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Croke Cup Final

Croke Cup Final 2015

St Kieran’s College (Kilkenny) 1-15 Thurles CBS (Tipperary) 1-12

St Kieran’s College continued their stay at the summit of schools hurling this afternoon, securing their 20th Croke Cup title with a three-point win over Thurles CBS.



A Robbie Long injury-time point had reduced the deficit to three and made for a tense conclusion as Thurles searched for a goal. St Kieran’s, stood firm.

Four unanswered minors early in the second period from Richie Leahy, Ray Lahart (0-2) and Jason Byrne re-established their five point lead after two points in quick succession from Thurles’ Jack Skehan and Niall Heffernan had pared the margin back to the minimum. Thurles were unable to draw parity and that really was the story of the contest, St Kieran’s staying out of reach for the majority of the 60 minutes.T

he winners were livelier in springing from the blocks, points from Billy Ryan, Ray Lahart (free), Liam Blanchfield and Seán Morrissey moving the Kilkenny school 0-4 to 0-1 clear after 10 minutes. Michael Connors capitalised on a mistake by St Kieran’s goalkeeper Adrian Mullen to strike the opening goal of the contest, and, in the process, ignite the Thurles challenge. A Niall Heffernan free edged the underdogs in front, but it proved a short-lived lead – Lahart firing to the net for the reigning champions on 17 minutes.

Points subsequently from Ryan (0-2), Lahart (free) and Tadhg O Dwyer stretched their advantage to 1-9 to 1-4 as Thurles were coping poorly in dealing with Kieran’s inside line of Lahart, Ryan and O’Dwyer. Niall Cahill’s troops rallied somewhat approaching the break, Billy McCarthy, Niall Heffernan and Connor on target, to cut the gap back to three (1-10 to 1-7) at half-time.Scorers for St Kieran’s: R Lahart (1-5, 0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65); B Ryan (0-3); R Leahy, S Morrissey (0-2 each); J Bryne, L Blanchfield, T O’Dwyer (0-1 each).


Scorers for Thurles CBS: N Heffernan (0-5, 0-4 frees); M Connors (1-2); B McCarthy, K Duggan, R Heffernan, R Long, J Skehan (0-1 each).


Thurles CBS: W Tierney (Thurles Sarsfield); J Derby (Thurles Sarsfields), E Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore), D Quirke (Clonoulty Rossmore); T Hayes (Moycarkey Borris), J Skehan (Holycross Ballycahill), C McCullagh (Moycarkey Borris); R Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore), C Moloney (Thurles Sarsfields); B McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields), K Duggan (Galmoy), N Heffernan (Moycarkey Borris); M Connors (Drom & Inch), R Long (Drom &Inch), R Teehan (Gortnahoe Glengoole). Subs: P Kennedy (Drom & Inch) for Moloney (39), B Kelly (Rathdowney Errill) for Duggan (59), J Butler (Upperchurch Drombane) for R Heffernan (64).Referee: J Keenan (Wicklow)

CBS News (30th March)

All-Ireland Hurling Final

The school would like to wish our senior hurling panel and their mentors the very best of luck in this Saturday’s All-Ireland Senior Colleges Hurling Final. The game will be played in Semple Stadium and throw-in is at 5 pm.

IAMTA Junior Maths Competition

‘Congratulations’ to Mark Fortune, Harry Hogan, Ben Hertramph and Ray Fuller who finished in second place in the national final of the Irish Applied Maths Teachers Association Junior Maths Competition. The final, which took place in Portlaoise last Saturday, consisted of various problem-solving rounds and the C.B.S. team was very unlucky, missing out on victory by just two points.



Geography Field Trip

On Monday last our transition year students traveled to Castlecomer Discovery Park for their Geography field trip. The pupils engaged in orienteering and map-reading as well as enjoying a high-ropes treetop walk. A very enjoyable day was had by all.

