Presentation Secondary School Thurles News


Congratulations to our Transition year students who took part in the ‘Seinn’ concert in the Cathedral on Sunday 3rd of December. The Seinn music project was launched in 2013 as a joint initiative of the Diocese of Killaloe and Limerick to promote liturgical music in second-level schools. The aim of the programme is to provide Religious Education departments with a resource of liturgical music for use at various school celebrations and by extension it teaches and promotes good liturgical music which will be of benefit to parishes. Over 600 students from ten schools in the diocese, including our own Transition Years, sang twenty songs conducted by Ian Callanan, music director for Seinn Cashel and Emly. Many thanks to our teachers Mr Patrick Conlon, Ms Trish Mc Elgunn and Ms Eimear Harrold for their work in preparing our students for the concert.


As part of the ongoing school ethos of health, fitness and wellbeing the students and staff engaged in a “One mile challenge”on Tuesday 5th December. This was a follow on to last years inaugural event, organised by the school PE department, which strives to encourage both students and staff to engage in a physical activity, which culminates in the One Mile Christmas Challenge. Tuesday was a crisp fresh morning, ideal for this outdoor event within the school campus. The One Mile Challenge is a one mile fun run/walk which allows students the opportunity to take the first steps towards fitness, with an emphasis on participation. The challenge has been ongoing since September and concluded with the finale held on Tuesday 5th of December. Each year group attended the walk from 1st years through to our Leaving Certificate students, together with many staff members. In excess of 500 students completed the walk, with over 1,040,000 steps taken and 31,200 calories burned. Students wore Santa hats, which gave the event a festive feel and many took the opportunity to make a voluntary donation. The student council have decided that funds raised will go towards the restoration of a “remembrance seat” in the school grounds. The event raised €380.


On Sunday the 3rd December four of our Equestrian club members travelled to Co.Meath to compete in the Interschools show jumping. The four girls who competed were Grace Queally, Zara Queally, Sophie Dooley and Emma Dillon. The girls had fantastic rounds and came in fifth place. Well done to the four competitors.


Presentation Thurles 3-10 Ursuline Thurles 1-4
A large crowd gathered at Dr Morris Park on Monday last to see a repeat of last years Munster Camogie final as old foes Pres Thurles and Ursuline Thurles clashed again, this time in the Munster quarter final. It was the Pres girls who settled first with Casey Hennessy, Aoibheann Clancy and Katie Ryan landing great points. The Ursuline replied with two placed balls to reduce the arrears. A Casey Hennessy goal gave the Pres some breathing space and quickfire points from Katie Ryan and Aoibheann Clancy stretched out the lead. On the stroke of halftime another Ursuline placed ball resulted in a goal which narrowed the gap to four points and set up a big second half. The second half began in similar fashion as the Pres took the game totheir opponent and a Ciara Dwan goal opened up a seven point gap which the Pres girls would never relinquish. Another Casey Hennessy goal and points from Aoibheann Clancy and Casey saw the Pres girls qualify for a third straight Munster semi final with a convincing twelve point win.


Presentation Thurles 3 Castletroy College 1.
On Tuesday last our senior soccer team welcomed Castletroy Limerick to Thurles in Munster Quarter final. The opening exchanges belonged to the hosts and the girls were rewarded for their early dominance with a great strike from Lauren McCormack. Before the Limerick girls could respond to this setback they were rocked on their heels by a stunning strike from Queva O’Meara. The second half started in a similar fashion and Pres pressure was again rewarded as Queva O’Meara completed a player of the match display with another memorable strike from distance. Castletroy responded with a late consolation goal but it was the Pres girls who march on to a Senior Munster semi final.


Sceilge Cahirciveen 2-9 Presentation Thurles 4-7. Our Senior Footballers completed a memorable week in Pres sport with a win against their illustrious Kerry opponents to join our Camogie and Soccer teams in Munster Senior Semi finals. Pres started fast with a Roisin Daly goal that was quickly added to by points from Ciara Dwan and Lauren McCormack. However Sceilge quickly responded with two goals of their own and this would prove to be the story of the day as neither team could gain any breathing space. Muireann O Connell and Marie Creedon were simply outstanding as the Pres girls survived wave after wave of Sceilge attacks. A brilliant Casey Hennesy goal kept the Pres in touch and points from Ciara Dwan and Lauren McCormack ensured this game would go the distance. The game was decided in the closing minutes when the Pres were awarded a penalty. Aoibheann Clancy kept her composure to fire the ball to the Kerry net. Sceilge laid siege to the Pres goal but a gallant Pres defence would not be passed. Special mention to Niamh Ryan who picked up a hand injury early in the game but battled through the entire sixty minutes in heroic fashion.