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News (21th November)

 Dean Ryan Final

‘Commiserations’ to our under-16 ½ hurlers on their narrow defeat to St. Colman’s of Fermoy in the replay of the Dean Ryan Cup final, which was played at the Gaelic Grounds last Saturday. There was very little between the teams throughout the game and Thurles led by 8 points to 4 at half-time. However two second half goals from Fermoy pushed them into the lead and even though Kieran Moloney got a goal back for the C.B.S. , ultimately it wasn’t enough. The final score was St. Colman’s: 2-12, Thurles: 1-13.

 Croke Cup

Well done’ to our under-15 hurling panel on progressing to the final of the Croke Cup following a very comfortable victory over High School Clonmel on Friday last. The team performed very well and some early goals put the contest beyond reach by half-time. They will now face Cashel Community School in the final on Friday, the 2nd of December.  

Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team secured another unanimous victory last Monday evening, the 14th of November, when they successfully opposed the motion that ‘France should allow religious symbols in public institutions’ against the proposition team from Glenstal Abbey. The team was captained by Harry Hogan and he was more than ably assisted by Tommy O Sullivan, Kyle English and Mark Fortune. Their next debate will see them attempt to propose the motion that ‘Climate change agreements are a load of hot air’ and their opposition for that debate will be St. Kieran’s of Kilkenny.

Careers Fair

A careers fair, which was held in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall on Monday, the 14th of November, was attended by a selection of fourth, fifth and sixth year students from the town’s four secondary schools. Stalls from a wide selection of universities and institutes of technology were present on the day, with representatives available to distribute college literature and to answer any queries that the students may have had. The event was not only extremely useful for sixth year students but also for fourth and fifth years, prompting them to think about possible future college courses and careers.


The Harty Cup panel continued their preparations for their upcoming game against Abbey C.B.S. by playing a useful challenge match against Nenagh last Wednesday. Our first year hurlers were also in action last week, with our A panel playing a practice game against Ard Scoil Ris on Tuesday and our C panel participating in a blitz in Dr. Morris Park on Thursday. Basketball Our under-16 basketball squad was in action last week, taking on St. Paul’s of Monasterevin in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Cup (B). Thurles started strongly and led right up to half-time. Unfortunately, it was St. Paul’s who finished the stronger, winning the game and bringing the season to an end for this group of players. Still they can be proud of reaching the quarter-final of the cup in their first year after promotion.

T.Y. Science Trip

Last week, 51 of our transition year students spent four days at the European Space Centre near Libin in Belgium. Each morning the students attended classes devoted to space science and astronautics. Other activities included trips to a forest activity centre, a water park and the city of Maastricht. An enjoyable time was had by all.