CBS Thurles Secondary School 

                  Scoil na mBráithre Críostaí Durlas


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

Congratulations Adam

UL Scholarship Awards.

Congratulations to CBS Thurles past pupil Adam Webb who secured a UL40 Scholarship award from the University of Limerick recently.  Adam secured 615 points in his Leaving Certificate and is now studying Aeronautical Engineering.  





News (12 December)


History Trip


On Wednesday last, our transition year students traveled to Dublin for their history trip. In the morning they visited Croke Park, where they explored the G.A.A. museum and partook of the Skyline Tour of the Stadium. This gave them an excellent aerial view of the city and their guide focused particularly on buildings which were associated with the 1916 Rising. The students were also given access to areas of the stadium, such as the dressing rooms, which would normally be out of bounds to the public. In the afternoon the pupils visited Glasnevin Cemetary, where they were given a guided tour of the republican plot which included very interesting biographical accounts of important historical figures. They also saw Parnell’s final resting place and Daniel O Connell’s round tour as well as hearing some very entertaining and sometimes macabre anecdotes about the cemetery itself. On the way home the students rounded off a very enjoyable day by briefly stopping off at Newbridge Shopping Centre.




C.S.P.E. Talk


On Tuesday last Nikki and Catherine from the Mo Chara Animal Rescue Centre in Thurles spoke to the 3B and 3D C.S.P.E. classes about the issue of animal welfare. They explained how they had to deal with the abandonment, neglect and abuse of animals and informed the students about how they cared for their rescued animals and how they went about attempting to re-home them. They also explained how one of the organisation’s biggest challenges is the mammoth task of fundraising. This talk certainly opened the students’ eyes to the issue of animal welfare and to the responsibilities that accompany pet ownership.


Non-Uniform Day


On Tuesday last the student council organised a non-uniform day, the proceeds of which will be donated to the local branch of St. Vincent de Paul at this week’s carol service.


Tipperary Enterprise Awards School Trade Fair

A transition year Trade Fair, organised in conjunction with the Tipperary Enterprise Board, was held in the school on Friday last. At the event all of the transition year mini-companies presented their ideas and business models, from which two companies will be chosen to represent the school in the county final in the new year. The wide and varied selection of goods available for sale on the day included customised sportswear, sports equipment, electronics, Christmas decorations, medical devices and woodcraft

News (6th December)

Croke Cup Champions



‘Congratulations’ to our under-15 hurling panel on their victory over Cashel Community School in the final of the Croke Cup last Friday. Thurles started well, building up an early lead which they never looked like relinquishing. The final score was 20 points to 6 and the Thurles captain, Martin Paul O Dwyer, had the honour of lifting the cup for the C.B.S.

Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team notched up their third unanimous victory of the season when they defeated St. Kieran’s of Kilkenny on Tuesday night last. In what was a very enjoyable debate, the C.B.S. team, which was captained by Harry Hogan and which also consisted of Tommy O Sullivan, Brendan Atkins and Kyle English, successfully proposed the motion that ‘ International Climate Change Agreements are a load of hot air’. The team’s final debate of the group stages will see them pitted against the Ursuline Convent and they will be attempting to oppose the motion that ‘ The U.N. should be disbanded’.


Local musicians, Johnny B and Jonny ‘Smacks’ visited the school last Wednesday to help with the official launch of the school’s A.I.B. Build-A-Bank branch. They entertained the assembled first years with a couple of songs as well as dishing out spot prizes and participating in a question and answer session.


On Friday last , Councillor John Hogan assisted  our sixth year L.C.V.P. students with their ‘Local Area Investigation’ by delivering an extremely informative talk about local ameneties and commercial infrastructure. Among the topics discussed by Councillor Hogan were local employment, financial institutions, voluntary organisations and the potential for tourism.

Men’s Cancer Alliance

Last Wednesday our transition year ‘Social Innovation’ class held a cake sale in the school which raised awareness about the issue of male cancer and which also raised over 300 euro for the Men’s Cancer Alliance in the Mater Hospital, Dublin. A ‘mannequin challenge’ video of the cake sale was also recorded and can currently be  viewed on the school website. ‘Well done’ to all involved.

Cross Country Championships

The school did very well at last Wednesday’s Tipperary Cross Country Championships, which were held in Thurles Crokes. Both our minor and intermediate teams took gold in their respective team events while Emmet Fogarty won individual gold in the junior category.


