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News (20th March)

Flag Raising Ceremony

On Tuesday, the fifteenth of March, the school officially commemorated the Easter Rising of 1916 by raising the Irish tricolour at the front of the school building. The ceremony, which was attended by the entire school community, was overseen by past pupil, Commandant Murt Larkin of the Irish Defence Forces. After the flag was hoisted aloft, third year student Patrick Doyle read out the Proclamation following which Leaving Cert student Fionn  McCartan, on behalf of the Student Council, read out an inspirational and modernised reimagining of the Proclamation. This reimagined document was written by the Student Council and focused on issues such as human rights and social justice.


Our second year basketball team was in action on Tuesday last, taking on Piper’s Hill of Naas in the semi-final of the Midlands League. Unfortunately, despite a brave performance, they were defeated by their opponents, who proved too strong for them on the day.


Certified Irish Angus beef Competition

Congratulations to CBS Thurles students Niall Molony and Kieran Cummins who were runners up in the Certified Irish Angus Beef Competition.  The students were given the exciting opportunity to participate in a very practical national competition which saw them being presented with five Angus cross calves at the National Ploughing Championships two years ago.  The students spent the next eighteen months rearing the animals before they eventually went to slaughter. The boys then presented their findings on a range of issues such as sustainability, meat quality, animal welfare and marketing.Kieran and Niall will also have the added bonus of being able to use this competition as the basis for their Leaving Cert Agricultural Science project this year.


Table Quiz

All of our second year pupils participated in a table quiz on Wednesday last which was organised by our fifth year L.C.V.P. class as part of their Enterprise Education module. All proceeds from this fun event will be donated to the local branch of St. Vincent de Paul. iRunFor Fun Over the past six weeks all of our students have been participating in the iRunForFun fitness programme which was developed by Athletics Ireland. Every student was given a diary to set targets and record their training progress. They were also provided with information about healthy eating, training schedules and stretching routines. Each week the students trained both during and outside school time and over the course of last week each student then completed the One Mile Challenge run.

Olympic Handball

Last Wednesday afternoon all of our first year students participated in an Olympic Handball blitz which was held in the school yard. The event was organised and run by our transition years.

Games Fleadh 2016 On Wednesday, our first year Computer Club students and our transition year Mobile Game Programming module students attended the Games Fleadh 2016 at the L.I.T campus. Some of the biggest names in the Irish gaming industry were present at the event and the students really enjoyed the opportunity to play newly realised games and experiment with cutting edge technologies. Our students attended Q&A sessions with companies such as EA Ireland and Microsoft as well as listening to talks from game designers such as John Romera, the creator of ‘Doom’. Several competitions were held over the course of the day and among the prizewinners were: Cillian O Connor, Tommy Nesbitt, Oskar Milczarek, Conor Sheridan, Jack Lilis and Nathan Lynch.

News (14th March)

Under-16 ½  Football

Our under 16 ½ footballers were in action on Monday, the 7th of March, when they took on Ennistymon in the round of last 16 of the Munster championship. Thurles performed well, with Barry McGrath and William Creedon delivering particularly impressive performances, but unfortunately they lost out by two points after the game was taken to extra-time. The final score was Thurles: 1-10, Ennistymon: 1-12.

Basketball Celebration

That same afternoon the school community gathered in the Assembly Hall to acknowledge and celebrate the hugely impressive achievements of the school’s under-16 basketball squad. The team won this year’s Midlands League as well as completing the All-Ireland League and Cup double.

Presentation of National Flag

On Monday, the 7th of March, the school was represented in Croke Park at the official presentation of the national flag to post-primary schools by fifth year pupil Harry Hogan and by first year students Sam Quinlan and Ryan Walsh. Organised by the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation, in conjunction with the G.A.A., the event provided secondary school students with the opportunity to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising. The students received the flag and a copy of the Proclamation from officers representing the Defence Forces as well as listening to the keynote speech which was delivered by President Higgins.  On Tuesday 15th March we celebrated the Flag Raising event with all students and staff honouring the flag with music and celebration.

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Zambian Immersion Project

On the Tuesday of last week the students who participated in the Zambian Immersion Project delivered informative presentations to the different year groups in the school, outlining their experiences in Mufilira in northern Zambia earlier in the school year. The students spoke about the many important projects which are run by the Christian Brothers in Mufilira and Murundu. These include a primary school, an adult education centre, an agricultural project and the provision of a supply of clean water. The speakers spoke of how inspirational and humbling the experience was and thanked everybody for contributing so generously to the fundraising efforts. The immersion project, which the school has been involved in since 2005, is designed to raise awareness among secondary school students and the wider community of issues such as poverty, inequality and global justice. The project also raises funds which help to support the many worthwhile initiatives which are run by the Christian Brothers in Zambia.

