News 18 March, 2013



Well done to our three teams who qualified for the county final of North Tipperary student enterprise awards. The ‘Handmade Dream Workers’ team consisted of Belinda Mc Carthy and Milena Rataj. They won first place in the intermediate category and they will now represent North Tipperary in the national final. Their products include frames, mirrors, and snow globes. The other two teams included ‘Calenders Co Ed’, which consisted of Bríd Gleeson, Kevin Mc Loughlin, Aaron Moriarty and Kieran Considine. Finally, ‘The Boyz Sweet Shop’ was run by Nicholas O’Halloran, David Shorley, Ethan Delaney, and Brian Curran. We wish these budding entrepreneurs and their business teacher Ms. Bergin all the best in the next round.


On Tuesday and Wednesday last, our Transition Year class took part in the Intel youth enterprise ideation camp. This was organised by Intel and the Thurles Lions Club, and took place in the Enterprise Chamber in Thurles. Seventy-seven students from secondary schools in Thurles came together for two days to learn in a training camp about ‘the art of ideation, entrepreneurship, and customer driven innovation’. In groups of six or seven, students were taught the six steps of entrepreneurship, from creating an idea to pitching it against other entrepreneurs with the aim of convincing a jury that your product is the best and most innovative! The topic of the camp was ‘Thurles-our future begins here’ and ‘Keep the heart of Thurles beating’. In these two days, the groups developed ideas and solutions to solve current problems in Thurles like ‘lack of attractions’ and so on… Ultimately, students had to present their solution to the jury in a pitch and from this the winning group was picked. Students were in full agreement that this whole exercise was a brilliant and most beneficial opportunity to experience entrepreneurship.


On the GAA front, our hurling and football teams were defeated in the Fitzgerald Shield and Corn Peile competitions. In the Fitzgerald Shield, we played against Cistercian College Roscrea in adverse conditions that weren’t conducive to hurling at Templetuohy. This was certainly a game of two halves. Roscrea settled early and notched up a goal and several points that left us chasing the match. The second half, however, saw a huge transformation in our side. A few positional switches, exemplified by man of the match Seán Butler in moving to centre-back brought us back into the game and while we outscored Cistercian College in the second half, we finished runners-up on this occasion. Outstanding for Coláiste Mhuire co-ed on the day were Seán Butler, Gary Donnelly, David Manning, Peter Mc Namara, Aaron Ryan Casey, Colm Ryan, Gavin Dunne, Jesse Mc Kenna, and our captain Pádraig Troy. Our footballers under the guidance of Mr. Fahy played Scoil Ruain of Killenaule and settled early with a well taken goal from Dean Bourke in the first minute. Unfortunately, we were unable to capitalise on this as Killenaule responded rapidly with a few well taken points. While this was a competitively fought contest with both sides fully committed, Killenaule finished eventual winners. Gan amhras, beidh lá eile ag an bpaorach!