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News (11 October)

Dean Ryan

The under-16 ½ hurlers enjoyed a comfortable victory over the reigning champions, St. Coleman’s of Fermoy in the quarter final of the Dean Ryan Cup which was played in Clonmel last Tuesday. Thurles started strongly and goals from Darren Flood and Stephen Ferncombe helped them to a 2-11 to 1-7 lead at half-time. The CBS stretched out their lead in the second half with Darren Flood grabbing a second goal to help them to a victory on a scoreline of 3-29 to 3-8. They will now face St. John The Baptist Community School, Hospital in the semi-final.


Two teams from the school, one junior and one senior, competed in the Munster Schools Integrated Oratory Competition in Mount Mercy College, Cork on Saturday last, the 8th of October. In their first debate, the senior team, which consisted of Kyle English and Brendan Atkins,  opposed the motion that the Front National have no place in French society while the junior team of Adam Treacy and Stephen O’Shaughnessy argued that the general public still believe in the integrity of the Gardai. After their initial debates, for which they had prepared, the students participated in two further mace debates where they were given the motions fifteen minutes beforehand. Topics included offensive jokes, scientific plagiarism and affirmative action. All debates were carried out in the Canadian Parliamentary format with teams giving and receiving points of information. The pupils involved enjoyed the experience and hopefully it will help to improve their debating skills.

James O’Donoghue Memorial Cup

On Friday last 92 of our first year pupils competed in the James O’Donoghue Memorial hurling blitz against teams from The Abbey, Tipperary town. Both schools fielded 8 teams each, with each team consisting of eleven players. Every team played four games and in the end Thurles retained the cup which was presented to joint captains, Darragh Fitzpatrick and Kevin O’Donovan.




Our under-19 soccer panel was narrowly defeated by Cahir in the first group game of the Munster Senior Cup which was played in Cahir Park last Wednesday. Thurles started well and goals from Frank McKevitt and Jack Dolan saw them establish a two goal lead. However, Cahir were given a lifeline back into the game when they were awarded a penalty just before the break. Both teams had chances in the second half but it was Cahir who took their ones, scoring twice to win the game 3-2. The next fixture, against Nenagh CBS,  is now a must win game. On Friday our under-17 team had their first run out of the season against Cashel at Peake Villa. This was a good opportunity to give players some game time and all twenty who togged out were given their chance in what was an entertaining and competitive 2-2 draw. Kevin Patan and Alex Garcia Diaz scored the goals for the CBS.

Print Workshop

Last Wednesday Mr. Brian Fitzgerald, a print artist from Limerick Printmakers visited the school to run the first of two print workshops for our transition year art students. The purpose of the workshop was to explore the craft of Intaglio printing. The students made sketches which were inspired by a primary source and then transferred them to acetates in preparation for next week’s printing class.

Creative Engagement Exhibition

On Tuesday, the 3rd of October our transition year art students presented their entry in the Creative Engagement Exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Inspired by last year’s bicentennial celebrations the transition years of 2016-17 designed and built a ceramic mural which celebrates the history and heritage of the school. The mural consists of two panels. The panel on the left represents the lives of Brother Edmund Rice and the Cahill brothers who founded the school while the panel on the right presents the school as it is now, showcasing our ethos and our connections to the community. The mural can be viewed outside the front entrance of the school building.