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Tipperary T & F School Champions

Tipp Secondary Schools Champs a Shining Success The County Tipperary Secondary Schools T&F Championships took place in glorious sunshine in Templemore Track on Wednesday 22nd April.


Competition was very high with many of our top athletes battling it out across different age groups.  No doubt many of the winners will start their Irish Schools qualification rounds in the next few weeks at their East & North Munster Schools Championships.Top Boys school was CBS Thurles with a haul of 21 medals.  See Results here.

CBS News (20th April)

CBS Thurles C.B.S.  (20th April)

Croke Cup

‘Hard luck’ to our senior hurlers, who experienced heartbreak on Saturday, the fourth of April, when they were narrowly defeated by St. Kieran’s of Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Senior Colleges final which was played in Semple Stadium. Despite the obvious disappointment that comes with such a defeat both the players and their mentors can look back with pride on what has been an extremely successful season. Any year that you win the Harty Cup must be considered a good year and great credit is due to the entire panel and to their mentors : Mr. Maher, Mr. Cahill and Mr. Devane. Their hard work and dedication throughout the season was justly rewarded with the victory over Rochestown in the final of the Munster Colleges competition and the school would like to thank all involved for giving us all, as spectators, such an enjoyable and successful season.

First Year Basketball

‘Congratulations’ to our first year basketball team who were crowned All-Ireland U-14 ‘C’ Schools Cup champions on Wednesday last following a 40-28 victory over Larkin Community College of Dublin at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. This is the first ever All-Ireland basketball title that the school has won. Just two days later the team was back in action in Round 1 of the All-Ireland ‘C’ League Play-offs. Here, another two victories over Drimnagh Castle and DLS Dundalk ensured qualification to Round 2. We wish the team the best of luck as they travel to Galway this week on their quest to reach another All-Ireland final.

Orals and Practicals

This is a busy period for our Leaving Cert students. Last week they completed their Irish oral exams. The oral exams are an integral part of the Irish syllabus with 40% of total marks on offer to students. A good performance in the orals provides students with an excellent starting point when they begin their exams in June. Also this week, the students will be participating in their French and German oral examinations while our Junior Cert and Leaving Cert music students will be participating in their practical music exams. We wish them all well.

Under-15 ½ Blitz

Last Wednesday our under-15 ½ hurling panel competed in a blitz in Borrisoleigh. The C.B.S. played teams from Nenagh C.B.S., Borrisoleigh and Colaiste Pobail, Roscrea and came away victorious, having defeated Roscrea by a single point in the competition final.

Young Social Innovators

The school has three separate entries in the National Final of the Young Social Innovators competition which will take place in the Citywest Hotel on the 6th of May. The entries deal with road, water and farm safety. Thurles C.B.S. is the only school in the country to have three projects which qualified for the national finals.

Harty Cup Dinner Dance

Our Harty Cup panel will be presented with their much coveted medals on Friday, the first of May at a gala dinner dance in the Anner Hotel, Thurles. This promises to be a very special occasion for the panel and their families.

Fitzgerald Cup Well done to our Fitzgerald Cup panel whose victory over Clonmel High School on Friday last saw them progress to the competition final. After a competitive first half,  Thurles led by 1-7 to 7 points at the interval. An increased work rate in the second half saw Thurles emerge victorious on a final scoreline of 2-18 to 10 points. The panel will play either Bossisoleigh or Roscrea in the final. We wish them the best of luck.



Under-15 ‘B’ Football

Our under-15 ‘B’ footballers were in action last Wednesday when they took on Colaiste Dun Iascaigh in the semi-final of the Tipperary Schools Competition. Unfortunately, despite a brave performance they were beaten on the day by a much stronger team.


Our transition year students are currently participating in a three week kickboxing module which is being kindly facilitated by Thurles Kickboxing Club. The boys are really enjoying the course. 

All Ireland Basketball Sucesss

AlIrelandCupinners2asketballAll Ireland U 14 Champions


Congratulations are in order for our first year basketball team who were crowned U14 C All Ireland Schools Cup champions in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght last Wednesday.  CBS Thurles picked up their first ever national title in basketball with a 40-28 win over Larkin Community College of Dublin.  Larkin College took an early lead and the sides were level at half time with 14 points each however CBS Thurles put in a strong performance and were deservedly crowned the victors. 

