested the Croke Cup final. ‘Well done’ also to their mentors: Mr John Stokes and Mr Micheal Butler. Thurles C.B.S. : C. Stapleton, K. Costello, P. Melbourne, F. Hanafin, K. Hayes, J. Hickey, J. Synott, J. Morrissey (0-3), C. Munroe, K. Ryan, D. Flood (0-12, 9 f), M. Hackett, K. Larkin, J. Lanigan (0-1), D. Ryan (1-1). Subs: P. Stakelum, J. Ryan, E. Purcell, C. Stakelum, J. Lee(1-0)



Materials Technology Award

‘Congratulations’ to transition year student, Darragh Taylor, whose Materials Technology Wood project was chosen as the best Junior Certificate project in the country for 2015 at a ceremony at GMIT-Galway last week. Darragh was presented with a trophy and he also won a Festool cordless drill for the school. Over 16,000 students took Materials Technology Wood in last year’s Junior Certificate exams so for Darragh’s project to be chosen as the best nationally is a superb achievement. The standard of his work , and in particular the carving element of it, was highly commended by the judges. Well done to Darragh and to his teacher Mr Tim Shanahan, who submitted the project into the competition.

Under-16 Soccer

Our under-16 soccer panel progressed to the semi-finals of the FDC South East Munster Cup last Thursday following their victory over St. Ailbe’s of Tipperary town. Thurles got off to a dream start when Ronan McGuire opened the scoring in the opening minutes. Thurles doubled their lead midway through the first half when McGuire hit the target again. St. Ailbe’s then got a goal back, following which Ronan completed his hat trick before the interval. Thurles looked comfortable at this stage but a late goal from St. Ailbe’s meant the tie was very much alive at half time. Thurles dominated the second half and an early goal, again scored by McGuire, ensured that the C.B.S. emerged victoriously on a scoreline of 4 goals to 2.


Our under-14 basketball squad’s season came to an end last Monday, the 11th of April, when they were defeated by De la Salle, Dundalk in the semi-final of the All-Ireland Cup, which was played at the Tallaght Arena. The team performed admirably but unfortunately came up against very strong opponents on the day.

Under-15 Football

Our under-15 footballers were in action on the Tuesday of last week when they took on Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir in the semi-final of the Tipperary Schools competition. Thurles started well but they spurned two good goal-scoring opportunities in the first half while Cahir took their goal chances and so led by 7 points at half-time. Cahir, aided by a strong breeze, pulled away from the C.B.S. in the second half and won comfortably in the end.

Military History Museum

On Monday, the 11th of April, our transition year pupils visited the Irish Military History Museum in Collon, Co. Meath and participated in a Celtic Adventures boot camp. At the museum the pupils learned about military equipment and World War One fighting conditions while at the boot camp they partook of a range of fun activities which included archery and various team building exercises. St. Vincent de Paul Talk On Wednesday last Mr. Sony Fell, president of the local branch of St. Vincent de Paul, spoke to our fifth year L.C.V.P. students about the important work that his organisation carries out. The class also presented Mr. Fell with the proceeds of a table quiz which they had organised earlier in the year as part of their Enterprise Activity module.  

News (13th April)

German Exchange

Before the Easter break the school was visited by seven German exchange students who hailed from our partner school in Rosenheim in Bavaria. During their time in Thurles the pupils attended classes and participated in everyday school life as well as visiting The Rock of Cashel, Mitchelstown Caves and Kilkenny as part of a cultural programme that also saw them try their hands at hurling. The exchange students really enjoyed their Irish experience, being particularly delighted to be able to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. Seven of our pupils will travel to Germany in July where they will experience German life, culture and even school. The German exchange programme provides a wonderful opportunity for students to greatly improve their spoken and listening language skills.


Our under-14 soccer panel was knocked out of the East Munster Cup by High School, Clonmel on Wednesday last. Despite a spirited performance, they were defeated by their opponents by 3 goals to nil. On the same day, our under-16 soccer panel took on Nenagh C.B.S. in a very worthwhile challenge game. Despite losing one-nil the team performed very well and the match afforded plenty of players the opportunity to represent the school on the playing field.



Rice Cup

The school will have two teams competing in the quarter-finals of the Rice Cup following impressive performances in the qualifying blitzes which took place last Thursday and Friday. On the Thursday our ‘A’ team secured their qualification for the next round following victories over Cashel Community School, North Mon and Doon C.B.S.. On Friday wins over Ennis and Tramore were enough for our second panel to also qualify for the quarter-finals.

White Cup

Our White Cup hurlers enjoyed an impressive victory over St. Flannan’s in the semi-final of the competition which was played in Newport last Wednesday. A strong team performance saw them defeat their opponents on a scoreline of  5-12 to 4 points. They will now face De la Salle in the final. We wish them the very best of luck.

News (20th March)

Flag Raising Ceremony

On Tuesday, the fifteenth of March, the school officially commemorated the Easter Rising of 1916 by raising the Irish tricolour at the front of the school building. The ceremony, which was attended by the entire school community, was overseen by past pupil, Commandant Murt Larkin of the Irish Defence Forces. After the flag was hoisted aloft, third year student Patrick Doyle read out the Proclamation following which Leaving Cert student Fionn  McCartan, on behalf of the Student Council, read out an inspirational and modernised reimagining of the Proclamation. This reimagined document was written by the Student Council and focused on issues such as human rights and social justice.


Our second year basketball team was in action on Tuesday last, taking on Piper’s Hill of Naas in the semi-final of the Midlands League. Unfortunately, despite a brave performance, they were defeated by their opponents, who proved too strong for them on the day.


