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

News (20 March)

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.  

News (10 March)

Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team progressed to the last 16 of this national competition when they successfully opposed the motion that ‘Fidel Castro’s legacy deserves to be celebrated’ against Presentation/ De La Salle Bagenalstown on Tuesday last, the 28th of February. The team, which was captained by Harry Hogan and also consisted of Kyle English, Brendan Atkins and Mark Fortune, performed well to secure a unanimous victory and will now face St. Joseph’s College, Lucan in the next round where they will be proposing the motion that ‘ There should be limits to Free Speech on Social Media’.

White Cup

Our under-15 hurlers set up a quarter-final showdown with Midleton C.B.S. courtesy of a comfortable victory over Nenagh in the first round of the White Cup on Wednesday last. The team performed admirably in what were very difficult conditions on the day and the final score was : Thurles: 2-17, Nenagh: 0-11.

IMTA Junior Maths Competition

All of our first year pupils participated in the first round of the Irish Mathematics Teachers Association Junior Problem Solving Competition on Wednesday last, the 1st of March. The following students will now represent the school in the regional finals: Eoin Noonan, Oisin Treacy, Cathal Corcoran, Ben O’ Driscoll, Cillian McDonagh, Luke Aherne, Tom Purcell, Luke Barnes, Sean Condon, Mikey Griffin, Stephen Mawe, Jack O’Mara and Joe Caesar. Well done to all.




The school had two teams which competed in an under-16 one-day basketball competition which was held in Nenagh College last Friday and one of those teams, which was captained by AJ Shanahan, won out the tournament. Earlier in the week our first and second year teams had mixed fortunes against Piper’s Hill in the league. Our first years enjoyed a 24-3 victory while unfortunately our second years were well beaten (22-44).


Workshop Last Friday our transition year pupils took part in a SOAR workshop. These workshops are designed to increase self-awareness, belief, direction, empathy, leadership, peer respect and resiliency. The students certainly found it a very worthwhile and engaging exercise. Fair Trade On Thursday last our transition year students attended a very informative talk on Fair Trade at L.I.T.-Thurles. The event was organised in conjunction with Fair Trade Fortnight and highlighted the rationale behind the movement and the many benefits which accrue to small independent farmers and their communities thanks to Fair Trade deals.  


News (27th February)


School Tour

On Thursday, the 16th of February, 38 of our first and second year French students headed to Paris on a four day tour. On the first day the students were given a guided tour of the city which took in such famous landmarks as the Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Pompidou Centre. That same evening the students also engaged in a boat tour down the Seine. On the following day they visited the Louvre and climbed the Eiffel Tower before going bowling in the evening. The third day of the trip consisted of a visit to Disneyland Paris and the Walt Disney Studios while the final day saw the pupils visit the Sacre Coeur church, visit the Montmartre area, tour the Stade de France and also fit in a spot of shopping. The students really enjoyed this very educational and cultural tour.


L.C.V.P. Talk

On Monday, the 13th of February, Mr. Michael O’ Dwyer of Mitchel House addressed the fifth year L.C.V.P. class, discussing a range of aspects relating to business and entrepreneurship. Over the course of this informative and enlightening talk Mr. O’ Dwyer spoke about the difficulties associated with setting up a new enterprise as well as the practicalities of the everyday running of a business.



 On the Tuesday before the midterm break our first year and second year basketball teams played league games against St. Paul’s of Monasterevin. Unfortunately, despite brave performances from both teams, it was Monasterevin who tasted victory on the day. The final league games of the season will take place this week and we wish both teams the very best of luck.


Cross Country Athletics

On Thursday, the 16th of February, our cross country athletes travelled to Tramore Valley Park in Cork city to compete in the Munster Schools Cross Country Championships. The school had athletes competing in the minor, intermediate and senior races on the day. It was a great outing for our minor team (U14) who came first in the team event and our intermediate team (U17) who came third in the team event. Both teams now qualify to compete in the All- Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships which will take place on Saturday, the 11th of March, in Mallusk Playing Fields in Belfast. The minor team consists of Emmet Fogarty, Stephen Mawe, Tadhg Gould, Alex Crowley, Michael Connolly and Jack O’ Mara while the intermediate team includes Fred Crowley, Jack Hickey, Eanna Ryan, Ben O’ Dwyer, Dylan McLoughlin and Kieran Moloney.


Rice Cup

As part of their continuing preparation for the upcoming blitzes our Rice Cup hurlers took on Good Counsel in a challenge match on Tuesday, the 14th of February.


News (13 February)

Art Guest Speaker

Last Friday past pupil, Mr. Mark Maher spoke to our second and fifth year art students about his work with the Minor Side Effects Studio Workshop, an award winning company in the field of prosthetics, props, make up and model making. Mark talked to the students about his work on shows such as Vikings, Penny Dreadful, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings and gave a fascinating insight into how his industry works. The props and models which he brought with him were also well worth seeing. The art students found his talk to be both informative and enjoyable.

Munster Senior Cup

Our under-19 soccer panel exited the Munster Senior Cup at the quarter-final stage last Monday following defeat to Nenagh in a thrilling encounter which was played at Cahir Park. Nenagh scored twice early on and the omens didn’t look good for Thurles. However, a James O Sullivan goal just before the break made a contest of it once more. Thurles equalised early in the second half through a Connor Murphy penalty and then took the lead thanks to a fine strike by Matthew McKevitt. A period of sustained pressure from Nenagh led to their equaliser with twenty minutes remaining and at 3-3 both sides had chances to win the game. Extra-time was needed to separate the sides but two goals in rapid succession from Nenagh finished the contest and as Thurles pushed forward desperately in the second half of extra-time they left themselves open at the back and Nenagh added two more. In the end the scoreline was harsh on a Thurles side that played with great heart against a strong Nenagh outfit. Still, despite the disappointment of defeat the panel can be proud of their exertions this season. This is only the second year that soccer has been in the school and reaching the quarter-finals of the Munster Senior Cup represents good progress and hopefully bodes well for the future.

Rice Cup

Our under-14 hurlers continued their preparation for their upcoming blitzes by playing useful A and B team challenge games against De la Salle on Monday last.

Internet Safety Week

Between the 6th and the 10th of February a wide array of activities took place in the school to mark Internet Safety Week. On Monday our first years participated in an anti-bullying workshop while on Friday, a guest speaker counselled them on how to stay safe online. On Wednesday our second years competed in an internet safety table quiz while on Thursday our fifth years attended an informative talk which was delivered by the ISPCC.  All these events were organised by the Cairdeas members. Cairdeas is a first year mentoring scheme which aims to help younger students as they progress though their time in secondary school.


Transition Year Work Experience

Our Transition Year students are currently completing the second week of their work experience. Work experience is an integral part of the Transition Year programme as the students are afforded the opportunity to learn new skills while also gaining an insight into possible career choices for their futures. The school would like to thank all the businesses and organisations which helped to facilitate this element of the Transition Year course by offering our students their work placements.

Pre-examinations Our third year and sixth year students are currently sitting their ‘mock’ examinations. These exams provide the pupils with an important insight into the layout, structure and timing of the exams and are thus an excellent preparation for the state exams in June. We wish them all the very best of luck.      

East Munster Schools Cross Country

Congratulations to our Cross Country Team who came home in 1st place the minor boys at the East Munster Cross Country Championships on Friday.  Out Intermediate team came 2nd losing out on 1st place by just 2 points.  Individual plaques for Fred Crowley 3rd and Emmett Fogarty 4th.




Thursday, April 02, 2020