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.
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.
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.