PRESENTATION DIARY (THURLES) 24THMAY 2017
PRESENTATION THURLES WIN MUNSTER CAMOGIE FINAL
Presentation Thurles captured the first year Munster camogie title in a sun-drenched Mallow on the May 10th. The girls were drawn in a difficult group with St Joseph’s Tulla and Laurel Hill Limerick. The girls began their campaign with a great victory over Laurel Hill with Joan O'Keeffe and Emma O' Sullivan scorers in chief. Kate Cavanagh was solid in goals with an excellent defensive unit of Kaitlyn Callanan, Ruby McEvoy, Kate Laffan, and Aine Davern. Next up for the girls was a strong Tulla side. It was the skill of Caroline Shanahan, Enya Maher, Maeve Mockler and Maeve Brennan that provided the catalyst for the Presentation girls to seek out another victory. The girls were now through to the semi- final where they would face their toughest test against a well fancied Heywood College. With six minutes to go in the second half the Presentation girls trailed by a solitary point. Enya Maher embarked on a powerful run through the Heywood defence to fire over an equaliser and spark the girls into action. Emma O’ Sullivan who was the player of the tournament exchanged passes with Joan O’ Keeffe before firing the ball into the roof of the net. Excellent defensive work from captain Kate Laffan and keeper Kate Cavanagh saw the girls hold on to secure a place in the final where they would once again meet group opponents Tulla who had come through the other semi-final. The Presentation girls had saved their best for the final and a hat trick of goals from Emma O’ Sullivan combined with a neat finish from Joan O'Keeffe saw the girls claim victory and the coveted Munster cup. Congratulations to all involved on this great win.
SIXTH YEAR GRADUATION MASS: On Wednesday last the Leaving Certificate class of 2017 had their graduation mass in our school hall. Our school chaplain Fr. Vincent Stapleton celebrated this mass which had the theme of gratitude. There was a large turnout of parents and family members for this special occasion as the girls formally marked the end of their secondary school days. The mass was enhanced by music, reflective readings and speeches from staff and students. We thank our religion and music departments for all their hard work in making this a memorable occasion for all. We wish the girls all the best in the coming weeks as they prepare for their Leaving Certificate exams.
FIFTH YEAR FRENCH TRIP TO THE SOURCE: On Thursday, the 18th of May, Fifth year and Transition year French students attended a showing of the film "Ma revolution" in the wonderful setting of The Source Theatre Thurles. The film focuses on the Jasmine Revolution of Tunisia. In Paris, people took to the streets in support, but 14-year-old Marwenn, though of Tunisian background, had no interest in politics. Then he stumbled upon a rally, got his picture in the paper and suddenly he became the coolest kid in school. Encouraged by his irascible grandfather, Marwenn travels to Tunisia on a journey of self-discovery in this charming and humorous film. The experience was much enjoyed by all.
TRANSITION YEAR TRIP TO GAELTACHT: Fáilte ar ais to our Transition Year students who have just returned from their trip to the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht in Kerry. Over the weekend the girls enjoyed numerous activities including rock climbing, a historical and cultural lecture, a visit to the Blasket Island heritage centre, céilí dancing, a guided tour of Slea Head and an exciting and educational visit to Dingle Aquarium. One of the highlights of the trip was the meet and greet with the famous Fungi, who is alive and well in Dingle Bay. Despite the poor weather our spirits were not dampened and all students greatly enjoyed our outdoor activities and the opportunity to converse as Gaeilge leis na mná tí. As this was the final trip for TY students, the bonds of friendship were tightened and some final TY memories were created. Beatha teanga í a labhairt!
LCVP HB ICE CREAM DAY: Our Leaving Certificate Vocational Preparation class held an ice-cream day in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland in our school on Friday last in association with HB Ice-Cream. Along with their teacher Ms O’Sullivan, the girls sold ice-creams and raised over €700 for Down Syndrome Ireland. We thank staff and students for supporting this worthy cause.