PRESENTATION DIARY (THURLES) FEBRUARY 3RD2016
MUNSTER SOCCER CHAMPIONS:University Limerick was the venue for this year’s Munster Senior soccer final. Both Presentation Secondary School Thurles and Coláiste na Trocaire Rathkeale had overcome tough opponents to earn their place in this Munster Final. Presentation Thurles began strongly, dominating in midfield. Captain Robyn Moore led by example with central midfield partner Hazel McAuliffe making excellent tackles and precise passes to open up the Rathkeale defence. Mary Burke and Casey Hennessy both had superb opportunities that marginally went wide of the Rathkeale goal. Ireland international Sarah McKevitt took advantage of Presentation’s dominance by breaking through on defence only to be brought down. Stepping up to take the free, Sarah confidently let fly to score an amazing free kick. Netkeeper Christine Coffey was quick off her line to make a great block outside the box just before half time, showing her concentration and skill as a top goalie.
The second half showed Presentation Thurles working hard, with Anna Gavin, Norah Kennedy and Katie Ryan defensively solid. This unity at the back drove on the team. Late into the second half excellent build up and patience resulted in Cara O'Connor scoring an incredible goal. Final score 2-0 to Pres Thurles. This is the second year in a row the Senior team has won this coveted cup and it's no surprise as each team member has shown dedication to each other and pride in their school throughout this competition. Congratulations to all involved and a special thank you to Peake Villa for the use of their superb facilities. Panel: Christine Coffey, Anna Gavin, Niamh O’Mahony, Katie Ryan, Norah Kennedy, Casey Hennessy, Hazel McAuliffe, Robyn Moore(captain), Sarah McKevitt, Cara O'Connor, Mary Burke(Shonagh Cleary). Subs: Georgina Abbott, Saoirse Teer, Emer Harnett, Sarah Foley and Rachel Sweeney. Management: Edel Harding & Barry Ryan.
SENIOR ‘A’ BASKETBALL SUCCESS: Congratulations to the Senior ‘A’ basketball team who won the Midlands ‘A’ Shield recently. They defeated The Bower Athlone in the final. In their final game of the season, the Presentation girls were focused and determined to win the Midlands Shield title. The game started at a fast pace. Presentation were quicker out of the blocks and took an early lead. Excellent defensive work from Caoimhe O’Dowd and Amy Mc Grath completely blunted the Athlone attack. Amy Mc Grath was very impressive picking up six points on the fast break. Post players Niamh Morrissey and Clogadh Sherman dominated the boards and picked up scores from offensive rebounds. Score at the end of the first quarter was 13-10 in favour of Presentation Thurles. The Bower Althone rounded their rhythm in the second quarter. Athlone had quick guards and excellent shooters resulting in a close affair with very little between the teams. Half time score 21-19 in favour of Presentation Thurles. Presentation came out in the second half and upped the pace of the game. Good shooting from Dorothy Wall, Caoimhe O’Dowd and Niamh O’Mahony kept the score board ticking over. Presentation extended their lead and were ahead by seven points heading into the final quarter. Niamh Fitzpatrick and Grainne Phelan came off the bench and worked hard picking up defensive steals and controlling the game on offence. Athlone put on a full court press in the final minutes but the Presentation kept their composure and won the game on a final score of 38-30.
ASTRONAUT TRAINING IN BELGIUM: In May 2015, third year students in Naomh Ailbhe were announced as the winners of the Saffron School Science Competition. They created a three minute video around the question ‘How can science and technology make transport networks and systems more intelligent?’ The forward thinking pupil’s prize was a three day class trip to The European Space Centre in Belgium. They have just returned and enjoyed tuition and experiments in space science, including launching micro-rockets, moon walking and space shuttle simulations. They also visited Maastricht and had the opportunity to go bowling and enjoyed the thrills of a water park. Congratulations to Naomh Ailbhe and their teachers Ms O’ Brien and Ms Heffernan.
1916 COMMEMORATION TALK: As part of a series of events to commemorate The 1916 Rising, the history department was delighted to welcome Mr. Jimmy Duggan to the school this week where he delivered a series of lectures to Transition Year and Senior Cycle history students. Mr. Duggan, a local historian and former principal of Gaelscoil Thurles, enthralled students with an overview of the events of 1916 while providing a fascinating insight into what life was like in Thurles before and during the rising. Mr. Duggan has engaged in exhaustive research into Tipperary’s revolutionary past, the fruits of which were enjoyed by all senior history students in the Presentation this week.
