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News (25th October)

Open Night

The school held its Open Night for prospective students last Tuesday. Parents and sixth class boys were given the opportunity to tour the school and to meet the teachers. The evening was a good opportunity for the boys to get a taste of life in a modern, progressive secondary school. As well as viewing the school’s impressive facilities the boys were able to see the wide range of extra-curricular activities that will be available to them in the C.B.S. The evening was very well attended.

Harty Cup

Our Harty Cup hurlers were busy last week, playing useful challenge games against Johnstown on Monday and Ard Scoil Ris on Wednesday.

Young Social Innovators

Ten of our transition year students travelled to Athy last Wednesday to participate in a Young Social Innovators workshop based on Communities of Social Excellence. The ‘Advocate Training’ programme in which they participated aims to promote social innovation in communities as well as building links between schools.

Under-15 Hurling

Our under-15 A and B panels played a practice match last Monday afternoon in preparation for upcoming championship games. Unfortunately, our B panel was beaten by Killenaule in the first round of the Hennessy Cup, despite a good performance from Mark Stakelum, who scored one goal and three points. Our A panel was due to play Clonmel last Friday but the game was postponed.

Garda College Open Day

All of our transition year pupils attended an open day at the Garda Training College in Templemore last Thursday. Organised by former Kilkenny hurler, Sergeant Eddie Brennan, the open day gave the students a wonderful insight into the day to day training of a Garda recruit. The boys were also spoken to by the Chief of the Garda Collisions Unit.

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.

News (20th October)

Harty Cup

Our Harty Cup panel got their campaign off to a good start last Wednesday when they defeated St. Coleman’s of Fermoy in their first game of the group stages. The final score was Thurles:1-22, St. Coleman’s: 2-16.

Concern Debating

The Concern debating team competed in their first debate of the school year last Thursday evening when they proposed the motion that ‘The EU can well afford to open its borders to refugees’ against the girls from the Loreto Convent, Clonmel. The team was captained by John Lanigan and also comprised Ciaran Taffe, Mark Fortune and Harry Hogan. The team performed very well, in what was a very entertaining and thought-provoking debate, and thankfully secured a unanimous victory. The team will now face the Presentation Convent in their next debate and they will be opposing the motion that ‘ The COP21 agreements will succeed where others have failed’.

First Year Hurling Blitz

Over the last two weeks our first year hurlers have been competing in a series of hurling blitzes which have been held primarily in Dr. Morris Park. The school entered four teams in the competitions with a total of over 60 students being given the opportunity to represent the school on the hurling field. In Tuesday’s tournament two of our teams faced each other in the final of the plate competition.Re O Laighleis

On Tuesday last our 1NS class visited the library at The Source to listen to Re O Laighleis read some of his short stories. Mr. O Laighleis also gave the students some useful tips as to how to construct their own short stories. The boys were enthralled by the stories they heard and will hopefully have been inspired to create their own works of fiction. The school would like to thank The Source for organising this event.


Our under-19’s soccer panel was in action last Tuesday, taking on Charleville C.B.S. in a challenge match. Goals from Jack Cleary, Tommy Teer and Sean Connors, as well as an own goal , helped Thurles to a  4-2 victory.

Zambian Immersion Project

Last Thursday morning saw eight of our fifth and sixth year pupils, accompanied by three teachers, set off on their long journey to Mufilira in northern Zambia. Darragh Byrne, William Creedon, Diarmaid Meagher, Alex Murphy, Fionn McCartan, James Hammersly, Eugene Ryan and Daniel Matthews, along with Mr. Kelly, Ms. Aherne and Ms. Hogan, will spend this week visiting a primary school, an orphanage, an adult training centre run by the Christian Brothers in Murundu, and an old people’s home. Their experiences are sure to be life-changing and inspirational. The Zambian Immersion Project aims to raise much needed funds to help the Christian Brothers with their many important projects. The Brothers run an adult training centre, operate a feeding programme for the poor , manage an agricultural scheme and in recent years have built a village for the elderly, with individual homes, communal facilities and a medical clinic. The other main aim of the project is to raise awareness about issues such as global inequality and poverty in the Developing World and with that in mind the eight pupils will deliver presentations to each year group after they return from Zambia.


