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CBS News (8th March)

Thurles C.B.S. News (March 8th)

Zambian Immersion Project

The students involved in the Zambian Immersion Project are busily fundraising at present in preparation for their trip to Mufilira next October. As part of this fundraising, the school is organising a sponsored walk in Upperchurch which will take place on Friday, the 20th of March. All of our students have been issued with sponsorship cards and as usual your support is greatly appreciated. Those involved in the project would also like to thank, in advance, the community of Upperchurch and the Upperchurch Walks Committee who are facilitating this very important fundraiser.

Kilkenny Design Centre

On Wednesday last our 4W art class paid a visit to the Kilkenny Design Centre where they viewed an exhibition of the works of local artists entitled ‘Fresh Talent’. While at the centre they also participated in an interactive workshop with local artist Caroline Ryan. The pupils created drawings which were inspired by the exhibition and then applied those drawings to prints. When these prints dry they will be put on display in the school.

First Year Basketball

Our first year basketball team enjoyed an important victory over Haywood Community School in the league semi-final on Thursday last. A strong team performance saw them defeat their opponents by 30 points to seal their place in the final. The players are now preparing for their upcoming semi-final in the cup competition and we wish them the best of luck. Simdrive Over the last two weeks our transition year students have been learning to drive via a driving instruction simulator. The Simdrive lorry contains several driving simulators, through which the students have been learning good driving habits and skills. This has been hugely enjoyable for them as they have picked up a very important life skill.

Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition

Two weeks ago , fifth year students Niall Moloney and Kieran Cummins, along with the other finalists in the beef rearing competition, visited the Kepak Head Office in Clonee. The pupils were given a guided tour of the Kepak farm in Dunboyne where the housing standards and feeding practices were particularly impressive. They also visited the Kepak Innovation Centre and the Thatch, which is their administrative headquarters. Here, the students gave a seven minute presentation on their project to date to senior management of the Kepak Group, including Mr. John Horgan , the company’s managing director.

Indoor Athletics

On Tuesday last, ten boys represented C.B.S. Thurles in the Munster Schools Indoor Games, which were held in Nenagh. Great success was had with the boys coming away with a total of eight medals.  In the intermediate category, Daniel Ryan won gold in the 60m hurdles and 60m sprint. In the junior category, David Ryan claimed gold in the shot putt with his teammate Sean Mockler claiming the silver medal.  In the high jump, Sean Mockler cleared 1.75m to take gold while Declan Ryan claimed silver.  In the minor category Jack Ryan won gold in the shot putt with an impressive throw of 12.50 metres while Josh O'Dwyer ran a strong race to come first in the 1200m.  Other boys who performed well and were unlucky not to come away with a medal this time around were Jack Dolan, Jack Fallon, Dylan McLoughlin and Shane Burke. 

Tidy Towns

Last Thursday Mr. Tommy Barrett, representing Thurles Tidy Towns Committee, spoke to the 3ND C.S.P.E. class about the importance of living in an environment which is clean and litter free. He also spoke to the class about the problems caused to the community by anti-social behaviour. His talk was both inspiring and enlightening.  


March News

I.C.T.U. Youth Connect Film Competition

‘Congratulations’ to filmmakers, Adam O’Dwyer and Eoin Corbett, on scooping the top prize in the prestigious I.C.T.U. Youth Connect Film Competition. The two sixth year students were presented with the award for Best Film at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin on Thursday last. The competition invited second level students to create short films on the theme of ‘Income and Equality’ and the boys’ entry, entitled ‘It’s Time’, saw off competition from 92 other entries nationally to secure the top prize of a five day trip to New York. The short film, which is available to watch on Youtube, uses a mixture of  dark humour and poignancy to create an extremely thought-provoking film. Well done to Adam and Eoin, who shot, directed and edited the film, and to all the actors who performed in it.



Harty Cup Celebrations

‘Congratulations’ to our  Harty Cup panel, and to their mentors, Mr. Martin Maher, Mr. Niall Cahill and Mr. John Devane, on their tremendous victory over Rochestown in the competition final on February, the 21st . By bringing the cup back to Thurles for the eight time, this band of players has inscribed their names indelibly into the pages of the school’s illustrious sporting history. Well done to them all. Their momentous achievement was recognised by the school community at a celebratory reception in the James O’Donoghue Sports Hall on Monday afternoon last. The entire school community gave them a rapturous reception as they entered the hall, following behind a piper from the Sean Treacy Pipe Band. Guest speaker,  Fr. Tom Fogarty , delivered to the assembled students a very inspirational talk about the important role that sport plays in our lives and it was nice to have present on the day Br. Dooley and Br. O Connell as well as Mr. Andy Ryan and Mr. Dinny Maher, representing the County Board.

