Our Lady’s Secondary School Templemore

After several weeks of intensive rehearsals the curtain goes up this week on Our Lady’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof”. Since the beginning of term, Producer, Ms Ann Marie Johnston, Director, Michael O’Donoghue and Musical Directors, Pat and Fran Murnane have been working with a cast of over ninety students on an ambitious production this popular and timeless musical.

After several weeks of intensive rehearsals the curtain goes up this week on Our Lady’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof”. Since the beginning of term, Producer, Ms Ann Marie Johnston, Director, Michael O’Donoghue and Musical Directors, Pat and Fran Murnane have been working with a cast of over ninety students on an ambitious production this popular and timeless musical.

Set in Tzarist Russia in 1905, “Fiddler on the Roof” tells the story of Tevye, the Jewish father of five daughters and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives.

On Wednesday over seven hundred students from local primary schools will attend the first production and students of Our Lady’s will see the show on Thursday. This year’s musical features many seasoned performers including Liam Gleeson, Kate Cashman and Aoife Kelly but also a host of new talent from Transition Year and first year.

Talented performers, a spectacular set, rich costumes and a great musical score combine in this production to create a truly memorable experience . It is certainly an event not to be missed. The show is open to the general public on Thursday and Friday night and tickets can be purchased at the door or by contacting the school at 0504-31299.

Our Lady’s Gets its First Green Flag (By Katie Laffan TY)

On Wednesday 25th September we were delighted to see the school’s first green flag being raised. This was based on litter and waste. First years, Transition years, the green schools committee attended the ceremony along with invited guests most notably Deirdre Cox (environmental awareness officer with North Tipperary Council) and Bridget Jones who represented Templemore Tidy Towns Committee. Past pupil & former member of the green school’s committee were invited to attend the ceremony and raise the green flag. Members of Templemore pipe band provided entertainment.

After the raising ceremony, everyone proceeded to the social area where Ms.Quinlisk thanked everyone for being present and gave a summary of the hard work which was involved in getting this flag.”I am particularly grateful that we have created a strong green conscience in Our Lady’s which I hope will grow and flourish in the years to come”- she said. She reminded everyone of the schools recycling motto “It’s vital to recycle”. Liam Gleeson, vice chairperson of last year’s commitee was then invited to speak. He gave a brief summary of the events which happened in the previous three years. Ms.Higgins congratulated everyone and thanked Ms.Quinlisk, Ms Norma Galvin and Ms Linda Fogarty for their hard work & commitment to the Green Flag Initiative. Ms.Deirdre Cox in her address commended the school on all the hard work. She outlined how it took the entire school as a community to make this task happen. She was very impressed with how much the eagerness had grown in the space of three years. Bridget Jones then thanked the school community for its hard work and expressed her eagerness to work closely with the school again in the future.

Ms.Quinlisk presented each member of last year’s committee with a certificate & pen as a token of appreciation for all their hard work. Ms. Johnston & some of her music students treated everyone to some traditional Irish music before everyone enjoyed refreshments which included green themed cupcakes provided my Ms.Bailey.

Hurling

Following an unexpected one point defeat at the hands of Charleville C.B.S. in the first round of the competition Our Lady’s must earn a victory to stay in the competition when they play Youghal at Cahir this Wednesday at 1.30pm. The team under the direction of Mr. Tom Byrnes and Mr. Martin Bourke have been working hard since the first round defeat and will be hoping for a better outcome on Wednesday.

The Dean Ryan team coached by Mr. Gerry Ryan and Mr. Rory Purcell had a good win over Rochestown from Cork city when they played them in the quarter final of the competition last week. Our Lady’s has only won this competition once in its history (and on that occasion it was also coached by Mr. Gerry Ryan) so the team and management working hard to earn a place in the final on their next outing.

The first year hurlers qualified for the second round blitz of the Corn Uí Chathain with victories over Johnstown Vocational School, Nenagh C.B.S. and Thurles C.B.S on Wednesday last in Thurles. The team now goes forward to the final blitz which will involve the top four teams. Well done to the panel and to mentors, Mr. Seamus Bourke and Mr. Tom Byrnes.