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Tedcastle Oils’ Roinn B Final

Ballyhale 5-13 Thomastown 4-9


Ballyhale and Thomastown served up an absoloute thriller of a game in the last final of the current school year. This was one of the best finals seen in Kilkenny in recent years and both sides are to be commended for providing a wonderful game. 31 scores in 50 minutes tells you something about the exciting spectacle but there were more than scores to keep the crowd entertained. There were spectacular saves, goal line clearances, hooking and blocking of a very high standard. This game had everything you would want to see in hurling. Both goalkeepers, Conor Reid from Ballyhale and especially Adam Power from Thomastown were absolutely brilliant and deserve the highest praise for their performances. Although the final margin of seven points would suggest a comfortable victory for Ballyhale, this was not the case and the issue was in doubt right up to the final minutes.

Both sides went about their business right from the start and by the seventh minute they were level. Ballyhale’s four points coming from Joseph Cuddihy (3) and Darren Mullen (1), while Thomastown’s scores came from Dylan Caulfield’s goal and a point from John Donnelly.  While Thomastown were doing most of the attacking at this stage, the Ballyhale boys were making better use of their possession and by the end of the first half they led by 3-6 to Thomastown’s 1-6.  Two goals just before the break from Joseph Cuddihy and Andrew Moran gave them a six point lead which was to prove crucial.

The second half was barely a minute old when Rory Monks goaled for Thomastown after Conor Reid had saved a shot from Dylan Caulfield. Ballyhale responded with a point from Adrian Mullen. Within a few minutes Thomastown scored a great goal when Dylan Caulfield grabbed a high delivery from Paul Burke Kelly and buried the sliotar in the net. There was now just a point separating the sides and the excitement in the stands was at fever pitch. Adrian Mullen then struck a lovely point for Ballyhale and Thomastown replied with an excellent point from Rory Monks. A minute later Adam Power made a brilliant save from a shot from Joseph Cuddihy at the expense of a ’65 which was pointed by Adrian Mullen. John Donnelly pointed from a free to leave just a point separating the sides. The scores were coming fast and furious now and two excellent points from the Mullen brothers, Adrian and Darren edged Ballyhale three points ahead. Thomastown were not giving in and Rory Monks gathered the sliotar and headed for the Ballyhale goal. He found Dylan Caulfield and the full forward buried the sliotar to level the game  4-8 to 3-11. It was wonderful stuff and the crowd erupted. Ballyhale again went on the attack and Thomastown goalie Adam Power brought off a spectacular double save to deny them. However five minutes from the end Joseph Cuddilhy unleashed an unstoppable shot to the net to put Ballyhale ahead again. Kevin Fennelly shot another point for Ballyhale but back came Thomastown again and a piledriver from Dylan Caulfield went barely over the crossbar.  Thomastown had fought a brave fight and never threw in the towel but Ballyhale had the final say with a goal from Joseph Cuddihy and a point from Evan Shefflin finally putting the title beyond doubt. What a game we had witnessed, tremendous displays from both sides, with every player giving his all for the cause. For Ballyhale it represented a notable double having won the Corn de Bhaldraithe title the previous week. Thomastown can take a lot of pride from their performance and they contributed  handsomely to a wonderful game of hurling.

Ballyhale:  Conor Reid (C.), Enda Kenneally, Patrick Doyle, John Hession, Eoin Walsh, Darren Mullen, Paul Holden, Adrian Mullen, Dylan Aylward, Evan Shefflin, Joseph Cuddihy, Eoin Kenneally, Eoin Cody, Andrew Moran, Kevin Fennelly, Adam Brenner, Patrick Hearne, Darragh Corcoran, Keelan O’Donoghue, Ronan Hayes, Billy Moran, Jason Devereux, Christopher Coady, Conor Doyle, John Shortall, Dean Mason, James Reid.,

Thomastown: Adam Power, Edward O’Keefe, Brian Hanrahan, Cathal O’Neill, Jack Delahunty, Paul Burke Kelly (C.), Ned Kirwan, Brian Staunton, Sean Roche, Eamon Forristal, John Donnelly, Rory Monks, Frank Carroll, Dylan Caulfield, David Barron, Shane Butler, Kevin Kanopka, Callum Taylor, Ivan Waugh, Tom Lawlor, Cian Kelly, Edward O’Hanrahan, Luke Gibbons, Brendan Fitzpatrick, Conor McDermott, David Griffin, Michael Murphy, David Walsh, Philip Somers.