Zambian Immersion Project

All those involved in the Zambian Immersion Project would like to thank the Thurles Drama Group, who donated the proceeds of their very successful opening night performance of ‘ Beyond the Brooklyn Sky’ to the project. This highly entertaining night raised an impressive total of €3,595 for this good cause. The staff and students involved would also like to thank The Source Arts Centre, those who sponsored the raffle, Sammon’s Chemist, Bookworm and Costcutters ( for assisting in the selling of tickets), and all those who supported the event.

Concern Debating

‘Well done’ to our Concern Debating team on successfully proposing the motion that ‘ The idea that population growth will destroy the planet is nonsense’ against Mitchelstown C.B.S. in the play-off stage of the competition on Thursday evening last. The team was captained by Thomas Bourke and also consisted of Harry Hogan, Mark Fortune and John Lanigan. The team will now face the Loreto Abbey, Dalkey in the last sixteen of the competition next Thursday. The C.B.S. will be proposing the motion that ‘The world would be better off without GM crops’.

Wheelchair Basketball

Last Tuesday our transition year students participated in games of wheelchair basketball in the school sports hall. The games, run in conjunction with the Irish Wheelchair Society, were designed to raise awareness about disability.

Science Olympiad

Well done to transition year student, Mark Fortune, who successfully qualified through round two of the Irish EU Science Olympiad and will now represent his country in physics at the European Science Olympiad in Klagenfurt, Austria this April.

Harty Cup Champions 2015

CBS Thurles are Harty Cup Champions


Thurles CBS 2-12 St. Francis' College, Rochestown 1-12

First half goals from Kevin Duggan and Billy McCarthy proved decisive as Thurles CBS claimed their eighth Dr Harty Cup at Rochestown's expense in Mallow.


The Tipperary boys scored four unanswered points in the final 11 minutes to claim their first title since 2009 and end Rochestown's dreams of a Munster PP senior hurling and football double. The Cork school came from four points down at half-time to lead 1-12 to 2-8 entering the final stages, but late points from the outstanding McCarthy (two), Duggan and Michael Connors saw Thurles - who had Niall Heffernan sent off in stoppage-time - prevail.


In a game which was level five times, Rochestown drew first blood when Ciaran Cormack scored a superb goal in the 10th minute, but Duggan replied with a similar score six minutes later and McCarthy raised the winners' second green flag at the end of the first half to give them a 2-7 to 1-6 interval lead.

With Cormack and Shane Kingston to the fore, St. Francis' College restarted strongly and were level by the 44th minute. But Thurles finished the stronger.


Scorers - Thurles CBS: B McCarthy 1-2, K Duggan 1-1, N Heffernan 0-4f, R Long 0-2, P Kennedy, R Teehan & M Connors 0-1 each. Rochestown: C Cormack 1-6 (0-5f), S Kingston 0-4, S Powter and D Meaney 0-1 each.Thurles CBS: W Tierney; D Quirke, E Heffernan, J Derby; T Hayes, J Skehan, C McCullagh; B McCarthy, C Moloney; N Heffernan, K Duggan, P Kennedy; J Butler, R Teehan, R Long. Subs: M Connors for Butler (54), R Purcell for Moloney (56).Rochestown: A Cullinane; D Murphy, J Cashman, N Walsh; D Kelliher, D Griffin, C Sheehan; E O’Brien, J O’Sullivan; C Cormack, D O’Mahony, S Kington; D Meaney, S Powter, L O’Sullivan. Subs: K O’Donovan for Sheehan (30), M McAuliffe for L O’Sullivan (33), J Holland for O’Mahony (37), L Dineen for O’Brien (60).Referee: Damien Fox (Clare).

Zambian Immersion Project

This Preformance on Monday 23rd February is in aid of our Zambian Fund where 8 students and 3 teachers will travel to Zambia to assist the Brothers in their charitable Work.  Your support on the night will be greatly appreciated.  


