Transition Year Drama Group Through to All-Ireland Final
After an excellent performance of 'Don't Shoot the Messenger' our TY drama group qualified for the ‘All-Ireland Transition Year Drama Final’. The girls took part in the semi-final in the Briery Gap Theatre in Macroom Co. Cork. The cast was directed by Susan Troy, Sherine Prendergast and Susan McGee. The final will be held on the 28th February in Macroom and we wish cast and crew the very best of luck.
Science Magic Show: Beulah McManus from the Chemistry department of the University of Limerick visited our school this week to perform a magic show entitled “Big and Bold, Hot and Cold” to TY students. The show involved a series of fun-filled spectacular experiments showing students how enjoyable Chemistry and Physics can be whilst promoting the subjects at Leaving Cert level and beyond. The students really enjoyed the show.
Senior Basketball News: Congratulations to the senior basketball team who got through and hosted 'All Ireland' Senior ‘A’ playoffs last week. With three teams participating and only one to qualify a tough day of play lay ahead for the girls. Christ King Secondary School Cork were the first opposition and as recent 'All Ireland Senior ‘A’ Cup champions, this was always going to be a keenly contested game. Both teams started well and only a point separated them at the end of the first quarter. Some great basketball was played as the game went on and Christ King were marginally in front at the break. The Cork side extended their lead to 12 points at the end of the 3rd quarter but Presentation Thurles dug deep and never gave up. Despite playing some of their best basketball this season the Presentation girls just couldn't quite get the upper hand on Christ King. The Cork side were victorious over Presentation Tralee in the second game so were overall group winners. In the final game of the day Presentation Thurles took on Presentation Tralee for the runners-up position. The Thurles girls started well and maintained a good hold as the game progressed and went on to win by 48 points to 35. Well done to all the girls involved on the day.
Under 15 Basketball Team Presentation Thurles v The Bower Athlone:On January 16ththe second year basketball team travelled to play The Bower Athlone in their opening league game. Presentation Thurles started the game very well and took an early lead. Marie Creedon opened the scoring with some excellent shooting. Further scores came from Niamh Woodlock and Laura Daly. Score at the end of the first quarter was 19-5 in favour of Presentation Thurles. Athlone fought back but had no answers to the defensive work rate and accurate shooting of the Presentation team. Anna Dunne and Laoise Nugent were very impressive contributing eight points in total. Niamh Ryan who came back from injury was equally impressive from the point guard position. Final score 36-12 in favour of Presentation Thurles.
Presentation Thurles v Cross & Passion Kilcullen:On Thursday 22ndof January Presentation Thurles faced Kilcullen in round two of the midlands league. Presentation opened up an early lead. Marie Creedon was very impressive picking up ten points in the first quarter. Laura Daly controlled the game from the point guard position and Amy Mc Govern showed her speed and agility picking up six points off the fast break. Score at half time was 18-6 in favour of Presentation Thurles. Presentation Thurles began the second half in an impressive fashion with Lily Hobbs and Nicole Gleeson dominating the offensive and defensive boards. Caoimhe Wixted, Sarah Hayden and Jennifer O’Meara came off the bench early in the second half and scored immediately to build momentum and extend the lead. Final Score 42-20 in favour of Presentation Thurles
Presentation Thurles v Portlaoise:Our girls were focused and determined heading into the game knowing a win would secure the top spot heading into the midlands regional finals. They started the game very well. Marie Creedon dominated the boards contributing nine points for her team. Score at the end of the first quarter was 11-4 in favour of Presentation Thurles. The second quarter saw Portlaoise edge their way back into the game with excellent defensive work and three point shooting. Half Time score: 16-12 in favour of Presentation Thurles. However, this was a game of two halves. Portlaoise began the second half in an impressive fashion, completely blunting the Thurles attack. Portlaoise put on a full court press in the second half and dominated the game for the third quarter. Portlaoise led the game 28-19 heading into the final quarter. Amy McGovern and Laoise Nugent tried to rally their teammates and Presentation fought back. An excellent rebounding display from Lily Hobbs lifted the team. However, Portlaoise were the better team throughout and won the game on an impressive score line 36-24.
On Friday March 6th, Presentation Thurles will play last year’s winners Presentation Waterford in the midlands semi-final. The girls are focused and confident heading into the game knowing a win will secure a place in the All-Ireland playoffs.
