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 (17th October)

Concern Debating

The Concern debating team began their campaign in fine style last Wednesday evening, securing a unanimous victory over the Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny. The team, which was captained by Brendan Atkins and which also comprised Stephen Condron, Eanna Ryan and Kyle English, successfully proposed the motion that ‘ To end hunger, the world must embrace GMOs’ in what was a highly enjoyable and informative debate. Their next challenge will be to oppose the motion that ‘ For women to access leadership positions, gender quotas must be implemented’ against Loreto Convent, Clonmel on Thursday next.

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UL Sports Adventure Centre

On Monday and Thursday of last week two separate groups of transition year pupils visited the UL Sport Adventure Centre in Killaloe, Co. Clare. Over the course of the day the pupils engaged in a wide variety of both land and water based activities including canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, archery, orienteering, team challenges and the high ropes course. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed this fun and challenging trip.

Harty Cup

Last Wednesday our Harty Cup hurlers lost out by the narrowest of margins in their opening group game against Gaelcolaiste Mhuire A.G.  Playing against the wind in the first half,  Thurles kept in touch, aided by a goal from Gearoid Troy. At half time they trailed by a single point ( 0-7, 1-3). The second half was an equally tight affair and the Cork side just about held out to win on a scoreline of  16 points to 1-12. Thurles will now face Colaiste na Trioniode, Doon in their next game which will be played on Wednesday, the 25th of October.

Writer’s Workshop

Last Tuesday morning some of our first year students attended a creative writing workshop with Roisin Meaney at Thurles Library. Ms. Meaney, who hails from Listowel, has written two novels for children aged between 10 and 13 (‘ See If I Care’ and ‘ Don’t Even Think About It’) along with numerous novels for adults. The workshop offered valuable tips on how to create interesting characters, develop settings and construct plots and through its interactive format students were encouraged to offer their own original ideas.


Our under-17 soccer panel had a very useful run out last Friday, playing Cahir in a challenge match designed to prepare them for their upcoming Munster Junior Cup tie against De la Salle of Waterford. Both sides were equally matched in the first half with Cahir opening the scoring from the penalty spot before Alex Garcia Diaz equalized for the C.B.S., finding the bottom corner from a free kick. Thurles made a lot of changes for the second half ( 21 players got some game time over the course of the game) and Cahir scored two late goals to win the game 3-1.

First Year Hurling Blitzes

The school had four separate first year teams which competed in hurling blitzes in Dr. Morris Park on the Tuesday and Thursday of last week. This was a great way to give as many students as possible the opportunity to represent the school on the hurling field. Two of our four teams qualified for the next round of the competition. Under-19 Basketball The senior basketball squad got their season off to a great start last Monday when a strong team performance saw them defeat Wilson’s Hospital by 63 points to 21 in the first league game of the year.

News (11 October)

Dean Ryan

The under-16 ½ hurlers enjoyed a comfortable victory over the reigning champions, St. Coleman’s of Fermoy in the quarter final of the Dean Ryan Cup which was played in Clonmel last Tuesday. Thurles started strongly and goals from Darren Flood and Stephen Ferncombe helped them to a 2-11 to 1-7 lead at half-time. The CBS stretched out their lead in the second half with Darren Flood grabbing a second goal to help them to a victory on a scoreline of 3-29 to 3-8. They will now face St. John The Baptist Community School, Hospital in the semi-final.


Two teams from the school, one junior and one senior, competed in the Munster Schools Integrated Oratory Competition in Mount Mercy College, Cork on Saturday last, the 8th of October. In their first debate, the senior team, which consisted of Kyle English and Brendan Atkins,  opposed the motion that the Front National have no place in French society while the junior team of Adam Treacy and Stephen O’Shaughnessy argued that the general public still believe in the integrity of the Gardai. After their initial debates, for which they had prepared, the students participated in two further mace debates where they were given the motions fifteen minutes beforehand. Topics included offensive jokes, scientific plagiarism and affirmative action. All debates were carried out in the Canadian Parliamentary format with teams giving and receiving points of information. The pupils involved enjoyed the experience and hopefully it will help to improve their debating skills.

