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 "Promoting full personal and social developement in caring Christian communities of learning and teaching." Edmund Rice Schools Trust.

News (8th May)

Fitzgerald Cup Success

‘Congratulations’ to our under-17 hurling panel on defeating Nenagh C.B.S. in the final of the Fitzgerald Cup last Thursday. Nenagh, assisted by the wind in the first half, went in at the interval leading by 1-9 to 1-7: the Thurles goal having been scored by Max Hackett. The second half was a high scoring and thrilling affair with man of the match, Conor Bowe getting a vital goal for Thurles while Darren Flood also performed well, finishing the game with a tally of ten points. In the end Thurles proved to be just too strong for their opponents, winning by a margin of four points. The final score was Thurles: 2-22, Nenagh: 1-21.

Fitzgerald ‘B’

Alas, our Fitzgerald ‘B’ panel was not so fortunate the previous day, coming up short against Borrisokane in the semi-final. Aided by a strong breeze Borrisokane built up a sizeable first half lead, scoring four goals in the process. There was a spirited response in the second half from Thurles and a Luke Cashin goal plus a string of frees from Devon Ryan helped to claw back some of the deficit. It was not enough however and Boorisokane won on a scoreline of 4-14 to 1-14.

Concern Debates

Our Concern debating team, which consists of Harry Hogan, Kyle English, Tommy O Sullivan, Brendan Atkins and Mark Fortune, attended the national final of the Concern Debates competition last Thursday evening, where they were presented with trophies in recognition of reaching the semi-final. The team also scooped the award for Best Researchers on the night. Well done to all involved.



Cabragh Wetlands

As part of their Junior Cert science coursework several of our second year classes paid visits to Cabragh Wetlands last week to study local habitats.

Road Safety Seminar

Last Thursday our transition year pupils attended a road safety seminar at L.I.T.-Thurles which was organised by the Tipperary Divisional Traffic Corps in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority. There, they listened to a talk from a road collision survivor who told his story and urged young drivers to be sensible and mature behind the wheel. The students also engaged with the RSA Shuttle which teaches the importance of safe tyres, the dangers of driver fatigue and texting while driving as well as imparting other road safety tips. Also present on the day was the roll-over simulator which spins around while people sit in it, mimicking the effect of a road collision and highlighting the importance of wearing safety belts.

Under-16 Football Final

Our u-16 ½  football panel took on Presentation, Milltown in the Corn Ui Bhuchalla Munster Schools final on Friday last. The team performed well for the opening 25 minutes, playing against a strong breeze. The score at that stage was Milltown: 1-2, Thurles:0-3. However Milltown finished the half extremely strongly and led by 2-5 to 0-3 at half-time. Despite good performances from Zac Jackson and Peter Melbourne in defence, Darragh Tynan in midfield and Fred Crowley, Eanna Ryan and Jack Lanigan in the forwards, the team was unable to bridge the gap in the second half and lost on a final score of 4-11 to 0-9.

News (2nd May).

Under-16 Soccer

Our under-16 soccer panel progressed to the final of the South East Munster Cup last Friday, courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Colaiste na Mara of Tramore. The C.B.S. started the game well but it was Tramore that opened the scoring against the run of play with twenty minutes gone. Thurles had lots of possession and equalised just before half time when Kevin Patan lobbed the keeper after being put through by Cian Stakelum. Thurles remained the better team in the second half with strong performances around the middle from Jack Ryan-Casey, Nico Mallen and Patrick Stakelum. Half way through the second half Aiden Slattery scored what was to prove the winning goal. The C.B.S. had a couple of great chances to make it three but they were not able to convert them and had to withstand a late Tramore onslaught before the final whistle. ‘Well done’ to the panel on reaching the first ever soccer final for the school.



L.C.V.P. Talk

On Monday the 24th of April our fifth year L.C.V.P. students attended an informative talk which was delivered by Mr. John O Shaughnessy, Managing Director of Clancy Construction and Mr. Declan Fitzpatrick, Contracts Director with the same firm. The guest speakers informed the students about the types of projects that have been recently undertaken and completed  by Clancy Construction, which has just celebrated its seventieth anniversary. The two men also spoke about the current state of the construction industry and about careers in trades and areas such as quantity surveying. The students really enjoyed this very enlightening talk.

