Last Wednesday our public speaking team participated in the North Tipperary County Final. The competition, which is run on a national level, is organised by Mental Health Ireland and aims to raise awareness of mental health issues as well as improving the confidence and communicational skills of the participants. There were four schools competing in the final and each speaker had to deliver a speech on a particular topic. Joe Kearney spoke about how ‘Mental Health is Everyone’s Business’ while Diarmuid Ryan’s argument was that ‘The Pathways to Mental Health are Well Signposted’. Tommy Barrett spoke about how ‘ The Celtic Tiger obsessed with Excess’ and argued that it was ‘now time to regain our values’. All three speakers performed excellently, delivering clear, coherent and thought-provoking speeches. Unfortunately they did not win the final but nevertheless should be commended for their efforts as should Brian Moore who helped to research the topics covered.
Our under-15 hurlers were in action last Tuesday when they faced Our Lady’s,Templemore in the final of the Croke Cup. Played in Templetuohy, the first half was a low scoring affair with Templemore going in at the interval on the right side of a 5 points to 2 scoreline. Thurles started the second half well and the teams were level on 6 points apiece with fifteen minutes to go. However it was not to be and Templemore pulled away and eventually won on a scoreline of 1-9 to 6 points. Thurles were attempting an unparalleled fifth successive Croke Cup success having made history last year when we became the only school in the competition’s long history to achieve four-in-a-row.
On Wednesday last our Harty Cup panel continued their preparations for their quarter-final outing in January by playing De la Salle of Waterford in a useful challenge match. Also, on the same day, the Rice Cup A and B panels played practice matches against Charleville C.B.S..
Drug Awareness Lecture
On Tuesday last our fifth year students attended a drug awareness lecture which was organised in conjunction with local Gardai and S.T.A.D. le Cheile. S.T.A.D. le Cheile, which is an acronym for Stand Together Against Drugs aims to highlight the medical consequences of drug abuse while also focusing on the social and legal implications of drug use. Guest Speaker, Garda Niall O Halloran delivered a very insightful and informal lecture on the dangers of substance abuse and anecdotes which he cited from his experience as a Garda certainly emphasised how young people’s job opportunities, and their mental and physical health were adversely affected by drug use.
Our third year pupils also attended a similar talk last week while our transition year students attended an alcohol awareness lecture which focused on the effects of alcohol on the body, with particular emphasis on the damage done to the kidneys and liver by excessive alcohol consumption.