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News (12th February)


Following on from their recent All-Ireland Cup success, our under-16 basketball squad will be heading back to the Tallaght Arena after the midterm break to compete in their second All-Ireland final of the season, this time in the league. This opportunity to complete a historic double was brought about by a comfortable victory over Presentation Secondary School, Miltown, Killarney in the league semi-final on Monday last. Once more a strong team performance saw them overcome their opponents. The final score was 44 points to 33 with Sean Mockler, Jack Hehir, Liam Kenny and Arthur Geronimo all making considerable contributions to the scoreboard. Their opponents in the final will be Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir. We wish the C.B.S. the very best of luck.

Hurling Challenge

Games On Wednesday last our Fitzgerald Cup panel played a useful challenge match against Johnstown while on the same day our Rice Cup hurlers continued their preparations for the opening round of the competition by playing A and B games against Kilkenny C.B.S.

Training Module in L.I.T.

Last Thursday nineteen of our under-15 hurlers attended a training module at the sports laboratory in L.I.T. Tipperary. The students engaged in both fitness and injury prevention testing. 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.

Fifth Year Options

On Monday evening last, the school hosted an information evening for the parents of students who will be entering fifth year this September. The talk focused on subject choice options and it was very well attended.

Equestrian Success


‘Congratulations’ to our show jumping team on winning the Tri Interschools competition at the Tipperary Equestrian Centre, Thurles last weekend. The team consisted of Killian Ryan, Peter Wall and Oliver Penfold.

News (1st February)

All-Ireland Basketball Success

Our under-16 basketball squad became All-Ireland Cup champions last Wednesday when they defeated St. Nathy’s of Ballaghaderreen by 37 points to 23 at the Tallaght Arena. Ably captained by Patrick O Gorman, the team performed with passion and skill throughout the game. The top scorer for the C.B.S. was Sean Mockler, who also picked up the Most Valuable Player award. ‘Well done’ to all involved.Under-16 ½ FootballOur footballers had a good day out on Thursday last, enjoying a comprehensive victory over Castleisland Community School in the opening round of the Buckley Cup. The C.B.S. dominated the game from beginning to end and their impressive victory sets them up for a quarter-final showdown against Ennistymon. We wish them the very best of luck.


Over eighty of our fifth year students attended an enjoyable production of Hamlet at The Source Theatre last Thursday. Performed by the Cyclone Rep theatre company, the show was an interactive mixture of key scenes and in-depth analysis of the play’s important themes and topics. The students can only benefit from viewing this very accessible production of the Shakespearean classic.

The Merchant of Venice

Last Friday, ninety of our third year students also travelled the short distance to The Source to watch a Shakespearean classic, this time The Merchant of Venice. Like their production of Hamlet, the Cylone Rep’s performance was a mixture of key scenes and analysis. The show included plenty of humour, which was essential to hold the attention of a young audience, but also explored the play’s key themes in a thorough fashion.

Cross Country Athletics

On Thursday last our athletes travelled to W.I.T. to compete in the East Munster Cross Country Championships. Our intermediate ( under-17) team, which comprised Fred Crowley, Eanna Ryan, Ben O Dwyer, Kieran Moloney, Jack Hickey and Niall Moore, finished in first place while there were also good performances from Sean Philips, Cathal McElgunn and Adam Daly in the minor (under-14) category and from Sylvester Gamza and Dylan McLoughlin in the junior (under-15) category.HurlingOur under-15 hurlers played a very worthwhile challenge match against Doon C.B.S. on Wednesday last.


News (25th January)


School Musical

Our annual school musical was staged in the Premier Hall last week and once more it was a tremendous success. ‘Back to the 80’s….the totally awesome musical’ was performed to packed houses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. These highly enjoyable performances were the culmination of months of hard work and preparation by both staff and students alike. James Corbett starred as Corey Palmer Senior while Darragh Byrne excelled as his younger self. There were also great performances in the lead roles from Liam Hourigan, Dylan O Shaughnessy, Cillian Cullinane, Loughlin Russell, Gavin Murphy, Tomas Caffrey and Philip Ryan while Harry Hogan added great humour to the show in his role as Feargal McFerrin III. As usual the girls from the Presentation and Ursuline Convents added glamour and talent to the show with lead roles being excellently played by Kasha Lyons, Sophie Hayes, Rachel Butler, Emer Byrne, Moira McLoughlin, Irene Finn and Katie Taylor. There were also great performances from the featured vocalists: Cameron Kelly, Seamie Doyle, Zoe Gleeson, Kitty Lambe and Muireann Lloyd.The school musical is a huge undertaking and this year there were over 120 students participating on stage. Added to this were the many transition year students who helped with the set construction and painting, as well as those involved back stage. Obviously a huge amount of hard work goes into staging such a production and the entire cast is to be applauded for their commitment and dedication. Likewise the musical would never have taken place without the vision and commitment of producer and director, Ms. Sarah Feehan, chorus director, Ms. Lauren Dunne, choreographer, Ms. Jennie Moore and musical director, Ms. Deirdre Ryan-Preston.  Their backstage team and all those who helped out with costumes, props, sponsorship, make-up, and the box office are also to be commended while a special word of thanks goes to Mr. Pierce Murphy who once more added his wealth of experience and expertise to set construction and backstage management. Well done to all those who contributed to what was a very successful production.


C.B.S. Exhibition Game

The school would like to thank all those who contributed to making the school’s exhibition match against the Tipperary county team such a success. In particular, the school would like to acknowledge the tremendous work that was done by Mr. Ger Corbett, the programme editor, Mr. Michael Dundon, who assisted with the editing while also providing several contributions himself and everyone else who, by writing articles for the programme, gave so freely of their time. Special mention must also go to the Sean Treacy Pipe Band, to Mr. Derek Ryan for his rendition of the national anthem, and of course to Drom and Inch G.A.A. Club for the use of their facilities on the day.


