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News (7th December)



Our under-16 basketball squad enjoyed great success last week, winning both the Midlands League semi-final and the final. Last Monday, a great team performance saw them defeat Kildare Community School by 56 points to 21. In the final, which was played last Friday, outstanding performances from Killian Ryan, Sean Mockler, Patrick O Gorman, Liam Kenny and Arthur Geronimo saw them overcome Heywood College by 42 points to 10, thus finishing the campaign as Midlands League Champions.

Croke Cup Success

Regardless of the result on Wednesday night in Dr. Morris Park, the Croke Cup was destined to come to Thurles C.B.S.,  as the final was contested by two teams from the school. The teams, captained by Darren Flood and James Synnott, provided the crowd with a very entertaining spectacle that, perhaps fittingly, ended in a draw. The final score was 3-12 to 2-15. After the game, the school held the official launch for the upcoming match between the past pupils of Thurles C.B.S. and a Tipperary selection. This game is being organised to mark the school’s bicentenary celebrations next year. The game will be played in Holycross on the seventeenth of January.



Harty Cup

The school’s reign as Harty Cup champions came to an end last Wednesday as the team was beaten by an impressive Nenagh C.B.S. side. The final score was Thurles; 0-14, Nenagh; 4-18.

Study Skills

Over the course of several days last week, our first year pupils attended a study skills seminar which was delivered by ‘Super Generation’. The workshop focussed on’whole brain’ learning which incorporates colour, imagery, movement and logic. The pupils learned about mind maps, memory techniques, layered learning and planning. An information evening in relation to study skills for first years was also held in the school last Wednesday. Hopefully, the pupils will find these study skills beneficial as they prepare for their Christmas exams.

Bake Sale

‘Well done’ to our 4T transition year class who last week raised 200 euro for the Irish Wheelchair Association by holding a bake sale for first years.

Musical Preparations for this year’s show, ‘Back to the 80s….The Totally Awesome Musical’, are currently in full swing, with students busy rehearsing, dancing, and building and painting sets. The production features hits such as ‘Walking on Sunshine’ and ‘Come on Eileen’ and begins on the 21st of January.

Concern Debating

‘Congratulations’ to our Concern debating team on successfully opposing the motion that ‘The COP 21 Agreement will succeed where others have failed’ against the girls from the Presentation Convent on Wednesday evening. The team, which consisted of John Lanigan, Ciaran Taaffe, Harry Hogan and Mark Fortune, performed admirably in what was a very entertaining debate. Their next debate will see them attempt to oppose the motion that ‘HIV’Aids will be eradicated during our lifetime’ against St. Anne’s from Tipperary.

German Debating

Our German debating team was in action last Thursday when they attempted to oppose the motion that ‘ Social Media is Dangerous for Young People’ against a team from Heywood College. The team was captained by John Lanigan and also comprised Rory Purcell. Oisin Kenny and Darren O Sullivan. Unfortunately, the motion was carried.

Cross Country Athletics

Athletes from the school competed in the Minor, Junior and Senior races at the Tipperary Schools Cross Country Championships which took place in Thurles Crokes last Wednesday, the 2nd of December. Our Minor team, which consisted of Sean Philips, Sylvester Gamza, Tony Galvin, Cathal McElgunn, Adam Daly, Adam O Dwyer and Conor Costello,  came in as the 7th best team. In the Junior race Dylan McLaughlin performed excellently, grabbing a silver medal. Our Intermediate team also did very well, finishing as overall race winners. The team comprised Kieron Moloney, Fred Crowley, Jack Hickey, Eanna Ryan, Ben O Dwyer and Niall Moore.

News( 30th November)

Croke Cup  

This Thursday will be a momentous day for Thurles C.B.S. as our two under-15 hurling teams will contest the final of the Croke Cup in Dr. Morris Park. This is an unprecedented achievement and is testament to the strength of hurling in the school. The teams are captained by Darren Flood and James Synnott and the game, which will be played under lights with a 6.30 pm throw-in, promises to be a fiercely fought encounter. James Synnott’s team reached the final after a victory over Carrick C.B.S. two weeks ago while Darren Flood’s team progressed to the final thanks to a victory over Nenagh C.B.S. on Monday last.