It was a superb team performance whereby each member was able to reap the rewards of the hours of hard work and effort put in to training after school and over the Easter break.  The Thurles defence proved a force to be reckoned with with our guards Gavin Moriarty, Conor Fogarty, Ryan Greene, Cian McDonald and Éanna Bourke pivotal in limiting Larkin CC's offensive drives.  Gavin Keegan, James Butler and Liam McDonagh were solid on defence while Chris Munroe worked tirelessly and his offensive and defensive rebounding game was immense. 


Both Liam Kenny and Blaine Carroll were instrumental in controlling the game and establishing our lead.  On the day of the final Jack Ryan scored 20 points and was honoured the Most Valuable Player trophy at the final buzzer.In what was a physically demanding week, the victorious team were back in action just two days later when CBS Thurles hosted Round 1 of the All Ireland C League Play Offs.  Here they had a close fought game with Drimnagh Castle but emerged the winners on a scoreline of 20-17. 

The second game of the day was against DLS Dundalk where a resounding scoreline of 34-3 ensured qualification for Round 2 of the All Ireland Play Offs.  Playing two games in one day proved to be a difficult task but strong defensive performances from Jovi Chai, Daniel Ryan, Chris Fennelly and Neil Hennessy kept CBS Thurles in a secure position.  CBS Thurles will face Dunmore CC and Carrick-on-Shannon in Round 2 of the All Ireland league playoffs.

Once again two games will be played on the day so a full squad performance will be critical and the team will be happy to welcome Seán Tunstall back from injury.  We hope they will have continued success and wish them the best in their endeavours to reach the All Ireland Semi-Final. 

Many thanks to third year pupils and members of the U16 panel; PJ Tunstall, Cillian O'Meara and Tómas Caffrey who have been enthusiastically helping with coaching sessions since the start of the season. Our 1st year panel includes: James Butler, Jack Ryan, Liam Kenny, Ryan Greene, Conor Fogarty, Gavin Keegan, Éanna Bourke, Daniel Ryan, Chris Munroe, Gavin Moriarty, Blaine Carroll, Liam McDonagh, Chris Fennelly, Sean Tunstall, Cian McDonald, Jovi Chai and Neil Hennessy.Coaches: Helen Horan, Anne Ely and Marianne Kennedy. 


Photo:Front Row (L-R): Conor Fogarty, Gavin Moriarty, Blaine Carroll, Jack Ryan, James Butler, Chris Fennelly, Ryan Greene.Back Row (L-R) Daniel Ryan, Neil Hennessy, Gavin Keegan, Éanna Bourke, Cian McDonald, Liam Kenny, Chris Munroe, Jovi Chai.Missing from photo:  Liam McDonagh, Seán Tunstall.

Croke Cup Final

Croke Cup Final 2015

St Kieran’s College (Kilkenny) 1-15 Thurles CBS (Tipperary) 1-12

St Kieran’s College continued their stay at the summit of schools hurling this afternoon, securing their 20th Croke Cup title with a three-point win over Thurles CBS.



A Robbie Long injury-time point had reduced the deficit to three and made for a tense conclusion as Thurles searched for a goal. St Kieran’s, stood firm.

Four unanswered minors early in the second period from Richie Leahy, Ray Lahart (0-2) and Jason Byrne re-established their five point lead after two points in quick succession from Thurles’ Jack Skehan and Niall Heffernan had pared the margin back to the minimum. Thurles were unable to draw parity and that really was the story of the contest, St Kieran’s staying out of reach for the majority of the 60 minutes.T

he winners were livelier in springing from the blocks, points from Billy Ryan, Ray Lahart (free), Liam Blanchfield and Seán Morrissey moving the Kilkenny school 0-4 to 0-1 clear after 10 minutes. Michael Connors capitalised on a mistake by St Kieran’s goalkeeper Adrian Mullen to strike the opening goal of the contest, and, in the process, ignite the Thurles challenge. A Niall Heffernan free edged the underdogs in front, but it proved a short-lived lead – Lahart firing to the net for the reigning champions on 17 minutes.