Fitzgerald Cup

Our under-17 hurling panel enjoyed a hard-fought victory over Our Lady’s, Templemore in the quarter-final of the Fitzgerald Cup on Monday last. A last minute pointed free by Bill Darcy proved to be the winning score in what was a closely contested match. The final score was 1-16 to 1-15. The panel will now face Clonmel in the semi-final; this game will be played after the Easter break. Meanwhile our Fitzgerald ‘B’ panel was also in action last week when they took on Borrisokane on Thursday. Unfortunately, they were beaten and so are now out of the competition.

Sports Injury Prevention Module

Over the last number of weeks our transition year pupils have been participating in a sports injury prevention module. This six week course, which is being delivered by past pupil, Bill McCormack, aims to give the students an insight into the science behind injury prevention as well as to teach the pupils about health and fitness. The course is designed to cater for athletes of all levels and at the end of the six week period each student will design a personal training schedule which incorporates all aspects of fitness.

Film Award

‘Congratulations’ to sixth year pupil, Eoin Corbett, whose documentary ‘ Internet Addiction and Me’ recently won the best Factual Film Award at R.T.E.’s Fresh Film Festival. This is the second major filmmaking award that Eoin has won this year, having previously won, in conjunction with Adam O’Dwyer, the I.C.T.U. Youth Connect filmmaking competition.

German Exchange

On Tuesday last our nine German exchange students along with their Irish hosts visited the Rock of Cashel, the Swiss Cottage and the Mitchelstown Caves. On the following day they played a friendly international soccer match against some of the pupils in the fifth year German class. The game ended with both sides level on six goals apiece. 

SOAR Workshop

Last Tuesday our transition year pupils took part in a SOAR workshop. These workshops are designed to increase self-awareness, belief, direction, empathy, leadership, peer respect and resiliency. The students certainly found it a very worthwhile and engaging exercise.

CBS News (23rd March)

Senior Hurling All-Ireland

Following on from their success in the Harty Cup, our senior hurlers enjoyed a good victory over St. Peter’s College, Wexford in the All-Ireland semi-final on Thursday last. A strong team performance saw the C.B.S. pull through on a scoreline of 18 points to 1-12. They will now get the opportunity to take home the Croke Cup when they play St. Kieran’s of Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final. The game will be played in Semple Stadium on Saturday, the 4th of April. We wish them the very best of luck.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Well done to the construction and art departments and all the transition years that worked on the creation of this year’s entry into the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Our float showcased the wide array of activities that take place in the school, including sports, music and our involvement in the Zambian Immersion Project. The theme of this year’s entry was signposts and this theme was designed to highlight how the school is leading the way in so many arenas of activity, be they sporting, academic or cultural. The float won the overall first prize in the Thurles parade.

First Year Basketball

There was disappointment for our first year basketball panel last Thursday as they were beaten in the Midlands League final by Piper’s Hill, Naas. The scoreline was 41-27. Despite this result their season is very much alive as they still progress to the All-Ireland League play-offs and they also have the semi-final of the Midlands Cup to come.

Upperchurch Walk

Our Upperchurch walk, in aid of the Zambian Immersion Project, took place last Friday. Thankfully the weather stayed fine and the students enjoyed their trek through the scenic Upperchurch trail. The school would like to thank all those who supported the event and of course the Upperchurch Walks Committee and the local community in general. Without their help this important fundraiser would not have been possible.


 Project Maths Trail

On Thursday last our transition year pupils visited Birr’s Outdoor Activity Centre where they competed in a Project Maths Trail; this involved a combination of mathematical problem-solving and physical activity. The warm weather added to the day’s enjoyment for all involved.

Rice Cup Blitz

The school had two teams which participated in blitzes on Thursday and Friday of last week. On Thursday, the ‘A’ team topped their group and defeated Clonmel in the semi-final and Ennis in the final to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition. On Friday, our ‘B’ team defeated Wexford but lost to Kilkenny C.B.S. and Ard Scoil Ris. Unfortunately, they do not progress to the next round.