Hat Trick Hero Hennessy helps secure a second All Ireland Final
Presentation Secondary School, Thurles 4 - 0 Sacred Heart, Westport, Co.Mayo
Presentation Secondary School, Thurles showed their dedication and determination to entertain their dedicated supporters in Athlone IT with a flourish of superb goals to defeat a determined Sacred Heart, Westport, Co.Mayo, Thursday February 11thin the Bank of Ireland FAI Schools Junior National Cup Semi Final.
It took the Thurles team a while to get into the game, with captain Hazel McAuliffe showing her leadership skills, settling her team and leading by example. Winger Casey Hennessy took her opportunity in the 20th minute to take on her marker, break through on goal and float the ball into the top corner from the six yard line. With confidence high, eight minutes later, Casey again broke through with a powerful run through the centre to slot home her second of the game. Before the half time break, Sacred Heart had a great opportunity with a well taken shot, but goalie Rachel Sweeney made a great save to deny the Mayo girls a bonus before half time.
Great link play by Ellie Maher and Lauren McCormack added to the excitement of the re start, with on form Casey Hennessy bagging her third goal. Katie Ryan, Sarah Foley, Emer Harnett and Mary Burke worked extremely hard for their team, marshalling the back line, keeping the opposition’s dangerous number ten at bay throughout. A superb cross from hat trick hero,Casey Hennessy in the 58th minute sealed the deal for the Thurles girls.
Presentation Thurles will now play Scoil Chríost Rí in this year's Bank of Ireland FAI Schools Junior Cup Final. The final is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2nd with a 1pm kick off, venue to be confirmed.
Panel: Rachel Sweeney, Sarah Foley, Katie Ryan, Emer Harnett, Mary Burke, Ciara Maher, Casey Hennessy(Kate Sheridan), Hazel McAuliffe, Ellie Maher(Orla Corbett), Saoirse Teer (Saoirse Moran), Lauren McCormack (Lillian Murray). Zoe Lanphier (injured). Management: Edel Harding and Barry Ryan.
Super Chef 2015-2016 All Island Cookery Competition:
Congratulations to Eimear Dunphy who took part in the final of the All Island Super Chef Cookery Competition last week in St.Angela’s College Sligo. Eimear impressed with her meal of falafels, Toonbridge feta, avocado and bulgar salad served with tzatziki beetroot humus and toasted melba pitta bread. The panel of judges included award winning chef Wade Murphy of 1826 Adare. Well done to Eimear and her Home Economics teacher Ms.Carroll.
Visit from All-Ireland Champions
On Wednesday last members of the victorious Tipperary Panel visited our school to showcase the Liam McCarthy and Irish Press cups. Team panelists Cathal Barrett, Brian McGrath, Dylan Quirke, Eoin Barry, Brian O' Meara, Conor Stakelum, Cillian O' Dwyer, Chairman of the County Board Joe Bracken and Development Coach Andy Ryan received a rousing welcome as they carried the cups onto the stage. Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill) delivered an inspiring speech to the girls based on the importance of hard work both on the field and in the classroom. County Board Chairman Joe Bracken spoke about the great sporting pedigree of the Presentation and wished the girls well for the year ahead. It was an honour to welcome members of the 2016 All Ireland Hurling Championship teams and we thank the panel for taking time out to visit our school.
Hola! Hola!: We extend a warm welcome to another large number of international students, who have joined our school this year. Travelling from Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and France they aim to further improve their English language skills and enjoy the cultural experience of living in Ireland for an academic year. The students offer an interesting dimension to the positive dynamics of our school cohort.These girls are academically ambitious, completely committed to excellence in attendance, good behaviour and full participation in school life, including extra-curricular activities. Meanwhile they create a cultural awareness amongst our own Irish students of life for teenagers in other European countries, offering insight into the daily routine of second-level students from Venice to Berlin.
We are happy that two students from last year, Maria Pia from Italy and Julia from Bavaria ,have extended their stay with us. Both students are now enrolled to complete their entire secondary school education in Presentation Thurles,with a view to attending university in Ireland afterwards. We are grateful to the host families in the area and the management of our own boarding school, which is operating at full capacity, for providing our international students with a home away from home. Go n-éirí go geal leo sa bhliain atá romhainn.
