Basketball Midlands Final
‘Hard luck’ to our under-19 basketball squad on narrowly losing out to St. Paul’s of Monasterevin in the Midlands League final, which was played in Portlaoise last Wednesday. It was an extremely close game throughout and Thurles trailed by a single point at half-time. Philip Ryan, Adam Derby, Killian Ryan and top scorer, Sean Mockler all performed excellently but alas, it was not enough and Monasterevin won on a final score of 44 points to 38.
Cross Country Athletics
Several teams from the school competed in the Tipperary Schools Cross Country Championships which were held at Thurles Crokes Athletics Field on Wednesday last, the 6th of December. At minor level, our under-14 athletes took the silver medal in the team event with Darragh Minogue finishing second and Joe Egan coming in fourth. At the junior level, teams from the CBS took both the gold and silver medals with Emmet Fogarty taking the individual silver and Jack O’Mara scooping the individual bronze. There was more success in the senior boys’ race where Fred Crowley earned a bronze medal. Well done to all involved.
Tipperary Enterprise Awards School Trade Fair
A trade fair, organised in conjunction with the Tipperary Enterprise Board, was held in the school on Friday last. At the event, all of the first, second and transition year mini-companies presented their ideas and business models, from which six companies will be chosen to represent the school in the county final in the new year. The wide and varied selection of goods available for sale on the day included customised sportswear, hurley holders, frames, homemade lamps and skincare products.
Brick Flicks Animation Workshops
Both our first year and transition year art students made ‘mini-figures’ come to life on Monday, the 4th of December when they participated in stop-motion animation workshops which were facilitated by the Dublin-based: Create School Animation Studio. Working in groups, the pupils built sets, developed landscapes, wrote storyboards and then filmed their own stop-motion movies using Lego figures. The results of this fun and engaging enterprise can be viewed on the Create School Youtube Channel. H
Well done to our Harty Cup hurlers on overcoming Nenagh CBS in their final qualifying game of the group stages. Thurles started well and goals from Max Hackett and Gearoid Troy helped them to a 2-9 to 1-5 lead at the interval. The second half was more closely contested but Thurles, despite a late goal from Nenagh, held out for a two-point victory. The final score was Thurles:2-13, Nenagh:2-11.
Thirty-five students representing the CBS music department participated in the Seinn concert which was held in Thurles Cathedral last Wednesday. Organised with the intention of promoting liturgical music among teenagers, the concert featured musicians and singers from thirteen different schools. Among the soloists who gave outstanding performances were sixth-year students: Killian Cullinane, Cameron Kelly, Liam Hourigan, Gavin Murphy and Tomas Caffrey. Well done to everyone who took part in this very special event.
Our senior basketball panel had a good day last Thursday, defeating Marist College, Athlone by 65 points to 49 in the semi-final of the Midlands League. A strong team performance helped them over the line in what was a very competitive and close game. Top scorers for the CBS were Sean Mockler (22), Philip Ryan (13) Arthur Geronimo (12) and Adam Derby (10). The squad will now face St. Paul’s of Monasterevin in the final which will be played this Wednesday, the 6th of December, in St. Mary’s Hall, Portlaoise.
Croke Cup Final
The second of our Croke Cup teams progressed to the final, where they will face a strong Nenagh side, following a 3-14 to 7 points victory over Clonmel last Friday. The teams were evenly matched in the first half, Thurles leading by 7 points to 5 at half-time. Thurles took control of the game in the second period and strong performances from Liam O’Meara, Toby Lambe, Luke Shanahan and Conor Horgan helped them to a comfortable victory in the end. The final is provisionally pencilled in for Wednesday, the 13th of December. We wish them the best of luck.
On Friday last our senior football panel lost out to Rockwell after extra-time in the semi-final of the Tipperary under 18 ½ A Schools Championship. The first half was tightly contested and a goal from Mikey Nally meant that Thurles trailed by a single point at the interval (2-3, 1-5). It was much the same after the break and the sides could not be split at full time (2-8, 1-11). However, Rockwell pulled away in extra-time, eventually winning the game by four points. Despite the defeat, the team can be happy with its performance, with Patrick Scully, Jack Dolan, Bryan O Meara and Frank McKevitt all excelling on the day.
Mental Health Event
Last Tuesday our transition year pupils attended an interactive mental health workshop in the Presentation Sports Hall. This event aimed to promote positive mental health awareness through listening to inspirational speeches and partaking in fun activities. Internet Safety Workshop Last Thursday, in conjunction with the North Tipperary Leadership Partnership, our first year and transition year pupils attended internet safety workshops which focussed on issues such as cyberbullying, internet gambling, online relationships, appropriate content and excessive internet use. Later that evening a similar event took place for parents. These useful workshops are essential as young people need to be informed about the dangers that exist online and need to be educated about responsible behaviour on social media platforms. St. Vincent de Paul