CBS Thurles Secondary School 

                  Scoil na mBráithre Críostaí Durlas


 "Promoting full personal and social developement in caring Christian communities of learning and teaching." Edmund Rice Schools Trust.

News (12th May).


Under 15 Football Champions

Our under-15 football panel made it three-in-a-row when they lifted the Cusack Cup following a comprehensive victory over Our Lady’s, Templemore in the final of the Tipperary A under-15 football final last Wednesday.. Thurles dominated the game from the outset and the result was never in doubt. There were strong performances all over the field with Luke Shanahan, Liam McCormack, Conor Horgan, Stephen Ferncombe and David Fogarty all making significant contributions to the scoreline.

CBS Thurles Cusack Cup winners 201718


Transition Year History Trip

On Wednesday last our transition year pupils travelled to Dublin for their annual history excursion. They began the day with an interesting visit to the Museum of Decorative Arts and History at Collins Barracks before getting a guided tour of Croke Park: highlights of which included the museum, visiting the dressing rooms and participating in the Skyline Tour. On their return they stopped off at Newbridge Shopping Centre for an hour’s shopping. An enjoyable day was had by all.

Soccer Fundraiser Last Tuesday our transition year pupils participated in a soccer tournament which was organised to raise funds for the Tipperary Special Olympics Club which will be competing in the National Special Olympics from the 14th to the 17th of June. The school would like to wish the best of luck to the Tipperary team and in particular to John Flynn who will be representing his county in the soccer tournament.

Second Year Trip

Our second year pupils really enjoyed their visit to Nevsail Watersports Adventure Centre on Friday, the 4th of May. Among the highlights of the day’s activities were kayaking, paddle boarding and a selection of team-building exercises.

7-A-Side Hurling

The CBS team that competed in the Abbey 7-A-Side hurling tournament on Friday, the 4th of May performed very well. They played eight games to reach the final where they were beaten by the hosts, Abbey CBS.

Sixth Year Graduation Mass

The class of 2018 attended their graduation mass last Thursday night in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall. Celebrated by school chaplain, Fr. Joe Walshe, 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. The theme of this year’s mass was- ‘ Is Fearr Cairde na Or’ ( Friendship is more important than gold).We would like to wish all the sixth year students the very best of luck as they prepare for their upcoming exams and wish them all the best for the future.

Project Maths

Last week our transition year pupils travelled to Birr Adventure Centre where they completed a variety of problem-solving and tactical exercises linked to the skills they learn as part of Project Maths. These team-building tasks require students to work out mathematical problems, calculations and measurements.

First Year Football Blitz

Last Thursday the school hosted a first year football blitz which included teams from the CBS and from High School, Clonmel. After a round robin play-off, A and B finals were played. Clonmel won the A competition and Thurles won the B competition.

News (6th May)

Fitzgerald Cup Champions

The CBS won its third successive Fitzgerald Cup on Monday last when our under-17 hurlers defeated Nenagh CBS by 19 points to 16 in what was a very close and exciting game. Thurles led by 9 points to 8 at half-time but Nenagh started the second half strongly building up a three point lead with fifteen minutes to go. Thurles rallied however and went on to win by three points. The entire team played very well on the day with Peter Melbourne, Devon Ryan and Max Hackett in particular turning in fine performances. Our Fitzgerald ‘B’ panel also tasted success last week, overcoming Borrisokane to reach the Plate final where they will face either Killenaule or Cashel. Frank Hanafin, Mark Stakelum and Chris Munroe all impressed as the CBS surged to a 2-22 to 2-11 victory. Well done to both panels.


On Thursday, the 26th of April, our second year basketball team competed in the All-Ireland Play-off series. The team, which has great potential, won its games against Crosshaven and Castleknock but unfortunately wasbeaten by four points by Gaelcholaiste Chiarrai of Tralee and so did not progress in the competition. Thanks to all the parents for their support on the day and well done to the lads on their valiant effort.

Transition Year History and Geography Trip

On Thursday, the 26th of April , our transition year students travelled to Belfast for their history and geography overnight trip. That morning they visited the impressive and enlightening Titanic Centre where they learnt about the building of the Titanic and the history of the Harland and Wolff shipbuilding yard and the White Star Shipping Line. In the afternoon the pupils participated in guided tours of both the Falls Road and the Shankill Road, where they viewed murals and were told about the city’s violent recent history by guides who themselves had been involved in ‘The Troubles’. It was an eye-opening and fascinating experience for the pupils. They also visited Crumlin Road Gaol. On the following day the students visited the world-famous basalt columns of The Giant’s Causeway before crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in scenic Ballintoy.