Young Social Innovators

A selection of our transition year students traveled to the Lyrath Estate on Wednesday last to compete in the Young Social Innovators ‘Speakout’ event. The school had three entries in the competition; one on farm safety, one on youth fitness and one concentrating on environmental issues. Each of the three groups delivered an innovative presentation on their chosen topic and they are now awaiting the results of the competition, which will be announced next month.

White Cup Hurling

Our White Cup hurlers enjoyed a comfortable victory over Midleton C.B.S. last Wednesday. A strong team performance saw them progress to the semi-final of the competition on a scoreline of 4-23 to 4-07. Their opponents in that fixture, which is scheduled for Wednesday the 6th of April, will be St. Flannan’s of Ennis.

Big Maggie

Following on from the transition years’ visit the week previously, 44 of our fifth year students travelled to the Gaiety Theatre last Wednesday to attend a performance of John B. Keane’s highly popular play, Big Maggie. As well as being an enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment the attendance at the live production of the show should prove to be very beneficial educationally as the students will be answering on the text in the Leaving Cert English exams next year.

Under-14 Hurling

Forty of our first year students had an enjoyable day out last Friday when they traveled to Waterford to compete in the Br. Anslem Tournament. They played four games over the course of the day. Basketball On Wednesday last the first round play-offs for the under-14 National Cup took place in the school’s sports hall. Thurles advanced to the semi-finals of the competition after beating Larkin Community College and despite losing to Colaiste Mhuire, Crosshaven. On Friday the under-15 play-offs were also played in the school. Despite victories over Crosshaven and Waterpark College, our under-15 team unfortunately did not progress to the semi-finals.    

News (7th March)

Nutrition Talk

On the Monday of last week all of our year groups attended nutrition talks that were delivered by local nutritionist and owner of The Vitality Tribe, Ms. Sinead Delaney. The talks, which were organised by the Student Council, focussed on diet and healthy eating tips. The students found the talks to be very informative and practical.


Our second year basketball team maintained their excellent start to the season last week when they enjoyed a very comfortable victory over Carlow C.B.S. on Monday afternoon. This victory made it three wins from three games in the league for them so far this season.

Big Maggie

Our transition year pupils travelled to the Gaiety Theatre last Wednesday to attend the critically acclaimed Druid production of John B. Keane’s popular play, Big Maggie. The students really enjoyed this entertaining show which starred Aisling O Sullivan in the titular role and Keith Duffy as Teddy Heelin. The play is currently one of the prescribed texts on the Leaving Certificate English course.

White Cup

Our White Cup hurlers continued their preparations last week when they played Charleville C.B.S. in a worthwhile challenge game.

Wheelchair Basketball

Last Friday our transition year students participated in games of wheelchair basketball in the school sports hall. The games, run in conjunction with the Irish Wheelchair Society, were designed to raise awareness about disability. The students involved really enjoyed the experience.

Tipperary Enterprise Awards

The school had two mini-companies competing in last Friday’s final of the Tipperary Enterprise Awards, which were held in L.I.T.’s Thurles campus. One company, entitled ‘Handle With Care’, consisted of Ben Ryan, Conor Bowe and Ciaran Connolly and focussed on comfortable grips for crutches. The other mini-company was called ‘Soup Troop’ and was run by Jack Hehir, Ray Fuller and Patrick O Gorman.

Under-15 Football

Our under-15 football panel enjoyed a comfortable victory over Borrisoleigh on Friday last in the first round of the Tipperary championship. Particularly impressive for Thurles on the day were Dillon Maher, Aidan Slattery, Jack Ryan and Jordan Fahey.


Our athletes had a very successful day last Tuesday, the first of March, when they competed in the Munster Indoor Games in Nenagh. In the junior category Jack Ryan won a silver medal in the 60m sprint and a bronze medal in the long jump while at intermediate level, Sean Mockler won gold in the shot putt while Jack Dolan won silver in the 600m event. Well done to all.

News (29th February)


All-Ireland Basketball Success

Our under-16 basketball panel rounded off a superb season on Tuesday last, the 23rd of February, when they added the All-Ireland League Championship to their Midlands League and All-Ireland Cup successes. Thurles started the game slowly and they trailed their opponents, Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir, by seven points at the end of the first quarter. However, impressive performances from Sean Mockler, Liam Kenny, Killian Ryan and Jack Hehir helped them into a half-time lead before they eventually ran out as victors on a scoreline of 52 points to 40. ‘Congratulations’ to all involved.

