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Awards Night 2015

Prize Night

The school’s annual awards night ceremony took place last Thursday night in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall. A wide spectrum of achievements was recognised on the night with awards for full attendance, academic excellence, sport, music, construction and art. The guest speaker was past pupil, Mr. Aidan ‘Taggy’ Fogarty, who spoke fondly of his time in the school while outlining for the pupils in attendance the importance of hard work and determination. Also present on the night was special guest, Archbishop Kieran O Reilly. In athletics, Daniel Ryan and Fred Crowley picked up awards while in basketball, David Ryan was named Player of the Year. The ‘ Ronaynes’ Junior Certificate Materials Technology Award ‘ which recognises the best Junior Certificate project went to Darragh Taylor while Eric Fanning won the ‘A.I.B. Construction Studies Award’. James Ryan won the Junior Hurler of the Year award while the senior Hurler of the Year award went to Chris McCullough. Niall Heffernan won the Harty Hurler of the Year and Keith Ryan picked up the prize for first year hurling. There were also hurling awards for Darren Flood, Jack Fallon, Jack Taylor, Michael Purcell and Conor Stakelum. Fred Crowley picked up the award for Junior Footballer of the year. The overall prize for Sportsperson of the Year went to Billy McCarthy. The award for the best Junior Certificate of 2014 went to Mark Fortune with Peter Carragher taking the award for the best Leaving Certificate of 2014. The George Willoughby sponsored Cultural Award was presented to Diarmaid Meagher while there were awards in music for Micheal Bourke and Christopher Carew. In art, there were awards for David Conway and John Shanahan while the Cultural Award went to Adam O Dwyer and Eoin Corbett. The Parents’ Council sponsored Creative Writing Awards went to Brian O Callaghan, Brendan Atkins and Adam O Dwyer. Daniel Ryan was named as Junior Student of the Year while the highlight of the night as usual was the Student of the Year award which was won by Eoin Corbett. Congratulations to everyone who received an award.  Check the photo gallery for more pictures





CBS News (18th May)

Sixth Year Graduation Mass

The class of 2015 attended their graduation mass last Thursday night in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall. Celebrated by school chaplain, Fr. Tomas O Connell, the mass was an enjoyable celebration of an important milestone in the students’ lives as they prepare to say a nostalgic farewell to their school days. We would like to wish all the sixth year students the very best of luck with their upcoming exams and wish them all the best for the future.



Surf’s Up

On Monday last our transition year students travelled to Tramore, where they participated in surfing lessons and team-building exercises at the Freedom Surf School. A very enjoyable day was had by all.

Harty Cup Civic Reception

On Thursday last the Thurles-Templemore Municipal Council honoured this year’s successful Harty Cup panel with a civic reception which was held in the school’s sports hall. This event was a generous acknowledgement of the panel’s wonderful achievements this year.

Rice Cup

On Friday, the eight of May, our Rice Cup panel enjoyed a comfortable victory over Charleville C.B.S. in the semi-final of the competition. Consequently, they will now take on Nenagh C.B.S. in the final this Wednesday, the thirteenth. The game will be played in Templederry and throw-in is at 4 pm. We wish them the very best of luck.

Primary Blitz

Students from our 4T and 4Y transition year classes assisted in the refereeing and organising of a primary school hurling blitz that took place in Dr. Morris Park on Wednesday last.

Track and Field

Thurles C.B.S. had another successful day on the track and field circuit last Saturday when six of our athletes who qualified for the Munster Schools Championships travelled to C.I.T. Sports Grounds. The boys competed in ten events between them and came away with eight golds and two silvers. In the Intermediate Boys category Daniel Ryan won gold in his two events: the long jump and the 100m hurdles. In the Junior Boys category Sean Mockler had a very successful day, winning gold medals in the hammer and the discus. David Ryan won gold in the long jump and silver in the 200m. Kieran Moloney ran a great 800m, winning gold, while Liam MacDonagh of first year came first in the 1,200m walk. In the Minor Boys category Jack Ryan won gold in the shot putt and silver in the long jump. Each of the boys has qualified for the GloHealth All Ireland Schools Track and Field competition which will take place in Tullamore on May 30th.  We wish them continued success.

First Year Information Night

There will be an information evening for incoming first year students and their parents on Tuesday, the 26th of May at 7.30pm. This event will afford parents and incoming pupils the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school and with each other.

Munster Track & Field Championships

Success for CBS Thurles at Munster Track and Field Championships

Another great day out for CBS Thurles at the Glohealth Munster Track and Field Championships which were held on Saturday last at C.I.T in Cork. Six athletes qualified to represented the school in 10 events and after a action packed day the students came away 8 gold and 2 silver medals.



In the intermediate category Daniel Ryan won gold in two events; the long jump and 100m hurdles.  In the junior category Sean Mockler won two gold medals coming first in the hammer and the discus.  David Ryan came 1st in the long jump and 2nd in the 200m. 

