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 (24th February)

French Cultural Trip

In the early hours of last Wednesday morning thirty seven of our first year students arrived safely home in Dublin Airport having spent the previous four days in Paris. During their sojourn in the French capital they participated in a wide array of activities designed to improve their linguistic abilities and give them a taste of Gallic culture. On their first morning in Paris they enjoyed a guided bus tour of the city before having lunch in a nice restaurant on the Rue Rivoli. Afterwards, the pupils visited Notre-Dame Cathedral and took a stroll around the historic Notre-Dame area. The following day saw a visit to the Louvre where they were given the opportunity to appreciate the museum’s impressive collection of fine art: including, of course, the Mona Lisa.


Following this the students visited the Arc de Triomph, ascending to the top to take in the awe-inspiring panoramic view of the city. The afternoon was capped off with a visit to the Eiffel Tower and that evening the pupils enjoyed a fun and relaxing couple of hours at a local bowling alley. Monday was spent at Disneyland, where Thunder Mountain and the Rock N Roller Coaster appeared to be the star attractions for the boys. On the final morning the group strolled around the historic Montmartre area of the city and visited La Basilique du Sacre Coeur. Later the pupils were given a guided tour of the Stade de France before stopping at a shopping centre en route to the airport to pick up a few souvenirs. Needless to say, it was a very educational and enjoyable tour.

O’Dowd Cup

Our under-15 hurlers took on De la Salle of Waterford in a useful challenge match last Wednesday. This game should stand them in good stead as they prepare to face St. Flannan’s in the first round of the O’ Dowd Cup next week.  

News (2nd February)

Wellbeing Week

Last week the school organised a series of events which were designed to promote awareness of mental health issues and to encourage positivity and general wellbeing. On Monday our second year students participated in a range of enjoyable team-building exercises in the school yard and in the P.E. hall; the winning class group was rewarded with pizza and chips on Friday. On the following day Mr. Justin Campbell, addiction counsellor and former Galway hurler, spoke to the fifth years about alcohol, gambling and drug addiction. Using his own life story as an example, Mr. Campbell outlined how easy it can be to slip into addiction and he furnished the pupils with some effective strategies and advice so that they will be able to recognise the warning signs and thus avoid getting into any difficulties. On Wednesday our first and second year students attended productions of Mr. Michael O Sullivan’s Humourfit show, which analysed issues such as bullying in a humorous, interactive and thought-provoking manner. Along with these activities, there was a ‘Wellbeing’ noticeboard in the foyer where students posted positive messages about mental health, subjects such as religion, S.P.H.E. and P.E. focused on wellbeing, and ‘Mindfulness Moment’ quotes were read out over the intercom each day.

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There will be a separate schedule of events for third, fourth and sixth year pupils after the mid-term break. Student Motivation, Bullying and Internet Safety Talk Mr. Pat Courtney spoke to our fifth year class groups about issues such as bullying, internet safety and motivation for exams on Thursday last before also addressing parents that evening on similar topics. Mr. Courtney spoke about the characteristics and tell-tale signs of bullying behavior as well as its effects on the victim. In his talk to parents he outlined coping strategies for parents of both the victim and the bully. Other important issues covered in his talks included how to stay safe online and how to increase student motivation.

Equestrian Success

Congratulations to our equestrian team on winning the local leg of the Inter-Schools Ireland Equestrian League at Tipperary Equestrian Centre on Saturday, the 27th of January. The team, which consisted of Killian Ryan, Cormac Quirke, Oliver Penfold and Toby Lambe, was one of only three teams, from the sixteen which were competing, to post a clear opening round. They then won the play-off round which was run against the clock. Well done to all involved. Basketball Our first and second year basketball teams were in action last Monday, taking on sides from St. Paul’s of Monasterevin in the Midlands League. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good day for either team; the first years losing out by 20 points to 32 and the second years by 35 points to 44.

Rice Cup

Our Rice Cup hurling panels continued their preparations for the upcoming tournament by playing some useful challenge matches against Birr last Thursday.

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 who helped to facilitate this element of the Transition Year course by offering our students their work placements.


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.  


News (18th January)

school musicalSchool Musical

This year’s school musical, ‘ Oh What A Night!’, will be performed in the Premier Hall this Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights ( 25th -27th). This lively and entertaining show features the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, including hits such as ‘ Sherry ‘, ‘ Can’t take my eyes off you’, ‘ Beggin’ and ‘Oh What A Night’.  Evan Lyons will be playing the part of Frankie while the parts of Bob, Tommy and Nick will be performed by Kevin Bracken, Ryan Greene and Eoin Ryan respectively. Performances begin at 8.15 sharp. Don’t miss out!

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Virtual Bond Trading

On Wednesday last ten of our fifth year L.C.V.P. pupils participated in a virtual bond trading competition at The Anner Hotel in Thurles. Organised by the Bank Of Ireland, the event began with a crash course in markets and bond trading before the pupils competed in a challenge whereby they had to manage their own portfolios and respond to realistic bond market scenarios. This fun competition was an enjoyable and insightful introduction to the world of market trading.