Thanks also to the Order of Malta, to the Chairman of the County Board, Mr. Michael Bourke, to the referee Mr. Fergal Horgan and his officials, and to Mr. Ger Ryan of Acorn Life and Mr. Denis Ryan of Midwest Oil, for kindly sponsoring the event. Finally, the school would like to thank the primary school children who participated despite the inclement weather, their parents and the school principals for facilitating this participation, and all patrons who attended the game.


Our first and second year basketball teams got their league seasons off to a great start last Friday when they both enjoyed victories over teams from Mullingar. Our first year team performed excellently, winning by 20 points to 6 while our second years enjoyed an even more comprehensive victory, defeating their opponents by 48 points to 2.Challenge MatchesOur under-15 ½ hurling panel played St. Coleman’s last Monday in a useful challenge match while our under-15 A and B panels took on teams from Good Counsel on Thursday.

News (19th January)


‘Our under-16 basketball panel has been enjoying an excellent season so far this school year. On Friday last they defeated St. Munchin’s in the semi-final of the cup competition . An excellent team performance saw Thurles control the game throughout, eventually winning on a scoreline of 45-25. Top scorer for the C.B.S. was Sean Mockler. The team will now face St. Nathy’s of Ballaghaderreen in the All-Ireland Final in the Tallaght Arena and we wish them the best of luck. Things got even better for the under-16 squad on Sunday as they won both of their league play-off games. They defeated Drimnagh Castle by 50 points to 24 and overcame St. Brendan’s of Belmullet by 42 points to 18, thus qualifying for the All-Ireland league semi-finals.


Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team was in action last Thursday evening when they successfully opposed the motion that ‘HIV/ AIDS will be eradicated in our lifetime’ against St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary. The team, which was captained by Harry Hogan and which also included Ciaran Taaffe, Mark Fortune and John Lanigan, performed very well, winning by a majority verdict. The team has now won all three of their debates, amassing seven points in the process, but will have to win their final debate against the Ursuline Convent to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition. In that upcoming debate the team will be proposing the motion that ‘ The Sustainable Development Goals are Doomed from the beginning’.

School Musical

Preparations for this year’s school show, ‘Back to the 80s….The Totally Awesome Musical’, are currently in full swing with the cast busily rehearsing their lines and practising their choreography. The show is a relatively new musical comedy which is set in a school in the 1980s and contains such classic hits as ‘Footloose’, ‘ Total Eclipse of the Heart’ and ‘ The Final Countdown’. It will be performed in the Premier Hall on Thursday the 21st , Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd . Tickets can be booked in the school or by calling 0504-20729. Performances begin at 8.15pm. We hope to see you there.

Guest Speaker

On Wednesday last, Detective Dave Donovan visited the school and spoke to one of our third year C.S.P.E. classes about the issue of rural crime. Detective Donovan advised the class about how to protect against crime as well as speaking about the importance of acting responsibly in the community. He also spoke about his own job, in particular how he  investigates crime scenes. The students found his talk to be particularly interesting and it will definitely be hugely helpful to them as they begin their Action Project on rural crime.

Under-16 Football

On Monday last our under-16 football squad played a useful challenge match against Clonmel.

Bicentenary Celebrations

2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the school’s founding and our bicentenary celebrations began in earnest last Sunday when a C.B.S. Allstars team played the Tipperary team in an exhibition game at The Ragg. Despite the inclement weather, there was a good turnout to watch what proved to be a very enjoyable and competitive match. All proceeds from the game will go towards the construction of an all-weather AstroTurf facility in the school.  


News (21st December)

Transition Year Outings

On Wednesday last our transition year pupils traveled to Dublin where they participated in a guided historical tour of Croke Park. The students learned about the history of the G.A.A., as well as that of the stadium itself. Later in the day the students stopped off at the Jervis Shopping Centre where they got the opportunity to get in some Christmas shopping. The following morning our transition year German classes made the short journey to The Source Theatre, where they watched the Cold War movie, ‘Bridge of Spies’.


Transition Year Trade Fair

The transition year Trade Fair, organised in conjunction with the Tipperary Enterprise Board, was held in the school on Tuesday last. All of the transition year mini-companies presented their ideas and business models, from which two companies were chosen to represent the school in the county final on the fourth of March. The ‘Soup Troop’, run by Jack Hehir, Ray Fuller and Patrick O Gorman, was one of the businesses chosen and, as you could probably gather from the name, their operation involved selling a range of delicious and healthy soups. The other successful business is entitled ‘Handle With Care’ and is the brainchild of Ben Ryan, Kieran Connolly and Conor Bowe. Their business model involves selling padded grips for crutches.

Carol Service

The school held its annual carol service in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall on Wednesday last. Led by Ms. Dunne, the school band played a variety of festive tunes, both modern and traditional while the school chaplain, Fr. O Connell, led the school in prayers. The Student Council also presented a cheque for 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.

CAO Information Night

On Monday night last the school held an information evening for the parents of sixth year students which focused on how to apply for a third-level course via the Central Applications Office. Parents were informed about how to complete application forms as well as being made aware of all the important relevant dates associated with the process. The event was very well attended.

Cairdeas Workshop

Last Friday our transition year pupils attended a leadership workshop which was delivered by Ms Tina Kelly. The Meitheal course focused on communication skills, group decision making, cultural awareness and the role of the leader. The aim of the programme is to train senior students so they can act as mentors to first year pupils.