On Tuesday, the 29th of November, four teams from the school competed in the Tipperary Schools Badminton League which was held in Our Lady’s, Templemore. Our under-19 A team beat Roscrea but lost to Templemore while the B team lost to Roscrea A but defeated Roscrea D. At under-15 level, the A team won against Nenagh but lost to Templemore while the B team lost both of their matches.  

News (24th November)

Music Talk

Last week our fifth year and sixth year music classes, along with the school’s choral group, attended a talk by Mr. Martin Barrett, entitled ‘Reaching the higher notes in life’. The lecture concentrated on career opportunities for music students and highlighted the fact that there were more options available to students than the most obvious performing and teaching ones. Other avenues of employment include marketing, commerce and music production. The talk certainly opened the students’ eyes to the career possibilities that exist for students of music.

Team Hope Shoebox Collection

‘Well done’ to transition year pupils; David Mawe, Ben Murphy and Eanna Ryan on coordinating the collection of Christmas Shoeboxes from first and second year students and on raising money for sustainable projects run by Team Hope. Hopefully, their hard work will bring a little bit of festive joy to some of those in the Developing World who are less fortunate then ourselves.



Personal Safety Course

Last week our transition year students participated in a personal safety course which was delivered by Personal Safety Ireland. The course focused on awareness, boundaries, consent and self-defence techniques. The pupils really enjoyed this practical and thought-provoking workshop.


The current season came to a disappointing end for our under-19 basketball panel last Thursday when they were narrowly defeated by Marist College, Athlone in the semi-final of the Midlands League. The team performed admirably and lost out by a single basket, the final score being 57-54.


Our under-19 soccer panel took on Colaiste Mhuire Co-Ed in a useful challenge match on Monday, the 21st of November. Goals from Jack Hackett and Matthew McKevitt helped the C.B.S. to a 2-1 victory. This game should stand them in good stead as they prepare for the knockout stages of the Munster Senior Cup.

News (21th November)

 Dean Ryan Final

‘Commiserations’ to our under-16 ½ hurlers on their narrow defeat to St. Colman’s of Fermoy in the replay of the Dean Ryan Cup final, which was played at the Gaelic Grounds last Saturday. There was very little between the teams throughout the game and Thurles led by 8 points to 4 at half-time. However two second half goals from Fermoy pushed them into the lead and even though Kieran Moloney got a goal back for the C.B.S. , ultimately it wasn’t enough. The final score was St. Colman’s: 2-12, Thurles: 1-13.

 Croke Cup

Well done’ to our under-15 hurling panel on progressing to the final of the Croke Cup following a very comfortable victory over High School Clonmel on Friday last. The team performed very well and some early goals put the contest beyond reach by half-time. They will now face Cashel Community School in the final on Friday, the 2nd of December.  

Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team secured another unanimous victory last Monday evening, the 14th of November, when they successfully opposed the motion that ‘France should allow religious symbols in public institutions’ against the proposition team from Glenstal Abbey. The team was captained by Harry Hogan and he was more than ably assisted by Tommy O Sullivan, Kyle English and Mark Fortune. Their next debate will see them attempt to propose the motion that ‘Climate change agreements are a load of hot air’ and their opposition for that debate will be St. Kieran’s of Kilkenny.

Careers Fair

A careers fair, which was held in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall on Monday, the 14th of November, was attended by a selection of fourth, fifth and sixth year students from the town’s four secondary schools. Stalls from a wide selection of universities and institutes of technology were present on the day, with representatives available to distribute college literature and to answer any queries that the students may have had. The event was not only extremely useful for sixth year students but also for fourth and fifth years, prompting them to think about possible future college courses and careers.


The Harty Cup panel continued their preparations for their upcoming game against Abbey C.B.S. by playing a useful challenge match against Nenagh last Wednesday. Our first year hurlers were also in action last week, with our A panel playing a practice game against Ard Scoil Ris on Tuesday and our C panel participating in a blitz in Dr. Morris Park on Thursday. Basketball Our under-16 basketball squad was in action last week, taking on St. Paul’s of Monasterevin in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Cup (B). Thurles started strongly and led right up to half-time. Unfortunately, it was St. Paul’s who finished the stronger, winning the game and bringing the season to an end for this group of players. Still they can be proud of reaching the quarter-final of the cup in their first year after promotion.

T.Y. Science Trip

Last week, 51 of our transition year students spent four days at the European Space Centre near Libin in Belgium. Each morning the students attended classes devoted to space science and astronautics. Other activities included trips to a forest activity centre, a water park and the city of Maastricht. An enjoyable time was had by all.



Thursday, April 02, 2020