Transition Year History and Geography Trip

On Thursday, the 27th of April , our transition year students travelled to Belfast for their history and geography overnight trip. That morning they visited the impressive and enlightening Titanic Centre where they learnt about the building of the Titanic and the history of the Harland and Wolff shipbuilding yard and the White Star Shipping Line. In the afternoon the pupils participated in guided tours of both the Falls Road and the Shankill Road, where they viewed murals and were told about the city’s violent recent history by guides who themselves had been involved in ‘The Troubles’. It was an eye-opening and fascinating experience for the pupils. They also visited Crumlin Road Gaol. On the following day the students visited the world-famous basalt columns of The Giant’s Causeway before crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in scenic Ballintoy.

Rice Cup

Our Rice Cup hurlers enjoyed a good victory over Midleton C.B.S. in the quarter-final of the competition on Thursday last. A strong team performance will now see them play either Doon C.B.S. or Templemore in the semi-final.  

News (10 April)

U 15A Munster Champions

Thurles C.B.S. retained their Munster under-15 A hurling title by defeating St. Flannan’s in the final of the O’Dowd Cup by the narrowest of margins on Wednesday last. St. Flannan’s started strongly, building up a four point lead early on. Thurles fought back gamely and through a combination of well taken frees from Stephen Ferncombe and the hard work of Jack Leamy and Ryan Walsh in the middle third, they managed to take the lead. However, two late points from the Clare outfit left them leading by 10 points to 9 at half-time. Thurles took control of the game in the second half, denying St. Flannan’s a score for the opening 20 minutes while tacking on several of their own. The decisive score of the game came when David Fogarty found the net, skilfully flicking on a long ball from Darragh Stakelum. The C.B.S. now led by 5 points and the team was forced to defend, which they did manfully. Jason O’Dwyer expertly deflected a close range shot away from goals while Ciaran Lloyd flung himself in front of a number of attempts from Flannan’s. A tense 6 minutes of added time saw St. Flannan’s narrow the gap to a single point but the C.B.S. held out for a great victory. The final score was Thurles: 1-12, St. Flannan’s: 0-14.

U15A Munster Champions

Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team was knocked out of the competition at the semi-final stage on Thursday evening last. The motion, that ‘Torture is a just means of preventing terrorism’, was a difficult motion to propose; every developed country, and every organisation which advocates for human rights, condemns torture in every circumstance. Nevertheless, the team, which was captained by Harry Hogan and which included Kyle English, Brendan Atkins and Mark Fortune, performed extremely well and the fact that they lost on a split decision is at least some small crumb of comfort. Well done to the four members mentioned above, and to Tommy O Sullivan who participated in several of the debates over the course of the campaign, on progressing so far in the competition.

German Exchange

Seven German exchange students who hailed from our partner school in Rosenheim in Bavaria, recently spent ten days in Thurles. During their time here the pupils attended classes and participated in everyday school life as well as visiting The Rock of Cashel, Mitchelstown Caves, Holycross Abbey and Dublin. The exchange students really enjoyed their Irish experience. Seven of our pupils will travel to Germany in July where they will experience German life, culture and even school. The German exchange programme provides a wonderful opportunity for students to greatly improve their spoken and listening language skills.

Fitzgerald Cup

Our under-17 hurlers reached the final of the Fitzgerald Cup thanks to a comprehensive victory over Carrick-on-Suir on Friday last. The final score was 4-24 to 1-8 and the panel will now face either Templemore or Nenagh after Easter. Track and Field Our athletes had an extremely successful day at the County Schools Track and Field event which was held in Templemore last Wednesday. We had 27 athletes competing on the day and together they managed to win a total of 25 medals: 13 gold, 6 silver and 6 bronze. They now look forward to the East Munster meet which will be held in Waterford RSC on the 10th of May.

News (28th March)

Concern Debating
Our Concern debating team progressed to the semi-finals of the competition last Thursday evening, having successfully opposed the motion that ‘On global development issues, Obama delivered more hope than change’ against the proposition from Davitt College, Castlebar. The team was captained by Harry Hogan and also consisted of Kyle English, Brendan Atkins and Mark Fortune. The team will now face Sacred Heart, Clonakilty in the next round.

Coolmore Stud
On Thursday last our transition year horticulture class visited Coolmore Stud where they were given an extremely interesting guided tour of both the working farm and the stud farm. The students were extremely impressed by the modern facilities and the innovative operation of the business. The highlight of the tour came when the students viewed Coolmore Stud’s prized possession, Galileo.

