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News (12th October)

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 our second and third year pupils attended a one-man drama workshop, facilitated by Michael O Sullivan of Humourfit. The show used humour to raise awareness about serious issues such as bullying and was both highly entertaining and extremely thought-provoking. On Tuesday our fifth and sixth year pupils attended an inspirational talk by Shane Mullins, a man who suffered a serious brain injury in a drink-driving incident. Mr. Mullins spoke about the obvious dangers of drinking and driving as well as his formula for overcoming difficulties such as depression. Mr. Mullins’ philosophy focuses on four key components: determination, motivation, emotional support and social life. His talk was extremely honest and certainly inspired the pupils that were present. Other events which took place in conjunction with Mental Health Week included fun activities and games for third years on Wednesday afternoon and a table quiz for first years in aid of Aware on Friday.




Dean Ryan

Our under 16 ½ hurling panel was in action last Wednesday when they took on Midleton C.B.S., the reigning champions, in the quarter-final of the Dean Ryan Cup in Fermoy. Thurles started well and goals from Gearoid Troy and Darren Flood helped Thurles to create a nine point lead at half-time. Midleton fought back however, forcing a draw at full-time before eventually winning in extra-time on a scoreline of 25 points to 2-13. Basketball Both our under-16 and our under-19 teams competed in the first round of the All-Ireland Cup on Wednesday last. The under-16’s continued their impressive start to the season, beating Blackrock College by 46 points to 6, with Sean Mockler finishing as top scorer with 16 points. They will now proceed to the quarter-finals where Waterpark College will provide the opposition. Our under-19’s performed very well against the same opposition but were unfortunate to lose out by the narrowest of margins. The final score was 25-24.

Senior Golf Aaron Ryan, Brian Fallon, John Corbett and John Brett represented the school last Thursday at the East Munster Qualifying Section of the Schools Senior Golf Competition at West Waterford Golf Club, Dungarvan. The team played well but unfortunately did not qualify for the next round of the competition.

Harty Cup

Our senior hurlers continued their preparations for this Wednesday’s first Harty Cup group game against St. Coleman’s of Fermoy by playing a useful challenge game against Ard Scoil Ris on Tuesday last. Soccer Our under-17 soccer panel played the school’s first ever game at that age level on Friday last when they took on Cashel Community School in a practice match. Adam Darby opened the scoring for Thurles but Cashel equalised before half-time. Both sides made a lot of substitutions during what was a very evenly matched game and it was one of those substitutes, Jack Moore, who got the winning goal for the C.B.S. midway through the second half.

Fun Run

On Thursday last the entire school community participated in a very successful and enjoyable ‘Fun Run’, the object of which was to raise funds to support the continuing development of sporting facilities in the school as well as to offset the cost of transport for extra-curricular activities. All the students walked to the racetrack where they either walked or ran a lap of the track before returning to the school. The school would like to thank Thurles Racetrack, the Order of Malta, the Gardai and everyone who supported the event. Open Night The school will hold its open evening for incoming first year students on Tuesday next, the 20th of October. Parents and prospective students will be given the opportunity to inspect the school’s impressive facilities as well as the chance to meet the staff. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be a good opportunity for sixth class boys to familiarise themselves with life in a modern, progressive secondary school.

News (2nd October)

F.A.I. Senior Cup

Last Wednesday, the thirtieth of September, was a momentous day for Thurles C.B.S. as a team representing the school played its first ever competitive soccer match. Our under-19 panel began their F.A.I. Senior Cup campaign in style, recording a 4-0 home win against Nenagh C.B.S.. Midway through the first half Dale Loughnane, the team captain, wrote his name into the history books when he scored the school’s first ever competitive goal, expertly dispatching a penalty which he himself had won. Jack Cleary neatly finished off an excellent move just before half-time and he was on target again early in the second half, finding the corner of the net from the edge of the area. Nenagh enjoyed good spells of possession throughout the game but the Thurles defence remained solid and a fine team display was rounded off with minutes to go, when Tommy Teer added a fourth goal. Next up for the panel will be an away tie against Borrisokane Community College. The school would like to thank Peake Villa for the use of their facilities for training and matches. Without their support participation in these competitions would not be possible.




