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News (10 May)

Transition Year History and Geography Trip

On Thursday, the 28th 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. 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.

Under-15 Football Champions

‘Congratulations’ to our under-15 footballers on defeating High School, Clonmel in the final of the Cusack Cup on Thursday last, the 5th of May.  The team, which was captained by Sean Collins, produced a wonderful display of attacking football on the day and goals from Jack Lanigan and Devon Ryan helped the C.B.S. to a comfortable victory. The final score was Thurles: 2-17, Clonmel: 2-2.

Cairdeas Trip

The twenty four transition year students that took part in this year’s Cairdeas buddy scheme travelled to the Delta Force activity centre on Thursday last where they engaged in paintballing and other teambuilding exercises. Cairdeas is a system where transition year students help to mentor and support first year pupils.

Under-16 Soccer

Our under-16 soccer team was in action last Friday when they took on Tramore in the semi-final of the South-East Munster Cup. Unfortunately, they were defeated by a very strong Tramore side.

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.

Tractor Safety Course

On Tuesday last twenty of our transition year pupils completed a certified tractor safety course which took place in Mid-Tipp Mart. The course concentrated on good driving positions, hitching tractors to other implements and operating trailed machinery from a tractor.

MOG Car Safety Demonstration

On Friday last our transition year students attended a car safety demonstration course intended to teach young drivers about the limitations and frailties of a motor vehicle, thereby dispelling the notion of "invincibility" behind the wheel. The students were able to examine the internal workings of a specially modified car and gain an insight into the dangers of driving with damaged parts. It was a very interesting demonstration which helped to encourage responsible driving among young people.


Car Safety talk in Templemore

All Transition year students attended in Templemore Garda Training college last week about car safety and the work of an Garda Siochana.

News (2nd May)

Fitzgerald Cup

‘Congratulations’ to our Fitzgerald Cup hurling panel on their victory over Nenagh C.B.S. in the final of the competition which was played last Wednesday, the 27th of April. The match was extremely competitive and Thurles trailed by a point as full time approached. However, the side showed great character to force the game into extra-time and to eventually defeat their opponents. The final score was Thurles; 3-21, Nenagh; 2-21, with the goals for Thurles coming from Bryan O Meara, Anthony McKelvey and Darragh Woods.



Rice Cup

Our Rice Cup hurlers were in action last Tuesday, the 26th of April, as they took on Blackwater College of Waterford in the quarter-finals of the competition in Clonmel. The team performed well in what was a very tight game and were level at half-time. Unfortunately, Blackwater pushed on to win the game on a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-11.

Garda Youth Award

‘Well done’ to sixth year student, Brandon Meaney, who was presented with the Tipperary Garda Youth Award at a ceremony at Templemore Training College last week. The award is a recognition of Brandon’s commitment to community based activities which include his participation in Littleton Youth Service, Tipperary LGBT Committee, Comhairle na n-Og, Youth Work Ireland Junior Board of Management, Tipperary Education and Training Board and ,of course, the school’s own Student Council. Healthfest On Tuesday last, the 26th of April, our transition year pupils attended the inaugural Healthfest seminar which was held in Citywest, Dublin. The event, which was attended by 4,000 secondary school students from around the country, stressed the importance of healthy eating and physical activity in a practical, fun and engaging environment. The event included interactive sessions with leading fitness experts and dieticians as well as cookery demonstrations and a talk from Olympian athlete, Derval O Rourke.



News (25 April)


The Tipperary Schools Track and Field Championships took place in Templemore on Wednesday last, the 20th of April, at which, athletes from the C.B.S. enjoyed considerable success. In the Minor Boys category our relay team, which consisted of Sean Phillips, Adam Dwyer, Adam Daly and Michael Scully, won bronze medals while Adam Dwyer also won a silver medal in the 100 metre sprint. At Junior level Jack Ryan won gold in the 100 metres, silver in the shot putt and bronze in the long jump while Sylvester Gomez won bronze in the discus. The relay team which comprised Jack Ryan, Brian Bergin, AJ Shanahan and Dylan McLoughlin took the silver medals. In the Intermediate level Patrick Scully took bronze in the 100 metres, Kieran Moloney was second in the 1,500 metres, David Ryan was placed third in the 400 metres while Declan Ryan won gold in the high jump and silver in the long jump. The relay team of Patrick Scully, Kieran Moloney, Jack Hickey and Shane Burke won gold medals. Well done to all involved.


