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Grease the Musical



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Our annual school musical was staged in the Premier Hall last week and once more it was a tremendous success. ‘Grease’ was performed to packed houses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. These highly enjoyable performances were the culmination of months of hard work and preparation by both staff and students alike. Alex Murphy starred in the lead role as Danny and he was ably assisted on stage by Dylan Greene( Kenickie), Fionn McCartan(Doody), Daniel Matthews(Roger), Darragh Byrne(Sonny), Loughlin Russell(Eugene), Jack Fitzgibbon(Vince Fontaine), Gavin Murphy(Johnny Casino), Diarmaid Meagher(Teen Angel), Anthony Maher(Mr. Lynch) and Darren O Sullivan(Jock).

As usual the girls from the Presentation and Ursuline Convents added glamour and talent to the show with lead roles being excellently played by Emer Carew, Bridin Ryan, Ruth Everard, Megan Long, Amy Keelan, Maedbh Ryan and Aine Taylor. The school musical is a huge undertaking and this year there were over 150 students participating on stage. Added to this were the many transition year students who helped with the set construction and painting, as well as those involved back stage. It is also extremely satisfying to see the orchestra comprised of so many students, both present and past.

Obviously a huge amount of hard work goes into staging such a production and the entire cast are to be applauded for their commitment and dedication. Likewise the musical would never have taken place without the vision and commitment of producer and musical director, Deirdre Ryan-Preston and of the director, Sarah Feehan.  Their backstage team and all those who helped out with costumes, props, sponsorship, make-up, and the box office are also to be commended while a special word of thanks goes to Mr. Pierce Murphy who once more added his wealth of experience and expertise to set construction and backstage management. Also involved in set design and construction were Mr. Shanahan and Ms. McCarthy. Well done to all those who contributed to what was a very successful production.

December News

Grease is the Word

The ever popular smash hit musical, ‘Grease’, will be performed in the Premier Hall by students from the C.B.S., (ably assisted by girls from the Presentation and Ursuline convents) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights of this week. This entertaining show promises to have the audience singing along to classics like ‘Summer Nights’ and ‘Freddie, my love’ while lively numbers like ‘ We go together’ ,’Greased Lightning’ and ‘ Hand Jive’ should get the audience dancing in the aisles. The show begins at 8.15 sharp. Tickets cost €15  for adults and €10 for a student or an OAP. There are also family deals available. For enquiries or bookings contact the school at 0504-20729. All welcome!


Irish European Union Science Olympiad 

Transition Year CBS Thurles student Mark Fortune took part in the Irish European Union Science Olympiad in DCU in November and was placed first in Physics in Ireland. The three hundred highest scorers in Maths and Science in the Junior Certificate for 2014 were invited to take part in the competition and choose whether they wanted to compete in Physics, Biology or Chemistry.  Mark came out on top with the highest scores. 


Mark Fortune



Under-14 Hurling

‘Well done’ to our under-14 hurlers who won the Jim Langton Tournament in Kilkenny on Wednesday, the nineteenth of November. Thurles beat Midleton C.B.S., Charleville C.B.S. and Dungarvan in the group stages and went on to defeat De la Salle of Waterford in the final of the blitz.

Guest Speaker

On Thursday last Fr. Joe Walshe, our local diocesan representative for Trocaire, visited the school to speak to the 3NP and 3ND C.S.P.E. classes about the work of the Irish N.G.O. in the developing world. Fr. Walshe spoke about issues such as poverty, lack of clean drinking water and global inequality, citing experiences from his recent trip to Honduras. His speech was certainly eye-opening and helped the pupils to better appreciate what we have in the Developed World. As part of their Action Projects both classes will now focus on raising awareness for Trocaire.


Our transition year students traveled to the Everyman Palace in Cork last Thursday to view an engrossing performance of the John B Keane classic, ‘Sive’. Directed by Conall Morrison and fresh from a sell-out run in the Abbey Theatre, the production was highly entertaining and expertly staged. Remembrance Service To mark the passing of November, the month of the Holy Souls, the new school chaplain, Fr. Tomas O Connell, held a remembrance service in the school last Friday which afforded all members of the school community the opportunity to remember loved ones that have passed away.


On Wednesday last our under-14 and under-19 badminton teams competed in a tournament against teams from Roscrea, Nenagh, Templemore and Borrisokane. Our under-14 team consisted of Darragh Fogarty, Jovi Chai, Odhran Moloney, Diarmuid Maher, Cormac O Connor, Eamonn Martin, PJ Tunstall and Michael Nally while our under-19 team comprised Jack Fallon, Jack Dwan, Michael Mulcaire, Jack Harty, Tomas Caffrey, Elliot Doherty, William O Donoghue and Eoghan O Regan.

Harty Challenge

Last Thursday our senior hurlers played a useful challenge match against St. Kieran’s of Kilkenny. Soccer Blitz On Friday afternoon last our fifth year students participated in a fun soccer blitz which was held in the school yard and the sports hall.

