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St Mary’s School Athletics

Wednesday the 6th of December marked the first outing of the new school year for St Mary’s Athletics team. Thurles Crokes Athletic Club was the destination for the Tipperary schools cross country championships. Following the success of last year’s All ireland winning minor team, interest in joining the schools athletics team has most certainly increased with a total of 45 athletes from St Mary’s taking part in the event on the day.
There were a number of notable performances, however race of the day would have to have been the junior girls 1500 metre event. With last year’s minor girls taking part, any on lookers were in for a real treat. Ailbhe O’Neill lead the race from the start breaking away to take a 20 metre lead. The chasing pack which included the Cunneen twins made sure to keep her in sight, finally managing to reel her in in the last straight for a very exciting finish. Leading that chase was another member of last year’s minor team in Niamh Cunneen, finishing very strong with a sprint finish to win the gold medal. Ailbhe O’Neill was very unlucky to finish in 3rd place after running a brilliant race with Ellen cunneen finishing a close 4th.
We had to wait for the senior girls 2000 metre race for our next medal as Jill Monynan ran a brilliant race to finish in 2nd place. Other notable performances on the day were put in by Emma Mulcahy from 1st year running in the junor event, Emma gavin in the intermediate along with the Transition year duo of Emer Tuohy and Sarah Madden.
A huge well done to all 45 athletes who took part. Our next outing will be in early February when the girls travel to WIT for the East Munster Cross Country Championships.

St Marys reach Munster title

St Mary’s Junior camogie team travelled to Cork Institute of Technology to take on Clonakilty in the Munster semi final. After a great team performance in the first half the girls led 2-3 to 0-2 at the break ,with the goals coming from Emily Morrissey and Emily O’Dwyer and points from  Mary Flaherty and Jill Quirke. Facing a strong breeze in the second half the girls battled hard but when the final whistle blew it ended 3-5 a piece, a goal from Emily Morrissey and 2 points from Jill Quirke.

The match was brought to extra time to try and separate the two sides. The girls we’re determined to earn their place in the Munster final and battled hard for the next 20 minutes. A great goal from Emily O’Dwyer in the first half of extra time gave the Nenagh side a 3 point lead . Sarah Madden hit the net for St Mary’s 5th goal of the match and with a point from Eileen Gleeson the girls emerged winners on a scoreline of 5-6 to 3-5. They now face Borrisokane in the Munster final on the 20th of January.


Junior Soccer through to Munster Semi Final

Well done to our Junior Soccer Squad who defeated Abbeyside Community College, Waterford in a thriller to reach our first Munster Junior Cup Semi Final.

After a long journey the opening periods were a cagey affair with both teams working each other out. Shortly before half time St Mary’s  ratcheted  up the pressure with Aoibhinn Ryan and Medhbh Ryan asserting their presence in midfield and finally the breakthrough came  when Megan Grace broke free down the right before producing a lovely ball across the box where Emma Keating duly made no mistake.

Defending champions Abbeyside were spurred into life and suddenly our back four of Emer Tuohy, Fiona Kirwan, Caoimhe Clancy and Ellen Cunnen were forced to withstand some sustained pressure. Aine Tuohy produced some great moments before being finally undone as the hosts equalised. St Mary’s responded and pressed hard right to the end with Fiona Pateman and Sarah Madden putting in some serious work before the ref’s whistle signalled the end to normal time and an additional twenty minutes.

St Mary’s replaced tired legs with Niamh Cunneen and Grace Kennedy adding an extra attacking threat and it was good pressure from Kennedy that forced the mistake in an otherwise assured Abbeyside defence  that allowed Emma Keating to race through before coolly slotting the ball past the advancing keeper.

Both sides had chances as physically both s paid for their earlier endeavours and in the dying minutes the resilient Waterford school forced a free kick on the edge of our box.  The result was an outstanding free kick which flew to the net leaving Aine Touhy with no chance and the dreaded prospects of penalty kicks were suddenly a reality.

The Cuneen twins Ellen and Niamh, Fiona Patemen and Aoibhinn Slattery showed cool converting their spot kicks and when Medhb Ryan brilliantly saved her second and our opponent’s final penalty it handed us a precious away win. Well done to the entire squad!

Aine Tuohy ,Emer Tuohy ,Caoimhe Clancy ,Sarah Madden ,Niamh Cunneen ,Ellen Cunneen ,Caoimhe Kennedy ,Medhbh Ryan ,Emma Keating ,Fiona Pateman ,Fiona Kirwan, Aoibhinn Delaney ,Grace Kennedy ,Megan Grace , Melanie Dumitriu ,Orla Clarke ,Mikayla Doran ,Rachel Shanaghan ,Eileen Gleeson ,Siobhan Collins ,Rebecca Murphy,Caitlin Ducie Hogan, Emma O Hara, Mary O Brien, Katie Grace ,Annie Ryan

St Mary’s School musical a resounding success.

