January News 2019

January News

Presentation Thurles send Super Scientist to Bootcamp

Congratulations to sixth year student Roisin O’Connor, one of just thirty successful students nationwide selected to take part in the 2019 BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp from 4thto 7thMarch in Innovations UCD. During the Business Bootcamp, Roisin will experience first-hand the world of technology, commercialisation and entrepreneurship. The four day programme will involve working in teams to inspire creativity and innovative thinking, to encourage research and develop critical thinking skills. The teams will be set business challenges and will be addressed by guest speakers throughout the camp, culminating in team presentations to a panel of expert judges.

This year Roisin O’Connor won two awards at the Young Scientist exhibition, the Senior Individual award in the Social & Behavioural category and the Rev. Dr. Tom Burke Bursary for best communicator. 

Model UN: Ten fifth year students from the Presentation Secondary School Thurles attended a model United Nations Conference organised by Davis College. The event took place over four days in City Hall, Cork with over three hundred students from Ireland and many other countries including Spain and Portugal taking part. Issues discussed included the rehabilitation of drug users and the regulation of Drone usage. Discussions were held focusing on ethical dilemmas arising out of the treatment of the Rohingya People and the conflict in the Sahel. Well done to the following students who participated- Sorcha Brennan, Mayesha Choudhury, Edel Dwan, Meadbh Egan, Aoife Graham, Emma Hayes, Katie Ryan, Chloe Shanahan, Marie Shanahan and Aisling Walsh. We would like to thank Bernie Walsh, Susan McGee and Sherine Prendergast for their commitment to this project.

Catholic Schools Week: Monday 28th of January to Friday February 1st marked Catholic Schools Week. On Monday our fifth year students enjoyed a retreat facilitated by ‘An Tobar Nua.’ This prayerful and enjoyable event gave them the opportunity to take time out of their busy schedules. Each morning a prayer was said to give thanks for all the opportunities that students are afforded on a daily basis. The theme of this year’s Catholic Schools Week was Celebrating our Catholic Schools. 

Hockey: The Senior and the Minor hockey teams travelled to Villiers in Limerick on 22nd January. The Senior team drew 0-0 against a very good Villiers side. The Minors played a great game of hockey and beat Villiers 1-0 with a fantastic goal from Vicky Owens. The minors are through to the next round of the cup in the coming weeks. 

Munster and County U-19 Champions: Congratulations to our under 19 Badminton team who won the Tipperary Badminton Championship recently, defeating Borrisokane decisively in the final. They went on to compete in the Munster Championship beating Abbeyfeale. They now go forward to represent Munster in the All Ireland Final in March in UL. The team consisted of Emily Phelan, Sarah Doheny, Mary Ellen Phelan, Ciara Treacy and Ciara Dwan. We wish the girls the very best of luck, and thank their coaches Mr Maher and Mr Murphy.

Basketball:Our first and second year basketball teams were in action this week in the midlands league competitions. Both teams secured wins against the Ursuline but encountered mixed fortunes in their other games against Portlaoise and Portarlington. The girls are looking forward to their remaining pool games against Rathangan and Templemore. 

Equestrian: On Sunday last, 27th January, two of our Equestrian teams competed in the Interschools Showjumping Competition held at Ryans Equestrian Centre, Thurles. One novice team and one open team competed in the competition. We are delighted to say that our open team of Harriett Penfold, Aoibheann Duggan, Aine Duggan and Ciara O'Sullivan finished in second place. The team had three clear rounds and then Harriett and Aoibheann went forward to take part in the jump off. They narrowly missed out on first place by three seconds. Well done to the open team on a super performance.

The novice team consisted of three first year students Katie Healy, Sophie Maher and Rachel Ralph; and Debbie Mangold a transition year student from Switzerland. Debbie was delighted to take part and win her first Rosette in Ireland. Well done to the Novice team on a fantastic display and great teamwork.


Congratulations to Presentation Thurles' u19 team, who won the Munster Badminton Championship today and will play in the All-Ireland schools Badminton finals on the 20th of March in Gormanstown!! Huge congratulations also to their coaches Mr Maher and Mr Murphy. Included in the photo are Micheal McGrath(President of Munster Badminton), Mary Ellen Phelan, Emily Phelan, Sarah Doheny and Ciara Treacy.


Congratulations to our equestrian team who achieved joint second in today competition. Well done to Rachel, Katie, Sophie and Debbie!

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Our model UN delegates prepare for their final day of debate in City Hall in Cork. Ten students have spent the last four days in Cork discussing issues such as the treatment of the Rohingya people and the conflict in the Sahel. We look forward today to the final issues to be discussed the rehabilitation of drug users and stemming the tide of ocean pollution.