Dean Ryan

Our under-16 ½ hurlers also got their campaign off to a good start last week, defeating Charleville C.B.S. in the first round of the Dean Ryan competition. A good team performance saw Thurles emerge as comfortable winners, the final scoreline reading, Thurles 2-22, Charleville 1-07.  They will now face Midleton C.B.S. in the second round this Wednesday, the seventh of October. We wish them the best of luck.


The basketball season also got under way last week with teams from the C.B.S. experiencing mixed fortunes. Our under-16 panel enjoyed a good victory in the Midlands League over Mullingar Community College on Tuesday last. Sean Mockler, David Ryan and Juan Jorge Ruiz all starred in a 62-8 win. On the same day our under-19 panel was unfortunately defeated by the same opposition on a scoreline of 23 to 35. The under-19’s were also in action last Friday when they lost to Wilson’s Hospital. The final score was 58-38.

Junior Golf

On Friday last our junior golfers travelled to Clonmel Golf Club to compete in the East Munster Qualifying Section of the Schools Junior Golf Competition. The team consisted of Cian Stakelum, Fred Crowley and Eoin Dooley and although they played well they did not progress to the next phase of the competition.

Blue September

‘Well done’ to students in transition year who, as part of the international ‘Blue September’ campaign, organised a ‘Jersey Day’ last Tuesday in order to raise money and awareness to help in the fight against cancers that affect men. With their help, the school raised €1,170.

School Musical

Auditions for this year’s school musical, ‘Back to the 80’s’, took place last week. James Corbett will play the part of Corey Palmer Senior while Darragh Byrne will play his younger self.  Other lead roles will be played by Philip Ryan, Gavin Murphy, Dylan O Shaughnessy, Tomas Caffrey, Liam Hourigan, Cillian Cullinane, Loughlin Russell and Harry Hogan while Sophie Hayes, Sinead Leahy, Rachel Butler, Kasha Lyons, Irene Finn, Eimear Byrne, Myra McLoughlin and Katie Taylor will play the female leads.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week  

5th - 9th October

This week is positive health awareness week.  

Positive mental health enables young people to live fulfilling lives. Promoting the mental health and well-being of our young people is a shared responsibility.    



Schools are in a unique position to promote mental health and emotional wellbeing and to identify young people experiencing emotional distress.  Responsibility for mental health and well-being also rests with the wider school community.   Mental health and well-being are linked to developing a sense of connectedness to school to enable young people experience success, and to develop their social competencies and resilience to face the challenges of everyday living.      

Schools are one of the key settings for the promotion of the mental health of young people.  

Events for students  

Monday:                    Humorfit Drama for all 2nd and 3rd year students

Tuesday:                   D’mess Drama for 5th and 6th year students

Wednesday:               Outdoor activities for 3rd year students

Thursday:                  Annual Fun Run

Friday:                      First year table quiz in aid of aware

October News

First  Year Art and History Excursion

Our first year pupils had a great day out last Wednesday when they travelled to Kilkenny for their art and history excursion. They began the day by watching the Irish-made animation, ‘Song Of The Sea’ before proceeding to the Butler Gallery where they met Rory Conway, an animator who had worked on the award-winning movie they had seen earlier in the day. Mr. Conway then conducted an animation workshop which the pupils found highly enjoyable. After leaving the gallery, the group paid a visit to Kilkenny Castle where they participated in a guided tour of the medieval structure. While at the castle, the students drew sketches of some of the castle’s architectural features and they hope to use these sketches as a basis for an upcoming ceramics-based project.



First Year Soccer Blitz

On Friday morning last, the school held an in-house blitz for first year students. Each of our five classes was divided into three teams which then played each other in a ‘Champions League’ format. Each team played six games in what was a very enjoyable event.