Under-16 ½ Football
‘Well done’ to our under 16 ½ footballers on reaching the final of the North Munster Championship, courtesy of a 3-16 to 1-6 victory over Rice College, Ennis last Thursday. Thurles led right through the game and were aided by the fact that Rice College were reduced to fourteen men after only ten minutes. Nevertheless, this was an impressive performance with the goals coming from Darragh Tynan, Sean Collins and John Kirwin. We wish them the best of luck in the final.

Fun Run
On Tuesday last the entire school community participated in a very successful and enjoyable ‘Fun Run’, the object of which was to raise funds to support the continuing development of sporting facilities in the school as well as to offset the cost of transport for extra-curricular activities. All the students walked to the racetrack where they either walked or ran a lap of the track before returning to the school. The school would like to thank Thurles Racetrack, the Order of Malta, the Gardai and everyone who supported the event.

Guest Speaker
On Friday last, Jerry O’Dwyer from spoke to our third year, transition year and fifth year art classes about his work as an art director and designer who specialises in providing visual solutions for advertisements. Mr O’Dwyer, a past pupil of the school, spoke about how he comes up with his ideas and how illustrations and images can be used to inform, sell and persuade. He also spoke to the students about the careers that exist for students who study art in secondary school and in college. The students really enjoyed this insightful and engaging workshop.

Rice Cup Blitz
Our Rice Cup ‘B’ panel competed in a qualifying blitz last Friday. They defeated Christian Brothers Cork but lost to Nenagh C.B.S. in the group games. They lost to Midleton C.B.S. in the semi-final but a victory over Rice College, Ennis in the third and fourth place play-off ensured that they qualify for the last 16 of the Rice Cup proper.

School Concert
The annual school variety concert was held in the assembly hall last Friday night. As usual there was an eclectic mix of musical styles on stage; from classical to rock, traditional to soul and pop.



Along with our own musicians, an enjoyable feature of the evening was the performance of the choir from Scoil Ailbhe while past pupils, Graham Maher and Tommy Doyle also added to the great night’s entertainment.

News (25 March.)

Fun Run Day

Well Done to all studenst who took part in our Annual Fun Fun.  A gear day was had by all.


Under 16 ½ Football

‘Well done’ to our under-16 ½ footballers who overcame St. Joseph’s, Spanish Point in the North Munster Semi-final by the narrowest of margins on Thursday last. The game was a cracker, finishing 4-11 to 4-10. Thurles were 8 points down after half-time but fought back to level the scores. Spanish Point then scored 2-1 without reply to build up a 7 point lead. Amazingly, the C.B.S. clawed back that deficit as well before winning with a late Darragh Tynan point. The four goals were scored by Darragh Tynan, Ciaran O Dwyer and Jack Lanigan (2). They will now play Rice College of Ennis in the final.


Our first year basketball team was busy last week, defeating Marist College by four points in the Midlands Semi-final on Monday before losing out to St. Paul’s of Monasterevin in the final on the following day. Despite this loss, the team, having finished as runners-up, is still in the All-Ireland League. White Cup The school’s under-15 hurlers progressed to the semi-final of the White Cup last Wednesday, courtesy of a 2-15 to 3-8 victory over Midleton C.B.S. . Thurles led from the start and at half time the score was 1-9 to 5 points, the goal coming from David Fogarty. Midleton fought back in the second half scoring 3 goals but another David Fogarty goal ensured that Thurles emerged victorious on the day.

Rice Cup

Our under-14 hurlers continued their preparations for the Rice Cup blitzes by playing useful challenge matches last week. On Tuesday they played Ard Scoil Ris while on Wednesday the A and B panels took on teams from Kilkenny C.B.S..

Print Workshop

The print artist, Ms Suzannah Mullaney O’Reilly visited to school on Monday the 6th and Friday the 10th of March to conduct print workshops with our second and fifth year art students. The students learnt the skills of mono printing, etching, using ink on acetates and the techniques used to create artistic effects. The school would like to thank Ms Mullaney O’Reilly for delivering this very insightful workshop and also Ms Mary Quigley of the Arts Office of Tipperary County Offices for facilitating the workshop and for allowing the students to exhibit their finished works.  

Thursday, April 02, 2020