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CBS reach Harty Final

CBS Thurles reach Harty Cup Final following narrow win over Castletroy College. 

CBS Thurles (Tipperary) 1-9 Castletroy CC (Limerick) 0-11

CBS Thurles withstood a ferocious second half fightback from 14-man Castletroy Community College to progress to their first Harty Cup final since 2010 following a tight semi-final in Toomevara on Saturday afternoon. Castletroy did superbly well to be in with a chance at the end having played almost 50 minutes with 14 men after full forward Ian Coates was issued with a straight red card for an off the ball strike on Thurles’ Jack Derby.


However, Thurles struggled to make their numerical advantage count in the bitterly cold conditions, that was until the final five minutes of the first half when they scored three unanswered points from Ronan Heffernan (2 frees) and Michael Connors before Robbie Long struck for the goal in added time, deflecting Heffernan’s free to the net. Castletroy had the breeze with them after the break and they made it count with Nash’s free-taking to a high standard while half back Andrew La Touche Cosgrave burst forward for two inspirational scores.

However the Limerick side were unable to level as Thurles kept their noses in front with Niall Heffernan continuing to be the teams chief threat in attack. A total of 13 wides from Thurles ensured Castletroy remained in the hunt in the closing stages with Barry Nash having his sides best opportunity to force a replay but he miss-hit his scoreable effort in the final minute as Thurles hung on.


Thurles CBS: W Tierney; C McCullagh, E Heffernan, J Derby; T Hayes, J Skehan, D Quirke; B McCarthy, C Moloney; M Connors (0-1), K Duggan (0-1), N Heffernan (0-7, 6f); J Butler, R Teehan, R Long (1-0). Replacements: R Purcell for Butler (46); P Kennedy for Moloney (48); B Kelly for Connors (55).

Castletroy Community College: J Power; Brian Nash, E Enright, F Hourigan; D Garry, C Carroll, D Golden; L Lyons, C O’Meara; C Nicholas, Barry Nash (0-8, 7f), J Nicholas; A La Touche Cosgrave (0-3, 1f), I Coates, E Hourigan. Replacements: M O’Dwyer for O’Meara (HT)Referee: N Wall (Cork)

January News (3)

Harty Cup

The Harty Cup panel was in action last week, playing useful challenge matches against Good Counsel on Monday and Borrisoleigh on Friday. These games should stand them in good stead as they prepare for their upcoming semi-final against Castletroy College. That game is scheduled for Saturday, the 31st of January.


The school entered four teams into the Tipperary Schools Badminton Tournament which took place in Roscrea on Tuesday last. The under-14 team consisted of Aaron Mulcaire, Odhran Moloney, Darragh Fogarty and Diarmaid Meagher. There were two under-16 teams which comprised Cillian Cullinane, Jack Fallon, Jack Dwan, Micheal Mulcaire, William O Donoghue, Elliot Doherty, Tomas Caffrey and PJ Tunstall. Our senior team included David Croke, Jack Cleary, Steven Flanagan and Sean Dwan. All of our teams acquitted themselves well.



IAMTA Maths Quiz

The school entered two teams in the regional leg of the inaugural Irish Applied Maths Teachers Association Junior Maths Quiz which took place last Wednesday. Team One consisted of Mark Fortune, Harry Hogan, Ben Hertramph and Patrick Bowden while Team Two included Ray Fuller, John Dunphy, Shane Maher and Rory Fogarty. Team One was very unlucky to be narrowly beaten into second place. Well done to all who participated.

 Drugs and Alcohol Talk

The Mid-West Regional Drugs and Alcohol Forum in conjunction with the HSE recently delivered an educational programme about substance abuse to second year students and their parents. Over the last two Monday evenings there were two workshops held in the school; one for parents and one for parents and students together. These workshops focused on common risk factors, tell-tale signs and effects, and prevention methods and messages. The evenings, which were well attended, were certainly informative and practical.


Our White Cup panel played a worthwhile practice match against Kilkenny C.B.S. on Wednesday last while our Rice Cup hurlers played useful challenge games against St. Coleman’s of Fermoy on the same day. In keeping with our policy of attempting to give game time to as many hurlers as possible, over 45 first and second year pupils represented the school in the Rice Cup games. Basketball ‘Well done’ to our first year basketball team on beating Ardscoil Athy on Tuesday last in what was a very competitive league game. The final score was 38-36. Also, on the same day our under-19 team played the same opposition in a practice match. Senior Football Our under-18 ½ footballers were in action last Friday when they played Nenagh C.B.S. in the final of the Tipperary Schools County Championship (B). Unfortunately, despite a very good team performance, they were beaten by three points on the day.