Fun Run

On Thurday next, the eighth of October, the entire school community will participate in a five kilometre sponsored fun run, the proceeds of which will go towards supporting sporting development in the school as well as to other extra-curricular activities. Students will walk to the racecourse where they will either walk or jog a lap before returning to the school. There will also be organised races for our more serious athletes with prizes on offer in each year group category. All funds raised will go towards the maintenance and development of our sporting facilities as well as towards offsetting the cost of transport to sporting fixtures as well as to other extra-curricular events. As usual, your support is greatly appreciated.

Eagle’s Flight

On Thursday and Friday of last week our transition year students participated in a team building and decision making workshop delivered by Ger O Shea of ‘Eagle’s Flight’. Divided into teams of five, the students competed in a range of survival-orientated simulations designed to encourage planning, teamwork and leadership skills. The students really enjoyed the event.

Build-A-Bank Challenge

Last Friday, Ms. Aoife Harty, the school liaison officer from the AIB, visited the school to talk to our transition year pupils about participating in the Build-A-Bank Challenge. Ms. Harty informed the students of the structure and operational running of the bank as well as the various positions for which they may apply. Interviews will soon be held in the school for the positions of bank manager, assistant manager, director of sales and marketing, financial controller and customer service operators. We wish all the applicants the very best of luck.


Our Dean Ryan hurling panel warmed up for their first round encounter with Charleville C.B.S. by playing Templemore in a useful challenge match on Tuesday last. The Harty panel also continued their preparations last week when they took on Midleton C.B.S. in a practice game. School Musical Auditions for the male leads in this year’s musical began last Friday. This year’s show, which will take place in January, is ‘Back to the 80’s’. The plot revolves around Corey Palmer, as he looks back on his time in high school. The show, as one might expect, includes plenty of eighties classics which are sure to have audiences singing along nostalgically.

CBS News (21st September)


Transition Year Expo 2015 On Wednesday last, our transition year pupils attended the highly informative TY Expo in The HUB, Kilkenny. The primary objective of the Expo was to inform students of the myriad opportunities that await them in transition year and to inspire them to get involved and make the most out of their time in TY. There were over one hundred exhibitors present on the day encouraging students to partake in a wide variety of fields. There were stalls there promoting political parties, charities, sporting organisations, ecological programmes, computer programming, businesses and careers, self-defence, mental health, creative writing, adventure activities, youth organisations and a host of other interests. The students really enjoyed the exhibition and hopefully it will have inspired them to make the most of transition year. After all, as the Expo handbook stated, in TY ‘ You get out what you put in’. U.L.A.C.




On Friday last , September the eighteenth, 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. Despite the showers, a great time was had by all.


Higher Options

On Thursday last, the seventeenth of September, sixth year students attended the ‘Higher Options’ information day at the R.D.S. in Dublin. There were exhibitions from all the third level institutions in the U.K. and Ireland as well as helpful lectures on different career choices. An enjoyable and informative day was had by all.

Hurling On Tuesday last our Dean Ryan panel played Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG in a useful challenge game while, on the same day, our Harty panel took on De la Salle in a practice match. Ger Carey Our transition year students visited The Source last Thursday to watch Ger Carey’s new stand-up routine which is aimed at teenagers. Carey’s hilarious show gently pokes fun at teenagers by shining a light on their interests, worries and behaviour.  The transition years really enjoyed this highly entertaining show.

First Year Hurling Competition

On Friday last our first year pupils took part in the annual blitz against teams from The Abbey C.B.S.  Our entire cohort of first years traveled to Tipperary town where they were divided into teams of twelve. Each team played several games over the course of the morning with points being allocated to winning teams and then totaled up to reveal the winners. Thankfully, Thurles won the competition and retained the James O’ Donoghue Perpetual Trophy. ‘Well done’ also to the fourth year pupils who managed the teams and refereed and umpired the games.