Team: Laoise Nugent (captain), Laura Daly (captain). Marie Creedon, Jennifer O’Meara, Amy McGovern, Nicole Gleeson. Anna Dunne, Caoimhe Wixted, Dorianne Kelly, Niamh Ryan, Sarah Hayden, Lily Hobbs, Niamh Woodlock, Clara Shanahan, Amy Foyle, Shannon O’ Halloran, Roisin O Sullivan, and Kate Atkinson.
Fashion Show 2015
Now that Spring is in the air we can soon shed our Winter woollies and think about Spring and Summer fashions. A colourful collection of the newest trends will be revealed at our Annual Fashion Show on Thursday, March 5th, in our Sports Complex. The venue proved to be the ideal location for the event last Spring and plans are now well underway to carpet the Complex, build the cat-walk, set up the lights and decorate the venue for the social event. We are happy to invite Primadonna's Model Agency to return to the cat-walk this year and along with our own "model students", from both Primary and Secondary schools, and the popular C.B.S. boys and our own staff members, we believe they will provide a great line-up for the evening. The artistic talents of the Transition Year students will also be on display, including the winning entry for The Junk Kouture competition.
Every effort is being made by our hard-working staff, students and Parents' Council to ensure that the audience enjoy a wonderful evening's entertainment. Guests are invited to attend the Cheese and Wine Reception from 7.15pm and the show is scheduled to commence promptly at 8pm. All funds raised are targeted for our Astro- Turf Project, which we hope to bring to fruition in the not-so-distant future. We appreciate the support of our faithful friends, families, local businesses and community in undertaking this dream project. Please come along, bring a friend and support the cause! Míle buíochas!
Transition Year Dublin Cultural Trip:Our Transition Year students recently made their annual trip to Dublin to enjoy a day filled with culture. It was an early start for the students, as they began their journey to the capital. Their first stop was the Dáil where they were given a tour of Leinster House and the Seanad. The tour started out in the public gallery, where Minister for Health Leo Varadkar was taking questions in the chamber below. Next up was a choice of three museums the National Gallery of Ireland, the Natural History Museum or the National Museum of Irish Archaeology each student decided on their preferred option and visited it. In the National Gallery they got to appreciate works from Caravaggio and Monet as well as experience the galleries current exhibitions ‘Lines of Vision’ and the ‘Hennessy Portrait Prize’. In the National Museum they experienced pieces from the Bronze Age, the Iron Age as well as their particular favourite – the Bog Bodies. In the Natural History Museum or the more commonly known ‘Dead Zoo’ the girls got to marvel at galleries of animals from Ireland as well as overseas. They certainly came away with a greater appreciation of the abundance of culture on their doorstep. After lunch on Grafton Street students continued on to Dublin Castle for a guided tour. Here they were shown St Patrick’s Hall where the Presidential inauguration takes place along with banquets for visiting heads of state. Then it was on to Croke Park which was the highlight for many of the girls as they visited the players’ area, dressing rooms and walked out on to the hallowed turf. Finally the girls were treated to a trip to the cinema to see the Oscar nominated Stephen Hawking film ‘The Theory of Everything’.
Transition Year Law Education:TY students had the opportunity to learn about the area of law recently. Kate Hedigan a solicitor with experience in Criminal Law was the facilitator for this day long workshop. The students were informed about the legal profession and many other aspects of the law. Later in the day they had the opportunity to take part in a mock trial with students acting as witnesses, prosecutors and defendants in a court setting. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day and we thank Kate for sharing her experiences with the girls.
Transition Year Bar Council Programme:Ellen Quigley TY was selected to participate in this programme from February 2nd– 6th. A total of one hundred students from schools all over Ireland were selected to participate in the Bar Council Programme. As part of the programme, a barrister hosted a group of five students for each morning of the five day programme. The barrister involved the students in a variety of classes and exposed them to the daily life of a junior barrister. Students had the opportunity to ask questions of the host barrister during the morning sessions. After lunch each day students were divided into larger groups and brought to the Criminal Court Complex. Ellen really enjoyed the experience.
