February 2016


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 BELGIUMIn 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. 





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