January News(2)

Guest Speaker

On Tuesday last Mr. Finbarr Walsh, father of Donal, visited the school and delivered an inspirational and thought-provoking talk to fifth and sixth year pupils. Mr. Walsh spoke very emotionally about Donal’s long battle with cancer and the very important message that Donal wanted to share with other teenagers. That simple but important message was to ask for help when times are difficult. Mr. Walsh also spoke about the Donal Walsh Livelife Foundation which has been set up to promote Donal’s message about creating age appropriate teenage facilities in hospitals and hospice care centres and to spread Donal’s anti-suicide message. Although Donal’s death was obviously very tragic it is inspiring and uplifting to hear the positive message that he believed in and to see the huge successes that his foundation has already achieved.

White Cup

Our under-15 hurlers were in action last Monday when they took on Charleville C.B.S. in a challenge game. Debating Our Concern debating team has now completed the group stage of the competition, emerging undefeated from their four scheduled encounters. The eleven points that they have accrued should now be enough to send them through to the knockout stages of the competition.

Zambian Immersion Project 

In December interviews were held for the biennial trip to Mufilira in northern Zambia. The eight successful candidates were Diarmaid Meagher (Castleiney), Darragh Byrne(Ballygamane), Eugene Ryan( Rossmore), James Hammersley( Clonoulty), William Creedon( Thurles), Daniel Matthews( Holycross), Jamie Stapleton( Thurles) and Alex Murphy( Thurles).  Next October these eight students, accompanied by three teachers, will spend two weeks in the Copperbelt area of Zambia. While there they will visit an adult training centre, an old folks’ home, a hospice and a primary school. Between now and then the eight chosen pupils will be tasked with raising both awareness and funds to help with the progress of many ongoing projects which are currently being run by the Christian Brothers in Mufilira and nearby Murundu.


First Year Basketball

Well done to our first year basketball team following their victory over CBS Carlow in the Midlands League on Thursday last. The final score was 27 points to 12 and Thurles will now face Ardscoil Athy in their next game. Team; Jack Ryan, Conor Fogarty, Eanna Bourke, Sean Tunstall, Liam McDonagh, Jovi Chai, Gavin Keegan, Liam Kenny, Gavin Moriarty, Ryan Greene, Daniel Ryan, Blaine Carroll


The school would like to extend its sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Tommy Barrett who passed away last week. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

January News

Harty Cup

Our senior hurling panel enjoyed an important victory over Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG in the quarter-final of the Harty Cup competition in Kilmallock last Friday. Thurles performed well in the first half, despite playing against the breeze and led by three points at half-time. A second-half goal for Gaelcholaiste Mhuire brought them back into the game however and in the end Thurles ran out narrow victors on a scoreline of Thurles; 2-8, Gaelcholaiste; 1-10. Well done to all involved.

Senior Football

‘Congratulations’ to our senior football panel on their victory last Thursday over Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir in the semi-final of the County ‘B’ Championship. Thurles played well in what was a very high scoring game and seemed to have the game won with fifteen minutes to go. However two late goals by Cahir made for a dramatic finale with the C.B.S. holding on to win by a single point. The final score was Thurles; 4-9, Cahir; 3-11. Guest Speaker On Thursday last Mr. Dermot Fitzgerald of Boru Stoves Ltd., Thurles spoke to our fifth year L.C.V.P. students about entrepreneurship and business management. Mr. Fitzgerald gave the students very practical advice about how to set up and run a business. The students greatly enjoyed this enlightening talk which they found to be very relevant to their studies. Young Scientist Thurles C.B.S. had four separate entries in the BT Young Scientist Exhibition which took place in the R.D.S. last week. Sean Ryan, William Creedon and Darragh Byrne studied the rates of participation in sports within the school community. Their project, entitled ‘ Infinity Trainer’, focused on the perils of overtraining and made recommendations in relation to injury management programmes. As part of his project, Mark Fortune developed a pictorial substitute for the numerical and alphabetical encryption test that web-users often need to pass to enter a website. Jamie Stapleton, Paul Hennessy and James O Sullivan’s project, entitled ‘Life Buoys’, is based on their prize-winning entry in last year’s Young Social Innovators competition. They are using modern mobile technology to improve the efficiency and proper maintenance of life buoys. Finally, Tommy O Donnell and Michael O Callaghan’s project focused on how humanity could provide much of our energy requirements through mining natural resources on planets within the Solar System. All of the aforementioned students deserve praise for their ingenuity, innovation, resourcefulness and enthusiasm.


Our under-16 basketball team was in action on Thursday last when they played Colaiste Pobail Setanta in the All-Ireland ‘C’ Cup semi-final. The entire team performed excellently and the first half was extremely competitive. Setanta dominated the third quarter and although the C.B.S. narrowed the gap in the final quarter through a spirited comeback, it was not enough to overhaul their opponents’ advantage The final score was 52-45.

School Mass

The entire school community marked the Feast of the Epiphany on Tuesday last by attending a mass in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall . The mass was celebrated by our school chaplain, Fr. Tomas O Connell.

Transition Year 

Transition Year Students selling their produce during the week.