UCC TY Prep-for-Med: Recently a Prep-for-Med day was held in UCC. Two transition year students accompanied by Ms. M O' Brien Transition Year co-ordinator attended the event. The girls went through many different “stations” where they were given the opportunity to learn how to take blood pressure, blood samples, perform CPR and general first aid. They had an opportunity to talk to some of the medical students at various stages in their studies, some lecturers and also paramedics. After lunch they attended various talks related to different fields of medicine. The Deputy State Pathologist, Dr. Margot Bolster addressed the students, and gave them an insight into the not so glamorous but nonetheless interesting side of Pathology. Following this talk the girls met with gynaecologist Matt Hewitt who gave them a brief overview of his work before they watched a live C-section being performed in the University Hospital. This was a hard act to follow, but Jason Van der Velde from the West Cork Rapid Response Unit was equal to the challenge, showing them live videos ofhimself and his comrades saving lives, from the minute they get the call to when they hand over the patient at the hospital. Throughout the day the girls experienced many interesting and varied aspects of the world of medicine. We would like to thank UCC for affording us this great opportunity.
PRESENTATION ARE MUNSTER MINOR SOCCER CHAMPIONS!
Presentation Thurles are Munster Minor Soccer Champions after beating Crescent College, Limerick 1-0 recently. A tough battle took place on the grounds of Granville Rangers FC. Leading by example, captain Anna Gavin, Katie Ryan and Casey Hennessy pushed their team forward showing great determination and leadership, also impressive was Sarah Foley in defence. Great team work from Siobhan Hennessy, Lauren McCormack and Casey Hennessy was evident, when Casey Hennessy scored late into the second half. An All-Ireland Semi Final awaits the Presentation girls on Wednesday 15th April. Team: Rachel Sweeney, Laura Fanneran, Sarah Foley, Emer Harnett, Orla Corbett, Casey Hennessy, Katie Ryan, Anna Gavin (capt), Siobhan Hennessy, Clara Shanahan, Lauren McCormack, Zoe O’ Meara, Jade Campion, Lillian Murray, Kate Sheridan, Ellie Maher, Saoirse Moran, Tasha Tully. Manager: Edel Harding.
FAI International Player of the Year Awards: Transition Year student Sarah McKevitt was in Dublin last Sunday night rubbing shoulders with the great stars of Irish soccer including Robbie Keane and John O’Shea, at the annual F.A.I International Player of the Year awards. Sarah was nominated in the Under 17 category along with Amanda McQuillan and Evelyn Daly. Sarah has developed into one of the most effective goal scorers in the women's under 17 team, scoring four goals in six European Championship qualifiers. She was first called up at U-16 level after standing out in the ‘North Tipperary Emerging Talent Programme’ and is one of the most promising talents in Irish women's football and a key figure in Presentation sport. We congratulate Sarah on her success.
Biomimicry Workshop: Katy Egan from ‘Presentation Ireland’ came to our school this week to give a workshop to TY students on Biomimicry. Biomimicry is a strand of science which uses inspiration from nature to design technologies that are long lasting and sustainable. The workshop was highly interactive and activity based, encouraging students to think about and appreciate the workings of our natural world. Organisms have adapted and evolved over a long period of time and those adaptations which are advantageous allows organisms to survive and function efficiently in their ecosystem. Students learned how natural models can be used to inspire modern technologies. They found the day hugely enjoyable, informative and stimulating in the areas of science and innovation.
Ceist Congress: On March 24th 2015, four student leaders- Eimear Duff, Courtney Conroy, Éibhlin Vaughan and Emer Whelan, nominated by our school, attended the CEIST Congress in St. Patrick’s Education Centre, Drumcondra, Dublin. The ceremony took place in the main lecture hall in the college and over three hundred students were present representing over ninety six schools from all around Ireland. The day started with an opening prayer, then the girls were divided into groups to take part in workshops throughout the day. These workshops were based on leadership, and the qualities that make a good leader. The teachers also took part in different workshops throughout the day including a mindfulness course. After the workshops, the girls received a talk from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny who spoke about his own leadership experience and the different world leaders he has met. During lunch, the girls were entertained by the Coláiste Íosgáin school band who played and sang many popular songs. After lunch, the girls re-joined their groups and one person from each school made a short presentation on leadership in their school. Eimear Duff represented our school brilliantly. The girls were then presented with their CEIST Student Leadership badges. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and we thank CEIST for hosting this worthwhile event.
