CTI Clonmel Win Tipperary Derby over St Ailbes

Round two of the Munster Junior football took place in New Inn today between CTI Clonmel and St Ailbes Tipperary Town. The game started well with both sides having a fair share of possession before CTI kicked their first score – a point from Sean Cagney. This was followed up with a goal from Cian Power after some good play out the field from Oisín Forristal and Darragh Landers. After this CTI kicked it up a gear and rallied a number of points from Oisín Forristal (0-3, 2 frees) and Sean Cagney (0-1). the next period of play had St Ailbes go down the pitch and get their only score of the game with a point from a free. The gulf between the teams was clear when David Cagney went down the field and got CTI’s second goal of the game. Oisín Forristal followed this up with two more points before Cian Power got our final score of the half and his second goal.

The second half saw CTI make a number of changes with the substitutes making a handsome contribution. Straight from the off it was clear that they wanted to make an impression. None more so than Bradley Buck who was involved in a number of passages of play before taking his chance and finishing to the roof of the net for our first score of the second half. Another player who was keen to make a mark was Shane Taylor who scored two goals which sandwiched an Oisín Forristal point. Our final score of the half came from some brilliant work from John Molloy who took a shot which the keeper parried away before Shane Taylor finished to the net for his second half hatrick. Overall there was a gulf between the two teams but CTI had some excellent performances all over the field.

MOTM: Oisín Forristal

Team and scorers:

John O Connell

Michael Conellon

Sean Kenny (Captain)

Dylan Fahey

Charlie O Callaghan

Oisín Power

Keenan Kerton

David Cagney (1-0)

Oisín Forristal (0-6, 0-3 frees)

Darragh Landers

Sean Cagney (0-2)

Jake Maunsell

Michael Prendergast

Michael O Sullivan

Cian Power (2-0)


Bradley Buck (1-0)

Shane Taylor (3-0)

Eoin Freaney

Brandon Moore

Gearly Nugent

John Molloy

Jimmy Stokes

Sean Foley

Odhran O Sullivan

Luke Mullins

Dylan Lonergan

Harry O Leary

Cian Slevin

Clonmel to London: Tipperary teenager plans UK transfer to become dancing star

Clonmel to London: Tipperary teenager plans big move to become dancing star

Tipperary’s Rachel O’Shea wants to get a ‘taster’ of dancing stardom in London

World dance champion Rachel O’Shea is balancing her Junior Certificate studies at Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn, Clonmel, with striving for more glory on the dance floor.

Rachel, who is the daughter Miranda and John, currently holds three world medals. Her family, friends and dance teachers at On Your Toes feel the sky’s the limit for the talented 14-year-old, who dreams of moving to London for transition year to pursue her passion.

“I was never interested in hurling and football when I started school,” Rachel tells TipperaryLive.ie.

“Dancing was different, and I started dancing competitively when I was five-years-old and knew this was what I wanted to do. I trained hard over the years, and I got to travel Romania for the Dance World Cup in 2015, which is the biggest dance competition in the world. We had gone to the two previous competitions as spectators, and it became my dream to dance at the Dance World Cup. I invented a performance called ‘Dream’ and I won my first gold medal,” the  contemporary and lyrical dancer fondly recalls.

Rachel and her teammates at On Your Toes Dance Academy proudly represented Ireland at the 2017 Dance World Cup finals in Germany, taking a silver medal back to Clonmel after impressing with their ‘Playground Bully’ masterclass.
Rachel then completed a trio of world medals at the Dance World Cup finals in Braga, Portugal, last year when she won bronze.

Following a 2019 which also saw Rachel receiving a European industry award for best lyrical dancer, in addition to claiming a slow dancer of the year award at a freestyle competition in Mayo, she has recommenced a rigorous training programme with a dream move to London in mind.

“You get knock-backs in dancing but you have to push through them. Dancing isn’t recognised as a major sporting event, but dancers have to train constantly. I have had to put a lot of work into my physical fitness in the gym to be a dancer, which is something I don’t think people realise. Circuits, core work and cardio fitness. Gillian Hewitt-Fitzgerald and Majella Forte at On Your Toes have been very, very supportive over the last 10 years and make sure I’m ready for every competition,” she says.

“Moving to London would give me a taster before I go and commit to being a dancer full-time when I finish school,” she adds.

Videos of Rachel dancing are on our school Youtube here.


CTI Junior Footballers kick off campaign with comprehensive win

CTI Clonmel 8-15 Coláiste Fionnchua Mitchelstown 1-7

They often say that you learn more in defeat than in victory and last weeks Senior Munster Semi-Final defeat really paid dividends today.  Our junior footballers took to the field with a point to prove and that they certainly did. Mitchelstown got the better start to the game with a couple of attacks but only converted one chance which was from a free, this was the only time they would have the lead in the game as CTI Clonmel took a stranglehold of the game and never let go. CTI Clonmel’s opening score came from the boot of one of the youngest players on the field Michael Prendergast. This was followed by a rally of scored from Michael O’Sullivan (2-0) and Oisín Forristal (0-3). During this period our forwards were extremly dominant and had a large number of goal chances, some of which were taken by Michael Prendergast, Jake Maunsell, Sean Cagney and Cian Power. Between the goals we had points scored by Jake Maunsell, Oisín Forristal (0-2), David Cagney, Sean Kenny and Sean Cagney.