Kieran Moloney ran an exceptional good 800m and won the gold.  Liam McDonagh also won gold in the 1200m walk.  Jack Ryan won gold in the shot and silver in the long jump.  It was an excellent day out with CBS Thurles coming first in the Junior Boys category, second in the Minor and fourth in the Intermediate categories.  Well done lads, roll on next year and to more success.  

CBS News (11th May)

Young Social Innovators

The school had three entries in the final of the Young Social Innovators competition which took place in the Citywest Conference Centre last Wednesday. One of those projects, on farm safety, scooped two awards: the Making Our World Safer Award and the Social Entrepreneurs Of The Year Award. The project focused on the development of sensors for tractors which would eliminate blind spots in the driver’s vision. The students involved will now represent Ireland at the Sage Global World Cup For Social Entrepreneurs which will be held in Seoul in South Korea this August.

Club Gaeilge

Last Wednesday, forty-one members of the school’s ‘Club Gaeilge’ travelled to Tramore where they engaged in team building exercises and undertook surf lessons at the ‘Freedom Surf School’. All activities were conducted ‘as Gaeilge’ and the students really enjoyed the experience. Excursions such as this one are very effective in encouraging students to take more of an interest in the Irish language.



Zambian Immersion Project

The eight students who are preparing for next October’s trip to Zambia are currently very busy with their fundraising activities. On Wednesday last the proceeds of all the school lunches (either steak baguettes or beef dinners) went to the project. This was only possible because the Certified Irish Angus Beef was kindly sponsored by Kepak and was generously prepared by Michael O’Dwyer and his team from Mitchel House. There will also be a clothes collection in the school this Thursday and Friday. Parents and students are encouraged to bring in any old clothes, towels or sheets and deposit them at the collection point at the front of the school building. The clothes will then be sold off for recycling and the proceeds of this will go to help with the fundraising for the Zambian Immersion Project.

Cycle Against Suicide

On Friday last 23 of our transition year students, accompanied by four teachers, cycled a stage of the Cycle Against Suicide. Those involved cycled from Clonmel to Thurles, despite the extremely inclement weather. After arriving, they participated in a ceremony which promoted mental health at the Presentation Convent. This event was attended by all our fourth and fifth year students.


Last Wednesday our Track and Field athletes travelled to Waterford RSC to compete in the East Munster Schools Championships.  CBS Thurles put in strong performances in each category with nine of our athletes ensuring qualification for the Munster Schools Championships which will be held in C.I.T. this coming Saturday.In the Minor category both Dylan McLaughlin and Josh O'Dwyer competed in the 800m event. However, competition was tough on the day and the boys were unlucky not to qualify this time around. In the Junior category David Ryan had convincing wins in his two events, winning gold medals in the long jump and 200m sprint.  Sean Mockler showed exceptional form and claimed gold in both the hammer and discus, with a personal best recorded in each of the two events.  Kieran Moloney ran a strong 800m to finish first while Liam McDonagh was a convincing winner of the 1200m walk.  Ben O'Dwyer and Niall Moore performed well in their events and were unlucky to come away without a medal.  With such strong performances from each of our Junior athletes CBS Thurles was named Best School and reclaimed the Junior Cup, which we also won last year.   There was success too in the Intermediate category as Daniel Ryan came first in his two events: the long jump and the 100m hurdles.  Jack Dolan competed in the U16 mile and ran a great race by crossing the line in 5.08 and winning gold.  Declan Ryan competed in two events ( the high jump and the long jump) and while the wind proved troublesome for the high jump Declan  won a bronze medal for his long jump.  Alberto Buitrago and Padraig Ryan competed well on the day but were pipped at the line and unlucky not to qualify. In the Senior category Mateusz Pietrzykowki won a bronze medal in the long jump.The boys who qualify will be hoping their good form continues and that more success will be had in Cork this coming weekend. 

Tractor Safety Course

On Friday last twenty of our transition year pupils completed a certified tractor safety course which was facilitated by Farm Relief Services. The course concentrated on good driving positions, hitching tractors to other implements and operating trailed machinery from a tractor.Last Tuesday Mr Tom Tynan, a local driving instructor, spoke to all of our transition year students about how to attain their driving license, the importance of proper instruction and safe driving practices. This was followed on Thursday by a talk from Garda Regina McCarthy who spoke about road and pedestrian safety. Both of these events were run in conjunction with the school’s road safety initiative and the transition year Life Skills module.

Rice Cup Shield Blitz

The school had two teams competing in last Wednesday’s Rice Cup Shield Blitz which took place in Dr Morris Park. They played teams from Rice College, Ennis and Ard Scoil Ris. One of our teams made it to the final but unfortunately they did not win the shield.

Young Social Innovators 2015

Young Social Innovator Winners



Congratulations to our Transition Year Students who were announced winners of MAke our World a Safer Place Challenge  and Young Social Enterpreneurs Award last week.

Well Done lads.