Trip to Kolkata India with the Hope Foundation
On the 16thof March eleven Presentation students, accompanied by Ms. Hackett travelled to Kolkata, India in partnership with the Hope Foundation along with fifty five other students and ten volunteers as an immersion project. The girls carried out a substantial amount of fundraising before travelling, exceeding their targets across the board. The aim of the trip was to identify and experience development aid in action. The girls got the opportunity to witness exactly where their fundraising was going. Throughout the seven day trip the girls were brought to various Hope projects, these included child protection homes, mother and child homes, rehabilitation centres and crèches. The visit to the Hope Hospital was a very moving experience for the girls. The girls were given the background stories of most of the patients present. This experience really touched the girls and they found themselves realising just how lucky they are in their own lives. The trip was an excellent opportunity for the eleven girls. It not only gave them an insight into the work of Hope but also the culture of India. They participated in Indian dancing, received henna tattoos and dressed up in the traditional Indian saris. The experience as a whole developed the girls as individuals in terms of their fundraising, organisational and inter-personal skills. This is the third year of this trip in the school and it really proves its benefits in terms of student development.
German Exchange 2015:On Wednesday, 18thMarch, seventeen eager fifth year students set off from the Presentation Secondary School to Dublin Airport to collect their German Exchange partners who had travelled from their small Bavarian town of Rosenheim near the Austrian border to finally meet their Irish partners. The school exchange programme is now in its fifteenth year, having been set up as a Millennium Year project by then German teacher and current Vice-Principal Mary B Lanigan Ryan. The programme has undergone many changes throughout the years, from waiting for letters in its formative years to the modern ease of communication provided by Facebook, Whatsapp and Snapchat. Such advancements meant that the Irish students were in touch with their partners on a constant basis up to and including confirmation of boarding their flight in Germany. This year was also a first as nine boys from the CBS Thurles hosted partners, who came from the same school. Despite the changes in the Exchange Programme over the years, the fundamental principals have stayed the same. The German Department of the Presentation have strived to emphasise the importance of ‘learning and living a language and culture’. While the German girls are here in Ireland, they stay with host families or in the Presentation Boarding School for two weeks. They are treated to Irish food, culture and hospitality and have the opportunity to practice their English language. During the day, when they attend school, they assist in German classes and particularly assist 6thyear students who are preparing for upcoming State Oral Examinations.
During the visit, the German Department organised various activities to entertain our guests. On Thursday, a ‘Kaffeeklatsch’ was hosted in the newly refurbished Presentation canteen. Here all German boys and girls, along with their CBS teachers and Presentation German Department were treated to Irish dancing and music, all while enjoying a cuppa and some goodies. A Tipperary day trip was planned for Tuesday 24thMarch. An early departure from Thurles brought us to The Rock of Cashel for a guided tour where the Irish and German students learned of the exploits of Brian Boru and the reconstruction of the site from a ruling site to an ecclesiastical one. The next stop on our trip was The Mitchelstown Caves, where one and all were astounded by the acoustic mechanics of the inner chambers. We then returned to Holycross, where after a quick visit to the Abbey we enjoyed a delicious lunch in Parkers Restaurant. The following Wednesday, students enjoyed a night at the Thurles Musical Society’s Production of ‘Curtains’. Despite a small language barrier, all students thoroughly enjoyed the many laughs and jokes of the performance. As the students have now returned home, the Irish girls look forward to their two-week return trip to Rosenheim in mid-July. During this time, the girls will attend school in Germany and practice their spoken German. They, like the German girls, will be hosted by families and will be exposed to German life and culture. Such an excellent, well-run and efficient programme would not be viable without the dedication of the German teachers and our corresponding colleagues in Germany with whom we have formed strong ties over the years. We also thank the management and staff of our school for taking the girls into their classes and giving them a big Irish style ‘Herzlich Willkommen’.
Herzlichen Willkommen to the German ''Deutschmobil'':On Monday 13thof April first year students welcomed the German ''Deutschmobil '' to our school. The touring bus is a very special car, equipped with carefully chosen teaching and advertising materials for its tour through Ireland. We were delighted to be chosen for this visit from school applications all over Ireland. The visit was led by Peter Treu from The Goethe Institut in Dublin. He engaged the very enthusiastic first years with information on Germany, worksheets, fun and games. It was a wonderful learning experience, enjoyed by all. Der Besuch hat ihnen sehr gut gefallen und die Schūlerinnen haben viel gelernt. ,,Deutsch macht Spaβ ''
CEIST All Ireland ‘Bake Off’: The 'CEIST Bake Off' was a baking competition open to all CEIST (Catholic Education An Irish Schools Trust ) secondary school students. It was organised and hosted by Árdscoil na Trionóide, Athy, Co. Kildare and was sponsored by Odlums. The aim of the competition was to encourage home baking and in particular creativity as students were asked to design, plan and make a novelty cake. The theme of the competition was ' Talents'. There was an overwhelming response to the competition with over one hundred and fifty applications received from over seventy CEIST schools. These one hundred and fifty applicants were then shortlisted to seven by the well known Odlums/TV 3 Baker Catherine Leyden. Flavia Alvarez TY whose talent is 'falconry' was among the seven finalists shortlisted. On March 27th, Flavia who was accompanied by her Home Economics teacher Ms Maura Carroll competed in the National Final in Ardscoil na Trionóide, Athy and tied for 4th place with her amazing 'owl' creation. Catherine Leyden said she was heartened by the extremely high standard and talent she had seen throughout the competition as it proved baking was a skill which was very much alive in our young people. A sincere thank you to Ceist, Odlums and Árd Scoil na Tríonóide for sponsoring and hosting the event.