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On Saturday, 15th November, three of our athletes traveled to the AIT Indoor Arena in Athlone to compete in the All-Ireland Schools Combined Events Tournament. Daniel Ryan was a clear winner in the Intermediate Boys category, posting personal bests in the 200 m, hurdles and the 800m events. His brother, David, ran a great race in the 800m, shaving 5 seconds off his previous best to ensure a second place finish in the Junior Boys category. Declan Ryan put in a solid performance, registering personal bests in the 200m, 800m and hurdles events, placing him in twelfth place in the Junior Boys category. Both Daniel and David will now represent Thurles C.B.S. and Ireland in the SIAB Schools Combined Events International which will take place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on the thirteenth of December. There the Irish team will compete against the best athletes from England, Scotland and Wales. We wish them the best of luck.

Internet Addiction and Me – Best Documentary Galway Junior Film Fleadh

Congratulations to CBS student Eoin Corbett whose film documentary called ‘Internet Addiction and Me’ won Best Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh. Eoin finished the documentary in May and posted it on-line.  Within a week it had been seen by over 2000 people.    Last week Eoin travelled to Galway where he was delighted to win the Best Documentary Award.  Eoin hopes to continue making films in the future and study Film and Television Production in college.  To view the documentary on-line just search ‘Internet Addiction and Me’ or go to the schools website at  cbsthurles.ie.





Harty Cup

Our senior hurling panel secured progression to the quarter-finals of the Harty Cup on Wednesday last with an important victory over Blackwater College in their last game of the group stages. Thurles started slowly, in what was a must-win game and they trailed Blackwater at half-time (2-2, 0-5). However a strong second half display saw them win the game by nine points in the end (2-15, 3-3). The quarter-final will be played on the fourteenth of January but the draw has yet to be made.

Croke Cup

Our under-15 hurlers were in action last Thursday when they took on Templemore in the semi-final of the Croke Cup. Unfortunately they were beaten on the day on a scoreline of Templemore 2-13, C.B.S. 2-7. Their attention will now turn to the White Cup competition which will begin in the new year.


‘Hard luck’ to our under-16 basketball team who, despite a good performance, were defeated by Haywood College in the semi-final of the Midlands League on Thursday last. The final score was 31-24. The team are now busily preparing for their upcoming All-Ireland Cup semi-final against Colaiste Pobail Setanta from Dublin.

National Water Safety Award

Last Tuesday three of our fifth year students; Jamie Stapleton, James O Sullivan and Paul Hennessy attended a national water safety awards ceremony in Dublin Castle. The three students received their award in recognition of a project that they completed as part of the Young Social Innovators programme, while they were in transition year. This project involved the students working on improvements that could be made to life buoys. The students enjoyed the occasion, which was a well-earned recognition of the hard work they had put into this project.

Transition Year Science Tour

On Tuesday last over fifty of our Transition Year students headed for the continent where they spent four days attending lectures and classes at the European Space Centre in the Ardennes region of Belgium. Some of the highlights of this very enjoyable and educational trip included a zero gravity space walk and a simulated space shuttle launch. Also on the agenda were visits to a forest activity park and a water park as well as some time for shopping in Maastricht. A great time was had by all.  

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The GloHealth All Ireland Combined Events Championships

The Championships took place in AIT International Arena, Athlone on Saturday, 15th of November. The performances across the board were of a very high standard with athletes battling it out for the All Ireland Titles in the junior, intermediate and senior categories.

For the Inter Boys Daniel Ryan (Thurles CBS) underlined his huge potential for the Combined Events with a clear cut victory in the inter boy’s competition. Ryan impressed over the barriers (8.42 seconds) ad also in the long jump (6.31m) and 200m (23.50) to accumulate an overall points total of 3,500. Tim Bowler (St Mary’s CBS Enniscorthy) placed second with a score of 3,303 with Keith Marks (Ashbourne A.S) third on 3,293 points.


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Only 23 points separated Shane Mooney (Summerhill College, Sligo) and David Ryan (Thurles CBS) in the junior boy’s competition. Despite Ryan’s best efforts in the 800m (2:13.74), Mooney hung on for victory with a score of 2,863 points with Ryan second on 2,840 points.Mathew Behan (C.U.S) made his intentions known from the start with a swift win the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.08 (962 points). He never looked back from there as he claimed the senior boy’s title with a score of 3,249.

 Concern Debating

‘Well done’ to our Concern debating team on successfully opposing the motion that ‘Ireland must deliver on its 0.7% overseas aid promise’ against the girls from the Ursuline Convent on Monday last. The debate was extremely entertaining and informative and all speakers were of a very high calibre. In the end, by a split decision, the motion was opposed. The team was captained by Thomas Bourke and also comprised Mark Fortune, John Lanigan and Diarmaid Meagher. Their next debate will see them take on the Presentation Convent on the 3rd of December and they will be proposing the motion that ‘The Ebola epidemic demonstrates the international community’s indifference to Africa’. We wish them the best of luck.