Rice Cup

Our Rice Cup ‘A’ panel progressed to the quarter-finals of the competition following a convincing victory over Wexford C.B.S. on the Monday of last week. Unfortunately, despite a brave performance, our ‘B’ panel failed to progress past the round of last 16 as they were beaten by Nenagh C.B.S. on the following day.

Under-15 ‘A’ Football

‘Well done’ to our under-15 footballers, whose victory over Templemore on Tuesday the 19th of April on a scoreline of  2-12 to 1-11 means that they will now contest the final of the Tipperary Schools Championship. Their opponents for that tie will be High School Clonmel.

Fitzgerald Cup

Our under-17 hurlers continued their preparations for their Fitzgerald Cup final appearance against Nenagh C.B.S. by playing a useful challenge match against St. Coleman’s of Fermoy on Friday last.

Wheelchair Basketball

On Thursday last 26 of our transition year students travelled to Neptune Stadium in Cork where they competed in the Wheelchair Basketball finals. The students had previously participated in a workshop in the school. The competition is organised by the Irish Wheelchair Association and its aim is to raise awareness about issues that affect wheelchair users in Ireland.

Internet Safety Workshops

On the Thursday and Friday of last week our individual year groups attended extremely insightful talks on cyber-bullying and internet safety. The talks were delivered by Jeremy Pagden, the managing director of Schools Websites, and focused on issues such as cyber-bullying, e-mail scams, responsible use of social media and privacy protection issues.  Parents also had the opportunity to hear Mr Pagden as he delivered a talk for them on Thursday evening 

Substance Use Education Programme

A substance use education programme for second years and their parents is currently in progress in the school. On the Tuesday of last week there was an educational workshop for parents that focused on the importance of parental influence, key prevention messages and information on various substances while a second session was held this week for students and their parents. This second session supported learning from the S.P.H.E. course and reinforced key messages about cannabis, solvents and alcohol.

News (18th April)

Corn Aodh Ui Dhudha Cup

Success ‘Congratulations’ to our under-15 hurling panel on defeating De la Salle of Waterford in the final of the Aodh Ui Dhudha (Formerly known as the White Cup) Munster Cup in Clonmel last Wednesday. The game was a thriller, with the sides level on eight separate occasions. The teams were tied on 1-11 apiece after full time and extra-time proved to be even more dramatic. De la Salle led by three points with only minutes remaining and it looked like the tie was slipping away from the C.B.S. However a late goal by Jack Lee levelled the game before a Darren Flood point ensured that Thurles would be crowned Munster champions for the seventh time in the school’s history. The final score was Thurles: 2-17, De la Salle: 2-16. This victory caps off a sensational year for this group of players as they had previously represented the school on the two Thurles C.B.S. teams that had contested the Croke Cup final. ‘Well done’ also to their mentors: Mr John Stokes and Mr Micheal Butler. Thurles C.B.S. : C. Stapleton, K. Costello, P. Melbourne, F. Hanafin, K. Hayes, J. Hickey, J. Synott, J. Morrissey (0-3), C. Munroe, K. Ryan, D. Flood (0-12, 9 f), M. Hackett, K. Larkin, J. Lanigan (0-1), D. Ryan (1-1). Subs: P. Stakelum, J. Ryan, E. Purcell, C. Stakelum, J. Lee(1-0)



Materials Technology Award

‘Congratulations’ to transition year student, Darragh Taylor, whose Materials Technology Wood project was chosen as the best Junior Certificate project in the country for 2015 at a ceremony at GMIT-Galway last week. Darragh was presented with a trophy and he also won a Festool cordless drill for the school. Over 16,000 students took Materials Technology Wood in last year’s Junior Certificate exams so for Darragh’s project to be chosen as the best nationally is a superb achievement. The standard of his work , and in particular the carving element of it, was highly commended by the judges. Well done to Darragh and to his teacher Mr Tim Shanahan, who submitted the project into the competition.

