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CBS News (16th March)

Cross-Country Athletics

On Saturday, the 7th of March our Junior (u-15) cross-country team bridged a twenty year gap to win bronze medals at the GloHealth All-Ireland Cross-Country Championships which were held in Clongowes Wood College, Clane. The team consisted of Fred Crowley, Kieran Moloney, Kevin Bracken, Jack Hickey, Eanna Ryan, Ben O’Dwyer and Niall Moore. On the strength of that performance Fred Crowley has been selected to represent his country in the Schools International Championships which are due to be held at Santry Demesne on Saturday, the 21st of this month. Well done to all involved and we wish Fred the best of luck this Saturday.



Concern Debating

Last Thursday evening our Concern debating team traveled to the Springhill Hotel in Kilkenny to take on the girls from the Loreto Abbey, Dalkey in the last sixteen of the competition. The boys were proposing the motion that ‘The world would be better off without GM foods’. Despite an extremely good performance, the motion was not carried and so the team’s season came to a disappointing end. They did manage to win the new ‘Crossfire’ round which is being trialed in the knockout stages of the competition but as this did not affect the verdict, it was scant consolation. Nevertheless, the team is to be commended as this was their only defeat this year. Well done to Thomas Bourke, Diarmaid Meagher, John Lanigan, Mark Fortune and Harry Hogan and to all the researchers and those who helped out all year.

Young Social Innovators

Twenty four of our transition year students traveled to the Lime Tree Theatre in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Thursday last to compete in the Young Social Innovators ‘Speakout’ event. The school had three entries in the competition; one on farm safety, one on water safety and one on road safety. Each of the three groups delivered an innovative presentation on their chosen topic and they are now awaiting the results of the competition, which will be announced on the 14th of April.

Transition Year Coaching Course

Over the last number of weeks our transition year students have been participating in a foundation level Gaelic Games coaching course which took place in the school. Under the expert tutelage of G.A.A. Games Promotions Officer, Mr. Andy Ryan, the students learned how to organise a training session from start to finish; beginning with the warm-up, consisting of various drills and ending with the cool-down . Later in the year all the transition years will put their newly attained knowledge into practice when they work as coaches in the local primary schools. ‘One Book’ Project Our transition year students have recently been participating in the ‘One Book’ project which was facilitated by Thurles Library. The 4Y class read the historical novel ‘Auslander’ by Paul Dowswell and then delivered an oral presentation on the novel in the library on Wednesday last. They also created a visual presentation that is currently on display in the library which focused on different aspects of the plot and different aspects of its setting during the Second World War.

White Cup

Last week was a busy one for our White Cup hurlers. On Monday they defeated St. Coleman’s of Fermoy on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-7 to progress to the quarter-final which was played on Friday. Unfortunately they were beaten by a goal by Templemore in that game. Zambian Immersion Project The school’s fundraising walk in Upperchurch in aid of the Zambian Immersion Project will take place this Friday. We would like to thank all those who supported the event and in particular the people of Upperchurch and the Upperchurch Walks Committee for facilitating it.


The school community would like to extend its sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Chris Coffey, who passed away this week. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

CBS News (8th March)

Thurles C.B.S. News (March 8th)

Zambian Immersion Project

The students involved in the Zambian Immersion Project are busily fundraising at present in preparation for their trip to Mufilira next October. As part of this fundraising, the school is organising a sponsored walk in Upperchurch which will take place on Friday, the 20th of March. All of our students have been issued with sponsorship cards and as usual your support is greatly appreciated. Those involved in the project would also like to thank, in advance, the community of Upperchurch and the Upperchurch Walks Committee who are facilitating this very important fundraiser.

Kilkenny Design Centre

On Wednesday last our 4W art class paid a visit to the Kilkenny Design Centre where they viewed an exhibition of the works of local artists entitled ‘Fresh Talent’. While at the centre they also participated in an interactive workshop with local artist Caroline Ryan. The pupils created drawings which were inspired by the exhibition and then applied those drawings to prints. When these prints dry they will be put on display in the school.

First Year Basketball

Our first year basketball team enjoyed an important victory over Haywood Community School in the league semi-final on Thursday last. A strong team performance saw them defeat their opponents by 30 points to seal their place in the final. The players are now preparing for their upcoming semi-final in the cup competition and we wish them the best of luck. Simdrive Over the last two weeks our transition year students have been learning to drive via a driving instruction simulator. The Simdrive lorry contains several driving simulators, through which the students have been learning good driving habits and skills. This has been hugely enjoyable for them as they have picked up a very important life skill.

Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition

Two weeks ago , fifth year students Niall Moloney and Kieran Cummins, along with the other finalists in the beef rearing competition, visited the Kepak Head Office in Clonee. The pupils were given a guided tour of the Kepak farm in Dunboyne where the housing standards and feeding practices were particularly impressive. They also visited the Kepak Innovation Centre and the Thatch, which is their administrative headquarters. Here, the students gave a seven minute presentation on their project to date to senior management of the Kepak Group, including Mr. John Horgan , the company’s managing director.

Indoor Athletics

On Tuesday last, ten boys represented C.B.S. Thurles in the Munster Schools Indoor Games, which were held in Nenagh. Great success was had with the boys coming away with a total of eight medals.  In the intermediate category, Daniel Ryan won gold in the 60m hurdles and 60m sprint. In the junior category, David Ryan claimed gold in the shot putt with his teammate Sean Mockler claiming the silver medal.  In the high jump, Sean Mockler cleared 1.75m to take gold while Declan Ryan claimed silver.  In the minor category Jack Ryan won gold in the shot putt with an impressive throw of 12.50 metres while Josh O'Dwyer ran a strong race to come first in the 1200m.  Other boys who performed well and were unlucky not to come away with a medal this time around were Jack Dolan, Jack Fallon, Dylan McLoughlin and Shane Burke. 

Tidy Towns

Last Thursday Mr. Tommy Barrett, representing Thurles Tidy Towns Committee, spoke to the 3ND C.S.P.E. class about the importance of living in an environment which is clean and litter free. He also spoke to the class about the problems caused to the community by anti-social behaviour. His talk was both inspiring and enlightening.  


March News

I.C.T.U. Youth Connect Film Competition

‘Congratulations’ to filmmakers, Adam O’Dwyer and Eoin Corbett, on scooping the top prize in the prestigious I.C.T.U. Youth Connect Film Competition. The two sixth year students were presented with the award for Best Film at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin on Thursday last. The competition invited second level students to create short films on the theme of ‘Income and Equality’ and the boys’ entry, entitled ‘It’s Time’, saw off competition from 92 other entries nationally to secure the top prize of a five day trip to New York. The short film, which is available to watch on Youtube, uses a mixture of  dark humour and poignancy to create an extremely thought-provoking film. Well done to Adam and Eoin, who shot, directed and edited the film, and to all the actors who performed in it.



Harty Cup Celebrations

‘Congratulations’ to our  Harty Cup panel, and to their mentors, Mr. Martin Maher, Mr. Niall Cahill and Mr. John Devane, on their tremendous victory over Rochestown in the competition final on February, the 21st . By bringing the cup back to Thurles for the eight time, this band of players has inscribed their names indelibly into the pages of the school’s illustrious sporting history. Well done to them all. Their momentous achievement was recognised by the school community at a celebratory reception in the James O’Donoghue Sports Hall on Monday afternoon last. The entire school community gave them a rapturous reception as they entered the hall, following behind a piper from the Sean Treacy Pipe Band. Guest speaker,  Fr. Tom Fogarty , delivered to the assembled students a very inspirational talk about the important role that sport plays in our lives and it was nice to have present on the day Br. Dooley and Br. O Connell as well as Mr. Andy Ryan and Mr. Dinny Maher, representing the County Board.

Zambian Immersion Project

All those involved in the Zambian Immersion Project would like to thank the Thurles Drama Group, who donated the proceeds of their very successful opening night performance of ‘ Beyond the Brooklyn Sky’ to the project. This highly entertaining night raised an impressive total of €3,595 for this good cause. The staff and students involved would also like to thank The Source Arts Centre, those who sponsored the raffle, Sammon’s Chemist, Bookworm and Costcutters ( for assisting in the selling of tickets), and all those who supported the event.

Concern Debating

‘Well done’ to our Concern Debating team on successfully proposing the motion that ‘ The idea that population growth will destroy the planet is nonsense’ against Mitchelstown C.B.S. in the play-off stage of the competition on Thursday evening last. The team was captained by Thomas Bourke and also consisted of Harry Hogan, Mark Fortune and John Lanigan. The team will now face the Loreto Abbey, Dalkey in the last sixteen of the competition next Thursday. The C.B.S. will be proposing the motion that ‘The world would be better off without GM crops’.