James O’Donoghue Memorial Cup

On Friday last 92 of our first year pupils competed in the James O’Donoghue Memorial hurling blitz against teams from The Abbey, Tipperary town. Both schools fielded 8 teams each, with each team consisting of eleven players. Every team played four games and in the end Thurles retained the cup which was presented to joint captains, Darragh Fitzpatrick and Kevin O’Donovan.




Our under-19 soccer panel was narrowly defeated by Cahir in the first group game of the Munster Senior Cup which was played in Cahir Park last Wednesday. Thurles started well and goals from Frank McKevitt and Jack Dolan saw them establish a two goal lead. However, Cahir were given a lifeline back into the game when they were awarded a penalty just before the break. Both teams had chances in the second half but it was Cahir who took their ones, scoring twice to win the game 3-2. The next fixture, against Nenagh CBS,  is now a must win game. On Friday our under-17 team had their first run out of the season against Cashel at Peake Villa. This was a good opportunity to give players some game time and all twenty who togged out were given their chance in what was an entertaining and competitive 2-2 draw. Kevin Patan and Alex Garcia Diaz scored the goals for the CBS.

Print Workshop

Last Wednesday Mr. Brian Fitzgerald, a print artist from Limerick Printmakers visited the school to run the first of two print workshops for our transition year art students. The purpose of the workshop was to explore the craft of Intaglio printing. The students made sketches which were inspired by a primary source and then transferred them to acetates in preparation for next week’s printing class.

Creative Engagement Exhibition

On Tuesday, the 3rd of October our transition year art students presented their entry in the Creative Engagement Exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Inspired by last year’s bicentennial celebrations the transition years of 2016-17 designed and built a ceramic mural which celebrates the history and heritage of the school. The mural consists of two panels. The panel on the left represents the lives of Brother Edmund Rice and the Cahill brothers who founded the school while the panel on the right presents the school as it is now, showcasing our ethos and our connections to the community. The mural can be viewed outside the front entrance of the school building.  

News (2nd October)

Cookery Demonstration

Last week our transition year students attended a one-day cookery demonstration at the ‘Recipe 4 Success Cookery School’ in Limerick. In the morning the pupils learnt how to bake muffins and how to make butternut squash soup from scratch. Later on, they were instructed how to make banana bread before being given the opportunity to dish up an Indian chicken curry with rice. Cooking is a valuable and necessary life skill and the pupils really enjoyed learning lots of practical, new skills in a fun environment.

School Mass

On Thursday last the entire school community made the short journey to Thurles Cathedral to attend our annual school mass, which was celebrated by Fr. Stapleton. The ceremony was a beautiful way to mark the beginning of the school year as well as an opportunity for students and staff alike to reflect on their own prayers and wishes for the coming year. Also present for the mass were the students from St. Ailbe’s primary school, many of whom also contributed to the service and to the choir.

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Our under-19 soccer panel was in action last Thursday, playing Cashel in a very competitive challenge game. Cashel scored first but the C.B.S. equalized through Ronan McGuire before goals from Dylan O Shaughnessy and Adam Darby confirmed the victory for Thurles. Once more this challenge match was a good opportunity for players to get game time and twenty squad members got a run out on the day. The panel will now take on Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir this Wednesday in the first group game of the Munster Senior Cup. Hurling Our Harty Cup hurlers continued their preparations for their upcoming games against Doon and Nenagh by playing a practice match against Ard Scoil Ris last Wednesday. 

News (26th September)

Art Trip
Last Friday our fifth and sixth year art students travelled to Limerick for their annual art history appreciation trip. They began by visiting Limerick City Gallery where they toured Elizabeth McGill’s exhibition, ‘Headland’. Following this, they made their way to the Hunt Museum to view both its permanent collection and the temporary exhibition of the works of Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry, entitled ‘ Contrasting Visions of Ireland ‘. The students really enjoyed the contrast between the two galleries and in particular the chance to view the paintings of two Irish masters in the Hunt Museum.

