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News (15th November)

Science Week

Last week the school organised a series of diverse events and competitions to mark Science Week. On Wednesday our 4T and 4W transition year classes attended a ‘STEM Talk’ in The Source Theatre. This event focused on potential science-based careers. On Thursday our first year students participated in a science quiz while on Friday a selection of our third years competed in a Science Olympiad which saw students tackle a series of six Junior Cert-related tasks. Our second year students were also involved in the activities as they participated in a CSI murder mystery. In addition to these events, there was an information board in the foyer which included a Fact of the Day and a daily ‘Four Pictures, One Scientist’ competition. A poster competition was also held


Under-16 Basketball

‘Congratulations’ to our under-16 basketball panel on overcoming Waterpark College in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Cup on Tuesday last. An excellent team performance saw them emerge as comfortable winners on the day, winning on a scoreline of 67 points to 11. Killian Ryan, Sean Mockler and Liam Kenny were the top scorers for Thurles. Their All-Ireland semi-final will take place in January.



Junk Kouture Workshop

On Thursday last a selection of our transition year art pupils attended a fashion design and innovation workshop at the Kilkenny Craft and Design Centre. The workshop was held in conjunction with ‘Junk Kouture’, a national fashion competition which promotes recycling and upcycling and which focuses on patterning, concept and design.

Harty Cup

Our senior hurling panel continued their preparations for their upcoming Harty Cup game by playing Castletroy College in a useful challenge game on Tuesday last. The panel will play Doon C.B.S. in the second group game of the competition this Wednesday, the eighteenth of November. The match will be played in Kilcommon and throw-in is at 1.30.

CSPE Guest Speakers

On Wednesday last Mr. Francis Burke and Mr. Robert O Shea, secretary and chairperson respectively of the ‘Save Our Local Community’ organisation, visited the school and spoke to some of our third year CSPE pupils about rural crime. The students are currently working on an action project which focuses on how they, as active citizens, can help to prevent crime in their communities. The pupils found the talk to be both inspirational and very practical.

Futsal Competition

On Tuesday last a team of first year students represented the school in the five-a-side indoor soccer tournament that was held in The Dome. The team enjoyed victories over Carrick C.B.S., Nenagh Vocational School and Colaiste Mhuire, Thurles but was defeated by Borrisokane. In the end, it was only goal difference which prevented the team from progressing from their group.  

News (9th November)


Munster Senior Cup

An impressive 7-1 victory over Borrisokane on Thursday last saw our senior soccer panel top their qualifying group, thereby progressing to the knockout stages of the competition, where as group winners, they will have home advantage in the next game. Thurles always looked comfortable in the game; they were 4-1 up at half-time. Dale Loughnane, Jack Cleary and Tommy Teer got two goals each while Michael Wade also got on the scoresheet.

Croke Cup

This year the school has two teams competing in the under-15 Croke Cup hurling competition. On Wednesday one of those teams enjoyed a five point victory over Templemore after extra-time to progress to the semi-final of the competition where they will face either Abbey C.B.S. or Carrick-on-Suir. Our other team was also in action last week and they progressed to the other semi-final after a very comfortable victory over Clonmel. Their opponents in the next round will be Nenagh C.B.S.

Zambian Immersion Project

The eight students ( Eugene Ryan, William Creedon, Darragh Byrne, Diarmaid Meagher, James Hammersly, Alex Murphy, Fionn McCartan and Daniel Matthews )  who participated in the Zambian Immersion Project returned home safely over the Halloween break following the time they spent in Mufilira in northern Zambia. During this life-changing trip they visited an orphanage, an old people’s home, a primary school, an adult education centre and the ‘Tipperary Plots’ agricultural scheme.

Bank of Ireland School Bank

On Monday last, the second of November, Ms. Breda O Sullivan of the Thurles branch of the Bank of Ireland spoke to our transition year pupils about the establishment and operation of a school bank. Follwing this talk, interviews were held on Wednesday, for which there was very strong interest. The six students selected to participate in the bank are Rory Fogarty, Robert Healy, Patrick Tobin, Colm Smith, Ben Ryan and Ciaran Connolly. Well done to all. The bank was then officially launched this Monday by former Kilkenny hurler, Henry Shefflin.

Harty Cup

Our senior hurlers continued their preparations for the next round of the Harty Cup by playing two useful challenge matches last week. On Tuesday they played Clonmel while on Friday they played St. Augustine’s.

Under-17 Soccer

Daniel Moloney, Jonathan Strapp, Kieran Kearney and Tommy Teer were all on the scoresheet on Monday last when our under-17 soccer panel took on Johnstown in a challenge match. Thurles fielded a totally different eleven for the second half so the game was a good opportunity for the players to represent their school on the playing field.

AIB Build-A-Bank Challenge

The AIB school bank was officially launched last Friday by past pupil and Tipperary hurler, Lar Corbett. The bank will be operated by Joseph Abbott, Philip Ryan, Bill Shanahan, Patrick Bowden, Finn Briody and William O Donoghue. To promote the bank, former Tipperary goalkeeper, Brendan Cummins will visit the school this week, when he will coach hurling skills to first years.Interview Techniques WorkshopOn Friday last our transition year pupils participated in an interview technique workshop which was delivered by Pro-Style. The workshop focused on the structure of CVs , body language and sample questions and answers. The pupils also participated in mock interviews.Senior FootballOur senior football panel was in action on Thursday last. Unfortunately, they were beaten by a stronger team from Carrick C.B.S.