School Musical:Rehearsals are in full swing for our upcoming school musical, the widely acclaimed 'Billy Elliot'. This show has proven popular with audiences worldwide due to its uplifting story and wonderful score by Elton John with lyrics by Lee Hall. Our production team of Ms McElgunn, Mr Conlon and Ms Hackett are putting the students through their paces to ensure a polished production is in place for opening night. The show runs from October 20th- 22ndinclusive in the Premier Hall. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Senior Football: Presentation Thurles began their year with a daunting fixture against last year’s Munster finalists Cashel Community School. However, it was the Pres girls who settled into the game first with Casey Hennessy opening the score with a great solo effort. Casey quickly followed this up with a goal after great work from Marie Creedon and Saoirse O' Meara. Cashel hit back immediately with a goal of their own. The game ebbed and flowed as both sides traded blows and it was the Presentation who got to the interval with a slender three point lead. Lauren McCormack’s accuracy from frees was a key factor in the opening half and Roisin Daly was absolutely superb throughout. A Marie Creedon goal at the start of the second half gave the Thurles girls a great opportunity to kick on for an all important victory. Unfortunately three minutes of madness would put pay to that dream when Cashel won three successive kick outs and raised three green flags in a row. Cashel finished strongly to register a seven point win. Next up for the girls is a clash with local rivals the Ursuline in what is now a must win game.
Senior Camogie: Presentation Thurles opened their championship campaign with a tough fixture against Carrick-On-Suir, the team they had beaten in the previous year’s semi-final. The Thurles girls flew out of the blocks with a super point from the impressive Katie Ryan. Niamh Ryan and Grace O'Donnell were dominant at midfield which insured the Presentation girls remained on the front foot. Niamh Ryan hit over a long range free as the Presentation girls looked to assert their dominance on the scoreboard. The Thurles girls reached the interval with a five point lead. Carrick rocked the Thurles girls with a goal at the beginning of the second period. However, this Presentation team immediately responded with a brilliant point from Shonagh Cleary. Carrick-On-Suir raised two white flags of their own to ensure the narrowest of gaps remained between the sides. Just as the Presentation girls were about to draw breath Carrick fired the ball to the net again to set up a grandstand finish with only two minutes remaining. A great puck out from Laura Gleeson found Sarah McKevitt who went on a great solo run before firing over a point that would prove to be the last act of a pulsating championship game. Next up for the girls is a trip to Cork to face Coachford College.
Midlands First Round:Both our senior and cadette teams began their league endeavours against Portlaoise last week. Our cadettes had a fantastic performance showing great skill and determination pushing Portlaoise all the way and it was only in the final quarter that victory slipped from the hands of the Presentation. Similarly, in the senior game although up against a very strong side, our Presentation team dug deep throughout. Both games showed great promise for what is to come. It was an excellent start to what will hopefully be a long year of competitive games for this group of players.
Senior U19 cup:Our seniors began their campaign against St Louis of Monaghan this week. Starting spritely, the girls got into an early lead in the first quarter showing super hunger and aggression at both ends of the court. St Louis however clawed it back in the second quarter and never looked back. They opened up a significant lead in the third quarter. Despite the scoreboard our girls battled hard and had some great defensive and offensive success. With this being a straight knockout game, unfortunately it sees the end to our cup ambitions, with just the league remaining.
Opening School Mass: On Tuesday September 27th we had our opening school mass in the Cathedral. It was celebrated by our Chaplin Fr. Vincent Stapleton with teachers, students, staff, parents and members of the Presentation Sisters in attendance. The theme of our mass was "Let the Light of Jesus Shine", showing us all the importance of kindness and letting the light of Jesus within us shine for others to see. Sr. Fidelis, Mrs Collins and six students from each year group lit candles at the top of the altar. These candles represented the Presentation sisters, love, life, our baptism candle and the paschal candle. Our mass was a lovely way to ask for God's blessings on our school year ahead and to welcome the new first years to our school.
Visit to the Source Library:On Tuesday 4th of October fifty of our first year students along with their teachers Ms. Harrold and Mr. Ryan visited the Source Library to meet with the well-known Irish author Mr. Brian Gallagher. The event was organised by the Source Library as part the of their annual Children's Book Fair. The students of Aingil Naofa and Naomh Eithne were already familiar with Mr. Gallagher's books "Friend or Foe" and "Across the Divide" from reading them in class. Brian gave a very entertaining and informative talk on what it is like to be an author and playwright. The girls were very impressed when he told them about his previous job as a script writer for "Fair City". He also spoke at length about the research that goes into character and plot development and how to shape a story. Mr. Gallagher signed copies of his books and allowed the girls to take photos with him at the end of the talk. Many thanks to all at the Source Library for giving the girls the opportunity to meet Brian Gallagher.