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October News

First  Year Art and History Excursion

Our first year pupils had a great day out last Wednesday when they travelled to Kilkenny for their art and history excursion. They began the day by watching the Irish-made animation, ‘Song Of The Sea’ before proceeding to the Butler Gallery where they met Rory Conway, an animator who had worked on the award-winning movie they had seen earlier in the day. Mr. Conway then conducted an animation workshop which the pupils found highly enjoyable. After leaving the gallery, the group paid a visit to Kilkenny Castle where they participated in a guided tour of the medieval structure. While at the castle, the students drew sketches of some of the castle’s architectural features and they hope to use these sketches as a basis for an upcoming ceramics-based project.



First Year Soccer Blitz

On Friday morning last, the school held an in-house blitz for first year students. Each of our five classes was divided into three teams which then played each other in a ‘Champions League’ format. Each team played six games in what was a very enjoyable event.

Fun Run

On Thurday next, the eighth of October, the entire school community will participate in a five kilometre sponsored fun run, the proceeds of which will go towards supporting sporting development in the school as well as to other extra-curricular activities. Students will walk to the racecourse where they will either walk or jog a lap before returning to the school. There will also be organised races for our more serious athletes with prizes on offer in each year group category. All funds raised will go towards the maintenance and development of our sporting facilities as well as towards offsetting the cost of transport to sporting fixtures as well as to other extra-curricular events. As usual, your support is greatly appreciated.

Eagle’s Flight

On Thursday and Friday of last week our transition year students participated in a team building and decision making workshop delivered by Ger O Shea of ‘Eagle’s Flight’. Divided into teams of five, the students competed in a range of survival-orientated simulations designed to encourage planning, teamwork and leadership skills. The students really enjoyed the event.

Build-A-Bank Challenge

Last Friday, Ms. Aoife Harty, the school liaison officer from the AIB, visited the school to talk to our transition year pupils about participating in the Build-A-Bank Challenge. Ms. Harty informed the students of the structure and operational running of the bank as well as the various positions for which they may apply. Interviews will soon be held in the school for the positions of bank manager, assistant manager, director of sales and marketing, financial controller and customer service operators. We wish all the applicants the very best of luck.


Our Dean Ryan hurling panel warmed up for their first round encounter with Charleville C.B.S. by playing Templemore in a useful challenge match on Tuesday last. The Harty panel also continued their preparations last week when they took on Midleton C.B.S. in a practice game. School Musical Auditions for the male leads in this year’s musical began last Friday. This year’s show, which will take place in January, is ‘Back to the 80’s’. The plot revolves around Corey Palmer, as he looks back on his time in high school. The show, as one might expect, includes plenty of eighties classics which are sure to have audiences singing along nostalgically.

CBS News (21st September)


Transition Year Expo 2015 On Wednesday last, our transition year pupils attended the highly informative TY Expo in The HUB, Kilkenny. The primary objective of the Expo was to inform students of the myriad opportunities that await them in transition year and to inspire them to get involved and make the most out of their time in TY. There were over one hundred exhibitors present on the day encouraging students to partake in a wide variety of fields. There were stalls there promoting political parties, charities, sporting organisations, ecological programmes, computer programming, businesses and careers, self-defence, mental health, creative writing, adventure activities, youth organisations and a host of other interests. The students really enjoyed the exhibition and hopefully it will have inspired them to make the most of transition year. After all, as the Expo handbook stated, in TY ‘ You get out what you put in’. U.L.A.C.




On Friday last , September the eighteenth, our transition year students paid a visit to the University of Limerick Activity Centre in Killaloe. Students partook in a wide variety of both land and water based activities which included canoeing, kayaking, climbing, team-building exercises and the ‘high ropes’ obstacle course. Despite the showers, a great time was had by all.


