Latest News from Presentation Secondary School, Thurles

Visit from the Rose of Tralee

On Friday last, 16th January, our school was privileged to welcome the current Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh, The Rose of Philadelphia. This beautiful young lady enthused and motivated our pupils with her warm and friendly manner and her positive get-up-and-go attitude to life. Rather than delivering a prepared speech she opened the floor to a question -and -answer session, in order that the pupils would be fully involved and interested in the topics. She answered the questions competently, confidently and with a great sense of humour. Various topics were discussed, including mental health issues and her trip to Calcutta in India, of particular interest to our students, who have also travelled there with The Hope Foundation and the twelve girls departing for India in April. Her colourful account of The Rose of Tralee Festival and the camaraderie of The Rose Family opened our eyes to the true meaning of being a Rose, representing your county or country and having a real sense of pride in being Irish.

Pictured above Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh and Tipperary Rose Lauren Walsh recently visited the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles Maira spoke to the girls about her amazing experiences to date.

Maria is such a charming, charismatic young lady, a successful career woman and a pioneer and she depicted the perfect role-model for our teenagers. Her planned thirty minute visit extended to two hours such was the unexpected, enthusiastic response of the students and Maria’s generosity in giving of her time for photographs and selfies.

We shall follow her progress with interest and encourage our girls to follow in her footsteps. Indeed we are also very proud of the beautiful Tipperary Rose, Lauren Walsh and Clodagh Maher, Representative of The Tipperary Rose Centre, who accompanied the Philadelphia Rose on Friday. Last September we were very pleased to see two of our past pupils partake in The Rose Festival, Eleanor Sutton (Offaly) and Niamh Bergin ( Belgium ). Now we look forward to many more of our students blossoming into roses in the future.

Cycle Against Suicide Student Leader’s Congress

On Wednesday January 14th 2015, our Third Year students travelled to the RDS in Dublin to attend the Cycle Against Suicide Student Leader’s Congress. The day consisted of a showcase of school mental health project work, panel discussions on mental health, guest speakers and entertainment. The message from the Congress was very strong – It’s okay not to feel okay and it’s absolutely okay to ask for help’. All the guest speakers on the day spoke passionately about their experiences of mental health issues.

Pictured above Irish entrepreneur and founder of Cycle Against Suicide Jim Breen,visited Presentation Secondary Thurles recently for the final day of the Positive Mental Health Week. He delivered an excellent speech and left a lasting effect on the students and teachers.

Some of the speakers included Bressie, Conor Cusack, Sonia O’ Sullivan, Mark Pollock, Seamus Hennessy, Alan Quinlan to name but a few. Two of our own pupils Caitlin Donnelly and Rebecca Dooley spoke eloquently on the day about the school’s Mental Health Committee’s own mental health project which consists of including mental health in the physical education curriculum. Overall a fantastic day was had by all, everyone left with a stronger awareness of mental health and indeed some of the guest speakers words lingered with our pupils days after the event. Presentation Secondary School is an anchor school for the Cycle Against Suicide event this coming May and we can’t wait to show our support to all involved.


Presentation Thurles 3-8 Laurel Hill 0-3

Presentation Thurles are Munster/Connacht Senior A champions after a truly magnificent display on Friday last. In front of a huge home support the Thurles girls set about avenging a 28 point defeat to Laurel Hill in 2014. The opening exchanges were frantic but the Pres girls dominated with a flurry of points from Courtney Ryan, Aoife Collier, Nicola Loughnane and a beauty from Sarah McKevitt, setting the tone for a first half that would seal the victory.

With ten minutes to the interval the crucial first goal came when captain Laura Loughnane rattled the Limerick net. Before the Limerick girls got a chance to regain their composure, Laura Loughnane got her second goal after a superb delivery from Casey Hennessy. On the stroke of half time Hazel McAulliffe fired in the third goal for the Presentation team. The second half saw Laurel Hill come out all guns blazing and fired over two quick points but the Pres back line was not for passing.

It was a day when the Pres had twenty heroes but special mention to the heroic Courtney Ryan, the tireless Karen Kennedy and the man of the match Nicola Loughnane who drove the team forward throughout the game. There will be some big days ahead for this team and 6th years Laura Loughnane, Niamh Sweeney and Laura Finlay have bowed out as champions. We would like to thank Fr. Tom Fogarty and St Patrick's College for allowing us the use of their wonderful facilities throughout the year.

Pictured above the winning Pres Thurles camogie team and mentors.

Munster Soccer Champions

Presentation Secondary School Thurles were crowned Munster Senior Soccer Champions 2014-15 on Monday 26th January. The Munster Final was held in St.Kevin’s Park Newhill, with the opposition travelling from Cresent College Limerick. The Presentation girls showed grit and determination early on in the game by scoring twice in the opening ten minutes. The opening goal was a sight to be seen. A precise pass from captain Jane Ann McKevitt on the half way line sent her sister Sarah, tearing down the right wing, rounding her marker and crossing in a sensational ball into the box. Running on to this cross was Shonagh Cleary who volleyed the ball into the top right hand corner. Shonagh made it difficult for the Limerick side and managed to score a second goal soon after that.

The Presentation team pushed on in the second half. Sarah McKevitt had a few opportunities on goal and when the Limerick defence opened up, Sarah stuck home to make the score 3-0. The Presentation defence showed great teamwork while the centre field partnership of Anna Gavin, Hazel McAuliffe and Jane Anne McKevitt proved too much for their opposition. Hazel McAuliffe showed great personal skill rounding a number of players to score the final goal into the bottom left.

A mention must be given to Christine Coffey, the net minder, who late in the second half saved a penalty to keep a well-deserved clean sheet. Final score 4-0. Presentation Thurles will now meet Loreto Kilkenny in the All -Ireland Senior Semi-Final. A big thank you to St.Kevins, Newhill for the use of their superb facilities. Team: Christine Coffey, Cara O'Connor, Robyn Moore, Emer Harnett, Norah Kennedy, Sarah McKevitt (Holly O'Dwyer), Anna Gavin (Lauren McCormack), Hazel McAuliffe (Georgina Abbott), Jane Anne McKevitt (capt), Mary Burke and Shonagh Cleary.

Congratulations to the students from Presentation Secondary School Thurles who have reached the final of the All Ireland Transition Year Drama Competition with their drama 'Don't Shoot the Messenger'.

Transition Year students of Presentation Secondary School Thurles are pictured at the official opening of the school bank in conjuction with AIB. Also included in the photo is their teacher Barry Ryan, Principal Marie Collins, and they were lucky to have a visit from Brendan Cummins former Tipp goalkeeper and AIB Bank Official.