Senior Soccer

Our under-19 soccer panel lost out on penalties to Glenstal Abbey last Thursday, thus bringing their season to a disappointing end. Glenstal twice went ahead in the first half and twice Frank McKevitt equalised before Maurice Walsh headed home from close range to give Thurles the lead. However, Glenstal levelled the scores just before the interval. Thurles tightened up at the back in the second half and had loads of possession but couldn’t find a winner. The game ended 3-3 and Glenstal won the shootout.

Art Film

On Wednesday last our 4th, 5th and 6th year art students visited The Source to watch ‘Loving Vincent’, a stunning, fully painted, animated feature film starring Douglas Booth and Saoirse Ronan. The film explores the life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh, as told by his paintings and the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through interviews with the characters closest to Vincent and through dramatic reconstructions of events leading up to his death. The students really enjoyed this very innovative, unique and creative film.

L.C.V.P Trip

As part of its investigations into local enterprises, the sixth year L.C.V.P. class paid a visit to Boru Stoves on Wednesday last. There, they viewed the different stages of production and assembly, were made familiar with the rigorous quality control protocol and learnt about the company’s investment in research and development. They also learnt about the development of new products which satisfy modern consumer demands. The students will now use what they learnt during the recorded interviews which form a part of their portfolios. Thanks to Boru Stoves for facilitating this very insightful tour.

News (11th January)


On Tuesday last, the ninth of January, our senior basketball panel took on St. Benildus College, Stillorgan in a preliminary qualifier for the All-Ireland League play-offs. The match was delicately balanced during the first and second quarters but Thurles began to pull away from their opponents in the second half thanks to some excellent scores from Sean Mockler, Adam Derby, Jonathon Ely, Liam Kenny and Patrick O Gorman. In the end, a 42 to 34 point victory ensured that the CBS progressed to the league play-offs which will be held in St. Oliver’s Community School, Drogheda on the 21st of January. On that day the panel will play three matches: their opposition hailing from St. Oliver’s, St. Columb’s of Derry and Carrick-on-Shannon. We wish them the best of luck.

Harty Cup

This year’s Harty Cup campaign came to a disappointing end last Wednesday when the panel, despite a committed and valiant challenge, was defeated by Midleton CBS by a single point in the competition quarter-final which was played in Clonmel. Thurles trailed by a point at half-time ( 0-10, 1-6) and having fallen behind by three, gamely reduced the margin to one point as they finished the second half strongly. Alas, they could not get the score they needed to tie or win the game and eventually lost out on a scoreline of 15 points to 1-11. It is always disappointing to lose by such a narrow margin but the panel gave their all and can be proud of their efforts. The school would like to thank the players for the commitment and dedication they showed over the course of the year and would also like to thank their parents and their clubs for the help and support that they provided during the campaign. We now look forward  to next year’s competition.

Hurling Challenges

Our White Cup panel played a challenge match against Ard Scoil Ris last Tuesday while our Rice Cup A and B panels continued their preparations for their upcoming blitzes by taking on teams from De la Salle last Thursday

News (21st December)

Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team secured their progression to the knockout stages of the competition on Tuesday, the 12th of December, when they successfully proposed the motion that ‘China is Good for Africa’ against their opponents from De La Salle of Waterford. This was the team’s fourth consecutive unanimous victory, meaning that they have reached the maximum twelve point mark. Hopefully, this should mean that they will avoid the knockout round and move straight to the last sixteen. The team was captained by Brendan Atkins and also included Stephen Condon, Eanna Ryan and Kyle English. Well done to all.

Carol Service

The school held its annual carol service in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall on Friday, the 15th of December. Led by Ms. Ryan-Preston, the school band played a variety of festive tunes, both modern and traditional while a selection of students recited ‘The Story of Christmas’. Some of the highlights included: O Holy Night, Little Drummer Boy, Silent Night, A Spaceman Came Travelling and Feliz Navidad. The Student Council also presented a cheque for over 1,000 euro to local representative of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Mr Bob Maher. The money had been raised earlier in the month when the Student Council organised a non-uniform day.

Personal Safety Course

On Friday the 15th of December our transition year pupils participated in a personal safety workshop which was facilitated by Personal Safety Ireland. The students learnt about personal space and boundaries, risk and threat assessment, anti-bullying strategies and techniques which promote assertiveness in a positive manner. They also learnt about the use of reasonable force as well as the implications of inappropriate behaviour.

Charity Soccer Blitz

Our first years raised 200 euro for the Irish Cancer Society when they participated in a light-hearted and festive soccer tournament last Tuesday morning. Teams from each class group competed in the blitz and the winning team, 1B, got to choose the charity which would benefit from the event . Well done to all.      

Thursday, April 02, 2020