Higher Options

On Thursday last, the seventeenth of September, sixth year students attended the ‘Higher Options’ information day at the R.D.S. in Dublin. There were exhibitions from all the third level institutions in the U.K. and Ireland as well as helpful lectures on different career choices. An enjoyable and informative day was had by all.

Hurling On Tuesday last our Dean Ryan panel played Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG in a useful challenge game while, on the same day, our Harty panel took on De la Salle in a practice match. Ger Carey Our transition year students visited The Source last Thursday to watch Ger Carey’s new stand-up routine which is aimed at teenagers. Carey’s hilarious show gently pokes fun at teenagers by shining a light on their interests, worries and behaviour.  The transition years really enjoyed this highly entertaining show.

First Year Hurling Competition

On Friday last our first year pupils took part in the annual blitz against teams from The Abbey C.B.S.  Our entire cohort of first years traveled to Tipperary town where they were divided into teams of twelve. Each team played several games over the course of the morning with points being allocated to winning teams and then totaled up to reveal the winners. Thankfully, Thurles won the competition and retained the James O’ Donoghue Perpetual Trophy. ‘Well done’ also to the fourth year pupils who managed the teams and refereed and umpired the games.

September News


The school would like to welcome back all our students after the summer break. In particular we would like to welcome our new first year students who, as I write this, have just completed their first fortnight in the C.B.S.

Junior Cert Results

Congratulations to all of our transition year and fifth year students on receiving their Junior Certificate results on Wednesday last. The dedication and hard work that they applied to their studies were duly rewarded last week when they received their results. Well done to all.

First Year Leagues

The first year hurling leagues commenced last week and will continue to run this week during lunch times at the Railway Field. The league pits teams from the different class groups against each other and is a great way to provide game time to as many pupils as possible. Dean Ryan Our under-16 hurlers have been busily preparing for their first round encounter against Charleville C.B.S., which will be played next Wednesday. Two weeks ago they played Kilkenny C.B.S. in a useful challenge match while last Wednesday saw them take on Johnstown in another worthwhile practice game.

Harty Cup

Following on from last year’s tremendously successful season, our senior hurlers have not rested on their laurels and are already preparing for their upcoming campaign. Two weeks ago, they played a practice match against Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG ( North Mon) while this week saw them take on De la Salle. The squad has been drawn against St. Coleman’s of Fermoy, Nenagh C.B.S. and Doon C.B.S. in the group stages of the competition. We wish them the very best of luck.

All-Ireland Minor Hurling and Football

Thurles C.B.S. was well represented in Croke Park on All-Ireland hurling final day with no fewer than six students ( three present and three past) involved with the Tipperary Minor Panel, which unfortunately lost out to Galway on the day. The school would like to acknowledge the wonderful achievement which is, not only representing one’s county, but making it all the way to an All-Ireland final. Well done to Mikey Connors, Jack Darby, Enda Heffernan, Cathal Moloney, Dillon Quirke and Jack Skehan. The school would also like to wish Mikey Connors, Jack Skehan and the entire Tipperary football panel the very best of luck as they prepare to take on Kerry in this Sunday’s All-Ireland minor football final.  

Moyne/Bellevue Residence Assosication 

Thanks to the Moye/Bellevue Residence Association who kindly donated €500 to the Zambiam Immersion Fund last week



Sage Global World Cup

CBS Thurles at Sage Global World Cup.

Four Transition years from CBS Thurles traveled to South Korea to represent Ireland at the Sage Global World Cup following their success at the Young Social Innovators competition held earlier in the year.  Eugene Ryan, Conor Ryan, Odhran Quirke and Conor Dunne, accompanied by their teacher Mr Fergus O'Brien took their Farmsense project to pitch against the best projects from twenty other countries. This project has come up with a unique idea for a sensor which can help save lives on farms. The impressive Songdo Convention Centre was the venue for the competition and a great sense of excitement and nerves were very evident around the venue on the Thursday night as the opening ceremony reached the competition semi final qualifiers draw. 