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Congratulations to our Senior B Basketball team and their coaches Ms Devane and Martin Hehir on their recent success of winning the All Ireland final!They beat Colaiste Pobail Setanta 65-76

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Soccer Success

Presentation Thurles captured the Munster Senior A soccer title for the second year in a row with a stunning victory over 2017 All Ireland champions Coláiste na Trocaire Rathkeale. The Pres girls settled into the contest early and pushed the Limerick girls back with a series of attacks. This early pressure was rewarded in the seventeenth minute when Lauren McCormack emphatically finished an Emma O'Sullivan cross to the net. However, Rathkeale were awarded a penalty which Rachel Sweeney spectacularly saved to a huge ovation from the Thurles supporters. Just as half time approached Pres Thurles struck a killer blow as an Aoibheann Clancy free kick was parried by the Limerick keeper into the path of the onrushing Missy Condon who calmly dispatched the loose ball to double the Pres lead. The second half saw Rathkeale apply a lot of pressure, but the Pres defence remained strong. Saoirse Teer put in a flawless performance from the right back. Ellen Moore battled tirelessly and Anna Gavin won the midfield battle. With the minutes ticking away Pres Thurles added a third goal after another fantastic run from Lauren McCormack who fed Ellie Maher, the latter making no mistake with a composed finish. Pres captain Katie Ryan received the cup for a second year running and thanked her team mates, coaches and mentors. The All Ireland semi-final will be played on the 31st of January against the Leinster champions. 

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Coaching Modules: Some students from Transition Year were busy this week taking part in various coaching programmes. Rowing Ireland and Volleyball Ireland conducted training courses designed to equip the students with coaching skills in these disciplines. Students in the Presentation Primary school are looking forward to coaching in Spikeball from the Transition Year students, while some first year groups have already started classes on the Rowing machines. 

Hockey: The Senior hockey players travelled to Bandon on the 15th January to play Bandon Grammar school in the Senior Cup. The match started with high intensity and both goalkeepers were called into action in the first half. Presentation enjoyed a lot of possession but could not break the deadlock by half time.  The second half was exciting, and Pres applied much pressure but were denied by the post. With eight minutes to go and against the run of play, Bandon broke through our defence and scored the winning goal. The final result was Bandon Grammar School 1, Presentation Thurles 0. 


Pres Thurles Senior A Munster Soccer Champions
Huge congratulations to our senior A soccer team and their coaches Mr Ryan and Mr Treacy after a victorious 3-0 win over Colaiste Trocaire, Rathkeale in Newport today. Goals by Lauren McCormack, Missy Condon and Ellie Maher.   
Back Row: Ellen Maher, Enya Maher, Ellen Moore, Ciara Dwan, Casey Hennessy, Aoibheann Clancy, Missy Condon, Ellie Maher, Rebecca Bermingham Jordan, Chloe Cummins, Megan Quigley, Lillian Murray, Caroline Shanahan, Molly O'Dwyer. Front Row:Chloe Shorley, Saoirse Teer, Cally Dooley, Kate Cavanagh, Rachel Sweeney, Katie Ryan(captain), Anna Gavin, Kate Sheridan, Lauren McCormack, Emma Shelly, Amy Callanan, Emma O'Sullivan.


Congratulations to our BTYSE entrants this year! Well done to our TY students Aoife Finlay, Evie Grogan and Dervla Heffernan. A huge congratulations to our 6th year Roisín O'Connor who came first in the Senior Individual Category for Social and Behavioural Science and also received the Reverand Tom Burke Bursary for the best communicator! A big thank you to their teacher Ms Stapleton for all her hard work preparing the girls for the exhibition and for travelling with them!

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Congratulations to our senior basketball team who are  through to the 2019 All Ireland Schools Cup Final which will be played in the National Basketball Arena Dublin later this month. A solid team performance  gave our girls the edge over a strong and determined Tarbert Comprehensive side in the University of Limerick Arena last Tuesday 8thof January. 

A strong opening from Laura Daly gave Presentation a nine point lead and from that point on Tarbert applied the pressure and brought the game back to a slender lead of three points for Presentation , in the middle of the third quarter. Tasha Tully kept the pressure on the opposition by good ball distribution, while Marie Creedon went coast to coast in gaining some important scores. Anna Dunne chipped in with 4 valuable points and Amy Mc Govern added some vital scores at this stage of the match. We wish the girls the best of luck as they head for Tallaght. 

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Team: Marie Creedon, Amy McGovern, Laura Daly, Anna Dunne, Jennifer O Meara, Sophie Dooley, Tasha Tully, Kate Cavanagh, Katelyn Callanan, Kate Anna Moloney Ryan, Rachel Cleary, Aoife O Regan

Minor Soccer:

Presentation Thurles qualified for the 2019 Munster Minor A final after an accomplished performance against a hotly fancied Crescent Comprehensive Limerick. Emma O'Sullivan opened the scoring with a brilliant finish from an acute angle, after great work from Missy Condon. Cally Dooley was a constant thorn in the side of the Limerick defence. Presentation doubled their lead when Chloe Shorley headed home an O Sullivan cross. Crescent responded when they pulled a goal back from a corner.  Emma O Sullivan immediately restored the two goal cushion with a solo effort.  The game was over as a contest when player of the match, Missy Condon, fired home a penalty after great work from Caoimhe Mcgrath. On the day Molly O'Dwyer, Ellen Maher, and Amy Callanan were all very much to the fore and the Presentation girls can look forward to a Munster final in February. The final score was Presentation Thurles 4, Crescent Comprehensive 1. 





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