Build-A-Bank Challenge

Interviews were held last Thursday for positions in the school bank. Bill Shanahan was chosen as Bank Manager, Patrick Bowden was selected as Assistant Manager, Joseph Abbot and Philip Ryan were appointed as the Sales and Marketing Representatives, William O Donoghue was given the position of Financial Controller andFinn Briody was picked to be Digital Officer. Well done to all. 

News (12th October)

Mental Health Week

Last week, to celebrate Mental Health Week, the school organised an array of events which focused on promoting positive mental health and allowing pupils and staff to take a brief respite from the pressures of modern living. On Monday our second and third year pupils attended a one-man drama workshop, facilitated by Michael O Sullivan of Humourfit. The show used humour to raise awareness about serious issues such as bullying and was both highly entertaining and extremely thought-provoking. On Tuesday our fifth and sixth year pupils attended an inspirational talk by Shane Mullins, a man who suffered a serious brain injury in a drink-driving incident. Mr. Mullins spoke about the obvious dangers of drinking and driving as well as his formula for overcoming difficulties such as depression. Mr. Mullins’ philosophy focuses on four key components: determination, motivation, emotional support and social life. His talk was extremely honest and certainly inspired the pupils that were present. Other events which took place in conjunction with Mental Health Week included fun activities and games for third years on Wednesday afternoon and a table quiz for first years in aid of Aware on Friday.




Dean Ryan

Our under 16 ½ hurling panel was in action last Wednesday when they took on Midleton C.B.S., the reigning champions, in the quarter-final of the Dean Ryan Cup in Fermoy. Thurles started well and goals from Gearoid Troy and Darren Flood helped Thurles to create a nine point lead at half-time. Midleton fought back however, forcing a draw at full-time before eventually winning in extra-time on a scoreline of 25 points to 2-13. Basketball Both our under-16 and our under-19 teams competed in the first round of the All-Ireland Cup on Wednesday last. The under-16’s continued their impressive start to the season, beating Blackrock College by 46 points to 6, with Sean Mockler finishing as top scorer with 16 points. They will now proceed to the quarter-finals where Waterpark College will provide the opposition. Our under-19’s performed very well against the same opposition but were unfortunate to lose out by the narrowest of margins. The final score was 25-24.

Senior Golf Aaron Ryan, Brian Fallon, John Corbett and John Brett represented the school last Thursday at the East Munster Qualifying Section of the Schools Senior Golf Competition at West Waterford Golf Club, Dungarvan. The team played well but unfortunately did not qualify for the next round of the competition.

Harty Cup

Our senior hurlers continued their preparations for this Wednesday’s first Harty Cup group game against St. Coleman’s of Fermoy by playing a useful challenge game against Ard Scoil Ris on Tuesday last. Soccer Our under-17 soccer panel played the school’s first ever game at that age level on Friday last when they took on Cashel Community School in a practice match. Adam Darby opened the scoring for Thurles but Cashel equalised before half-time. Both sides made a lot of substitutions during what was a very evenly matched game and it was one of those substitutes, Jack Moore, who got the winning goal for the C.B.S. midway through the second half.

Fun Run

On Thursday last the entire school community participated in a very successful and enjoyable ‘Fun Run’, the object of which was to raise funds to support the continuing development of sporting facilities in the school as well as to offset the cost of transport for extra-curricular activities. All the students walked to the racetrack where they either walked or ran a lap of the track before returning to the school. The school would like to thank Thurles Racetrack, the Order of Malta, the Gardai and everyone who supported the event. Open Night The school will hold its open evening for incoming first year students on Tuesday next, the 20th of October. Parents and prospective students will be given the opportunity to inspect the school’s impressive facilities as well as the chance to meet the staff. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be a good opportunity for sixth class boys to familiarise themselves with life in a modern, progressive secondary school.