Certified Irish Angus beef Competition

Congratulations to CBS Thurles students Niall Molony and Kieran Cummins who were runners up in the Certified Irish Angus Beef Competition.  The students were given the exciting opportunity to participate in a very practical national competition which saw them being presented with five Angus cross calves at the National Ploughing Championships two years ago.  The students spent the next eighteen months rearing the animals before they eventually went to slaughter. The boys then presented their findings on a range of issues such as sustainability, meat quality, animal welfare and marketing.Kieran and Niall will also have the added bonus of being able to use this competition as the basis for their Leaving Cert Agricultural Science project this year.


Table Quiz

All of our second year pupils participated in a table quiz on Wednesday last which was organised by our fifth year L.C.V.P. class as part of their Enterprise Education module. All proceeds from this fun event will be donated to the local branch of St. Vincent de Paul. iRunFor Fun Over the past six weeks all of our students have been participating in the iRunForFun fitness programme which was developed by Athletics Ireland. Every student was given a diary to set targets and record their training progress. They were also provided with information about healthy eating, training schedules and stretching routines. Each week the students trained both during and outside school time and over the course of last week each student then completed the One Mile Challenge run.

Olympic Handball

Last Wednesday afternoon all of our first year students participated in an Olympic Handball blitz which was held in the school yard. The event was organised and run by our transition years.

Games Fleadh 2016 On Wednesday, our first year Computer Club students and our transition year Mobile Game Programming module students attended the Games Fleadh 2016 at the L.I.T campus. Some of the biggest names in the Irish gaming industry were present at the event and the students really enjoyed the opportunity to play newly realised games and experiment with cutting edge technologies. Our students attended Q&A sessions with companies such as EA Ireland and Microsoft as well as listening to talks from game designers such as John Romera, the creator of ‘Doom’. Several competitions were held over the course of the day and among the prizewinners were: Cillian O Connor, Tommy Nesbitt, Oskar Milczarek, Conor Sheridan, Jack Lilis and Nathan Lynch.

News (14th March)

Under-16 ½  Football

Our under 16 ½ footballers were in action on Monday, the 7th of March, when they took on Ennistymon in the round of last 16 of the Munster championship. Thurles performed well, with Barry McGrath and William Creedon delivering particularly impressive performances, but unfortunately they lost out by two points after the game was taken to extra-time. The final score was Thurles: 1-10, Ennistymon: 1-12.

Basketball Celebration

That same afternoon the school community gathered in the Assembly Hall to acknowledge and celebrate the hugely impressive achievements of the school’s under-16 basketball squad. The team won this year’s Midlands League as well as completing the All-Ireland League and Cup double.

Presentation of National Flag

On Monday, the 7th of March, the school was represented in Croke Park at the official presentation of the national flag to post-primary schools by fifth year pupil Harry Hogan and by first year students Sam Quinlan and Ryan Walsh. Organised by the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation, in conjunction with the G.A.A., the event provided secondary school students with the opportunity to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising. The students received the flag and a copy of the Proclamation from officers representing the Defence Forces as well as listening to the keynote speech which was delivered by President Higgins.  On Tuesday 15th March we celebrated the Flag Raising event with all students and staff honouring the flag with music and celebration.

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Zambian Immersion Project

On the Tuesday of last week the students who participated in the Zambian Immersion Project delivered informative presentations to the different year groups in the school, outlining their experiences in Mufilira in northern Zambia earlier in the school year. The students spoke about the many important projects which are run by the Christian Brothers in Mufilira and Murundu. These include a primary school, an adult education centre, an agricultural project and the provision of a supply of clean water. The speakers spoke of how inspirational and humbling the experience was and thanked everybody for contributing so generously to the fundraising efforts. The immersion project, which the school has been involved in since 2005, is designed to raise awareness among secondary school students and the wider community of issues such as poverty, inequality and global justice. The project also raises funds which help to support the many worthwhile initiatives which are run by the Christian Brothers in Zambia.

Young Social Innovators

A selection of our transition year students traveled to the Lyrath Estate on Wednesday last to compete in the Young Social Innovators ‘Speakout’ event. The school had three entries in the competition; one on farm safety, one on youth fitness and one concentrating on environmental issues. Each of the three groups delivered an innovative presentation on their chosen topic and they are now awaiting the results of the competition, which will be announced next month.

White Cup Hurling

Our White Cup hurlers enjoyed a comfortable victory over Midleton C.B.S. last Wednesday. A strong team performance saw them progress to the semi-final of the competition on a scoreline of 4-23 to 4-07. Their opponents in that fixture, which is scheduled for Wednesday the 6th of April, will be St. Flannan’s of Ennis.

Big Maggie

Following on from the transition years’ visit the week previously, 44 of our fifth year students travelled to the Gaiety Theatre last Wednesday to attend a performance of John B. Keane’s highly popular play, Big Maggie. As well as being an enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment the attendance at the live production of the show should prove to be very beneficial educationally as the students will be answering on the text in the Leaving Cert English exams next year.

Under-14 Hurling

Forty of our first year students had an enjoyable day out last Friday when they traveled to Waterford to compete in the Br. Anslem Tournament. They played four games over the course of the day. Basketball On Wednesday last the first round play-offs for the under-14 National Cup took place in the school’s sports hall. Thurles advanced to the semi-finals of the competition after beating Larkin Community College and despite losing to Colaiste Mhuire, Crosshaven. On Friday the under-15 play-offs were also played in the school. Despite victories over Crosshaven and Waterpark College, our under-15 team unfortunately did not progress to the semi-finals.