Harty Cup

Our senior hurling panel enjoyed an important victory last Tuesday against Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick. A strong start saw them lead at half time (2-3, 0-6) and they held out for victory on a scoreline of 3-12 to 12 points. They will need an equally impressive performance this week as they take on Blackwater College in a ‘must-win’ final group game. Good luck to all involved.


The school’s under-16 basketball team played St. Corleth’s of Dublin in the quarter-final of the ‘C’ cup on Tuesday last. A strong team performance saw them progress to the semi-final on a scoreline of 47 points to 40. Daniel Ryan was top scorer on the day, netting an impressive 22 points while other scores came from David Ryan (14), Sean Mockler (6) and Patrick O Gorman (5). The team is also into the semi-finals of the Midlands League and will take on Haywood College this Thursday.

Art Trip

On Thursday last our fifth and sixth year art classes travelled to Dublin for their annual art trip. In the morning they visited the Hugh Lane Gallery where they were given a guided tour of the Sean Scully and Francis Bacon exhibitions. After lunch they visited the National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology on Kildare Street where they viewed objects from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. The highlight of this visit was undoubtedly the Bog Bodies exhibition. A very enjoyable day was had by all.

Science Week

All of our junior students were busily engaged last week as they participated in events which celebrated Science Week. On Wednesday our first years took part in a science quiz while on Friday they completed forensic science and digestion workshops which were delivered by Lismore Education Centre. They also took part in an on-line competition entitled ‘I’m a scientist, get me out of here’ where they asked scientists around the country questions and then voted for the scientist who gave the best answer. The second years were also kept busy. They had to solve a forensic science murder mystery using a number of experiments from their Junior Cert course. They also competed, along with the third years, in a Science Olympiad. Ray Fuller of third year won the Olympiad and secured a trip for his class to see a science show in The Source.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Transition year students from the 4W class have spent the last number of months organising a Christmas Shoebox Appeal. They collected funds and shoeboxes full of gifts from first, second and third year students. They raised enough money to pay for one orphan care pack, two broods of chickens, three sets of mosquito nets and two child hygiene packs along with over thirty shoeboxes; all of which will be sent to people in the Developing World. Well done to all involved

November News


Four students from the C.B.S. travelled to Nenagh Indoor Athletics Arena on Wednesday last to take part in the Munster Schools Combined Event Championships.  Each of the boys competed in five events; hurdles, long jump, shot, 200m and 800m.  In the Intermediate category Daniel Ryan took gold with an impressive tally of 3,417 points.  In the Junior category David Ryan also took gold with 2,743 points, recording a personal best of 6.07 metres in the Long Jump event.  Declan Ryan came in fourth place with 2,224 points ensuring qualification.  Jack Dolan was unfortunate to miss out on qualification by one point.  The three boys will represent C.B.S. Thurles in the All-Ireland Combined Multi Events Championships in Athlone this coming Saturday.  We wish them the very best of luck.

Irish E.U. Science Olympiad

Well done to transition year student, Mark Fortune, on winning a gold medal in physics at the annual Irish E.U. Science Olympiad. Students are selected for this competition based on their Junior Cert results in Maths and Science. This gold medal places Mark in the top three students in the competition and he has now been invited to attend further practical training at D.C.U. in January. After that Mark will participate in a final exam, from which six students will be chosen to represent Ireland at the European competition. We wish Mark the very best of luck.

Harty Cup

Our Harty Cup panel continued their preparations for their next group game against Ard Scoil Ris by playing two useful challenge matches last week. They took on St. Coleman’s of Fermoy last Monday and competed against Kilkenny C.B.S. last Wednesday.


Our under-19 basketball team was in action last Tuesday when they took on Rochfortbridge in their third league game of the season. A strong team performance saw them win the match by 46 points to 41.


Build-A-Bank Challenge

Last Wednesday saw the official launch of the school’s bank by Tipperary hurler, Brendan Cummins. There was a lot of interest among the student population and plenty of accounts were opened on the day. Now that the bank is up and running, students can access their accounts every Wednesday during lunch time. After the official opening Mr. Cummins spent the afternoon coaching some of our first year students through a series of hurling drills.

Open Night

The school held its Open Night for prospective students last Thursday. Parents and sixth class boys were given the opportunity to tour the school and to meet the teachers. The evening was a good opportunity for the boys to get a taste of life in a modern, progressive secondary school. As well as viewing the school’s impressive facilities the boys were able to see the wide range of extra-curricular activities that will be available to them in the C.B.S. The evening was very well attended. Open Night Competition Congratulations to Owen Sheridan of Scoil Mochaomhog, Two-Mile-Borris on correctly guessing the weight of an Irish Angus calf, one of five that were present on the night. Owen has won three years worth of free subscriptions to textbooks on his i-Pad in the C.B.S.