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News (25th January)


School Musical

Our annual school musical was staged in the Premier Hall last week and once more it was a tremendous success. ‘Back to the 80’s….the totally awesome musical’ was performed to packed houses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. These highly enjoyable performances were the culmination of months of hard work and preparation by both staff and students alike. James Corbett starred as Corey Palmer Senior while Darragh Byrne excelled as his younger self. There were also great performances in the lead roles from Liam Hourigan, Dylan O Shaughnessy, Cillian Cullinane, Loughlin Russell, Gavin Murphy, Tomas Caffrey and Philip Ryan while Harry Hogan added great humour to the show in his role as Feargal McFerrin III. As usual the girls from the Presentation and Ursuline Convents added glamour and talent to the show with lead roles being excellently played by Kasha Lyons, Sophie Hayes, Rachel Butler, Emer Byrne, Moira McLoughlin, Irene Finn and Katie Taylor. There were also great performances from the featured vocalists: Cameron Kelly, Seamie Doyle, Zoe Gleeson, Kitty Lambe and Muireann Lloyd.The school musical is a huge undertaking and this year there were over 120 students participating on stage. Added to this were the many transition year students who helped with the set construction and painting, as well as those involved back stage. Obviously a huge amount of hard work goes into staging such a production and the entire cast is to be applauded for their commitment and dedication. Likewise the musical would never have taken place without the vision and commitment of producer and director, Ms. Sarah Feehan, chorus director, Ms. Lauren Dunne, choreographer, Ms. Jennie Moore and musical director, Ms. Deirdre Ryan-Preston.  Their backstage team and all those who helped out with costumes, props, sponsorship, make-up, and the box office are also to be commended while a special word of thanks goes to Mr. Pierce Murphy who once more added his wealth of experience and expertise to set construction and backstage management. Well done to all those who contributed to what was a very successful production.


C.B.S. Exhibition Game

The school would like to thank all those who contributed to making the school’s exhibition match against the Tipperary county team such a success. In particular, the school would like to acknowledge the tremendous work that was done by Mr. Ger Corbett, the programme editor, Mr. Michael Dundon, who assisted with the editing while also providing several contributions himself and everyone else who, by writing articles for the programme, gave so freely of their time. Special mention must also go to the Sean Treacy Pipe Band, to Mr. Derek Ryan for his rendition of the national anthem, and of course to Drom and Inch G.A.A. Club for the use of their facilities on the day.


Thanks also to the Order of Malta, to the Chairman of the County Board, Mr. Michael Bourke, to the referee Mr. Fergal Horgan and his officials, and to Mr. Ger Ryan of Acorn Life and Mr. Denis Ryan of Midwest Oil, for kindly sponsoring the event. Finally, the school would like to thank the primary school children who participated despite the inclement weather, their parents and the school principals for facilitating this participation, and all patrons who attended the game.


Our first and second year basketball teams got their league seasons off to a great start last Friday when they both enjoyed victories over teams from Mullingar. Our first year team performed excellently, winning by 20 points to 6 while our second years enjoyed an even more comprehensive victory, defeating their opponents by 48 points to 2.Challenge MatchesOur under-15 ½ hurling panel played St. Coleman’s last Monday in a useful challenge match while our under-15 A and B panels took on teams from Good Counsel on Thursday.

News (19th January)


‘Our under-16 basketball panel has been enjoying an excellent season so far this school year. On Friday last they defeated St. Munchin’s in the semi-final of the cup competition . An excellent team performance saw Thurles control the game throughout, eventually winning on a scoreline of 45-25. Top scorer for the C.B.S. was Sean Mockler. The team will now face St. Nathy’s of Ballaghaderreen in the All-Ireland Final in the Tallaght Arena and we wish them the best of luck. Things got even better for the under-16 squad on Sunday as they won both of their league play-off games. They defeated Drimnagh Castle by 50 points to 24 and overcame St. Brendan’s of Belmullet by 42 points to 18, thus qualifying for the All-Ireland league semi-finals.


Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team was in action last Thursday evening when they successfully opposed the motion that ‘HIV/ AIDS will be eradicated in our lifetime’ against St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary. The team, which was captained by Harry Hogan and which also included Ciaran Taaffe, Mark Fortune and John Lanigan, performed very well, winning by a majority verdict. The team has now won all three of their debates, amassing seven points in the process, but will have to win their final debate against the Ursuline Convent to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition. In that upcoming debate the team will be proposing the motion that ‘ The Sustainable Development Goals are Doomed from the beginning’.