Under-16 Soccer

Our under-16 soccer panel progressed to the semi-finals of the FDC South East Munster Cup last Thursday following their victory over St. Ailbe’s of Tipperary town. Thurles got off to a dream start when Ronan McGuire opened the scoring in the opening minutes. Thurles doubled their lead midway through the first half when McGuire hit the target again. St. Ailbe’s then got a goal back, following which Ronan completed his hat trick before the interval. Thurles looked comfortable at this stage but a late goal from St. Ailbe’s meant the tie was very much alive at half time. Thurles dominated the second half and an early goal, again scored by McGuire, ensured that the C.B.S. emerged victoriously on a scoreline of 4 goals to 2.


Our under-14 basketball squad’s season came to an end last Monday, the 11th of April, when they were defeated by De la Salle, Dundalk in the semi-final of the All-Ireland Cup, which was played at the Tallaght Arena. The team performed admirably but unfortunately came up against very strong opponents on the day.

Under-15 Football

Our under-15 footballers were in action on the Tuesday of last week when they took on Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir in the semi-final of the Tipperary Schools competition. Thurles started well but they spurned two good goal-scoring opportunities in the first half while Cahir took their goal chances and so led by 7 points at half-time. Cahir, aided by a strong breeze, pulled away from the C.B.S. in the second half and won comfortably in the end.

Military History Museum

On Monday, the 11th of April, our transition year pupils visited the Irish Military History Museum in Collon, Co. Meath and participated in a Celtic Adventures boot camp. At the museum the pupils learned about military equipment and World War One fighting conditions while at the boot camp they partook of a range of fun activities which included archery and various team building exercises. St. Vincent de Paul Talk On Wednesday last Mr. Sony Fell, president of the local branch of St. Vincent de Paul, spoke to our fifth year L.C.V.P. students about the important work that his organisation carries out. The class also presented Mr. Fell with the proceeds of a table quiz which they had organised earlier in the year as part of their Enterprise Activity module.  

News (13th April)

German Exchange

Before the Easter break the school was visited by seven German exchange students who hailed from our partner school in Rosenheim in Bavaria. During their time in Thurles the pupils attended classes and participated in everyday school life as well as visiting The Rock of Cashel, Mitchelstown Caves and Kilkenny as part of a cultural programme that also saw them try their hands at hurling. The exchange students really enjoyed their Irish experience, being particularly delighted to be able to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. 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.


Our under-14 soccer panel was knocked out of the East Munster Cup by High School, Clonmel on Wednesday last. Despite a spirited performance, they were defeated by their opponents by 3 goals to nil. On the same day, our under-16 soccer panel took on Nenagh C.B.S. in a very worthwhile challenge game. Despite losing one-nil the team performed very well and the match afforded plenty of players the opportunity to represent the school on the playing field.



Rice Cup

The school will have two teams competing in the quarter-finals of the Rice Cup following impressive performances in the qualifying blitzes which took place last Thursday and Friday. On the Thursday our ‘A’ team secured their qualification for the next round following victories over Cashel Community School, North Mon and Doon C.B.S.. On Friday wins over Ennis and Tramore were enough for our second panel to also qualify for the quarter-finals.

White Cup

Our White Cup hurlers enjoyed an impressive victory over St. Flannan’s in the semi-final of the competition which was played in Newport last Wednesday. A strong team performance saw them defeat their opponents on a scoreline of  5-12 to 4 points. They will now face De la Salle in the final. We wish them the very best of luck.