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Science Week

Science week 2014

A full list of the activities organised for our science students to celebrate national science week is available to view on cbsthurles.ie.

This years theme is: The power of science!




October News (4)

Thurles C.B.S. News


Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team got their new campaign off to a good start against Abbey C.B.S. last Wednesday when they successfully opposed the motion that ‘Critics who threw cold water on the Ice Bucket Challenge were unfair’ . The team was captained by Thomas Bourke and comprised Mark Fortune, John Lanigan and Diarmaid Meagher.  On the following day members of the team participated in a Concern debating workshop which was held in the Ursuline Convent. During this informative and fun event they learnt how to research, structure and deliver speeches. The team’s next debate will see them face the Ursuline Convent on the 10th of November when they will be opposing the motion that ‘Ireland must deliver on its 0.7 % overseas aid promise’. 

Hurling Blitz

On Tuesday and Thursday of last week teams from the C.B.S. played in first year hurling blitzes. One team made it to the Cup final and another reached the Plate final. In total over 70 first year students represented the school in these competitions.

Harty Cup

The Harty Cup panel continued their preparations for their upcoming game against Ard Scoil Ris by playing a useful challenge match against Presentation College, Athenry on Friday last.

Guest Speaker

Garda Clodagh Kenny visited the school again last week when she spoke to a selection of first and second year students about safety over the Halloween period. In particular, Garda Kenny spoke about the hazards associated with fireworks.

U.C.D. Entrance Scholars The school would like to congratulate past pupils; Declan Atkins, Brian Bourke, Brian Fanning and Thomas Skehan on being selected as U.C.D. Entrance Scholars this year. Entrance scholars are first year college students who have achieved 560 points or more in their Leaving Certificate. They will be presented with their awards at a special ceremony in U.C.D. O’Reilly Hall on the 12th of November.

French Debating

Our French debating team was in action recently when they competed in the Secondary Schools French Debating Competition organised by Alliance Francaise. The team consisted of Eoin Fitzpatrick, Tom Bourke, Ciaran Taffe and Mark Purcell and they competed against a team from Presentation College, Terenure. Ciaran Taffe was awarded a gold medal as best speaker.

Guest Speaker

On Monday last Mr. John Costigan, branch manager of FBD Insurance, spoke to the 4Y transition Year class about insurance. Mr. Costigan’s informative speech dealt with the rationale behind insurance as well as how policies operate. The issue of insurance is part of the Life Skills programme that the Transition Years are currently studying. The school would like to thank Mr. Costigan for giving so generously of his time.

Hennessy B Blitz

The C.B.S. participated in and won a Hennessy Cup blitz which was held in Dr. Morris Park last Friday.


The school community would like to express its sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Thomas Butler whose untimely death occurred last week. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.  

Open Night

The school will hold its rescheduled open evening for incoming first year students on Thursday, the 6th of November. Parents and prospective students will be given the opportunity to inspect the school’s impressive facilities as well as the chance to meet the staff. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be a good opportunity for sixth class boys to familiarise themselves with life in a modern, progressive secondary school.

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Irish Angus Beef Competition (Trip to Bristol)

Niall Maloney and Kieran Hennessy enjoyed their trip to Bristol last week as part of their preparations for the Certifiied Angus Beef Compwtition.

On Monday and Tuesday last we travelled as part of a group to Bristol in an excursion organised by ABP and in association with the Certified Irish Angus Producers Group and Kepak as part of our project.

We flew Dublin to Bristol and visited animal feed mill in Calne. We experienced the process in making animal feed and received an interesting guided tour of the production facility from the site manager. This was an eye opening experience of the scale of production and the factors involved in producing cost effective feed on a large scale to meet the various nutritional requirements of the different production models. Following a presentation on the foundation and development of Blade farming we had the opportunity to chat with and discuss the possible benefits of the methods used by blade in beef production with its founder Richard along with Joanne; calf rearing manager and Seth; nutrition manager for contract calf rearing units.