On the 29th of November the 2017 St Marys Secondary School transition year class put on their musical production in the school.

Preparation for the musical began a little over 3 weeks ago, with a two day retreat in the middle of it. With the time constraint came a bit of pressure, but the things we accomplished in just 13 school days was quite amazing. Our year really came together to put on the best show possible.

Each student had a job of their own, each as important as the next. The delegating of these jobs really helped in the completion of as much work as possible as quickly as possible. Every dance was choreographed by the very talented girls in our year. A lot of work was put into getting everyone their chance to shine on stage, and for each girl an opportunity to show off their different talents.

Our music teacher, Mr Callinan was the musical director, along with three TY students who also directed. He has been musical director for many TY musicals in the last few years and lent his experience to perfect the scenes. With some of the amazing leads it really excelled the musical to new heights.

Even though it has been quite stressful to put on this performance, it was very enjoyable at the same time. There is an amazing sense of accomplishment that comes with being part of a show like this, and I’m sure it will be one of the highlights of the year.


The Full Cast

Mr and Mrs Bumble

The Police

Fagan and the artful dodger

Well done to all 81 TY students who brought the house down with a polished entertaining performance.


John Paul II Awards

On Thursday last, 13 senior cycle students from St.Mary’s attended the John Paul II Awards ceremony in Ennis. The ceremony was hosted by Rev. Fintan Monaghan, the Bishop of the Diocese of Killaloe. This has now become an annual awards ceremony to mark the work done by young people in their local parishes and communities. There are three awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Those who complete the Gold award can go on to get the Papal Cross. Students who received the awards had participated in a variety of activities such as: volunteering in local charity shops, helping at after school clubs, participating in liturgies and some went as helpers on the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. Many of the students from St. Mary’s are involved in the local youth pastoral group and participate in the Sunday evening mass in St. Mary’s of the Rosary. It was a really enjoyable night with guest speakers and entertainment. It gave us all a chance to meet with other students from all parts of the diocese. There are a number of people who throughout the year, supported each of us in achieving these awards. We would like to thank the priests of the local parishes, Lorena, our Youth leader and Sr. Maureen Frawley. We are really grateful for all their support and patience!!!

The following 12 students were presented with Gold Medals:

Ella Kennedy

Eva McKeogh

Rena Gillespie

Jenny Myers

Brid McKenna

Marie O’Connell

Sinead Long

Emma Conroy

Erika Coonan

Megan Ryan

Niamh Barry

Hannah Bergin

The following 4 students were presented with the highest honour – Papal Cros

Elke Bergin

Micha Ryan

Ciara Phelan

Chloe Moran

Congratulations to all students involved

Shoebox Appeal

One hundred boxes and five bags of fillers went to the Shoe Box Appeal from the school today. Well done to all who filled a box, contributed to the fillers or donated money. Over 100 children overseas will have a brighter Christmas because of this-well done🎄

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Last week all the shoeboxes for Team Hope were collected by Marie O’Brien ,who had previously spoken to classes to encourage students to take part in this worthy venture. With the support of  Ms. Maher and Ms. Coffey a 100 brightly decorated and filled boxes are on their way to less fortunate young people for Christmas.


Christmas Shoebox appeal

Well done to 2A who recently got into the Christmas spirit preparing for the annual Christmas shoebox appeal.


Junior Cup Soccer Win

Our Junior Cup team defeated Colaiste Choilm of Ballincollig on a final scoreline of 6-2 in the first round of the Munster Junior Cup. The team got an excellent start and penned the home side deep in their own half and were duly rewarded with goals from Aoibhinn Delaney and Fiona Kirwan. We conceded from a penalty before half time  but bounced back with an Emma Keating strike to leave the scores 4-2 to St. Mary’s at half time.


Second half strikes from Keating and substitute  Niamh Cuneen completed the scoring and put a fairer reflection on events. It was a real team performance from start to finish. Medhbh Ryan was her consistent best in goal with Emer Tuohy, Ellen Cunneen, Caoimhe Clancy and joint captain Fiona Kirwan forming a formidable defence. In midfield Aoibhinn Delaney, Orlaith Clarke and Caoimhe Kennedy were magnificent in the engine room. In attack Emma Keating was a constant threat on the wing, No. 10 Fiona Pateman always linked well with midfield whilst Sarah Madden was full of running and unlucky with several super efforts. Niamh Cunneen, Mary O Brien, Aine Tuohy and Grace Kennedy were all introduced and made their presence felt too.

