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Pres Thurles All Ireland Champions

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Our soccer team travelled to Home Farm Fc, Dublin on Wednesday morning last to contest the 2018 Senior All Ireland A final. Their opponents were Ulster champions Moville, previous winners of the competition and Ulster champions for the third year in succession. Our team consisted of three second year students in a starting eleven that featured no sixth year student, a real rarity at this level, however this team was packed full of talent and would more than match their Donegal counterparts throughout an absorbing encounter. Moville settled first and put the Pres goal under siege throughout the opening exchanges but captain Katie Ryan marshalled her defence expertly and goalkeeper Rachel Sweeney proved to be in inspired form on the day. Having survived some early scares we grew into the contest and as half time approached an opportunity presented itself when the tireless Lauren McCormack won a free kick just outside the Moville box. Aoibheann Clancy's skilful delivery evaded everyone and found its way to the Donegal net courtesy of the post. This was a huge boost to our side as they headed into the halftime break. The second half began in a similar fashion to the first with Moville enjoying lots of possession and Thurles having to defend for long spells. Ciara Dwan playing in a sweeper role denied Moville on countless occasions and keeper Rachel Sweeney was equal to anything that passed her defence. On the hour mark Pres Thurles struck the killer blow when a rare break out from defence saw Casey Hennessy release Emma O'Sullivan with a pin point pass and O'Sullivan calmly slotted the ball beyond the Moville goalkeeper to spark wild scenes of celebration amongst the large Thurles crowd. Moville continued to attack but Pres Thurles stood firm and defended resolutely all the way to the final whistle to secure a historic second national title in three years.

Pictured are the Pres Thurles Senior A Soccer Team who advanced to the FAI Schools National Cup Final after beating Convent of Mercy, Roscommon 2-0. Congratulations to both the team and their coach Mr Ryan.

Pictured are the Presentation Senior A Soccer Team who were kindly sponsored bags from the Bank of Ireland ahead of their All Ireland Final at Homefarm FC. Back Row: Emer Harnett, Aoibheann Clancy, Queva O'Meara, Kate Sheridan, Enya Maher, Katie Ryan, Lillian Murray, Amy Callanan and Niamh Quigley. Front Row: Barry Ryan(coach), John Lillis( Bank of Ireland), Chloe Cummins, Ciara Dawn, Kate Cavanagh, Rachel Sweeney, Eimear Cleary, Saoirse Teer, Sarah Foley, Mrs Marie Collins (Principal).

Nano Nagle Centre Visit

Our TY students travelled to Cork City on Friday, January 26th. Their first destination was the Nano Nagle Place on Douglas Street. The heritage buildings of South Presentation have been regenerated in recent years. They now house educational charities. The chapel has been turned into a heritage centre that engagingly tells the story of Nano Nagle and the city in which she worked to educate and care for the poor. Our TY students explored the incredible spread of the Presentation Order, the changing lives of the Sisters who have dedicated their lives to that order and the remarkable work they still carry out as educationalists and campaigners for social justice. They participated in numerous workshops and they visited the tomb of Nano Nagle. Following the wonderful celebrations of the bicentenary of the Presentation Sisters in Thurles last year, it was appropriate that our TY students had the opportunity to visit the place where it all began for its foundress, Nano Nagle.

Pres Thurles TY Students Attend STEM Conference

iWish STEM Event: The second part of the TY trip included a visit to Cork City Hall, where this year’s iWish conference was taking place. The conference was given by leading successful women in STEM, who promoted, inspired and encouraged the girls to pursue careers in the science and engineering fields. The inspirational speakers included Dr. Pixie McKenna and Caroline O’Driscoll (Partner at KPMG and co-founder of iWish). Our students watched an inspirational video presented by Science Foundation Ireland. And then had an opportunity to visit exhibitors’ stalls, which included a popular virtual reality experience for some of our girls! The objectives of this iWish conference included the following: to encourage participation of young women in STEM; to build a sustainable talent pipeline in Ireland; to influence subject choices in transition year; to improve STEM branding among young women; to provide role models for young women interested in STEM; and to inspire girls to pursue careers in these essential fields.

Susan Rea Recieves Distinction for ABRSM Voice Exam

2nd year Pres Thurles student Susan Rea is pictured after receiving a distinction in her recent voice exam from the ABRSM. Congratulations also to her voice coach Mr Jim Maley.

Work Experience

This week our TY and LCA students are participating in “work experience” in their communities. They are getting first-hand experience in the fields of veterinary medicine, IT, office work, hairdressing, law, medical related courses and many other professions. This work experience proves invaluable to the students in making career choices. We would like to thank local business’ for affording them the opportunity to experience the world of work.

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week: Last week was Catholic schools week. During this week Catholic schools were called to reflect on and to celebrate the relationship that exists between home, school and parish. The theme for this year’s programme is Catholic Schools: Called to be a family of families. Many events were held to highlight the importance of family and students participated in prayer services and workshops. Thanks to the Religion Department for their guidance and help in organising these events.
Some fantastic displays were also made around the Pres Thurles for Catholic Schools Week. TY students also got the opportunity to create St Brigid's crosses with their Irish teacher Ms Stanley.

Wexford visit Munster Champions Pres Thurles

Our victorious Camogie Munster Champions got the chance to meet with the Wexford team last weekend ahead of their clash with Tipperary in Semple Stadium. Pictured left to right: Barry Ryan (coach), Lee Chin, Casey Hennessy, anna Gavin, Saoirse O'Meara, Davy Fitzgerald and Matthew O'Hanlon.

Pres Thurles Camogie

Pres Thurles Camogie Team travelled to Antrim to play Ballycastle in the All Ireland semi-final in Cushendun. Unfortunately it wasn't their day but we are very proud of our team and all they have achieved to date.

Spike Ball

Transition year students participated in a Volleyball Ireland Leaders Programme under the guidance of their PE teacher Marie Harkin. This initiative is funded by Sport Ireland “Women in Sport” project which encourages girls to actively engage with sport. Jessie Carmody, development officer from Volleyball Ireland visited the school for a full coaching day. This was the students’ first introduction to Spikeball (an adapted volleyball game), Jessie taught the girls the rules of the game, how to play and how to introduce it to the younger students in the school. The transition year students took roles such as coach, liason officer, public relations officer and referee. The coaching day was a fantastic experience for the girls. They developed new friendships and skills and learned how to communicate effectively as a team. As a group, they have become Spikeball leaders encouraging female participation in sport meeting the aims of the project. The Transition year students are greatly looking forward to the upcoming weeks of coaching, culminating in a blitz in April in the school’s sports hall.