First Year Science Trip

Continuing with the northern theme, our first year Science Club members travelled to Belfast last Monday to visit the W5 Interactive Discovery Centre, a highlight of which was an entertaining demonstration based on chemical reactions. While in Belfast the students also checked out the Titanic Centre and partook of a guided tour of the city.

Track and Field Athletics

Our track and field athletes amassed an impressive haul of 26 medals ( 15 gold, 6 silver, 5 bronze) at the Tipperary Track and Field Championships on Wednesday, the 25th of April in Templemore. They are now preparing for the East Munster competition which will be held on the 11th of May. We wish them the best of luck.


Well done to our under-19 squash team on finishing as runners-up in the recent All-Ireland competition. The team, which consisted of Dylan O Shaughnessy, Joe Hynes, Donnacha Quirke and Killian Cullinane, defeated the Connacht champions in the semi-final but unfortunately lost out to Leinster in the final.

Squash All Ireland


Croke Cup Final

Our Croke Cup panel lost out to Nenagh in the competition final on Wednesday last. Nenagh led by 11 points to 5 at the break and went on to win by 16 points to 11. Despite the loss there were some fine performances on the day with Liam McCormack, in particular, putting in an eye-catching display.

Art Exhibition

On Thursday last our fifth and sixth year art students visited Tipperary print artist, Alice Maher’s exhibition at The Source. The pupils really enjoyed the ‘Vox Materia’ exhibition which explored the themes of language, embodiment, agency and autonomy.

Under-15 Football

Strong performances from Conor Phelan and Cillian McDonagh were not enough for the under-15 football team which was beaten by Roscrea in the semi-final on Friday, the 27th of April.  

News (19th April)

O’Dowd Cup

Congratulations to our under-15 hurlers on being crowned Munster champions last Wednesday following their victory over De la Salle in the final of the O’Dowd Cup. Thurles started well, building up a five points to one lead early in the first half. De la Salle fought back however and the CBS led by just a single point at half-time ( 1-5, 1-4). De la Salle started the second half strongly, scoring two points before Thurles took control of the game, eventually emerging victorious on a scoreline of 2-11 to 1-6. This was a strong team performance, helped by some impressive displays from the captain, Luke Shanahan, and from Stephen Ferncombe, who scored both goals. Eddie Maher and Darragh Stakelum were very busy in midfield while Jack Leamy and Liam McCormack also turned in fine displays. Well done to all involved.

White Cup Champions 2018

Rice Cup

Our Rice Cup ‘A’ panel qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition by winning their blitz on Thursday, the 12th of April. The squad defeated teams from Roscrea, Naas and Blackwater CBS and will face either Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG or Youghal in the next round. Our ‘B’ panel was in action the following day but despite some good performances they failed to progress to the next round of the competition.

Business and Innovation Project

Our transition year pupils travelled to Grange Hill last Monday where they participated in a scenic forest walk. As well as getting some fresh air and exercise the trip provided the students with the inspiration needed to complete a business and innovation project which challenges them to come up with some new ideas about how the area’s natural resources and amenities could be better utilised for tourist purposes.

French Exchange

Recently, fifteen students from the coastal town of Lannion in Brittany spent one week with their host families in Thurles and Roscrea as part of a student exchange organised jointly by the CBS and Colaiste Phobal Ros Cre. While visiting Ireland the pupils got a taste of Irish school life as well as gaining an insight into Irish history and culture. Included in their itinerary were visits to the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle and the Swiss Cottage. They also visited Dublin where they participated in the Viking Splash Tour and viewed the Book of Kells. Students from our school had previously visited France. Overall, the exchange was a huge success and a very enjoyable and educational experience for all involved

Under-16 Soccer

The school’s under-16 soccer panel was knocked out of the South-East Munster Cup at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday last. The team was unlucky to come up against a very strong Tramore team which managed to build up a four goal lead by half-time. The players didn’t drop their heads though and managed to get a couple of consolation goals , via Jack Lillis and Alex Garcia Diaz.

Highest Grade in Leaving Cert Chemistry

Congratulations to Mark Fortune Congratulations  who received recognition from the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland today for attaining the highest grade in the LC Chemistry examinations 2017.

MOG Car Safety Demonstration

On Thursday last our transition year students attended a car safety demonstration course intended to teach young drivers about the limitations and frailties of a motor vehicle, thereby dispelling the notion of "invincibility" behind the wheel. The students were able to examinethe internal workings of a specially modified car and gain an insight into the dangers of driving with damaged parts. It was a very interesting demonstration which helped to encourage responsible driving among young people.