Concern Debating

Unfortunately, despite winning all of their debates, our Concern debating team’s campaign has come to an end for this year. The team began their season well, enjoying a unanimous victory over Loreto Convent, Clonmel before adding two majority victories; against the Presentation Convent, Thurles and St. Anne’s of Tipperary respectively. A bye from the Ursuline Convent left the team with a total tally of ten points and while this was the cut-off score needed, the C.B.S. team was desperately unlucky to have been one of the teams on ten points that didn’t progress to the next round of the competition. Well done to John Lanigan, Harry Hogan, Ciaran Taaffe and Mark Fortune on performing so well throughout the season.


Our first and second year basketball teams were in league action last Friday. An impressive team performance from our second years saw them overcome their opponents, Rochfortbridge, by 40 points to 19. Our first year team also performed well, against the same opposition, but unfortunately lost the game by a single point.

L.C.V.P. Excursion

On Monday last our Leaving Certificate L.C.V.P. students visited the Boru Stoves production facility in Thurles as part of their Local Area Investigation. As part of their tour the students learnt about production methods, quality assurance, the use of technology and the importance of research and development.

White Cup Hurling

Our under-15 hurling panel was in action last Wednesday when they took on Nenagh C.B.S. in the first round of the White Cup. A good team performance, in what was a very competitive and entertaining game, saw Thurles emerge victoriously on the narrowest of margins.  The final score was Thurles: 0-18, Nenagh: 3-08.

Reality Living Module

On Thursday last, a representative from the local branch of the AIB visited the school to speak to our transition year students about finance, mortgages and personal loans. This practical talk focussed on important issues such as credit ratings, loan terms and interest rates. The visit was organised as part of the transition years’ Reality Living module.


Geography Field Trip

Our 6B geography class travelled to Tramore last Wednesday to study the marine processes of deposition and transportation. This field trip is an essential component of their Leaving Cert Geography Investigation project. The project is worth 20 % of the subject’s overall marks.

Transition Year Coaching Course

Over the course of several days last week our transition year pupils participated in a foundation level Gaelic Games coaching course which took place in the school. Under the expert tutelage of G.A.A. Games Development Administrator, Mr. Andy Ryan, the students learnt how to organise a training session from start to finish; beginning with the warm-up, consisting of various drills and ending with the cool-down. Later in the year all the transition years will put their newly attained knowledge into practice when they work as coaches in the local primary schools.

More Basketball Success

CBS Thurles crowned All Ireland Basketball Champions


CBS Thurles Under 16 Basketball team enjoyed enormous success this year, winning both the Midlands League and National Cup competitions and last week capturing the League Final.  This recent success is testament to the growth of the sport in the school over recent years. In the early stages of the League Competition, the team were victorious over Mullingar Community College on a scoreline of 62-8. They then played Scoil Mhuire from Clane and were again successful on a scoreline of 49-6. From there, they qualified for the Midlands League Semi Final where Kildare Town Community School provided the opposition.



The team again had a comprehensive victory with the game finishing 56-21. Next up was the Midlands Final against Heywood Community College. After an outstanding performance by the team, they emerged victorious beating Heywood 42-18. Following the Midlands League campaign, we then hosted the All Ireland League Play-offs where we were met with opposition from Drimnagh Castle Dublin and St. Brendan's Belmullet. Winning both games here meant progression to the All-Ireland League Semi-Final, held in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght.

Here we played the Presentation Secondary School, Miltown, Killarney and again after an excellent team performance, the boys were victorious on a scoreline of 44-33. On February 23rd, the boys faced Coláiste Dún Iascaigh from Cahir in the All Ireland League Final, again played in the National Basketball Arena.  After a very tough and close game, the boys were again successful winning the game 52-40. The team as a whole were outstanding, with Sean Mockler receiving the MVP award.As well as the League, the boys competed in the National Cup Competition.

Our first game in this competition was away to Blackrock College, Dublin where the boys came away with a great result, 46-6. We then played Waterpark College from Waterford. An excellent display was again rewarded with a comprehensive victory. The game finished 67-11. Next up was a Cup Semi-Final date with Saint Munchins, Limerick. The team were again successful and came away with a win on a score of 45-25. The final game in the Cup Competition was held in the National Basketball  Arena. Our opposition on this occasion was St. Nathys from Ballaghedereen and after an excellent team performance, the boys were victorious on a scoreline of 37-23.  Sean Mockler was again awarded the MVP award after an outstanding display.

The panel of players are: Patrick O Gorman (capt), Sean Mockler, Killian Ryan, Arthur Geronimo, Liam Kenny, Jack Ryan, Jack Hehir, Blaine Carroll, Patrick Tobin, Ciaran Kirwan, Victor Hemon and David Ryan.