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Beyond the Brooklyn Sky is the story of five fortysomething friends who left the small fishing village of Brandon in Kerry in the nineteen eighties in pursuit of their dreams in the States. It is now 2013, twenty years later, and they are reunited in what was their local village dancehall to celebrate Jack’s single-handed journey in a small plane across the Atlantic. Their past and present lives converge in this dance hall where they had their first kiss.

Like many Irish people of that time they have discovered that dreams don’t always come true.Throughout the course of twenty-four hours, over a lot of drink and a lot of music, their hearts, secrets   and shattered dreams open up. We discover that decisions were made that they all regret. These are realistic stories with real people, some trapped in loveless marriages, while others are re-igniting their love for each other. The direction of their lives and relationships over the intervening years is gradually uncovered.

They are people we recognise and so we care about them.This is a truthful and moving story about love, emigration, alcoholism and loss. It is both delightfully funny and sadly poignant. The play is seen through the eyes of the vibrant, optimistic teenager Shannon and the wisdom of the older Jamsie, whose son Jimmy is lost somewhere on the streets in the States. The music of the eighties is another character in the play and permeates the action. It transports the characters to a particular time and place in their lives.This is a story about middle -age in crisis. But hope for forgiveness and love is there.

The director Peter Sheridan says:  “It’s the best first time play I’ve ever read in all my years working in the theatre”.Monday night’s performance is €20 and in aid of the Schools Zambian Immersion Fund.

February News

Harty Cup Final

The school would like to wish the Harty Cup panel and their mentors the very best of luck in their upcoming final against Rochestown. The game will be played this Saturday, the 21st of February, in Mallow and throw-in is at 1.30 p.m.


On Monday last, our White Cup panel played Ballingarry in a challenge match while on Friday our Rice Cup hurlers took on Castlecomer in a practice game.

Zambian Immersion Project  

Tickets for the opening night of Thurles Drama Group’s production of ‘Beyond the Brooklyn Sky’ are still available. Proceeds of the night’s entertainment are being generously donated to the Zambian Immersion Project so if you would like to support a good cause, and enjoy a great night out, then please contact the school at 0504-22054 to book your tickets. Meanwhile the students involved in the project have been busy raising both funds and awareness. Last Friday saw them deliver an informative presentation to all our first year students.They explained the rationale behind the project and highlighted the important projects that are being currently undertaken by the Christian Brothers in Mufilira and Murundu.

Webwise Safer Internet Day

Last Tuesday, as part of Webwise Internet Safety Day, our first year students participated in a programme which concentrated on issues such as their on-line digital profiles, the importance of safeguarding their passwords and how to report suspicious or intimidating behavior on-line. In conjunction with this programme, two of our first year students, Ciaran Lloyd and Eoin Purcell, spoke on Tipp FM about how to ensure safe use of social media.

Cross-Country Athletics

On Thursday, the 12th of February, our cross-country athletes travelled to C.I.T. to compete in the Glohealth Munster Schools Cross-Country Championships where our Junior Boys (under-15) team won back the provincial title last held in 2009. The team consisted of Fred Crowley, Kieran Moloney, Jack Hickey, Kevin Bracken, Eanna Ryan, Ben O Dwyer and Niall Moore. Our Minor Boys (under-14) team was unlucky to finish just outside the medals in fourth place. The team members were Josh O’Dwyer, Dylan McLoughlin, Eoin Purcell, Ciaran Lloyd and Kieran Costello.



Trial Interviews

The school would like to thank the many business people who gave so generously of their time last Thursday evening when they participated in trial interviews with fifth year students. Over fifty students were given the opportunity to develop their interview skills in front of experts from a range of career areas. Thanks to Mr. Philip Egan(law), Mr. Tony Meara(engineering), Mr. John Crowley(engineering), Mr. Anton O Briain(education), Mr. Peter Creedon(education), Dr. Declan Lawless(medicine), Dr. Paul Ryan(medicine), Mr. Adrian Darcy(technology), Mr. Billy Gleeson(agriculture) and Mr. Eamonn Bergin(agriculture). Thanks also to AIB bank manager, Mr. Niall Hogan, who visited the school the week previously to mentor the pupils on their interview technique.

Science Show

On Wednesday last, in conjunction with Engineers Week, our first year students attended an entertaining, interactive science show at L.I.T.. The show, entitled Physics and Forces, was both enjoyable and enlightening.