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News (15th November.)

Dean Ryan Cup Final

Thurles C.B.S. and St. Colman’s of Fermoy will have to do it all again this Saturday after they could not be separated, even after extra-time, in the final of the Dean Ryan Cup, which was played in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick last Saturday. The game was a thriller with neither side able to break free of the other and it ended after extra-time on a scoreline of Thurles: 3-13, St. Colman’s: 1-19. Darren Flood, Jack Lanigan and Eoin Purcell got the goals for the C.B.S.

Harty Cup 2



‘Congratulations’ to sixth year student, Daniel Ryan, on claiming gold in the Senior Boys category at the All-Ireland Schools Combined Events competition which was held at Athlone Institute of Technology last Saturday. This was Daniel’s fifth gold medal at these events and it was made even sweeter by the fact that, in winning it, he set a new Irish record.

Munster Junior Cup

Our under-17 soccer panel progressed to the last 32 of the Munster Junior Cup on Wednesday, the 26th of October, thanks to an exciting and unexpected victory over Colaiste na Mara, Tramore. Tramore took the lead early on but from that point Thurles began to assert their dominance over the opposition. Ronan McGuire first equalized and then put the C.B.S. in front, only for Tramore to draw level before the break. Substitute, Dylan O Shaughnessy, scored a fine goal to restore the lead for Thurles but once more Tramore equalized. Finally, with ten minutes remaining, Nico Mallen scored what proved to be the winner for the C.B.S. The team will now face Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir in the next round.

Croke Cup

‘Well done’ to our under-15 hurlers on progressing to the semi-final of the Croke Cup following victory over Our Lady’s of Templemore on Monday, the 24th of October. Aided by a strong wind, Thurles started well and led by four points at half-time. A second half goal by David Fogarty and the reliable free taking of Steven Ferncombe sealed the victory for the C.B.S. .Their next opponents will be High School, Clonmel.

Basketball League Our under-16 and our under-19 basketball panels were in action before the Halloween break; both of them playing teams from St. Paul’s of Monasterevin. Our under-16s were playing only their second league game of the season and unfortunately they were beaten by 50 points to 37. The under-19s also fared badly, losing their unbeaten record by the narrowest of margins. They were beaten by 52 points to 51 in their final pool game but will still progress to the Midlands Semi-finals.

Basketball Cup Our under-19 panel played Colaiste na Phiarsaigh, Glanmire in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Cup on Wednesday last, the 9th of November. Unfortunately, despite a spirited team performance, they were unable to overcome a very strong Glanmire side, falling short on a scoreline of 49 points to 63. Top scorers for the C.B.S. were Darren O Sullivan, Adam Darby and Liam Kenny.

Bicentenary School Mass

A mass, specifically aimed at past pupils, former brothers, teachers and principals, current and former board of management members and all those who have a historic link to the school, was held in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall on the evening of Wednesday, the 26th of October . The chief celebrant was our school chaplain, Fr. Tomas O Connell and the mass was concelebrated by 21 other members of the clergy, including Archbishop Emeritus, Dr. Dermot Clifford. After the mass, everybody returned to the assembly hall for some food and a chance to chat and reminisce. Harty Cup Our Harty Cup panel topped their group and progressed to the last 16 of the competition thanks to a comfortable victory over a young team from Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG  on Wednesday, the 26th of October. The final score in the game was 5-24 to 0-14. They will now face a formidable Abbey C.B.S. team in the next round on the 30th of November.  

Dean Ryan Final (12th November)

Dean Ryan Final

Thurles CBS and Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy played out an exciting draw after extra time in the Dean Ryan Cup (Under 16.5 A Hurling) Final on Saturday November 12th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Thurles CBS 3-13 Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 1-19.The game was played at a high tempo with the Fermoy school settling into their stride quickly opening up a two point lead in the first 10 minutes.  The teams were soon level with points from Jack Morrissey and Jack Lanigan.  Pressure from CBS Thurles resulted in a penalty which Darren flood slotted to the left corner to give give Thurles a one point lead in the 23rd minute. The half time score left both teams level 7 points to Coláiste Cholmáin and 1.4 to the CBS Thurles.



The second half saw the score shared no more than 6 times. Jack Lanigan found the Colemans net earlt in the half to give a two point lead to Thurles.  However, the score was never more than two points between the teams as they headed towards full time.  Colemans fought back strongly to take the lead in the final minutes, With Thurles one point down Darren Flood took a free to level things up with the final play of the match to send both teams into extra time with a scoreline of 1.14 to Colemans and 2.11 for CBS Thurles.

Extra time could not separate the teams as the lead was shared four times during the 20 minutes of extra time.  The final score was Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy  1.19  CBS Thurles 3.13.  The date for the replay is fixed for Saturday 19th November at a venue yet to be fixed.