Points subsequently from Ryan (0-2), Lahart (free) and Tadhg O Dwyer stretched their advantage to 1-9 to 1-4 as Thurles were coping poorly in dealing with Kieran’s inside line of Lahart, Ryan and O’Dwyer. Niall Cahill’s troops rallied somewhat approaching the break, Billy McCarthy, Niall Heffernan and Connor on target, to cut the gap back to three (1-10 to 1-7) at half-time.Scorers for St Kieran’s: R Lahart (1-5, 0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65); B Ryan (0-3); R Leahy, S Morrissey (0-2 each); J Bryne, L Blanchfield, T O’Dwyer (0-1 each).


Scorers for Thurles CBS: N Heffernan (0-5, 0-4 frees); M Connors (1-2); B McCarthy, K Duggan, R Heffernan, R Long, J Skehan (0-1 each).


Thurles CBS: W Tierney (Thurles Sarsfield); J Derby (Thurles Sarsfields), E Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore), D Quirke (Clonoulty Rossmore); T Hayes (Moycarkey Borris), J Skehan (Holycross Ballycahill), C McCullagh (Moycarkey Borris); R Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore), C Moloney (Thurles Sarsfields); B McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields), K Duggan (Galmoy), N Heffernan (Moycarkey Borris); M Connors (Drom & Inch), R Long (Drom &Inch), R Teehan (Gortnahoe Glengoole). Subs: P Kennedy (Drom & Inch) for Moloney (39), B Kelly (Rathdowney Errill) for Duggan (59), J Butler (Upperchurch Drombane) for R Heffernan (64).Referee: J Keenan (Wicklow)

CBS News (30th March)

All-Ireland Hurling Final

The school would like to wish our senior hurling panel and their mentors the very best of luck in this Saturday’s All-Ireland Senior Colleges Hurling Final. The game will be played in Semple Stadium and throw-in is at 5 pm.

IAMTA Junior Maths Competition

‘Congratulations’ to Mark Fortune, Harry Hogan, Ben Hertramph and Ray Fuller who finished in second place in the national final of the Irish Applied Maths Teachers Association Junior Maths Competition. The final, which took place in Portlaoise last Saturday, consisted of various problem-solving rounds and the C.B.S. team was very unlucky, missing out on victory by just two points.



Geography Field Trip

On Monday last our transition year students traveled to Castlecomer Discovery Park for their Geography field trip. The pupils engaged in orienteering and map-reading as well as enjoying a high-ropes treetop walk. A very enjoyable day was had by all.

Fitzgerald Cup

Our under-17 hurling panel enjoyed a hard-fought victory over Our Lady’s, Templemore in the quarter-final of the Fitzgerald Cup on Monday last. A last minute pointed free by Bill Darcy proved to be the winning score in what was a closely contested match. The final score was 1-16 to 1-15. The panel will now face Clonmel in the semi-final; this game will be played after the Easter break. Meanwhile our Fitzgerald ‘B’ panel was also in action last week when they took on Borrisokane on Thursday. Unfortunately, they were beaten and so are now out of the competition.

Sports Injury Prevention Module

Over the last number of weeks our transition year pupils have been participating in a sports injury prevention module. This six week course, which is being delivered by past pupil, Bill McCormack, aims to give the students an insight into the science behind injury prevention as well as to teach the pupils about health and fitness. The course is designed to cater for athletes of all levels and at the end of the six week period each student will design a personal training schedule which incorporates all aspects of fitness.

Film Award

‘Congratulations’ to sixth year pupil, Eoin Corbett, whose documentary ‘ Internet Addiction and Me’ recently won the best Factual Film Award at R.T.E.’s Fresh Film Festival. This is the second major filmmaking award that Eoin has won this year, having previously won, in conjunction with Adam O’Dwyer, the I.C.T.U. Youth Connect filmmaking competition.

German Exchange

On Tuesday last our nine German exchange students along with their Irish hosts visited the Rock of Cashel, the Swiss Cottage and the Mitchelstown Caves. On the following day they played a friendly international soccer match against some of the pupils in the fifth year German class. The game ended with both sides level on six goals apiece. 

SOAR Workshop

Last Tuesday our transition year pupils took part in a SOAR workshop. These workshops are designed to increase self-awareness, belief, direction, empathy, leadership, peer respect and resiliency. The students certainly found it a very worthwhile and engaging exercise.