Wheelchair Basketball

Last Tuesday our transition year students participated in games of wheelchair basketball in the school sports hall. The games, run in conjunction with the Irish Wheelchair Society, were designed to raise awareness about disability.

Science Olympiad

Well done to transition year student, Mark Fortune, who successfully qualified through round two of the Irish EU Science Olympiad and will now represent his country in physics at the European Science Olympiad in Klagenfurt, Austria this April.

Harty Cup Champions 2015

CBS Thurles are Harty Cup Champions


Thurles CBS 2-12 St. Francis' College, Rochestown 1-12

First half goals from Kevin Duggan and Billy McCarthy proved decisive as Thurles CBS claimed their eighth Dr Harty Cup at Rochestown's expense in Mallow.


The Tipperary boys scored four unanswered points in the final 11 minutes to claim their first title since 2009 and end Rochestown's dreams of a Munster PP senior hurling and football double. The Cork school came from four points down at half-time to lead 1-12 to 2-8 entering the final stages, but late points from the outstanding McCarthy (two), Duggan and Michael Connors saw Thurles - who had Niall Heffernan sent off in stoppage-time - prevail.


In a game which was level five times, Rochestown drew first blood when Ciaran Cormack scored a superb goal in the 10th minute, but Duggan replied with a similar score six minutes later and McCarthy raised the winners' second green flag at the end of the first half to give them a 2-7 to 1-6 interval lead.

With Cormack and Shane Kingston to the fore, St. Francis' College restarted strongly and were level by the 44th minute. But Thurles finished the stronger.


Scorers - Thurles CBS: B McCarthy 1-2, K Duggan 1-1, N Heffernan 0-4f, R Long 0-2, P Kennedy, R Teehan & M Connors 0-1 each. Rochestown: C Cormack 1-6 (0-5f), S Kingston 0-4, S Powter and D Meaney 0-1 each.Thurles CBS: W Tierney; D Quirke, E Heffernan, J Derby; T Hayes, J Skehan, C McCullagh; B McCarthy, C Moloney; N Heffernan, K Duggan, P Kennedy; J Butler, R Teehan, R Long. Subs: M Connors for Butler (54), R Purcell for Moloney (56).Rochestown: A Cullinane; D Murphy, J Cashman, N Walsh; D Kelliher, D Griffin, C Sheehan; E O’Brien, J O’Sullivan; C Cormack, D O’Mahony, S Kington; D Meaney, S Powter, L O’Sullivan. Subs: K O’Donovan for Sheehan (30), M McAuliffe for L O’Sullivan (33), J Holland for O’Mahony (37), L Dineen for O’Brien (60).Referee: Damien Fox (Clare).

Zambian Immersion Project

This Preformance on Monday 23rd February is in aid of our Zambian Fund where 8 students and 3 teachers will travel to Zambia to assist the Brothers in their charitable Work.  Your support on the night will be greatly appreciated.  


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Beyond the Brooklyn Sky is the story of five fortysomething friends who left the small fishing village of Brandon in Kerry in the nineteen eighties in pursuit of their dreams in the States. It is now 2013, twenty years later, and they are reunited in what was their local village dancehall to celebrate Jack’s single-handed journey in a small plane across the Atlantic. Their past and present lives converge in this dance hall where they had their first kiss.

Like many Irish people of that time they have discovered that dreams don’t always come true.Throughout the course of twenty-four hours, over a lot of drink and a lot of music, their hearts, secrets   and shattered dreams open up. We discover that decisions were made that they all regret. These are realistic stories with real people, some trapped in loveless marriages, while others are re-igniting their love for each other. The direction of their lives and relationships over the intervening years is gradually uncovered.

They are people we recognise and so we care about them.This is a truthful and moving story about love, emigration, alcoholism and loss. It is both delightfully funny and sadly poignant. The play is seen through the eyes of the vibrant, optimistic teenager Shannon and the wisdom of the older Jamsie, whose son Jimmy is lost somewhere on the streets in the States. The music of the eighties is another character in the play and permeates the action. It transports the characters to a particular time and place in their lives.This is a story about middle -age in crisis. But hope for forgiveness and love is there.

The director Peter Sheridan says:  “It’s the best first time play I’ve ever read in all my years working in the theatre”.Monday night’s performance is €20 and in aid of the Schools Zambian Immersion Fund.