Harty Cup 1/4 Final Victory

Victory for CBS in Harty Cup 1/4 final

Dr Harty Cup quarter-finalThurles CBS (Tipperary) 2-8 Gaelcoláiste Mhuire AG (Cork) 1-10

Despite posting 15 second-half wides, Thurles CBS held on to advance past Gaelcholáiste Mhuire and into the Dr Harty Cup semi-finals at Kilmallock yesterday. Leading 2-4 to 0-7 at half-time and with the wind to come, competition favourites Thurles appeared set to push on and book their last-four spot with ease. A combination of poor shooting and a dogged Gaelcholáiste display made for a closer-than-expected second-half, but, ultimately, the Cork city school couldn’t get level.Selector Martin Maher acknowledged afterwards the first-half goals from Jack Butler and Billy McCarthy, which helped them lead 2-4 to 0-7 at the break, were crucial.“Conditions were difficult,” he said, “both sides had wides and the wind was swirling. We’re just delighted to get over the line. The goals really brought us into the game. They started well but we gained confidence from the first goal and then maybe we were lucky to get the second. There was nothing simple there.


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It was a quick turnaround coming back after Christmas but we have a few weeks now to prepare for the semi-final.”Thurles were left standing as AG roared into life, scoring five points in the opening eight minutes, Donal Ó Conaing and Adam Ó Donnabháin impressing in attack and Eadbhard Ó Conaing on top at the back. The Tipperary school served notice of their intentions as Butler was denied by a Darragh Ó Conaill save in the 12th minute and a minute later Thurles’ brightest attacker had the ball in the net, finishing well after Robbie Long’s delivery broke.Butler followed that with a point and while Donal Ó Conaing responded with a free for the AG, Thurles then struck for a second goal. This time Butler was the provider for midfielder McCarthy, who fired past Ó Conaill. Further points from Ronan Teehan and Robbie Long – who also drew a fine save from Ó Conaill – meant three points separated the sides at half-time and Brendan Kelly’s brace at the start of the second-half suggested an inevitability about the outcome.

In the 36th minute, Gaelcholáiste Mhuire seized a lifeline, however. Somehow, energetic midfielder Dayne Ó Laoi – who will feature for Cork against UL in the Waterford Crystal Cup today – made his way through four challenges and, though he was only able to get in a one-handed shot, the ball nested in the net to leave it 2-6 to 1-7.Thurles created enough chances to pull clear again but the target remained elusive and they had 10 second-half wides by the 45th minute. The AG couldn’t take full advantage but Ó Laoi, with a great point on the run, did manage to bring them back to within a point.

A Donal Ó Conaing free might have levelled but Thurles full-back Enda Heffernan did well to bring the ball down on the goal-line.Eventually, Thurles’ drought was ended by Butler, though Donal Ó Conaing replied immediately and did so again after Niall Heffernan nailed a difficult free. Deep into injury time, the AG were afforded one final chance when Evan Ó Síocháin found possession on the left but Dillon Quirke forced him wide and his low effort was saved by William Tierney. That was the last action, though an incident after the final whistle saw referee Richard Moloney red-card Thurles’ Ronan Heffernan, who may miss the semi-final against Castletroy College or Youghal’s Pobalscoil na Tríonóide.

Scorers for Thurles CBS: J Butler 1-2, B McCarthy 1-0, B Kelly, R Long 0-2 each, R Teehan, N Heffernan 0-1 (free) each.Scorers for Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG: D Ó Laoi 1-3, D Ó Conaing 0-5 (four frees), A Ó Donnabháin 0-2.THURLES CBS: W Tierney (Thurles Sarsfields); D Quirke (Clonoulty-Rossmore), J Derby (Thurles Sarsfields), E Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore); J Skehan (Holycross-Ballycahill), C McCullagh (Moycarkey-Borris), R Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore); B McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields), C Moloney (Thurles Sarsfields); R Teehan (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), K Duggan (Galmoy), N Heffernan (Moycarkey-Borris); B Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), R Long (Drom & Inch), J Butler (Upperchurch-Drombane). Subs: M Connors (Drom & Inch) for Duggan (47), M Stakelum (Holycross-Ballycahill) for Kelly (54, injured), R Purcell (Thurles Sarsfields) for Teehan (60).GAELCHOLÁISTE MHUIRE AG: D Ó Conaill (Na Piarsaigh); A Ó Súilleabháin (Glen Rovers), E Ó Conaing (Na Piarsaigh), R Ó Meara (Na Piarsaigh); A Breathnach (Na Piarsaigh), J Ó Muireasa (Na PIarsaigh), E Ó Caoimh (Na Piarsaigh); L Ó Cochláin (Glen Rovers), D Ó Laoi (Na Piarsaigh); C Ó hAinifín (Na Piarsaigh), E Ó Laoire (Na Piarsaigh), K Ó hEathairn (Na Piarsaigh); D Ó Conaing (Na Piarsaigh), A Ó Donnabháin (Glen Rovers), E Ó Síocháin (Na Piarsaigh). Subs: B Ó Ceallacháin (Na Piarsaigh) for Breathnach (24, injured), P de Faoite (Glen Rovers) for Ó hEathairn (half-time).Referee: R Moloney (Limerick