Our under-17 soccer panel was in action last week, taking on St. Caimin’s of Shannon in the second round of the Munster Junior Cup. Despite having some good periods of possession, Thurles found themselves two-nil down with half an hour gone. A goal from Kieran Kearney just before the interval brought the C.B.S. back into contention; however the team conceded two more in the second half and although Tommy Teer scored a second goal for Thurles it was not enough and so the team was knocked out of the competition. Our under-19 panel was also in action last Wednesday. They continued their preparations for the upcoming game against St. Paul’s Community College by playing Kilkenny C.B.S. in a challenge game. Jack Cleary, Fionn McCartan, Conor Murphy, Michael Wade, Tomas Ryan and Keith Cahill all got on the scoresheet in a 6-2 win.

Tipperary Enterprise Visit

On Tuesday last, Ms. Sue Anne O Donnell of the Tipperary Enterprise Board visited the school to speak to our transition year mini-companies. Ms. O Donnell gave the students practical advice about the running of their businesses as well as preparing them for the upcoming School Trade Show, which takes place on the 15th of December. On that day two of the companies will be selected to represent the school in the county final.


On Tuesday last our transition year pupils participated in an interactive workshop delivered by SOAR, the youth foundation set up by Tony Griffin and Karl Swan.  The purpose of the workshop was to encourage self-awareness, individuality, self-belief, leadership, peer respect and resiliency. The transition years really enjoyed this thought-provoking and inspirational event.


‘Congratulations’ to sixth year student, James Symons, who won a bronze medal in the 100 metre backstroke event at the recent Munster Schools Swimming Championships.


Harty Cup

‘Best of luck’ to our Harty Cup hurlers as they prepare to play Nenagh C.B.S. this Wednesday in the final game of the group stage of the competition. The game will be played in Templemore and throw-in is at 1.30pm.

Strength and Conditioning

All of our transition year pupils traveled to the L.I.T. Thurles campus last Friday to participate in tests of fitness, strength and flexibility.  This provided the students with an excellent insight into the world of strength and conditioning. The school would like to thank Mr. Damien Young for facilitating this event

News (15th November)

Science Week

Last week the school organised a series of diverse events and competitions to mark Science Week. On Wednesday our 4T and 4W transition year classes attended a ‘STEM Talk’ in The Source Theatre. This event focused on potential science-based careers. On Thursday our first year students participated in a science quiz while on Friday a selection of our third years competed in a Science Olympiad which saw students tackle a series of six Junior Cert-related tasks. Our second year students were also involved in the activities as they participated in a CSI murder mystery. In addition to these events, there was an information board in the foyer which included a Fact of the Day and a daily ‘Four Pictures, One Scientist’ competition. A poster competition was also held


Under-16 Basketball

‘Congratulations’ to our under-16 basketball panel on overcoming Waterpark College in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Cup on Tuesday last. An excellent team performance saw them emerge as comfortable winners on the day, winning on a scoreline of 67 points to 11. Killian Ryan, Sean Mockler and Liam Kenny were the top scorers for Thurles. Their All-Ireland semi-final will take place in January.



Junk Kouture Workshop

On Thursday last a selection of our transition year art pupils attended a fashion design and innovation workshop at the Kilkenny Craft and Design Centre. The workshop was held in conjunction with ‘Junk Kouture’, a national fashion competition which promotes recycling and upcycling and which focuses on patterning, concept and design.

Harty Cup

Our senior hurling panel continued their preparations for their upcoming Harty Cup game by playing Castletroy College in a useful challenge game on Tuesday last. The panel will play Doon C.B.S. in the second group game of the competition this Wednesday, the eighteenth of November. The match will be played in Kilcommon and throw-in is at 1.30.

CSPE Guest Speakers

On Wednesday last Mr. Francis Burke and Mr. Robert O Shea, secretary and chairperson respectively of the ‘Save Our Local Community’ organisation, visited the school and spoke to some of our third year CSPE pupils about rural crime. The students are currently working on an action project which focuses on how they, as active citizens, can help to prevent crime in their communities. The pupils found the talk to be both inspirational and very practical.

Futsal Competition

On Tuesday last a team of first year students represented the school in the five-a-side indoor soccer tournament that was held in The Dome. The team enjoyed victories over Carrick C.B.S., Nenagh Vocational School and Colaiste Mhuire, Thurles but was defeated by Borrisokane. In the end, it was only goal difference which prevented the team from progressing from their group.  

