Our Lady’s Secondary School will host its much anticipated production of Les Misérables, the well-known musical based on the novel by French poet and novelist, Victor Hugo on Thursday and Friday night next, October 20th and 21st. Set in early 19th Century France, Les Miz is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. The cast at our Lady’s, under the supervision of music teachers, Ms Anne Marie Johnston and Ms Eimear O’ Callaghan working closely with Director Ms Theresa Maher and Musical Directors, Fran Garry and Pat Murnane have been working hard at rehearsals since early September. They now look forward to staging a top class show on Thursday and Friday of this week. Tickets can be purchased on the night or reserved in advance by contacting the school at 0504 – 31299.
Senior Ladies Footballers
Our Lady’s 2-3 St. Anne’s 1-9
On Monday 26th September, the Senior Ladies Football team travelled to Clonoulty to compete against St. Anne’s, Tipp Town in the first round of the Munster League. The team playing in a higher grade & missing many starting players from last year knew that the odds were stacked against them but refused to dwell on this.
Orlaith Maher secured the first score in the game for Our Lady’s as the Templemore side were by far the most dominant team in the first half. Failing to convert chances that presented themselves would in the end cost Templemore the game. Not taking away from St. Anne’s their pace on the counter attack was immense and they were by far a more physical team. The score at half-time was Templemore 1-3 St. Anne’s 1-5.
The second half remained a tight affair with the Templemore backs giving it their all to close down each attack from the Tipp Town team. St. Anne’s were picking off some lovely scores, Christina Brennan, Aine Delaney & Caoimhe O’Brien where forming some stong assaults as they moved the ball up the field, with one of the best chances falling to Caoimhe whose shot rick-shaded the woodwork. As the game was in the melting pot, Sarah Buckley scored a fantastic goal to bring 3points between the sides. It was all to play for but in the end the full time whistle came just soon. Final score on the day Our Lady’s 2-3 St. Anne’s 1-9. Scorers for Our Lady’s were Orlaith Maher 0-1, Aimee Gleeson 1-0, Ruth Butler 0-2 and Sarah Buckley 1-0.
Junior Ladies Footballers commence the year with convincing win
On Wednesday 28th September the Junior Ladies football team travelled to New Inn to kick start their 2016-2017 campaign. Loreto Clonmel were the opposition on the day. Our Lady’s were playing with the aid of a slight breeze in the first half and took advantage of this from the start with Orlaith Maher securing Templemore’s first score. Our forwards were taking advantage of the wind and by half time had put 3-8 on the scoreboard. Although, Loreto Clonmel were fast and strong in their attacks, Our Lady’s defence stood strong & all 6 backs worked together as a unit to only allow 1-2 past them in the first half. Half-time score Our Lady’s 3-8 Loreto Clonmel 1-2.
The wind rose dramatically at the beginning of the second half in favour of Loreto but the Templemore girls knew that keeping possession and moving the ball through the hands would yield results. Although this would require hard-work and effort, the strength and determination displayed by all players would ensure a victory for Our Lady’s. With this in mind Templemore push on and emphatically out-scored Loreto in the second half. Full time score Our Lady’s 8-16 Loreto Clonmel 1-4.
On Wednesday last we were delighted to welcome members of the All Ireland Senior and Minor Hurling panels to the School. Including Manager, Michael Ryan and selector Conor Stakelum, fifteen of the All Ireland heroes attended Our Lady’s and it was wonderful to have an opportunity to meet most of them on the day.
The visitors were played in to the school gym to a tumultuous welcome from the students and staff of the school by pipers, Siobhan Bailey, Gillian Fogarty and Ciarán Byrne. The tone for the celebration was set by Glynn Stewart and Russell Doyle with a powerful rendition of Slievenamon. Principal, Ms. Patricia Higgins welcomed the guests and thanked them for taking the time to visit the school. She also paid tribute to the teachers who volunteer each year to prepare various teams and congratulated them on their contribution to the success of the minor and senior teams. Mr John Costigan outlined the strong links between Our Lady’s and every successful Tipperary team in recent decades. He paid tribute to the school for continuing to nurture players who go on to represent their County at the highest level. County Board Chairman, Mr. Michael Bourke recalled the sacrifices and commitment made by players throughout the playing season and reminded pupils who might have aspirations to play for the County that in addition to talent, a ferocious appetite for sport and exceptional self-discipline and motivation are needed. The ceremony concluded with presentations to members of the Senior and Minor panels. Thanks to Ms Teresa Brennan and Ms Anne Marie Johnston who helped organise the event.
Final casting and rehearsals for this year’s school musical, Les Miserables have been taking place over the past two weeks and excitement is growing in anticipation of the performance on October 20th & 21st. A huge amount of work remains to be done in the meantime as this is the most ambitious undertaking by the production team at Our Lady’s to date. As usual the task in is the capable hands of music teachers, Ms Anne Marie Johnston with Ms Eimear O’Callaghan, Fran Garry and Pat Murnane as musical directors and Therese Maher as Director. So we anticipate a production which will equal or surpass the high standards they have set for themselves in recent years.