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News (24 October)


Last week our basketball teams switched their attention from the league to the cup. Our under-16s progressed to the quarter-finals of the National Cup on Monday, the 17th of October, thanks to a 33 points to 29 victory over the Patrician Academy in Mallow. This hard fought win will see them face St. Paul’s of Monasterevin in the next round. Also in action last week was our under-19 panel and they continued their unbeaten run this season when they dispatched of Kilkenny C.B.S., defeating their opponents by 63 points to 32. Top scorers for the C.B.S. were Darren O Sullivan (19), Sean Mockler (18) and Adam Darby (12). They will now face Glanmire in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Cup. ‘Well done’ to both teams.

Dean Ryan

Our under-16 ½ hurlers enjoyed a comfortable victory over Midleton C.B.S. in the semi-final of the Dean Ryan Cup on Wednesday of last week. An early Max Hackett goal and a flurry of points from Darren Flood, Keith Ryan, Jack Lanigan and Darragh Tynan ensured that the result was beyond dispute at an early stage. They will face a much stiffer test in the final however against a formidable St. Colman’s side.

Jim Langton Success

‘Congratulations’ to our under-14 hurlers on winning the Jim Langton Tournament which was held in Kilkenny on Wednesday of last week. Thurles defeated Callan and Charleville on their way to the final, where they beat the hosts, Kilkenny C.B.S.




Last Thursday a selection of our first, second, fourth and fifth year students were entertained at The Source Theatre by traditional storyteller, Niall de Burca.  His shows, ‘Tales of the Gods-Stories from World Mythology’ and the slightly more spooky ‘Tales of the Macabre’ proved highly enjoyable for the pupils who attended.


On Tuesday, the 18th of October, a golfing team represented the school at the Annual Schools Golf Tournament at Esker Hill, Tullamore. The team of six comprised a selection of students from first year to fifth, with four scores counting on the day. The team, which consisted of Jack Ryan, Corey O Brien, Paddy Bowden, Fred Crowley, Luke Aherne and Eoin Purcell, played extremely well and finished in third place. ‘Well done’ to all involved.

 Hurling Blitz

Two teams from the school competed in the Tipperary First Year Hurling League which began in Dr. Morris Park last Tuesday. Team One won all three of their matches while Team Two won one and lost two. The competition continues this week.

Race Night

The school would like to thank all those who supported our bicentennial fundraising event at Thurles Greyhound Stadium last Friday night. Along with the ordinary race card there was a novelty relay race between a selection of teachers and a selection of students, which the students narrowly won. All proceeds from this very enjoyable night’s entertainment will go towards the construction of an Astroturf facility in the school.

Cultural Trip

On Friday last, fifty of our Transition Year students had a fantastic opportunity to attend  a course at Tipperary Museum in Clonmel. This was part of the County Council's Articulation Project.  Students learned about researching art, artefacts and architecture. Also, a member of Toastmasters spoke to the students about the techniques of public speaking. In the afternoon students got an extensive guided tour of Holycross Abbey.  Local man, John Bourke gave a detailed account of the history of the abbey, its architecture and artefacts.  Students then got an opportunity to sketch the Abbey from the garden outside.  Students will continue to participate in the Articulation Project over the next few weeks.

News (18th October)

F.A.I. Senior Cup

A very successful week for the school’s sporting teams began last Monday when our under-19 soccer panel enjoyed a comfortable win over Scoil Ruain, Killenaule. Matthew McKevitt, Frank McKevitt, Mark Purcell, Connor Murphy and Jack Hackett all got their names on the scoresheet, thus ensuring that they topped their qualifying group for the second consecutive year. As group winners they will have home advantage in the first knockout round of the competition.

Concern Debating

On Tuesday night, the 11th of October, our Concern Debating team successfully proposed the motion that ‘ Ending World Hunger by 2030 is an Impossible Dream’ in a highly entertaining and informative debate against the girls of Loreto Convent, Kilkenny. The team was captained by Harry Hogan and also comprised Brendan Atkins, Tommy O Sullivan and Mark Fortune. Their next debate will see them oppose the motion that ‘ France Should Allow Religious Symbols in Public Institutions’. The proposition for that debate will be Glenstal Abbey.



Harty Cup

Our senior hurling panel began their campaign in fine style on Wednesday last, defeating De la Salle of Waterford by 3-17 to 1-8. It was De La Salle who started the stronger, scoring the first three points of the game and, aided by a strong breeze, pushing out their lead to 5 points just before the interval. However, a late Conor Bowe goal reduced the margin to 2 points at half-time.  Thurles dominated the second half with goals from Anthony McKelvey and Darragh Woods ensuring victory, while 7 late unanswered points put a sheen on the scoreline.


The senior basketball squad made it three from three in the Midlands League last Thursday when they defeated Marist College, Athlone by 55 points to 41. There were fine performances from Darren O Sullivan, Sean Mockler and Adam Darby in what was a very strong overall team performance. This week will see them play Kilkenny C.B.S. in the first round of the cup.

Mental Health Week

Last week, to celebrate Mental Health Week, the school organised an array of events which focused on promoting positive mental health and allowing pupils and staff to take a brief respite from the pressures of modern living. On Monday, ex-Tipperary hurler, Mr. Seamus Hennessy spoke to our sixth year students, encouraging them to communicate with their friends and family and emphasising the importance of talking about any issues that might worry them. On Tuesday, current Tipperary star, Mr. Noel McGrath spoke to our fifth year pupils about overcoming obstacles that may be placed in their paths. Our second years participated in a fun talent show on Wednesday and also a series of team-building exercises on Thursday morning. On Thursday, Fr Joe Walshe spoke to our third years about the power of prayer and positivity while on Friday the first year students participated in a table quiz, the proceeds of which will go to AWARE.

Dean Ryan Hurling

Our under 16 ½  hurlers capped off a great sporting week for the school with an excellent victory over Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG in the quarter-final of the Dean Ryan Cup on Friday last. Thurles led by  5 points to 4 at half time having played with the wind. Gaelcholaiste Mhuire fought back in the second half but a strong team performance, allied with a Max Hackett goal, helped the C.B.S. to a 1-11 to 0-9 victory. Next up will be Midleton in the semi-final. We wish our boys the best of luck in that encounter.

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.