We have a comfortable overnight in a local hotel where we were well looked after and enjoyed some Blade Angus steak. On Tuesday morning we had an early start, so bacon butty in hand we began our journey to visit the remaining three farms. We visited a rearing unit where we were very impressed with the automated calf feeding system which monitors calf progress on a daily basis and has reduced the labour input for the farmer and their impressive calf rearing units: bright, airy, clean and spacious. We then travelled to the idyllic setting of a beef finishing farm where the owners who although major cereal farmers have invested in an impressive  Aberdeen Angus steer finishing unit which is notable for its simplicity attention to detail and efficiency.

Regular weighing of animals and ambitious targets for live weight gain are an important aspect of their system. Finally we visited a veal production unit where we were briefed on veal production in the U.K. and the high standards of animal welfare that are employed. Overall a very interesting snapshot of the latest developments in beef production in England.

Thurles Credit Union Winner

Congratulations to First Year student Cathal Ryan who won the Thurles Credit Union sponsored prize of an iPad and eBooks.

Thurles Credit Union kindly sponsored this prize following our decision to introduce eBooks for First Year student this year.

Thurles CBS IPAD Competition Tiernan O Donnell Cathal Ryan and Michael Harty



October News (3)

 Harty Cup

Our senior hurling panel was in action last Wednesday when the squad took on West Limerick Colleges in their second game of the group phase. It was a very tight match and Thurles led by three points going into the final minutes of the game. Unfortunately West Limerick Colleges got a last minute goal which resulted in the game ending in stalemate. The final score was WLC 3-9, Thurles 1-15. The C.B.S. will be in action again on the tenth of November when they will play Ard Scoil Ris.

Senior Golf

Our Senior Golf team competed in the Munster Schools Senior Qualifying competition held in Ballyneety Golf Club on Thursday last. The team comprised Aaron Ryan, Conor Stakelum, John Corbett, Brian Fallon and Harry Fitzgibbon and although they played well they did not do enough to qualify for the next round.


Both our under-16 and our under-19 teams were in action last Thursday when they traveled to Mullingar to take on teams from St. Finian’s in what was for both age groups their second league game of the season. The under-16’s played extremely well and ran out comfortable winners while our under-19’s suffered heartbreak as a last second basket saw Mullingar emerge victorious on a scoreline of 46 points to 45.


On Thursday last Garda Clodagh Kenny spoke to the 3ND C.S.P.E. class about anti-social behaviour and its consequences in law. This is the theme of the Action Project that the class is undertaking for their Junior Cert this year. The students really enjoyed this highly informative and thought provoking talk and the school would like to thank Garda Kenny for giving so freely of her time.

Gaisce Medals

Fifty of our fifth year pupils received their Bronze Gaisce Medals last week. This presentation of the President’s Award was in recognition of the completion last year of a twenty six week course which focused on the areas of community involvement, personal skill, physical recreation and adventure journey. Well done to all involved.





Croke and Hennessy Cup Games

Our Croke Cup panel played a useful challenge match against Blackwater College on Tuesday last. Meanwhile our under-15 hurlers played Carraig C.B.S. in the quarter-final of the Tipperary Schools ‘B’ competition on Thursday last. Unfortunately the Carraig team proved too strong for the Thurles lads on the day.

Comhairle na nOg

Jamie McCormack, Robert Healy and Conor Ryan represented the school at last Thursday’s meeting of  the Tipperary Comhairle na nOg. At the conference they were introduced to last year’s committee members before watching the locally made film ‘Silent Keys’. This film , which deals with the theme of substance abuse, was produced  by the ‘Thurles Young Filmmakers’ group and was directed by sixth year student, Adam O Dwyer. Fifth year pupil ,Brandon Meaney, who was representing Littleton Youth Project, was elected on to the county committee, the first meeting of which will be held on the 12th of December.