German Exchange

The school would like to welcome to Ireland the nine German students from the town of Rosenheim in Bavaria who are currently enjoying their time in Thurles C.B.S. as part of the foreign exchange programme which is being run in conjunction with the Presentation Convent. On the itinerary for their visit were trips to the Rock of Cashel, the Swiss Cottage and the Mitchelstown Caves along with participation in the Upperchurch Fundraising Walk. We hope that they have enjoyed their time in Tipperary and we wish them a safe journey home.

Cross-Country Athletics

Well done to second year pupil, Fred Crowley, who was on the Irish team that won a silver medal at the Schools International Cross-Country Championships on Saturday last.

CBS Reach Croke Cup Final

CBS Thurles reach Croke Cup Final


Thurles CBS 0-18 St Peter’s (Wexford) 1-12

SEVEN UNANSWERED POINTS in the periods immediately before and after half-time were crucial as Thurles CBS overcame St Peter’s College to reach the Croke Cup (All-Ireland PPS SAHC) final at the Waterford IT complex at Carriganore today.Victory propels Thurles CBS into the decider on Saturday 4 April where they will take on the winner of next Saturday’s semi-final clash between St Kieran’s (Kilkenny) and Presentation Athenry.A second-minute goal from Rory O’Connor had helped the Wexford town school to lead for much of the first half and Matthew Joyce’s point put them 1-9 to 0-7 in front after 25 minutes.

Thurles found an extra gear, however, as Ronan Teehan scored two points and Robbie Long, Niall Heffernan and Kevin Duggan got one each as Thurles had drawn level by the interval. In fact, the Dr Harty Cup champions could even have been ahead but Michael Connors’ goal was ruled out as he had been in the large rectangle.While Thurles might have feared that the break would puncture their momentum, instead they powered on as Teehan and Heffernan put them ahead for the first time. The Peter’s rhythm, so prevalent in the first half, wasn’t as smooth as they racked up more than twice as many wides in the second period.Even so, two frees from Billy Dunne – son of Wexford manager Liam – kept them in touch, with a point between the teams, 0-15 to 0-11, as the final quarter dawned.



Heffernan’s fifth point extended that advantage but then Thurles needed goalkeeper William Tierney to make a brilliant full-length save to deny Rory O’Connor a goal. Billy McCarthy pointed for Thurles immediately after that let-off and they weren’t going to be denied from there.

Scorers for Thurles CBS: Niall Heffernan 0-5 (0-4f), Ronan Teehan, Robbie Long, Kevin Duggan 0-3 each, Billy McCarthy 0-2, Cathal Moloney, Michael Connors 0-1 each.Scorers for St Peter’s College: Billy Dunne 0-4 (0-4f), Rory O’Connor 1-1, Matthew Joyce 0-3, Jake Firman, Conor Hearne, Jack Pettit, Rowan White 0-1 each.

CBS News (16th March)

Schools Excellence Fund

This project empowers schools to work together and try innovative projects to see what works and what doesn’t.

The School Excellence Fund is an initiative in the Programme for Government to encourage and recognize excellence and innovation in our schools. Never before have schools been funded to work together on innovative solutions and given the freedom to experiment with new projects to see what works and what doesn’t.The benefit of this approach is that it gives school leaders on the ground the support to collaborate on ideas based on their local experience and unique perspective. It allows them to work together, in some cases with higher education institutions and enterprise, and experiment to find creative solutions to complex problems.

Successful approaches can then be shared across the school sector.The Minister has set the ambition to make Ireland’s Education and Training service the best in Europe by 2026. This transformative approach to supporting local innovation will be key to realizing this vision.Schools Excellence Fund- DigitalChildren are naturally creative, curious and adaptable.

SEF- Digital seeks to nurture these qualities by supporting schools to work together on projects which will use inventive methods to enhance teaching and learning through digital technology.The Minister announced that over 200 schools in 32 clusters have been chosen from what has been a huge demand. Each cluster will receive up to €20,000 funding over the course of the programme.

Our School will be a lead school under this project involving 7 local primary schools.

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