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.