News (24 October)


Last week our basketball teams switched their attention from the league to the cup. Our under-16s progressed to the quarter-finals of the National Cup on Monday, the 17th of October, thanks to a 33 points to 29 victory over the Patrician Academy in Mallow. This hard fought win will see them face St. Paul’s of Monasterevin in the next round. Also in action last week was our under-19 panel and they continued their unbeaten run this season when they dispatched of Kilkenny C.B.S., defeating their opponents by 63 points to 32. Top scorers for the C.B.S. were Darren O Sullivan (19), Sean Mockler (18) and Adam Darby (12). They will now face Glanmire in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Cup. ‘Well done’ to both teams.

Dean Ryan

Our under-16 ½ hurlers enjoyed a comfortable victory over Midleton C.B.S. in the semi-final of the Dean Ryan Cup on Wednesday of last week. An early Max Hackett goal and a flurry of points from Darren Flood, Keith Ryan, Jack Lanigan and Darragh Tynan ensured that the result was beyond dispute at an early stage. They will face a much stiffer test in the final however against a formidable St. Colman’s side.

Jim Langton Success

‘Congratulations’ to our under-14 hurlers on winning the Jim Langton Tournament which was held in Kilkenny on Wednesday of last week. Thurles defeated Callan and Charleville on their way to the final, where they beat the hosts, Kilkenny C.B.S.




Last Thursday a selection of our first, second, fourth and fifth year students were entertained at The Source Theatre by traditional storyteller, Niall de Burca.  His shows, ‘Tales of the Gods-Stories from World Mythology’ and the slightly more spooky ‘Tales of the Macabre’ proved highly enjoyable for the pupils who attended.


On Tuesday, the 18th of October, a golfing team represented the school at the Annual Schools Golf Tournament at Esker Hill, Tullamore. The team of six comprised a selection of students from first year to fifth, with four scores counting on the day. The team, which consisted of Jack Ryan, Corey O Brien, Paddy Bowden, Fred Crowley, Luke Aherne and Eoin Purcell, played extremely well and finished in third place. ‘Well done’ to all involved.

 Hurling Blitz

Two teams from the school competed in the Tipperary First Year Hurling League which began in Dr. Morris Park last Tuesday. Team One won all three of their matches while Team Two won one and lost two. The competition continues this week.

Race Night

The school would like to thank all those who supported our bicentennial fundraising event at Thurles Greyhound Stadium last Friday night. Along with the ordinary race card there was a novelty relay race between a selection of teachers and a selection of students, which the students narrowly won. All proceeds from this very enjoyable night’s entertainment will go towards the construction of an Astroturf facility in the school.

Cultural Trip

On Friday last, fifty of our Transition Year students had a fantastic opportunity to attend  a course at Tipperary Museum in Clonmel. This was part of the County Council's Articulation Project.  Students learned about researching art, artefacts and architecture. Also, a member of Toastmasters spoke to the students about the techniques of public speaking. In the afternoon students got an extensive guided tour of Holycross Abbey.  Local man, John Bourke gave a detailed account of the history of the abbey, its architecture and artefacts.  Students then got an opportunity to sketch the Abbey from the garden outside.  Students will continue to participate in the Articulation Project over the next few weeks.

News (18th October)

F.A.I. Senior Cup

A very successful week for the school’s sporting teams began last Monday when our under-19 soccer panel enjoyed a comfortable win over Scoil Ruain, Killenaule. Matthew McKevitt, Frank McKevitt, Mark Purcell, Connor Murphy and Jack Hackett all got their names on the scoresheet, thus ensuring that they topped their qualifying group for the second consecutive year. As group winners they will have home advantage in the first knockout round of the competition.

Concern Debating

On Tuesday night, the 11th of October, our Concern Debating team successfully proposed the motion that ‘ Ending World Hunger by 2030 is an Impossible Dream’ in a highly entertaining and informative debate against the girls of Loreto Convent, Kilkenny. The team was captained by Harry Hogan and also comprised Brendan Atkins, Tommy O Sullivan and Mark Fortune. Their next debate will see them oppose the motion that ‘ France Should Allow Religious Symbols in Public Institutions’. The proposition for that debate will be Glenstal Abbey.



Harty Cup

Our senior hurling panel began their campaign in fine style on Wednesday last, defeating De la Salle of Waterford by 3-17 to 1-8. It was De La Salle who started the stronger, scoring the first three points of the game and, aided by a strong breeze, pushing out their lead to 5 points just before the interval. However, a late Conor Bowe goal reduced the margin to 2 points at half-time.  Thurles dominated the second half with goals from Anthony McKelvey and Darragh Woods ensuring victory, while 7 late unanswered points put a sheen on the scoreline.