Geography Field Trip
On Monday, the 18th of September our sixth year geography pupils travelled to Tramore to carry out an investigation into coastal erosion. While there, they conducted a cliff investigation and a wave survey and these practical studies will now form the basis of their Leaving Certificate projects. The project is worth 20 % of the overall marks on offer and so this field trip is a crucial element of their geography course.


First Year Hurling League
The final of the first year hurling league was played in the Railway Field last Tuesday afternoon and saw the team from 1E, captained by Darragh Fitzpatrick overcome their rivals from 1B in what was a very entertaining game. The final was the culmination of a series of games which have been played at lunch times over the last number of weeks. Teams from our five classes each played four league games before the leading teams faced off in the final. The league is a great way to give playing time to as many students as possible and this year over eighty of our first years participated.

Preparations for upcoming championship games continued last week with the Harty hurlers travelling to Fermoy to test themselves against St. Colman’s on Wednesday while the Dean Ryan panel hosted Kilkenny C.B.S. on the same day. The under-14s were also in action, getting their season under way on Friday afternoon with a challenge game against Cistercian College, Roscrea.

Our Munster Senior Cup players had their first run out of the season last Thursday, playing Colaiste Mhuire in a challenge match in Peake Villa. This was a good opportunity to give players some game time and over the course of the ninety minutes twenty boys got the opportunity to represent the school on the soccer field. Hopefully the game will stand them in good stead for their upcoming group games against Colaiste Dun Iascaigh and Nenagh C.B.S.

Open Night
The school will hold its open evening for incoming first year students on Thursday next, the 5th of October. 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.

News (25th September)

Junior Cert Results

‘Congratulations’ to all of our transition year and fifth year students who received their Junior Certificate results on Wednesday last. The dedication and hard work that they applied to their studies were duly rewarded last week. Well done to all.

Higher Options

On Thursday last, the fourteenth of September, sixth year students attended the ‘Higher Options’ information day at the R.D.S. in Dublin. There were exhibitions from all the third level institutions in the U.K. and Ireland as well as helpful lectures on different career choices. An enjoyable and informative day was had by all.

First Year Leagues

The first year hurling leagues commenced two weeks ago and will continue to run this week during lunch times at the Railway Field. The league pits teams from the different class groups against each other and is a great way to provide game time to as many pupils as possible.



Study Skills

Over the last number of weeks, our first and third year students attended study skills seminars, which were delivered by educational experts, The Super Generation. The pupils learnt about the importance of planning as well as a series of memory aid techniques, including mind mapping. Other year groups will also attend these very insightful seminars in the coming weeks.


Our senior hurlers have already begun their preparations for this year’s Harty Cup campaign, playing a useful challenge game against Blackwater College on Friday, the 8th of September before taking on Midleton last Wednesday in another worthwhile practice match. This year’s draw sees the panel pitted against Nenagh C.B.S., Doon and Gaelcholaiste Mhuire Thuaigh, against whom they’ll play their first group game on Wednesday, the 11th of October. Our under 16 ½ hurlers were also in action last week, playing Templemore in wet conditions last Monday. They will face St. Colman’s of Fermoy in the first round of the Dean Ryan Cup on Wednesday, the 4th of October.

German Exchange

Nine of our fifth year students have just returned home, having spent nine days with their host families in Rosenheim in southern Germany. While there, Kyle English, Jamie Donovan, Bill O’Keefe, Ethan Shanahan, David Mawe, Evan Lyons, Michael Maher, Darren O’Regan and Adam O’Donoghue attended the Ignaz Gunther Gymnasium ( secondary school) as well as visiting Munich and the Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden, the oldest active salt mine in Germany. Their German exchange pupils will pay a return visit in March of next year. Boru Stoves Last Thursday our sixth year L.C.V.P. class paid an informative visit to Boru Stoves in order to fulfill their course requirement to study a local enterprise. The pupils were given a guided tour of the manufacturing facility by Production Manager, and past pupil, Mr. Dan Tynan. They learnt about the history of the business, the importance of research and development and modern production methods. 

Thursday, April 02, 2020