First Year Ceili

First Years recently enjoyed our annual school Ceili, well done to all who took part.

TY Retreat by Hannah Hogan and Claire Ryan.

On Thursday the 16th and Friday 17th of November, all Transition Year students in St. Mary’s Secondary School Nenagh were given the opportunity to take part in a unique and special retreat hosted by Gerry Keegan. Gerry has been hosting retreats in schools for the past thirty years and has attended St. Mary’s many times to carry out retreats with many fortunate students.

The retreat was based on music and listening to the lyrics in the songs played by Gerry on his guitar. He spoke a lot about “awareness” and living in the present (rather than in the past and future in our minds). He told us lots of funny stories with very serious lessons. He told these stories to us to give us a clearer understanding of why we should just focus on the present and not worry about things that may not even happen.

The retreat was an incredible experience for us, the students.  The music and the lyrics of the songs created a calm atmosphere, so powerful that the whole room was in silence several times during the two days. The retreat also consisted of fun activities like sing songs and quizzes. These also added to the amazing atmosphere in the room.

The whole experience was very uplifting with Gerry reminding us several times that we are unique, special and loved. It was obvious that all of the Transition Year students enjoyed the experience and would love to do something similar again sometime in the near future.

This retreat was really a unique experience. We now know when someone asks us ‘who are we?’ We know not to tell them our name, age. Where we’re from, what we do. We know now to tell them we are an aware consciousness  that’s full of love. Each and everyone of us is special and unique and thanks to Gerry every TY in our school now knows that .

Science Week by Ana Maria Betivu and Crian O’Donnell.

On 15th November second years in St. Mary’s participated in a science quiz. There were eight rounds with seven questions in each round. The questions ranged from ones dealing with topics we had dealt with in class to those on general knowledge of science related issues. It was fun and interactive while quite competitive towards the end as each team got closer to winning a selection box.

The members of the winning team were Sarah Murphy, Nicola Tucker, Caoimhe Connolly and Ciara Coffey. We all enjoyed celebrating Science Week with our friends while testing our scientific knowledge. We would like to thank Ms. Hogan for the time and effort she put into organising the event.

6/11/17 – Camogie All Ireland

Well done to our Junior seven aside Camogie team  who won the all Ireland final on Wednesday. A fantastic performance by all the panel. Well done on a fantastic achievement.

Having become 7 aside Munster Champions before midterm St. Mary’s Junior camogie team travelled  to Ashbourne,  Co. Meath to take part in the All Ireland 7 aside blitz. They won all 3 of their matches to claim the title and Eileen Gleeson reported on the day.

“St. Mary’s first game was against Our Lady’s Knock, from Belfast. At half time the score was 3-0 to 1-2, in our favour. The goal scorers were Niamh Cunneen with 2 and a goal by Emily O’Dwyer. The girls showed great teamwork in the second half as Mary Flaherty scored 2 goals, both set up by Niamh Cunneen. We finished the match with 6-3 to 2-4. Jillanne Quirk got 1-1 while Niamh Cunneen registered another point.

The second match was against St. Cuan’s from Galway, the team we also played in the final. St. Cuan’s were ahead at half time 1-2 to a goal which had been scored by the other Cunneen, Ellen. However our team came fighting back in the second half with two goals from Danielle Boland, another from Ellen Cunneen, a point from her sister, Niamh and another point by Mary Flaherty.The full time score was 4-2 to 1-4. The game wouldn’t have been won without Natalie Creamer who was tremendous in the full back line, catching balls out of the sky.

Everyone was raring to go in the final and Jillanne Quirk set the pace when she got a pointl in the first minute of the game. It was a very tense match with balls rebounding off of the crossbar, the side netting and the posts. Mary Flaherty scored two points and Emily O’Dwyer got a goal to put St. Mary’s ahead 1-3 to 1-0 at half time. We were kept on our toes in the second half and Sarah Seymour, our goalie, pulled off two great saves. Jillanne Quirke scored another point as did Emily O’Dwyer while Niamh Cunneen added to her tally with three more. Aoibheann Delaney made sure the backline stayed firm and captain Katie Murphy topped it off with an outstanding display. The final score was 1-8 to 1-3 , a well- deserved All Ireland for St. Mary’s.”