School Musical

Preparations for this year’s school show, ‘Back to the 80s….The Totally Awesome Musical’, are currently in full swing with the cast busily rehearsing their lines and practising their choreography. The show is a relatively new musical comedy which is set in a school in the 1980s and contains such classic hits as ‘Footloose’, ‘ Total Eclipse of the Heart’ and ‘ The Final Countdown’. It will be performed in the Premier Hall on Thursday the 21st , Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd . Tickets can be booked in the school or by calling 0504-20729. Performances begin at 8.15pm. We hope to see you there.

Guest Speaker

On Wednesday last, Detective Dave Donovan visited the school and spoke to one of our third year C.S.P.E. classes about the issue of rural crime. Detective Donovan advised the class about how to protect against crime as well as speaking about the importance of acting responsibly in the community. He also spoke about his own job, in particular how he  investigates crime scenes. The students found his talk to be particularly interesting and it will definitely be hugely helpful to them as they begin their Action Project on rural crime.

Under-16 Football

On Monday last our under-16 football squad played a useful challenge match against Clonmel.

Bicentenary Celebrations

2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the school’s founding and our bicentenary celebrations began in earnest last Sunday when a C.B.S. Allstars team played the Tipperary team in an exhibition game at The Ragg. Despite the inclement weather, there was a good turnout to watch what proved to be a very enjoyable and competitive match. All proceeds from the game will go towards the construction of an all-weather AstroTurf facility in the school.  


News (21st December)

Transition Year Outings

On Wednesday last our transition year pupils traveled to Dublin where they participated in a guided historical tour of Croke Park. The students learned about the history of the G.A.A., as well as that of the stadium itself. Later in the day the students stopped off at the Jervis Shopping Centre where they got the opportunity to get in some Christmas shopping. The following morning our transition year German classes made the short journey to The Source Theatre, where they watched the Cold War movie, ‘Bridge of Spies’.


Transition Year Trade Fair

The transition year Trade Fair, organised in conjunction with the Tipperary Enterprise Board, was held in the school on Tuesday last. All of the transition year mini-companies presented their ideas and business models, from which two companies were chosen to represent the school in the county final on the fourth of March. The ‘Soup Troop’, run by Jack Hehir, Ray Fuller and Patrick O Gorman, was one of the businesses chosen and, as you could probably gather from the name, their operation involved selling a range of delicious and healthy soups. The other successful business is entitled ‘Handle With Care’ and is the brainchild of Ben Ryan, Kieran Connolly and Conor Bowe. Their business model involves selling padded grips for crutches.

Carol Service

The school held its annual carol service in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall on Wednesday last. Led by Ms. Dunne, the school band played a variety of festive tunes, both modern and traditional while the school chaplain, Fr. O Connell, led the school in prayers. The Student Council also presented a cheque for 1,000 euro to local representative of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Mr Bob Maher. The money had been raised earlier in the month when the Student Council organised a non-uniform day.

CAO Information Night

On Monday night last the school held an information evening for the parents of sixth year students which focused on how to apply for a third-level course via the Central Applications Office. Parents were informed about how to complete application forms as well as being made aware of all the important relevant dates associated with the process. The event was very well attended.

Cairdeas Workshop

Last Friday our transition year pupils attended a leadership workshop which was delivered by Ms Tina Kelly. The Meitheal course focused on communication skills, group decision making, cultural awareness and the role of the leader. The aim of the programme is to train senior students so they can act as mentors to first year pupils.


News (7th December)



Our under-16 basketball squad enjoyed great success last week, winning both the Midlands League semi-final and the final. Last Monday, a great team performance saw them defeat Kildare Community School by 56 points to 21. In the final, which was played last Friday, outstanding performances from Killian Ryan, Sean Mockler, Patrick O Gorman, Liam Kenny and Arthur Geronimo saw them overcome Heywood College by 42 points to 10, thus finishing the campaign as Midlands League Champions.

Croke Cup Success

Regardless of the result on Wednesday night in Dr. Morris Park, the Croke Cup was destined to come to Thurles C.B.S.,  as the final was contested by two teams from the school. The teams, captained by Darren Flood and James Synnott, provided the crowd with a very entertaining spectacle that, perhaps fittingly, ended in a draw. The final score was 3-12 to 2-15. After the game, the school held the official launch for the upcoming match between the past pupils of Thurles C.B.S. and a Tipperary selection. This game is being organised to mark the school’s bicentenary celebrations next year. The game will be played in Holycross on the seventeenth of January.



Harty Cup

The school’s reign as Harty Cup champions came to an end last Wednesday as the team was beaten by an impressive Nenagh C.B.S. side. The final score was Thurles; 0-14, Nenagh; 4-18.

Study Skills

Over the course of several days last week, our first year pupils attended a study skills seminar which was delivered by ‘Super Generation’. The workshop focussed on’whole brain’ learning which incorporates colour, imagery, movement and logic. The pupils learned about mind maps, memory techniques, layered learning and planning. An information evening in relation to study skills for first years was also held in the school last Wednesday. Hopefully, the pupils will find these study skills beneficial as they prepare for their Christmas exams.