TY Bar Council Programme: Ellen Quigley recently took part in the Bar Council of Ireland TY programme. During the programme she shadowed a barrister each morning. Along with her barrister, Ellen went to the Four Courts and sat in on Civil Court cases, including the Rory McElroy and Ian Bailey cases. After lunch each day all the students on the course took part in activities which included a talk by one of the supreme courts judges Mary Ellen Ring, a talk by a member of the Gardaí and a mock trial. The students also visited King’s Inns and listened to talks from various barristers who explained to the students about the life of a barrister and their own personal experiences. The Chief Justice Susan Denham also spoke to the students and she presented everyone who took part in the course with their certificates. Overall the programme was a wonderful experience and Ellen gained a great insight into the life of a barrister.
LCVP Trip to ‘The Chocolate Garden’: On Tuesday 14thApril, the fifth year LCVP class along with their teachers Ms. Prendergast and Ms. O’ Sullivan visited The Chocolate Garden of Ireland in Tullow, Co Carlow. This trip provided a unique experience for students to learn about the confectionary business and the importance of enterprise. Students were given the very important job of sampling various grades of chocolates and flavours! They were also given a brief introduction to the story of chocolate by being shown a film of the journey of the cocoa beans to the factory and the process the beans go through to get the chocolate we know today. They were then given a demonstration of the production process and also received a demonstration on how chocolates and Easter Eggs are made. They also learned about how the Chocolate Garden diversified into the ice-cream making business. The real fun part came when the students put on their aprons and started making their own chocolate creations using moulds and a lot of imagination! All students received a certificate from the Chocolate Garden for their participation and took home their hand designed goodies. It was a very enjoyable day and the students agreed that it was a very educational trip.
Camogie Blitz:The first year camogie team travelled to Moyne Templetuohy on Wednesday morning to take part in the Munster ‘A’ Camogie blitz. The girls played games against schools from Charleville, Blarney and Nenagh. For a lot of the girls this was their first experience of representing the school and they played very well. All the games were keenly contested and there were some notable performances from Mary Therese Mockler, Mary Ellen Phelan, Caitlin Carroll and Rebecca Bermingham. Next up for the girls is a Junior Plate semi-final against St.Mary’s Nenagh on Friday morning April 17th.We wish the girls the best of luck.
German Exchange 2015
On Wednesday, 18thMarch, seventeen eager fifth year students set off from the Presentation Secondary School to Dublin Airport to collect their German Exchange partners who had travelled from their small Bavarian town of Rosenheim near the Austrian border to finally meet their Irish partners. The school exchange programme is now in its fifteenth year, having been set up as a Millennium Year project by then German teacher and current Vice-Principal Mary B Lanigan Ryan. The programme has undergone many changes throughout the years, from waiting for letters in its formative years to the modern ease of communication provided by Facebook, Whatsapp and Snapchat. Such advancements meant that the Irish students were in touch with their partners on a constant basis up to and including confirmation of boarding their flight in Germany. This year was also a first as nine boys from the CBS Thurles hosted partners, who came from the same school. Despite the changes in the Exchange Programme over the years, the fundamental principals have stayed the same. The German Department of the Presentation have strived to emphasise the importance of ‘learning and living a language and culture’. While the German girls are here in Ireland, they stay with host families or in the Presentation Boarding School for two weeks. They are treated to Irish food, culture and hospitality and have the opportunity to practice their English language. During the day, when they attend school, they assist in German classes and particularly assist 6thyear students who are preparing for upcoming State Oral Examinations. During the visit, the German Department organised various activities to entertain our guests. On Thursday, a ‘Kaffeeklatsch’ was hosted in the newly refurbished Presentation canteen. Here all German boys and girls, along with their CBS teachers and Presentation German Department were treated to Irish dancing and music, all while enjoying a cuppa and some goodies. A Tipperary day trip was planned for Tuesday 24thMarch. An early departure from Thurles brought us to The Rock