G.A.A. Youth Forum

On Saturday, October 24th, Seán Ryan, Darragh Byrne, William Creedon and Jack Bambrick were invited to Croke Park to present their BT Young Scientist project, The "Infinity Log Trainer." The GAA Youth Forum is an annual event held in Croke Park in Dublin, in which the GAA looks for the opinions of young athletes across all counties on how they can improve hurling and Gaelic football. There were many workshops during the day, such as a strength and conditioning workshop with Kilkenny Senior hurler Michael Fennelly and a dieting workshop from Sligo Senior footballer Dr. Brendan Egan.


At the end of the day, there was a Q&A panel, in which people's questions were answered by GAA personalities like Laois Senior footballer Ross Munnelly. During the forum, the four boys got to present their project, which deals with burnout and injuries in young sports people, to GAA Director General Paraic Duffy, who was very interested in the project. As well as this, many young GAA players from all over Ireland were very interested in their training log book, and said they would love to try the app in the future. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day overall, and the boys were very grateful for the opportunity to take part.  

Science Week.

Science Week 

This week students from all year groups will take part in activites to acknowledge Science Week.



News (25th October)

Open Night

The school held its Open Night for prospective students last Tuesday. Parents and sixth class boys were given the opportunity to tour the school and to meet the teachers. The evening was a good opportunity for the boys to get a taste of life in a modern, progressive secondary school. As well as viewing the school’s impressive facilities the boys were able to see the wide range of extra-curricular activities that will be available to them in the C.B.S. The evening was very well attended.

Harty Cup

Our Harty Cup hurlers were busy last week, playing useful challenge games against Johnstown on Monday and Ard Scoil Ris on Wednesday.

Young Social Innovators

Ten of our transition year students travelled to Athy last Wednesday to participate in a Young Social Innovators workshop based on Communities of Social Excellence. The ‘Advocate Training’ programme in which they participated aims to promote social innovation in communities as well as building links between schools.

Under-15 Hurling

Our under-15 A and B panels played a practice match last Monday afternoon in preparation for upcoming championship games. Unfortunately, our B panel was beaten by Killenaule in the first round of the Hennessy Cup, despite a good performance from Mark Stakelum, who scored one goal and three points. Our A panel was due to play Clonmel last Friday but the game was postponed.

Garda College Open Day

All of our transition year pupils attended an open day at the Garda Training College in Templemore last Thursday. Organised by former Kilkenny hurler, Sergeant Eddie Brennan, the open day gave the students a wonderful insight into the day to day training of a Garda recruit. The boys were also spoken to by the Chief of the Garda Collisions Unit.

Cabragh Wetlands As part of their Junior Cert science coursework several of our second year classes paid visits to Cabragh Wetlands last week to study local habitats.

News (20th October)

Harty Cup

Our Harty Cup panel got their campaign off to a good start last Wednesday when they defeated St. Coleman’s of Fermoy in their first game of the group stages. The final score was Thurles:1-22, St. Coleman’s: 2-16.

Concern Debating

The Concern debating team competed in their first debate of the school year last Thursday evening when they proposed the motion that ‘The EU can well afford to open its borders to refugees’ against the girls from the Loreto Convent, Clonmel. The team was captained by John Lanigan and also comprised Ciaran Taffe, Mark Fortune and Harry Hogan. The team performed very well, in what was a very entertaining and thought-provoking debate, and thankfully secured a unanimous victory. The team will now face the Presentation Convent in their next debate and they will be opposing the motion that ‘ The COP21 agreements will succeed where others have failed’.

First Year Hurling Blitz

Over the last two weeks our first year hurlers have been competing in a series of hurling blitzes which have been held primarily in Dr. Morris Park. The school entered four teams in the competitions with a total of over 60 students being given the opportunity to represent the school on the hurling field. In Tuesday’s tournament two of our teams faced each other in the final of the plate competition.Re O Laighleis

On Tuesday last our 1NS class visited the library at The Source to listen to Re O Laighleis read some of his short stories. Mr. O Laighleis also gave the students some useful tips as to how to construct their own short stories. The boys were enthralled by the stories they heard and will hopefully have been inspired to create their own works of fiction. The school would like to thank The Source for organising this event.


Our under-19’s soccer panel was in action last Tuesday, taking on Charleville C.B.S. in a challenge match. Goals from Jack Cleary, Tommy Teer and Sean Connors, as well as an own goal , helped Thurles to a  4-2 victory.

Zambian Immersion Project

Last Thursday morning saw eight of our fifth and sixth year pupils, accompanied by three teachers, set off on their long journey to Mufilira in northern Zambia. Darragh Byrne, William Creedon, Diarmaid Meagher, Alex Murphy, Fionn McCartan, James Hammersly, Eugene Ryan and Daniel Matthews, along with Mr. Kelly, Ms. Aherne and Ms. Hogan, will spend this week visiting a primary school, an orphanage, an adult training centre run by the Christian Brothers in Murundu, and an old people’s home. Their experiences are sure to be life-changing and inspirational. The Zambian Immersion Project aims to raise much needed funds to help the Christian Brothers with their many important projects. The Brothers run an adult training centre, operate a feeding programme for the poor , manage an agricultural scheme and in recent years have built a village for the elderly, with individual homes, communal facilities and a medical clinic. The other main aim of the project is to raise awareness about issues such as global inequality and poverty in the Developing World and with that in mind the eight pupils will deliver presentations to each year group after they return from Zambia.


Build-A-Bank Challenge

Interviews were held last Thursday for positions in the school bank. Bill Shanahan was chosen as Bank Manager, Patrick Bowden was selected as Assistant Manager, Joseph Abbot and Philip Ryan were appointed as the Sales and Marketing Representatives, William O Donoghue was given the position of Financial Controller andFinn Briody was picked to be Digital Officer. Well done to all.