Senior All-Ireland Schools Cross Country Team Champions 2023. Photo shows back row, from left: Tom Walshe, Jamie Moloney, Séan Hayes and Coach Séan Finn. Front row: Cian Hodgins, Daniel Ryan Ellis and Luke Purcell.

News from St Joseph’s CBS, Nenagh

All-Ireland Schools Cross Country Success

Congratulations to our Senior Cross Country athletes who have added an All-Ireland Schools Cross Country Team title to their Munster Team title secured in February. The boys ran superbly, with Daniel Ryan Ellis the first Nenagh CBS athlete home, next Cian Hodgins, Luke Purcell, Jamie Moloney and then Séan Hayes.

Well done, boys on winning the senior team prize. A fantastic achievement for all your hours of dedication and training to reach the pinnacle of Cross County racing. Nenagh CBS Senior Cross Country team consists of Daniel Ryan Ellis, Cian Hodgins, Luke Purcell, Jamie Moloney, Seán Hayes and Tom Walshe. This bookends success at All-Ireland level for the boys having won the Minor Team All-Ireland Cross Country title in First Year back in 2018.

Congratulations to Second Year student Kevin Finn, who finished in Second Place in the Junior All-Ireland Schools Cross Country Championship, at South East Technological University (SETU, formerly WIT) campus in Carriganore, Waterford, on Saturday. Congratulations to Third Year student Diarmuid Moloney, who finished in fourth place in the Intermediate All-Ireland Schools Cross Country Championship. Well done to Transition Year student Ben Walshe, who performed well in the Intermediate Cross Country Championship also.

The cross country athletes are coached by Séan Finn, who has worked with them for many years. Thanks also to Mr Gary Scully, who accompanies and mentors the boys on competition days.

Badminton Munster Schools Silver Medallists

Congratulations to Joseph Keane Sheehan, Aiden Abraham, Alex Ley and Jack Cholattu who were runners up in the U14 Munster Schools Badminton Competition, which took place in the University of Limerick. The boys won their matches against Clare, Cork and Kerry but unfortunately were pipped at the post by Waterford.

It was an outstanding team performance and one that each team member is very proud of. This is a fantastic achievement for all your time and dedication to improving your badminton skills. Well done, boys and thanks to their mentor Ms Christine Madden. A special thank you to Fiona Keane and Denis Ley, parents of two of the boys, who accompanied and mentored the boys at the Munster Schools Championships in UL, last Friday.

Student Enterprise County Final

Congratulations to CBS Boot Dryers, who were awarded second place in the senior category of the Student Enterprise County Final. A very proud achievement for the team. Since September, the boys in Transition Year have been working on a developing a new product/service as part of their enterprise module.

Last week, three of our enterprise teams travelled to TUS Thurles to represent the CBS in the Student Enterprise Programme County Final. This is run by the Local Enterprise Office.

The three groups who participated in the County Final and represented St Joseph's CBS Nenagh in the Senior Category were: CBS Boot Dryers (Conor Mullen, Jayden Guilfoyle, Adam Carroll and Brehon O’Donnell). The Bin Boxers (Mark Manley, Dylan McKenna, Rudhán Dooley MacDonagh and Daniel Zamotsnyy) and Adventure Co (Kevin O’Reilly, Evan Crowe, Oren McCormack and Ruadhan McCormack).

The boys had a brilliant day presenting their business ideas to the judges and seeing the many new enterprises created by students around the county. It was inspiring to see so many young and ambitious entrepreneurs participate. Well done, boys and thanks to their mentor Ms Niamh Ennis.

Stain Glass Murals

St Justin’s have been working very diligently on making a stain glass mural to brighten up their classroom. The students enjoyed the collaborative group project and will have a bright colourful classroom for the rest of the school year!

The students chose their designs, used DIY materials to make the individual panels and installed the mural. Well done, boys and also their talented Art teacher Ms Anne-Marie O’Connor, who spearheaded the project. Special thanks to SNA Catherine Kennedy for her assistance, motivation and contribution in the project!

Parent Teacher Meetings

Second Year Parent-Teacher meetings took place in-person on Tuesday last. It gave our teaching staff the opportunity to discuss the progress of our Second Year students with their parents/guardians. Parent-Teacher meetings take place for our First Year parents and guardians on Tuesday, March 21, from 4.15 to 6.45pm.

Handball Success

Congratulations to Second Year students Daniel Mc Kelvey and Conor Ryan, who won an U15 Munster Handball Championship last weekend.

Two-day History Trip to Derry

On Tuesday our Fifth and Sixth Year History students at St Joseph's CBS Nenagh undertook a two-day trip to Derry to visit the Museum of Free Derry, The Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall, and the Bogside Murals, to gain a greater understanding of politics and society in Northern Ireland.

On Wednesday our Derry history trip concluded with a visit to the Guild Hall and a walking tour of the city walls. A very interesting experience of the ‘Troubles’ and the history of Derry city, from both nationalist and unionist sides.

Thanks to Ms Amanda England, Mr John Flannery and Mr Gary Beresford-Miller, who organised and accompanied our students on the two-day trip.

Music Generation Brass Instruction

Many thanks to Dereck Withero from Music Generation Tipperary, who introduced our First Year students to brass instruments. Students learned how sound is produced on different brass instruments. Music Generation Tipperary is hoping to start a Brass Hub in Nenagh later in the year. Any students interested in learning how to play a brass instrument should speak to their music teacher.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2023

Tá mí na gaeilge ar siúl againn sa scoil agus tá a lán imeachtaí eagraithe againn do na daltaí agus na múinteoirí. Beidh an deis ag gach duine taitneamh a bhaint as an mhí tabhachtach seo. Bainigí triail as!

Munster Schools Indoor Championships Success

Congratulations to Sixth Year student Daniel Ryan Ellis, who is the 1,000m Senior Munster Schools Indoor Champion 2023. Daniel won gold at the Munster Schools Indoor Championships at Nenagh Olympic Indoor Arena on Wednesday. Congratulations to Second Year student Christopher Diasonama, who won a gold and silver medal in the Munster Schools Indoor Championships at Nenagh Olympic Indoor Arena. Christopher won gold in the 60m and silver in the long jump with a new Personal Best (PB) of 5.82m. Super performances, Christopher.

Christopher also took part in the relay team that finished in fourth position, just missing out on a medal. The other members of the relay team were Charlie Forde, Timothy Gach and Ryan Amodeo. Keep up the great work and ye will make it onto the podium the next time.

Entrance Assessments

We have had a record number of applicants so we had to do the entrance assessment over two sittings, on Friday and Saturday last. Thanks to all the parents and guardians who entrust St Joseph’s CBS Nenagh to ensure their son reaches their full potential at second level. We are aware of a number of boys that had plans for this weekend so we will schedule a third entrance assessment during the month of May. The Sixth Class boys acquitted themselves very well and we look forward to welcoming them back at the end of August, when they set out on the next stage of their educational journey.