of Cashel for a guided tour where the Irish and German students learned of the exploits of Brian Boru and the reconstruction of the site from a ruling site to an ecclesiastical one. The next stop on our trip was The Mitchelstown Caves, where one and all were astounded by the acoustic mechanics of the inner chambers. We then returned to Holycross, where after a quick visit to the Abbey we enjoyed a delicious lunch in Parkers Restaurant. The following Wednesday, students enjoyed a night at the Thurles Musical Society’s Production of ‘Curtains’. Despite a small language barrier, all students thoroughly enjoyed the many laughs and jokes of the performance. As the students have now returned home, the Irish girls look forward to their two-week return trip to Rosenheim in mid-July. During this time, the girls will attend school in Germany and practice their spoken German. They, like the German girls, will be hosted by families and will be exposed to German life and culture. Such an excellent, well-run and efficient programme would not be viable without the dedication of the German teachers and our corresponding colleagues in Germany with whom we have formed strong ties over the years. We also thank the management and staff of our school for taking the girls into their classes and giving them a big Irish style ‘Herzlich Willkommen’.
MSD Bright Ideas Competition:On Thursday 16thApril, Presentation students travelled to Merck Sharp & Dohme, Ballydine, Clonmel to present their projects at the Bright Ideas Competition. The girls had great success on the day winning first place in all three categories. The judges were particularly impressed with the girls’ excellent presenting skills and enthusiasm on the day. It is the company’s aim to promote science amongst school students in order to encourage science as a career choice.
Junior category: 1stplace €500 – Second year students Estelle Parkinson, Ellen O’Donnell and Alice Ryan – “A device to prevent lives being lost to slurry fumes”
Intermediate category:1stplace €500 – Transition Year students Jayne Dunne and Frances O’Connell – “Lower Carbon farming”
2ndplace €250 – Michelle Ryan and Caoimhe Lanigan – “Assessing the effect of E-cigarettes on the growth of cancer cells compared to normal cigarettes”
Senior category:1stplace €500 – 5th year students Eibhlin Vaughan and Caroline Fogarty – “The forgotten Backgarden”;
2ndplace €250 - 6thyear students Mary O’Connor and Charlotte Hatton – “A comparative study of the nutritional content of milk between cows on varying diets”
3rdplace €150 – 5thyear student Francesca Onorato – “Food is Culture”.
Well done to TY students Flavia Alvarez, Emma Finlay and Keelan Flynn who also presented on the day.
TY Workshop in Digital Humanities and Information Technology in UCC: Technology is taking yet another step forward in our ever changing world and this is starting to be reflected in the courses available to prospective students in Ireland. University College Cork is offering a new course, Digital Humanities and Information Technology, to accommodate these new developments. In light of this, twenty of our Transition Year students travelled to UCC to attend a one day workshop based on this new and exciting course. The course was given by Dr. Mike Cosgrave and the students learned that knowing how to gather information and sorting it in a certain format will be vital in the future. Mr. Paul O’Shea showed them how they would accomplish this by giving them a tutorial in HTML and XML. The students also learned about Arduino, the open source prototyping platform for electronics and saw the amazing equipment in action before building their own basic circuits. The girls really enjoyed this informative day.
Soccer News: The Presentation Minor team bowed out of the All Ireland semi-finals this week to a very strong Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise. An unsettled start by the Munster champions proved costly to the Presentation girls. Net minder Rachel Sweeney was under immense pressure and pulled off some great saves to keep her team in the game. Yet Scoil Chríost Rí used this period to score two early goals. The second half was a different story with the Presentation girls pushing forward and showing what they are made of. Leading by example from defence, Katie Ryan and Emer Harnett dominated in the back line giving the rest of the team opportunity to drive forward. Sarah Foley, Siobhan Hennessy and Casey Hennessy were superb in midfield with captain Anna Gavin leading by example as always. Using her speed and great footwork, Lauren McCormack had a couple of great chances up front but the Portlaoise outfit denied them all. The Presentation girls fought until the final whistle showing great teamwork and determination. This Presentation team showed great maturity for a team so young, and the future looks bright for soccer in Presentation Thurles.