Third Years/TY Second Years
Katie Murphy Ciara Kenneally
Sarah Seymour Jill Quirke
Danni Boland Emma Gavin
Mary Flaherty Aine Tuohy
Emily O’Dwyer Anna Mulcahy
Aoibheann Delaney Aine Spain
Seana Grace Natalie Creamer
Aisling O’Farrell Ellen Cunneen
Sarah Hallinan Niamh Cunneen
Lucy Hogan

23/10/17 – King Lear

“King Lear” in the Scouts Hall

The Leaving Cert students from St. Mary’s joined with their peers in the CBS to see a production of “King Lear” by Cyclone Rep, from Cork. This year’s Shakespearean tragedy involves many heart-wrenching scenes which were really brought to life by an able troupe. The audience lived through the famous storm and blinding scenes on the edge of seats.

Cyclone Rep’s programme involves not only the production but discussion and analysis which provided much food for thought for the students. The general consensus was that it was an afternoon well spent.


An awesome display of local talent was showcased in St Mary’s last Thursday, as students from local schools, Nenagh.

College, Nenagh CBS, Borrisokane Community College, Cistercian College Roscrea and St Mary’s Secondary School

participated. An atmosphere of excitement was felt as the audience awaited the performance’s commencement. The concert was very enjoyable and interactive, and everyone enjoyed singing along.

Ian Callanan (Seinn), Sr Maureen Frawley (Chaplin of St Mary’s Secondary School, Nenagh),

Michael Dineen (Principal, St Mary’s Secondary School, Nenagh) and Bishop Fintan Monahan at the Seinn Concert in St Mary’s Secondary School.

16/10/17 – Sporting Success

Well done to our Junior seven aside Camogie team who recently won their Munster title and now go on to play in the all Ireland final on Wednesday 8/11/17.

Congratulations to Anna Mulcahy and Aine Spain who recently won the County Tipperary Handball title beating Presentation Thurles. They were narrowly beaten by Clare in the Munster final. well done to both girls.

9/10/17 – TY Zeminar Visit

“Some of our transition year students enjoying the Zeminar in the RDS on Tuesday discovering different ways to look after your mental health.”


2/10/17 – TY visit to Dromineer Literary Festival

On Friday last, 6th Oct. a group of 50 plus TY students were lucky enough to attend  poetry workshops in the picturesque setting of Dromineer Yacht Club. This was part of this year’s Literary Festival. The workshops were facilitated by Kerry- based poets ,Eileen Sheehan, and John W. Sexton.

Both writers read from their own works, including a poem by Ms. Sheehan’s  which features on the Leaving Cert. syllabus for 2019. Students were given an opportunity to write too and a few brave souls read out their work. Tips on composition and advice on the importance of developing one’s vocabulary made for a very useful afternoon.

The sessions concluded with the students being given an opportunity to ask questions. We left with a more positive attitude to poetry after an enjoyable couple of hours.

25/9/17 – Third Year visit to Knock

On the 14th of September the Third Year religion students travelled to Knock Co. Mayo on a religious retreat. While in Knock the students visited all four churches. Many of the girls also did the Stations of the Cross and went to confession in the underground chapel. Students really found the day very rewarding, one girl commented, ”The silence was strange but wonderful, as you never find silence in the world of today.” Another said, “It was a great place to relax,  have a moment with God.”

The third years attended a mass in the Basilica where the music students enhanced the occasion by playing music and singing hymns. Many were especially impressed by the mosaic of the appearance of Our Lady. The students prayed for family, friends and the Junior Cert. They brought holy water and medals home. Everyone would like to thank Sr. Maureen for organising the retreat and Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Hogan for accompanying us. A great day was had by all.

18/9/17 – Sixth Year Higher Options

Decision-making can be quite daunting, especially with CAO application day slowly approaching us. However, 6th year students from St. Mary’s secondary school were given a taster of the real world this week as we paid a visit to the “Higher Options” summit in the RDS in Dublin. Here we were greeted by over 160 universities, institutes of technology and colleges all under the one roof! Talks and lectures were scheduled throughout the day to cater for all of our needs and guest speakers and representatives were patiently waiting at each stall to answer our questions and tell us what their courses had to offer. From primary teaching in Limerick to astrophysics in Budapest “Higher Options” was really an eye opener and certainly taught us that the world has endless opportunities and career paths! Students travelling abroad to study were given an in-depth lecture from UniCast representatives, our school debs committee spoke with DebsIreland about their plans for the coming year and the Institute of Education even distributed samples of their leaving certificate notes. We left the RDS with much more reassurance, answered questions and a bulging bag of prospectuses to read through! “Higher Options” was certainly a beneficial, fun-filled event with a positive and friendly approach to each person’s specific needs. This experience has certainly eliminated half the stress of making important future decisions!