Bake Sale

‘Well done’ to our 4T transition year class who last week raised 200 euro for the Irish Wheelchair Association by holding a bake sale for first years.

Musical Preparations for this year’s show, ‘Back to the 80s….The Totally Awesome Musical’, are currently in full swing, with students busy rehearsing, dancing, and building and painting sets. The production features hits such as ‘Walking on Sunshine’ and ‘Come on Eileen’ and begins on the 21st of January.

Concern Debating

‘Congratulations’ to our Concern debating team on successfully opposing the motion that ‘The COP 21 Agreement will succeed where others have failed’ against the girls from the Presentation Convent on Wednesday evening. The team, which consisted of John Lanigan, Ciaran Taaffe, Harry Hogan and Mark Fortune, performed admirably in what was a very entertaining debate. Their next debate will see them attempt to oppose the motion that ‘HIV’Aids will be eradicated during our lifetime’ against St. Anne’s from Tipperary.

German Debating

Our German debating team was in action last Thursday when they attempted to oppose the motion that ‘ Social Media is Dangerous for Young People’ against a team from Heywood College. The team was captained by John Lanigan and also comprised Rory Purcell. Oisin Kenny and Darren O Sullivan. Unfortunately, the motion was carried.

Cross Country Athletics

Athletes from the school competed in the Minor, Junior and Senior races at the Tipperary Schools Cross Country Championships which took place in Thurles Crokes last Wednesday, the 2nd of December. Our Minor team, which consisted of Sean Philips, Sylvester Gamza, Tony Galvin, Cathal McElgunn, Adam Daly, Adam O Dwyer and Conor Costello,  came in as the 7th best team. In the Junior race Dylan McLaughlin performed excellently, grabbing a silver medal. Our Intermediate team also did very well, finishing as overall race winners. The team comprised Kieron Moloney, Fred Crowley, Jack Hickey, Eanna Ryan, Ben O Dwyer and Niall Moore.

News( 30th November)

Croke Cup  

This Thursday will be a momentous day for Thurles C.B.S. as our two under-15 hurling teams will contest the final of the Croke Cup in Dr. Morris Park. This is an unprecedented achievement and is testament to the strength of hurling in the school. The teams are captained by Darren Flood and James Synnott and the game, which will be played under lights with a 6.30 pm throw-in, promises to be a fiercely fought encounter. James Synnott’s team reached the final after a victory over Carrick C.B.S. two weeks ago while Darren Flood’s team progressed to the final thanks to a victory over Nenagh C.B.S. on Monday last.


Our under-17 soccer panel was in action last week, taking on St. Caimin’s of Shannon in the second round of the Munster Junior Cup. Despite having some good periods of possession, Thurles found themselves two-nil down with half an hour gone. A goal from Kieran Kearney just before the interval brought the C.B.S. back into contention; however the team conceded two more in the second half and although Tommy Teer scored a second goal for Thurles it was not enough and so the team was knocked out of the competition. Our under-19 panel was also in action last Wednesday. They continued their preparations for the upcoming game against St. Paul’s Community College by playing Kilkenny C.B.S. in a challenge game. Jack Cleary, Fionn McCartan, Conor Murphy, Michael Wade, Tomas Ryan and Keith Cahill all got on the scoresheet in a 6-2 win.

Tipperary Enterprise Visit

On Tuesday last, Ms. Sue Anne O Donnell of the Tipperary Enterprise Board visited the school to speak to our transition year mini-companies. Ms. O Donnell gave the students practical advice about the running of their businesses as well as preparing them for the upcoming School Trade Show, which takes place on the 15th of December. On that day two of the companies will be selected to represent the school in the county final.


On Tuesday last our transition year pupils participated in an interactive workshop delivered by SOAR, the youth foundation set up by Tony Griffin and Karl Swan.  The purpose of the workshop was to encourage self-awareness, individuality, self-belief, leadership, peer respect and resiliency. The transition years really enjoyed this thought-provoking and inspirational event.


‘Congratulations’ to sixth year student, James Symons, who won a bronze medal in the 100 metre backstroke event at the recent Munster Schools Swimming Championships.


Harty Cup

‘Best of luck’ to our Harty Cup hurlers as they prepare to play Nenagh C.B.S. this Wednesday in the final game of the group stage of the competition. The game will be played in Templemore and throw-in is at 1.30pm.

Strength and Conditioning

All of our transition year pupils traveled to the L.I.T. Thurles campus last Friday to participate in tests of fitness, strength and flexibility.  This provided the students with an excellent insight into the world of strength and conditioning. The school would like to thank Mr. Damien Young for facilitating this event