The draw is completed on an open draw basis. Having scored higher than Kazakhstan in the first round Thurles CBS were now head to head with the USA for a place in the final. The semi final presentations along with the questions and answers following the presentations, was a very tense affair. While both teams content was strong and the written reports from both teams excellent, the USA were very polished in their presentation. The CBS boys pulled themselves back into the tie with skilful answering in the Q&A session. This showed the strong knowledge and conviction the CBS lads had in their project.After the semi finals finished all competitors had to endure a night of guessing had they done enough to reach the Saturday morning final. As the teams and mentors gathered in the Convention centre on Saturday morning to find out their faith, you could hear a pin drop as the finalists were announced. Unfortunately the lads fell short by the finest margin.

Thurles and the team from the USA had actually tied and it took three count backs on scores to eventually separate the sides. Despite the huge disappointment felt by the boys and their teacher Fergus O'Brien, the standard that they reached was obvious once the USA tied the final. The journey to this stage has been nothing short of remarkable as this Farmsense project won two awards here in Ireland, one of which gave them this opportunity of representing Ireland on the world stage.The standard in general on show in Korea was exceptional. Many of the schools that attended had great financial corporate and educational support from Universities. CBS Thurles had support from organisations such as YSI and Vodafone Ireland. Local groups such as Templetouhy Farm Machinery, Hayes Farm Machinery in Ballagh, Rossmore Engineering, Tipperary Co-op, Noel Coonan TD and the Templemore/Thurles Council.

The school and the group themselves would like to thank these organisations/people for their support and encouragement during this project. It is a huge achievement for the school that this idea and concept including planning and development all took place within the school in conjunction with advise from supporting parties. Innovation and entrepreneurial spirit are vital in today's world and are key to growing our local and national economy. By fostering these attitudes and skills the school is sowing the seeds for future business leaders. The Farmsense team and their teacher now intend to enter their work into the BT Young Scientist competition this coming January.

Awards Night 2015

Prize Night

The school’s annual awards night ceremony took place last Thursday night in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall. A wide spectrum of achievements was recognised on the night with awards for full attendance, academic excellence, sport, music, construction and art. The guest speaker was past pupil, Mr. Aidan ‘Taggy’ Fogarty, who spoke fondly of his time in the school while outlining for the pupils in attendance the importance of hard work and determination. Also present on the night was special guest, Archbishop Kieran O Reilly. In athletics, Daniel Ryan and Fred Crowley picked up awards while in basketball, David Ryan was named Player of the Year. The ‘ Ronaynes’ Junior Certificate Materials Technology Award ‘ which recognises the best Junior Certificate project went to Darragh Taylor while Eric Fanning won the ‘A.I.B. Construction Studies Award’. James Ryan won the Junior Hurler of the Year award while the senior Hurler of the Year award went to Chris McCullough. Niall Heffernan won the Harty Hurler of the Year and Keith Ryan picked up the prize for first year hurling. There were also hurling awards for Darren Flood, Jack Fallon, Jack Taylor, Michael Purcell and Conor Stakelum. Fred Crowley picked up the award for Junior Footballer of the year. The overall prize for Sportsperson of the Year went to Billy McCarthy. The award for the best Junior Certificate of 2014 went to Mark Fortune with Peter Carragher taking the award for the best Leaving Certificate of 2014. The George Willoughby sponsored Cultural Award was presented to Diarmaid Meagher while there were awards in music for Micheal Bourke and Christopher Carew. In art, there were awards for David Conway and John Shanahan while the Cultural Award went to Adam O Dwyer and Eoin Corbett. The Parents’ Council sponsored Creative Writing Awards went to Brian O Callaghan, Brendan Atkins and Adam O Dwyer. Daniel Ryan was named as Junior Student of the Year while the highlight of the night as usual was the Student of the Year award which was won by Eoin Corbett. Congratulations to everyone who received an award.  Check the photo gallery for more pictures