News (25th March)


O’Dowd Cup

 Well done to our under-16 hurlers on progressing to the final of the O’Dowd Cup following a 4-12 to 1-7 victory over St. Colman’s of Fermoy last Wednesday. Aided by a goal from Liam McCormack, the CBS led at half-time by 1-6 to 4 points. Thurles pulled further ahead in the second period and goals from Stephen Ferncombe, David Fogarty and Jack Leamy helped them to a 4-12 to 1-7 victory. They will face either De la Salle or Ard Scoil Ris in the final.

German Exchange


Last Saturday, nine German exchange students travelled home to Rosenheim in the south-east of Germany having spent the previous ten days with their host families in Thurles, Holycross, Ballycahill, Horse and Jockey, Gortnahoe and Two-Mile Borris. While in Ireland the students, from the Ignaz Gunther Gymnasium, attended classes with their exchange partners as well as experiencing a taste of Irish culture through their attendance at G.A.A. matches and St. Patrick’s Day parades. They also visited local attractions such as the Rock of Cashel and the Mitchelstown Caves. Last September their host students had a very enjoyable time in Rosenheim. Plans for next year’s exchange are already underway and incoming fifth year students are invited to participate.

U-16 ½ Football


Despite a very committed performance, our under-16 ½ footballers were defeated by Ennistymon in the Munster quarter-final last Wednesday. The first half was very competitive, Thurles leading by a point at half-time. However, Ennistymon got the better of the second period, eventually winning on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-4. From a Thurles perspective there were impressive performances from Kyle Ryan, Kieran Costello, Kevin Hayes, Devon Ryan, Barry Ryan and Darren Flood.



Our under-16 soccer players got their first run-out of the season last Thursday when they played Cashel in a challenge match. Goals from Jack Lillis and Jack Kelly helped the C.B.S. to a 2-1 lead at half-time, though Cashel came back to equalize in the second half. This was a good opportunity for players to get some game time with 21 of the squad getting on to represent the school.

Anti-Bullying Workshop


As part of the school’s ongoing focus on student wellbeing, Mr. Pat Courtney delivered an excellent workshop on friendship, bullying and internet safety to all our third year pupils on Friday, the 16th of March.


Games Fleadh  2018 


Last Wednesday our first year coding classes, accompanied by a selection of transition years, attended the third level games development exhibition at LIT-Thurles. The pupils interacted with games developers and listened to informative talks from industry experts. The event was particularly useful for anybody considering a career in computer programming or games development.

games fleadh 2




News (10th March)

O’Dowd Cup

Our under-15 hurlers began their defence of the O’Dowd Cup in fine style last Wednesday, defeating a strong St. Flannan’s side by two goals to set up a semi-final showdown with either Nenagh or St. Coleman’s next week. The first half was a competitive affair, Thurles going in at the interval leading by a solitary point (1-4, 0-6). However, two Thurles goals early in the second half gave the C.B.S. control of the tie and eventually Thurles ran out as worthy winners on a scoreline of  5-9 to 3-9. The goals were scored by Jack Leamy, David Fogarty, Stephen Ferncombe, Alex Lawlor and Pat Ryan.

Indoor Athletics

Our athletes enjoyed considerable success on Tuesday last when they picked up several medals at the Munster Schools Indoor Athletics Championships which were held in Nenagh. Emmet Fogarty, of third year, won gold in the junior 1,200 metres race while Jack Ryan secured a gold medal in the intermediate shot putt competition. Dillon Ryan also medaled, picking up a silver in the junior long jump. Well done to all.

Law Module

Last week our transition year students participated in an engaging, interactive law seminar which was facilitated by Kate Hedigan of LawEd. The pupils were informed about various aspects of law including consumer law, employment rights, road traffic offences and the laws in relation to alcohol and drugs. Through the medium of a mock trial they also learned how a court operates, the roles of judges, barristers and solicitors, and the differences between civil and criminal cases. The pupils also learned about careers in law.

Cross-Country Athletics

On Friday, the 23rd of February, our three cross-country athletics teams (minor, junior and senior) travelled to the WIT sports campus in Carriganore, Co Waterford, having qualified from the East Munster Championship the previous week. Our junior team, which consisted of Emmet Fogarty, Tadhg Gould, Jack O’Mara, Alex Crowley, Stephen Mawe, Denis Shanahan and Donnacha Troy, secured the bronze medal on the day, thus qualifying for the All-Ireland Championships. Also qualifying for that event was Darragh Minogue, who finished in tenth place in the minor boys’ race.‘Best of luck’ to the boys in the All-Ireland and ‘well done’ to all who competed on the day.



Our second year basketball team progressed to the final of the Midlands League last Thursday following a 31 points to 22 victory over Marist College, Athlone

Monday, September 21, 2020