CBS Thurles Secondary School 

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 "Promoting full personal and social developement in caring Christian communities of learning and teaching." Edmund Rice Schools Trust.

News (13th December )

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

Harty Cup

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.

Seinn Concert

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.

Senior Football

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

News (26th November)

Careers Fair

A selection of fourth, fifth and sixth-year students from the town’s secondary schools attended a careers fair, which was held in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall on Monday, the 20th of November. All the major universities and institutes of technology were represented at the event, answering students’ questions and distributing college literature. Kildalton and Pallaskenry agricultural colleges also had stands while the Irish Army was represented by four past pupils: Denis Maher, Aidan McCormack, Murty Larkin and Kieran Kennedy.  Other past pupils present on the day included Phil Kelly and Kieran Morris, representing H&MV Engineering and Jamie Fanning, representing Colaiste Mhuire. 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.

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Croke Cup

One of our two Croke Cup teams lost out to Nenagh in the semi-final of the Tipperary Schools Under-15 A hurling competition on Monday last, the 20th of November. Thurles played well in the first half and led by four points at the interval ( 1-8, 0-7). However, Nenagh was the better team in the second half, scoring four goals to ensure their progression to the final on a scoreline of 4-13 to 1-14.

CFI Talk to Construction Students

On Wednesday last Mr Ronan O Brien of the Construction Federation of Ireland spoke to our sixth-year construction studies students about career opportunities in the construction industry. Mr O Brien also talked about apprenticeships; how they operate and how to apply for them. Mr Edward Costello and Mr Ronan Maher, both of Clancy Construction, also spoke to the pupils, enlightening them on careers in quantity surveying and project management.

Tipperary Enterprise Visit

In preparation for the school’s upcoming trade fair, scheduled for the 7th of December, Ms Sue Anne O Donnell, Education Officer with the Tipperary Enterprise Board, visited the school last Thursday to address our transition year pupils. Ms O Donnell informed the students about the competition and advised them on how to make their mini-businesses successful.

First Year Football Blitz

The school entered three teams into the first year football blitz which took place in Dr Morris Park and the Railway Field last Thursday. One of those teams was victorious against teams from the Abbey and Rockwell and will now progress to the A tournament while the other two teams were less successful and will play in the C tournament. In line with our goal to give as many students as possible some game time over sixty first years represented the school on the day.

News (11th November)

Dean Ryan Champions

The school secured its record-breaking thirteenth Dean Ryan title when our under-16 ½ hurlers defeated Midleton C.B.S. in the final of the Munster schools hurling competition, which was played in Clonmel on Wednesday last, the 8th of November. Thurles started the game strongly, a Devon Ryan goal helping them to build up a four-point lead before Midleton responded with six unanswered points of their own.

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Each side scored four more points apiece over the remainder of the first half and Midleton led by 10 points to 1-5 at the interval. Midleton began the second period well, netting twice to build up a seven-point lead with a quarter of an hour remaining in the fixture ( 2-13, 1-09). With the game looking like it was slipping away, Thurles showed fantastic determination and fighting spirit, clawing their way back into contention through goals from Stephen Ferncombe and Jack Lanigan before points from Darren Flood, Stephen Ferncombe and Devon Ryan helped to secure a three-point victory for the C.B.S. The final score was Thurles: 3-15, Midleton: 2-15. Afterwards, the Dean Ryan Cup was presented to joint captains, Darren Flood and Jack Lanigan. The team now progress to the All-Ireland final where they will face either the Connacht or the Leinster champions. ‘Well done’ to all involved in securing this prestigious Munster title for the school. We wish the team the best of luck in the final.

Internet Safety Talk

Last Wednesday afternoon two local Gardai spoke to our second-year students about safe and responsible use of the internet. Among the topics addressed were cyber-bullying and the legal implications of online misbehaviour. Students were advised that any comments they make online need to be sensible and respectful and were warned about the dangers of posting inappropriate pictures on social media.


Our under-17 soccer panel was knocked out of the Munster Junior Cup last Tuesday by a very strong De La Salle side. This always looked like it was going to be a very tough draw for the C.B.S. and thus it proved. De la Salle scored twice in the first half and an early goal in the second half effectively killed off the tie. Despite the loss, the Thurles players can be proud of their performances. They battled gamely, against superior opposition and refused to let their heads drop or their discipline slip. The entire team worked extremely hard until the final whistle and in particular, there were impressive displays from Jordan Fahy, Jack Ryan-Casey, Aidan Slattery and Dillon Maher.