Referee: Sean Cleere (O Loughlin Gaels)

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November Science Week '09

On Wednesday the 11 of November we went to Waterford Institute of Technology (W.I.T) because this week is science week.First we went with a woman called Tracey. Tracey taught us about electricity and did science experiments with us. In one science experiment Tracey showed us how static electricity on a balloon can attract and pick up small objects. A plasma ball has electricity in it and when you put one hand on the plasma ball and the other hand on a light bulb the light bulb lights up and we learned that you have to put a transformer into a bulb to make it not so dangerous.  

After that we went to a lecture with a man called Nigel from the Armagh Planetarium. Nigel taught us about space, stars and rockets. The first man on the moon was called Neil Armstrong and the only constellation in the sky that stays in the same place when spun around is Polaris (the North star). The first chimps in space were called Ham and Enos.

We went to the nursing unit in W.I.T where students train. There were some rooms that were made to look like a hospital ward. Michelle the woman who showed us around taught us how to resuscitate people when they are unconscious. You have to give the person 2 breathes and 30 compressions. I was called CPR. We also learnt how to use a defibrillator. There were pretend people in the hospital beds, The pretend people even had a pulse. There was also a room for deaf or blind people. We played in the room which has lots of things to touch.

We went to a lecture with a man called Cas Kramer who works in a place called G.E.N.I.E. The lecture was about genetics and D.N.A. We learned that everyone’s D.N.A is different unless you are an identical twin. D.N.A was discovered in Leicester, England. Our genes are very long and if they were laid out straight it would go to the moon and back 13,000 times. D.N.A stands for DeoxyriboNucleic Acid.

By Sophie O Grady

My Favourite Part of Stormbreaker

My favourite part of Stormbreaker was when Alex Rider was in the library in Cornwall and he asked the librarian could she remember Ian Rider, Alex’s uncle. She said that she did see him and he was looking for a book about viruses. The library didn’t have the book so Ian said that he would get one sent down to us in the post. The librarian said Ian then asked her where the books about Cornish Local History were kept. She told him that they were kept in row CL. Alex was about to leave the library when he remembered what Ian had written down on the small bit of paper that he found over his four poster bed in Mr. Sayle’s house. He went down to row CL and found a book about The History of Cornish Tin. In the book he found out that the Dozmary family owned the mine for lots of generations. He then found a map of the underground tunnels of the mine. Immediately he recognised the map because it was also on the bit of paper. Ian Rider had drawn a map of the tunnels to help himself find his way through the tunnels. Alex left the library and went to the entrance to the closed-down Dozmary mine. He got there using a quad bike he had got earlier.

By Enda Kenneally

My Favourite Part of Stormbreaker

My favourite part of Stormbreaker was when Alex Rider went to a dump yard to look for his  uncle's car, Ian Rider.  He put his bike up against a wall and ran over to the car. He looked at the car and seen the blood on the seat.  For about five seconds the machines stopped. He heard footsteps and voices coming near so he could only hide. He jumped into the back of the car. The voices passed but suddenly two metal claws came in through the roof of it and one hit him on the back of the head. Alex tried to get out but his leg was stuck between two piece of metal. He tried to break the back window but it wouldn't break. The car went up onto the big metal shelves ready to go into the crusher. He tried to break the glass again and it broke.  He pulled his leg out and it came free, but his shoe was stuck. He pulled and pulled and soon he was free, but he only had one shoe. He got out and the man that was in the cabinet was so surprised to see him. Alex was full of blood and oil. When Alex came face to face with the big fatman Alex taught quick and swung around and kicked him in the stomach then he ran over to his bike, grabbed it and cycled back to school.

By Maryann Shanahan

15 Facts About Kilkenny City

1. Kilkenny got its city status in 1609.
2. Kilkenny’s charter was drawn up by King James I.
3. Kilkenny’s charter is kept under the Town Hall.
4. Before there was a Mayor of Kilkenny there was a sovereign.
5. There was a Bishop called John Kearney buried in St Canice’s Cathedral who is related to Barack Obama.
6. James Butler bought Kilkenny Castle in 1391.
7. The Butlers sold the castle to the Kilkenny people for £50 in 1967.
8. The parade used to be used for military parades.
9. Kilkenny used to be the capital of Ireland.
10. Kilkenny used to be the 2nd largest city in Leinster.
11. Kilkenny is the only inland city.
12. For the four hundred year celebration of Kilkenny as a city they planted 400 fruit trees.
13. In 2006 the garden behind the Rothe House used to be a car park until the tarmac was taken up and they got archaeologists to find out how it would have looked like in 1609.
14. The archaeologists dug up 200 artefacts and managed to change the garden.
15. The round tower beside St. Canices Cathedral is just over 30 metres high.

By Enda Kenneally

School Tour Photographs 2009