Presentation Secondary School Thurles

Presentation Secondary School Thurles are our Profiled School for April, 2010.

The Presentation Congregation was founded by Nano Nagle in 1775 in Cork. Since 1817 the Presentation Sisters have been involved in education in Thurles, where they have dedicated themselves to serving the community by providing primary and secondary education in the town. The Boarding school was established in 1914. The present Secondary School was built in 1970 and currently holds over 600 students.

Presentation Secondary School Thurles is a Voluntary Catholic Secondary School for girls, operating under the Trusteeship of CEIST. It supports the Religious and Educational Philosophy of its Foundress, Nano Nagle.

They have kindly shared with us news and events within the school. Click here to view our school page with mission statement and school history for Presentation Secondary School Thurles.


While it would be impossible to enumerate all of the activities at our school, the following highlights may give a flavour of life here at Pres Thurles.

Opening of New School Extension

Presentation Secondary School Thurles officially opened the new school extension on the 26th March, 2010. The Minister for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Mary Hanafin, who is a past pupil of the school performed the official opening and the building was blessed by Archbishop of Cashel, Dr. Dermot Clifford.

The Deputy Principal, Ms. Mary Lannigan Ryan, acted as MC for the proceedings and School Principal, Ms. Marie Collins, gave the opening address for the ceremony, which can be downloaded by clicking here.

Ms. Anne Kelleher CEO CEIST was a guest of honour, also in attendance were School Support Co-Ordinator, Damien Kennedy and Faith Development Co-Ordinator, Margaret Farrell.

Photos from the Ceremony

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Annual Fashion Show

Our second annual Fashion Show in aid of the School Development Fund took place on February 25th. It proved to be an entertaining and fun-filled a night for lovers of fashion. Models from the Holman-Lee Model Agency in Limerick took to the ramp while student and teacher models also made their modelling debuts.

Make-over candidates were in the capable hands of a stylist, hairdresser and make-up artist.

Celebrities on the night were Mr. Liam Sheedy, Manager of the Tipperary hurling team, accompanied by local hurling stars, Brendan Maher and Padraig Maher.

Mr. Sheedy was interviewed by a Parents Council member and we are grateful to him and to the players for taking time out from their busy training schedule to make guest appearances.

Past pupil, Michelle Skehan of All-Ireland Talent Show fame also gave of her time to perform one of her own songs. Pres. Players and the exciting tap-dancing duo, Sorcha and Jessica, entertained the audience with their efforts.

Transition Years Kate and Stacey showcased their wonderful design creations on the catwalk, helped by Etaon.

The input of the participating hair salons, boutiques and shops and of our Parents Council helped to make the night a resounding success.

The level of student participation and staff commitment to the event is also indicative of the strength of our school community.

Sports News

On the sporting front, our Senior Camogie team emerged as winners of the All-Ireland Senior C Camogie Colleges Final on March 6th.

The girls produced a dream performance beating Banagher College by 3-19 to 1-1.

Their athleticism and level of skill won the admiration of both sets of supporters in Toomevara.


Our Junior Camogie team have also won an All-Ireland final.

The team pictured on right came out on top in its semi-final encounter with St. Macdara’s Templeogue by 8-16 to one point.

The Juniors went on to play St. Grennan’s College, Thomastown in the final on March 20th and won handsomely.

Our Intermediate team won the Munster championship defeating Hospital, SMI Newcastlewest, Youghal and Roscrea along the way.

Transition Year Drama Festival

Meanwhile, Transition Year students travelled to the Briary Gap Theatre in Macroom on Saturday 27th February to participate in the All-Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival Finals. Presentation Thurles was one of eighteen schools to qualify for the finals. Forty seven schools from all over Ireland had competed in regional heats.












The girls were delighted to be placed third in the finals with their staging of an extract from ‘Godspell’. Emily Matthews received a Special Adjudicator’s Award for her performance.

These and the many other activities in which our school is involved help to create what is an especially vibrant school community.

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