News (2nd October)

F.A.I. Senior Cup

Last Wednesday, the thirtieth of September, was a momentous day for Thurles C.B.S. as a team representing the school played its first ever competitive soccer match. Our under-19 panel began their F.A.I. Senior Cup campaign in style, recording a 4-0 home win against Nenagh C.B.S.. Midway through the first half Dale Loughnane, the team captain, wrote his name into the history books when he scored the school’s first ever competitive goal, expertly dispatching a penalty which he himself had won. Jack Cleary neatly finished off an excellent move just before half-time and he was on target again early in the second half, finding the corner of the net from the edge of the area. Nenagh enjoyed good spells of possession throughout the game but the Thurles defence remained solid and a fine team display was rounded off with minutes to go, when Tommy Teer added a fourth goal. Next up for the panel will be an away tie against Borrisokane Community College. The school would like to thank Peake Villa for the use of their facilities for training and matches. Without their support participation in these competitions would not be possible.




Dean Ryan

Our under-16 ½ hurlers also got their campaign off to a good start last week, defeating Charleville C.B.S. in the first round of the Dean Ryan competition. A good team performance saw Thurles emerge as comfortable winners, the final scoreline reading, Thurles 2-22, Charleville 1-07.  They will now face Midleton C.B.S. in the second round this Wednesday, the seventh of October. We wish them the best of luck.


The basketball season also got under way last week with teams from the C.B.S. experiencing mixed fortunes. Our under-16 panel enjoyed a good victory in the Midlands League over Mullingar Community College on Tuesday last. Sean Mockler, David Ryan and Juan Jorge Ruiz all starred in a 62-8 win. On the same day our under-19 panel was unfortunately defeated by the same opposition on a scoreline of 23 to 35. The under-19’s were also in action last Friday when they lost to Wilson’s Hospital. The final score was 58-38.

Junior Golf

On Friday last our junior golfers travelled to Clonmel Golf Club to compete in the East Munster Qualifying Section of the Schools Junior Golf Competition. The team consisted of Cian Stakelum, Fred Crowley and Eoin Dooley and although they played well they did not progress to the next phase of the competition.

Blue September

‘Well done’ to students in transition year who, as part of the international ‘Blue September’ campaign, organised a ‘Jersey Day’ last Tuesday in order to raise money and awareness to help in the fight against cancers that affect men. With their help, the school raised €1,170.

School Musical

Auditions for this year’s school musical, ‘Back to the 80’s’, took place last week. James Corbett will play the part of Corey Palmer Senior while Darragh Byrne will play his younger self.  Other lead roles will be played by Philip Ryan, Gavin Murphy, Dylan O Shaughnessy, Tomas Caffrey, Liam Hourigan, Cillian Cullinane, Loughlin Russell and Harry Hogan while Sophie Hayes, Sinead Leahy, Rachel Butler, Kasha Lyons, Irene Finn, Eimear Byrne, Myra McLoughlin and Katie Taylor will play the female leads.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week  

5th - 9th October

This week is positive health awareness week.  

Positive mental health enables young people to live fulfilling lives. Promoting the mental health and well-being of our young people is a shared responsibility.    



Schools are in a unique position to promote mental health and emotional wellbeing and to identify young people experiencing emotional distress.  Responsibility for mental health and well-being also rests with the wider school community.   Mental health and well-being are linked to developing a sense of connectedness to school to enable young people experience success, and to develop their social competencies and resilience to face the challenges of everyday living.      

Schools are one of the key settings for the promotion of the mental health of young people.  

Events for students  

Monday:                    Humorfit Drama for all 2nd and 3rd year students

Tuesday:                   D’mess Drama for 5th and 6th year students

Wednesday:               Outdoor activities for 3rd year students

Thursday:                  Annual Fun Run

Friday:                      First year table quiz in aid of aware