News (9th November)


Munster Senior Cup

An impressive 7-1 victory over Borrisokane on Thursday last saw our senior soccer panel top their qualifying group, thereby progressing to the knockout stages of the competition, where as group winners, they will have home advantage in the next game. Thurles always looked comfortable in the game; they were 4-1 up at half-time. Dale Loughnane, Jack Cleary and Tommy Teer got two goals each while Michael Wade also got on the scoresheet.

Croke Cup

This year the school has two teams competing in the under-15 Croke Cup hurling competition. On Wednesday one of those teams enjoyed a five point victory over Templemore after extra-time to progress to the semi-final of the competition where they will face either Abbey C.B.S. or Carrick-on-Suir. Our other team was also in action last week and they progressed to the other semi-final after a very comfortable victory over Clonmel. Their opponents in the next round will be Nenagh C.B.S.

Zambian Immersion Project

The eight students ( Eugene Ryan, William Creedon, Darragh Byrne, Diarmaid Meagher, James Hammersly, Alex Murphy, Fionn McCartan and Daniel Matthews )  who participated in the Zambian Immersion Project returned home safely over the Halloween break following the time they spent in Mufilira in northern Zambia. During this life-changing trip they visited an orphanage, an old people’s home, a primary school, an adult education centre and the ‘Tipperary Plots’ agricultural scheme.

Bank of Ireland School Bank

On Monday last, the second of November, Ms. Breda O Sullivan of the Thurles branch of the Bank of Ireland spoke to our transition year pupils about the establishment and operation of a school bank. Follwing this talk, interviews were held on Wednesday, for which there was very strong interest. The six students selected to participate in the bank are Rory Fogarty, Robert Healy, Patrick Tobin, Colm Smith, Ben Ryan and Ciaran Connolly. Well done to all. The bank was then officially launched this Monday by former Kilkenny hurler, Henry Shefflin.

Harty Cup

Our senior hurlers continued their preparations for the next round of the Harty Cup by playing two useful challenge matches last week. On Tuesday they played Clonmel while on Friday they played St. Augustine’s.

Under-17 Soccer

Daniel Moloney, Jonathan Strapp, Kieran Kearney and Tommy Teer were all on the scoresheet on Monday last when our under-17 soccer panel took on Johnstown in a challenge match. Thurles fielded a totally different eleven for the second half so the game was a good opportunity for the players to represent their school on the playing field.

AIB Build-A-Bank Challenge

The AIB school bank was officially launched last Friday by past pupil and Tipperary hurler, Lar Corbett. The bank will be operated by Joseph Abbott, Philip Ryan, Bill Shanahan, Patrick Bowden, Finn Briody and William O Donoghue. To promote the bank, former Tipperary goalkeeper, Brendan Cummins will visit the school this week, when he will coach hurling skills to first years.Interview Techniques WorkshopOn Friday last our transition year pupils participated in an interview technique workshop which was delivered by Pro-Style. The workshop focused on the structure of CVs , body language and sample questions and answers. The pupils also participated in mock interviews.Senior FootballOur senior football panel was in action on Thursday last. Unfortunately, they were beaten by a stronger team from Carrick C.B.S.

G.A.A. Youth Forum

On Saturday, October 24th, Seán Ryan, Darragh Byrne, William Creedon and Jack Bambrick were invited to Croke Park to present their BT Young Scientist project, The "Infinity Log Trainer." The GAA Youth Forum is an annual event held in Croke Park in Dublin, in which the GAA looks for the opinions of young athletes across all counties on how they can improve hurling and Gaelic football. There were many workshops during the day, such as a strength and conditioning workshop with Kilkenny Senior hurler Michael Fennelly and a dieting workshop from Sligo Senior footballer Dr. Brendan Egan.


At the end of the day, there was a Q&A panel, in which people's questions were answered by GAA personalities like Laois Senior footballer Ross Munnelly. During the forum, the four boys got to present their project, which deals with burnout and injuries in young sports people, to GAA Director General Paraic Duffy, who was very interested in the project. As well as this, many young GAA players from all over Ireland were very interested in their training log book, and said they would love to try the app in the future. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day overall, and the boys were very grateful for the opportunity to take part.  

Science Week.

Science Week 

This week students from all year groups will take part in activites to acknowledge Science Week.