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.
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.
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.
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.