The senior basketball squad made it three from three in the Midlands League last Thursday when they defeated Marist College, Athlone by 55 points to 41. There were fine performances from Darren O Sullivan, Sean Mockler and Adam Darby in what was a very strong overall team performance. This week will see them play Kilkenny C.B.S. in the first round of the cup.

Mental Health Week

Last week, to celebrate Mental Health Week, the school organised an array of events which focused on promoting positive mental health and allowing pupils and staff to take a brief respite from the pressures of modern living. On Monday, ex-Tipperary hurler, Mr. Seamus Hennessy spoke to our sixth year students, encouraging them to communicate with their friends and family and emphasising the importance of talking about any issues that might worry them. On Tuesday, current Tipperary star, Mr. Noel McGrath spoke to our fifth year pupils about overcoming obstacles that may be placed in their paths. Our second years participated in a fun talent show on Wednesday and also a series of team-building exercises on Thursday morning. On Thursday, Fr Joe Walshe spoke to our third years about the power of prayer and positivity while on Friday the first year students participated in a table quiz, the proceeds of which will go to AWARE.

Dean Ryan Hurling

Our under 16 ½  hurlers capped off a great sporting week for the school with an excellent victory over Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG in the quarter-final of the Dean Ryan Cup on Friday last. Thurles led by  5 points to 4 at half time having played with the wind. Gaelcholaiste Mhuire fought back in the second half but a strong team performance, allied with a Max Hackett goal, helped the C.B.S. to a 1-11 to 0-9 victory. Next up will be Midleton in the semi-final. We wish our boys the best of luck in that encounter.

News (10th October)

F.A.I. Senior Cup

Thurles got their Munster Senior Cup campaign off to a great start on Monday of last week, defeating a strong Nenagh side by 3 goals to 2 in what was a thrilling and highly competitive match. Matthew McKevitt opened the scoring for Thurles after 15 minutes with a deft strike from the edge of the box. Nenagh , aided by a strong breeze, fought back and levelled the game from the penalty spot on the half hour mark. In the second half, good interplay between McKevitt and Conor Stakelum saw the latter restore the lead for Thurles before another spot kick gave Nenagh the opportunity to equalise once again. Thurles then found the net with ten minutes remaining, through substitute, John Cussen, who headed home what proved to be the winning goal. Next up in the group stage is Killenaule.

Build-A-Bank Challenge

Last Wednesday representatives from the A,I.B. conducted interviews in the school to fill the positions available in this year’s school bank. In total there were twenty three interviewees and the school would like to congratulate the chosen candidates on being selected. Eanna Ryan will be the Branch Manager this year with Luke Brereton as Operating Officer. The position of Marketing Manager went to Jack Ryan while Ayrton Ryan Casey will be Financial Controller. Two other ‘fluid’ positions will be filled by Seamus Stakelum and Cian Stakelum.

Hurling Challenges

Our senior hurlers continued their preparations for their opening Harty Cup game against De la Salle, which will take place this Wednesday in Clonmel, by playing Charleville C.B.S. in a challenge match last Wednesday. Meanwhile, our Croke Cup hurlers had their first run out of the season last week when they faced up against Nenagh C.B.S..

Sky Dome

The Sky Dome Academy brought their mobile planetarium to the school last week, affording our first and second year pupils the opportunity to learn about the planets, stars, galaxies and other objects in our universe. The pupils lay on the ground as images of the night sky were projected on to a dome above their heads. They enjoyed learning about abstract astronomical concepts in a fun and accessible way as well as seeing the night sky move above their heads in ‘quick time’, as the planets and stars seemed to traverse the sky in seconds rather than hours. 


Book Reading

Two of our first year classes visited The Source Library last Tuesday to attend a reading of the novel ‘Friend or Foe’ by the author, Mr Brian Gallagher. The novel, which is aimed at young adults, tells the story of best friends, Emer and Jack, and is set in Dublin during the 1916 Rising. As well as reading from his novel Mr Gallagher gave the students advice on creative writing and described his research methods and how he creates characters. The students really enjoyed the experience.

Mental health Awareness Week

A full week of activite and fun is planned for next week to mark Mental Health Awareness Week



Past Pupils Concert

A wonderful night’s entertainment was had last Thursday when former pupils of the school staged a concert to help celebrate this year’s bicentenary. There was something for everyone on the night as there was an eclectic mixture of musical styles and genres. Acts included Caley Maher, Papa Zitas, Kevin Callanan and Graham Maher, Diarmuid Sutton, Jim Ryan, Gavin Taylor, Paul and Dixie Bryne, James McLoughlin, Seskin Hill, The Coens, Derek Ryan, Mark Condron, Edmund Dwan, Michael McLoughlin, Francis Butler, Br. Mick O Donoghue, Stephen Maher, Sweet Freedom, Colin and Mark Dowling and Jester. The school would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this such an enjoyable and emotional occasion.  

Thursday, April 02, 2020