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!

News – 4th of March

‘Natures Palette’ Art Exhibition.

A group of PLC students of Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed are about to embark on a wonderful artistic adventure. These young talented artists are prepared to take their artwork out of the classroom environment and into the wider community such as L.I.T.Thurles Campus. This art exhibition entitled ‘Natures Palette’ deals with the artists personal interpretation of nature.The P.L.C level 6 invite the 5th year students to participate in this event. These artworks will be grouped together to form a collection of 40 artworks including painting and sculpture. The aim of this exhibition is to provide students with a profound educational experience which will form part of their examinations later this year.

Green Schools

The green schools’ committee has increased their commitment in their quest for their first green flag.  They have purchased green recycling bins which will be put into all classrooms and all social areas.  The support from the rest of the school body has been phenomenal andalready, the amount of recycling has increased exponentially and the amount of waste had reduced dramatically.  The competition to find a slogan for our first green flag is underway.  This slogan will underpin all of the work carried out in relation to litter and waste. The standard of entries is excellent and there will be fantastic prizes for the winner.  We are also looking to create a mascot to accompany the slogan.  So students, let the creativity shine to help our school become a cleaner, greener school.

Trip to Trinity.

Two of our transition year students, Fabian Reese and Lea Seelos, have been selected to attend a Transition Year Physics experience on Nanoscience in Trinity College Dublin.  The students from Coláiste Mhuire Co-ed, Thurles were chosen from a nationwide selection of students. They will participate in exciting lectures, demonstrations and a tour of CRANN, the Trinity Research Institute for Nanotechnology. This is such a wonderful, exciting opportunity for these students as it opens up a whole insight into the cutting edge
world of physics.  Well done on your success.


Our under-15 footballers and under-17 hurlers are in action this week. We play in county competitions on this occasion. Firstly, we play Scoil Ruáin of Killenaule in football in the Corn Peile, and two days later (Thursday) our hurlers play the winners of Cistercian College or Nenagh Vocational School in the second round of the Fitzgerald Shield. This is one of our last outings on the G.A.A. front in what has been a very busy year. Hopefully, we’ll have peaked at the right time for these games!