18/9/17 – TY Ceili

On Monday the 11th of September the Transition year students of ST. Mary’s secondary school took part in a ceili .there was a lot of excitement to show off their Irish culture. An instructor came to the school to teach the students various dances, for example the Siege of Ennis. There was lots of fun and laughter as they figured out the new steps. The students showed a great deal of enthusiasm and were very proud of their dancing. They were delighted to learn new steps, more dances and to having fun with their peers.

The girls were exhausted after an hour of practise and precision but overall felt that the day was a memorable experience.

25/9/17 – Third Year visit to Knock 

On the 14th of September the Third Year religion students travelled to Knock Co. Mayo on a religious retreat. While in Knock the students visited all four churches. Many of the girls also did the Stations of the Cross and went to confession in the underground chapel. Students really found the day very rewarding, one girl commented, ”The silence was strange but wonderful, as you never find silence in the world of today.” Another said, “It was a great place to relax,  have a moment with God.”

The third years attended a mass in the Basilica where the music students enhanced the occasion by playing music and singing hymns. Many were especially impressed by the mosaic of the appearance of Our Lady. The students prayed for family, friends and the Junior Cert. They brought holy water and medals home. Everyone would like to thank Sr. Maureen for organising the retreat and Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Hogan for accompanying us. A great day was had by all.

11/9/17 – Sixth Year Retreat

This week us sixth years from St. Mary’s Secondary School paid a visit to Mountshannon in the east of Clare for our retreat! We put on our life jackets and exercise gear and set off bright early on our journey along the River Shannon to the beloved Inis Cealta (also known as Holy Island) where we learned about the mesmerising ruins of those who came before us. Parish priest of Ogonelloe Fr. Donagh O’Meara and caretaker of the Island Gerard Madden guided us through the area, teaching us about the remains of the monastic churches and roundtowers that were once occupied by the residents of Inis Cealta and historical battles along the River Shannon. At each station we received an in-depth lesson about the beliefs and stories of the island and its astonishing surroundings, ending it with an enlightening prayer as we stood at the graves of the 126 monks that once resided there. This allowed us to show gratitude for the little things in life. I was in awe of the beautiful scenery and welcoming atmosphere that Holy Island had to offer. Inis Cealta was an absolute pleasure to visit and allowed us all to relax and reflect on the necessities in life before the realities of exams creep up on us! On the way home we stopped in Tuamgraney for a well deserved bite to eat. Here we also attended mass in Dun Carraig church with Fr. Donagh O’Meara where he created a link between the importance of the Gospel and the Buddhist mantras in our everyday lives. Overall it was certainly an excellent experience and we all left with smiles on our faces and fond memories of our day on Inis Cealta!

We welcome all our first year students who have completed their first day on Friday last. A great start by all our students . We look forward  to our other year groups returning this week.

Back to school dates 2017/2018

Friday, 25th August 2017: 1st Years Induction – 9.30am to 12.30pm Meetings in the afternoon

Monday, 28th August 2017: 5th Years, 6th Years & LCA – 9.00am to 1.00pm Meetings in the afternoon

Tuesday, 29th August 2017: 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th Years & LCA – 9.00am to 1.00pm Meetings in the afternoon

Wednesday, 30th August 2017: Second Day for 1st Years, Transition Years return and all other classes as normal Full Day

Changes to School Day 2017/2018

  Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Start time 9:00 9:00 9:00 9:00 9:00
Finish time 16:00 16:00 15:20 15:20 15:20

Dates for your Diary 2017/2018

23rd Oct 2017                              6th Year Parent-Teacher Meeting.

30th Oct – 3rd Nov 2017          Midterm Break. School Closed.

7th Nov 2017                               3rd Year Parent – Teacher Meeting.

8th Dec 2017                               School Closed for Students.

25th Dec – 5th Jan 2018          Christmas Break. School Closed.

24th Jan 2018                            5th Year Parent – Teacher Meeting

1st Feb 2018                               1st Year Parent – Teacher Meeting.

12th Feb – 16th Feb 2018       Midterm Break. School Closed.

28th Feb  2018                          2nd Year Parent –Teacher Meeting.

19th March 2018                      Bank Holiday. School Closed.

22nd March 2018                     TY Parent – Teacher Meeting

26th Mar – 6th Apr 2018        Easter Break. School Closed.

4th May 2018                             School Closed for Students.

7th May 2018                             Bank Holiday. School Closed.

1st June 2018                             Summer Holidays