News (3rd November)

Concern Debating

The Concern debating team secured another three points last Thursday evening courtesy of a unanimous victory over the Loreto Convent, Clonmel. The team, which was captained by Brendan Atkins and also consisted of Steven Condon, Eanna Ryan and Kyle English, successfully opposed the motion that ‘ For women to access leadership roles, gender quotas must be enforced’ in what was a very entertaining and informative debate. Their next debate will see the team oppose the motion that ‘ Young people are indifferent to the problems of the developing world’ against Presentation Secondary School, Waterford.

Harty Cup

Our senior hurling panel enjoyed a comprehensive victory over Scoil Na Trioniode, Doon in the second round of the Harty Cup group games which was played in Limerick last Wednesday. Thurles started strongly, building up an early lead thanks to goals from Gearoid Troy and Darren Flood. At half-time, the CBS led on a scoreline of 2-7 to 6 points and they extended that lead in the second half thanks to a very dominant display. Devon Ryan and Jack Lanigan both found the net after the interval to leave the final score at Thurles: 4-19, Doon:0-9. The team will face Nenagh CBS in their final group game.

First Year Hurling Blitz

The strength of hurling in the school was highlighted last Tuesday when our two teams faced each other in the final of the Tipperary Schools First Year Hurling Blitz, which took place in Dr. Morris Park. They defeated teams from Templemore, Abbey, Clonmel and Nenagh en route to the final. In the end, it was the team captained by Eoin Horgan which tasted victory. Well done to all involved.

 jim langton champions 2017


King Lear

On Wednesday last our sixth year English students attended a performance of King Lear in the school’s assembly hall. The show, performed by CycloneRep, consisted of key scenes from the play combined with discussions which focused on the motivations of key characters and the exploration of the play’s dominant themes. As usual with Cyclone Rep, there was plenty of humor and the show was a highly enjoyable method of revising the play which will be examined in this year’s Leaving Cert paper.

First Year Trip

On Wednesday last, the 25th of October, our first-year students went on a school tour to Limerick to celebrate the end of their first full term in secondary school. In the morning they visited King John’s Castle where they had great fun exploring the castle, enjoying the magnificent views of Limerick and imagining the life of a Norman soldier in such a fortress. Afterwards, they visited Thomond Park, the home of Munster rugby, where they participated in a stadium and museum tour. The pupils then rounded off a very enjoyable day by spending some time bowling at Leisureplex. Jim Langton Cup ‘Well done’ to our under-14 hurlers on retaining the Jim Langton Cup following a blitz in Kilkenny CBS last Wednesday. Thurles defeated a team from Kilkenny CBS by four points in the final and afterward Thurles captain, David Sherman was presented with the cup.

News (23rd October)

Dean Ryan Cup

‘Congratulations’ to our under-16 ½ hurling panel on progressing to the final of the Dean Ryan Cup, following a comprehensive victory over John The Baptist, Hospital in Dundrum last Wednesday. The result never seemed in doubt and a goal from Chris Monroe helped Thurles to a 1-8 to 3 point lead at half-time. Jack Lanigan, Devon Ryan and Darren Flood (2) all found the net in the second half and the CBS eventually won the game on a scoreline of 5-18 to 0-8. They will now face either Midleton CBS or St. Flannan’s in the final.


The senior basketball team was unlucky to be narrowly beaten in the league by Castleknock College on Wednesday last. The CBS performed well as a team in what was a very close game. Top scorers on the day were Sean Mockler (19), Philip Ryan (13) and Adam Derby (7). Unfortunately, it was not enough to secure victory and they were beaten by 4 points in the end (51-47).

Maths Week 2017

To celebrate Maths Week 2017 a number of activities were organised within the school by the maths department, assisted by some transition year pupils. A team maths problem solving and puzzle competition for first years took place on Friday morning, the winners of which were Keelan Ryan Quirke, Tommy Maher, Aidan Stakelum and Eoin Horgan.




Other activities included a daily problem solving competition for all junior students, a ‘guestimation’ game open to all students and the Prism problem solving competition for fifth years. Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather, a planned transition year trip to the Project Maths Trail in Birr could not go ahead and had to be rescheduled for later in the school year. Health, Exercise and Activity Workshop On Friday last our 4B transition year class attended a health and nutrition workshop delivered by Tipperary hurler, Noel McGrath. The workshop focussed on healthy eating and physical exercise. The students partook in some circuit training and there was a focus on exercises that could be done at home and which don’t require any gym equipment. The class really enjoyed this informative workshop.


Thursday, April 02, 2020