With a comprehensive lead at half time we made a number of changes for the second half. The players who came on had a point to prove and showed very well. We opened the scoring with a point from Keenan Kerton – our very own Thomas Ó Sé! This was followed by 1-2 from Luca Dennehy who showed very well when he was moved to full forward. Mitchelstown got into the game a bit more in this half and scored 1-2 during their period of dominance. When CTI got back on top we had Keenan Kerton contribute to the score sheet again with another point from wing back before John Molloy got our last goal of the day. The game finished with a point from the ever energetic Sean Cagney.

There were stellar performances all over the pitch and some excellent team play displayed throughout. This victory was just what the lads needed after the heart wrenching defeat last week.


John O Connell, Dylan Fahey, Oisín Power, Michael Conellon, Keenan Kerton (0-2), Sean Kenny (0-1), Charlie O Callaghan, David Cagney (0-1), Luca Dennehy (1-2), Oisín Forristal (0-5), Sean Cagney (1-2), Jake Maunsell(1-1), Michael Prendergast (1-1), Michael O Sullivan (2-0), Cian Power (1-0).


Gearld Nugent, Eoin Freaney, John Molloy (1-0), Jimmy Stokes, Cian Slevin, Nathan D’Arcy, Dylan Lonergan, Luke Mullins, Odhran O Sullivan, Brandon Moore, Sean Foley

CTI senior ladies footballers qualify for Munster Semi

C.T.I. Clonmel Vrs North Presentation Cork

3.13 to 1.01

On a cold winter’s morning our senior ladies football team made the short commute to Monroe to take on the North Presentation Cork in a Munster Quarter Final. Our ladies started off at a blistering pace with Ava Collins and Ciara Nic Réamainn taking control of the midfield and Aoibhinn Chaoinleáin adding a couple of early scores. Through hard work and determination, C.T.I. gained an early lead and kept the opposition scoreless for the first half. There was some superb score taking to be seen, with Ava Collins, Charlotte Concannon and Megan Fahey all proving accurate throughout. North Presentation enjoyed early chances in the second half but thanks to the great defending of Saskia Cuddy, Robyn Hill and Roisín McGrath they were unable to reap any rewards.

Central Technical Institute Clonmel,

Kaitlyn Riagán, Roisín Mcgrath, Kate Breathnach, Rogyn Hill, Saskia Cuddy, Holly Prút, Sophia Farrell, Ciara Nic Réamainn, Ava Collins, Aoibhínn Chaoinleáin, Megan Fahey, Aideen Prút, Rhiannon Shé, Charlotte Concannon, Anna May Ní Mhuireasa, Courtney Joyce, Diana Puieste, Natasha Griffin, Abbie Ní Sé, Heather Griffin.

Transition years take part in “Gifted” Trade Show

This year our TY students are getting some valuable lessons in the world of business, on Wednesday they made the long trip to the RDS in Dublin where they sold their business products as part of the Foróige Entrepreneur Programme. The group had a wide variety of products on sale such as bottle lamps, cable savers, sports products, magnets and hampers. They learnt some valuable lessons in business on the day such as how to set up a stand, entice customers and most importantly how to sell!

The TY’s will have a market in the school next Thursday night and Friday morning. All parents are welcome to attend on Thursday night.

Boston donate money to school show

A massive thank you to Boston Scientific who recently donated €500 towards our school musical. The staff, students and the wider school community would like to thank Boston for their generous contribution. Our school show takes place next Wednesday and Thursday has been added due to popular demand. Tickets can be purchased from the school office or from Ms Breen or Ms Macken.

Oisín wins Trinity Engineering scolarship

Pictured above are Oisín de Barra and Ms Murphy

in Trinity College for the Entrance Exhibition Awards.

Oisín recently won the Entrance Echibition Award scolarship to Trinity College Dublin which was based on his outstanding Leaving Certificate results. While in school Oisín studies Construction Studies, Engineering and Physics all subjects which gave him a solid foundation to progress on the Engineering path.

Clonmel’s Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn celebrating 15 years

Below is an article on our school which featured recently on tipperarylive.ie

Clonmel’s Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn is celebrating 15 years of providing quality second-level co-education

CLONMEL’S Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn recently completed its 15th year of providing quality second-level co-education through the medium of Irish to Clonmel and its environs.

From a class of 14 students in 2004 to its current enrolment of over 150, the school has grown steadily in the intervening 15 years.

One of the aims of Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn is to foster an interest and love for our native language and culture. This is done daily throughout the school, allowing students to become immersed in our language. This has proven so beneficial to students coming to Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn from both Gaelscoileanna and English-speaking primary schools. It supports students coming from English-speaking primary schools by providing a 15-week Irish language course.

The school offers a wide variety of subjects and places a strong emphasis on the humanities and STEM subjects. Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn prides itself on its dedicated engineering room, which has facilitated many students to pursue engineering as a career. In conjunction with Boston Scientific, the school annually presents the STEM Student of the Year Award to a sixth year student progressing to third level education in a STEM related discipline.

Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn has a tradition of achieving outstanding Leaving Certificate results,  2019 being no exception. 5% of the students attained over 600 points, the national average is 1.3%. 16% exceeded 500 points, the national average is 13.2%, while 69% of the students obtained over 400 points, once again bettering the national average of 37.2%.

Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn has a proud record of students winning scholarships to many of Ireland’s top third level institutions. These include the Ernest Walton Scholarship to UL for physics and the Janssen Engineering Scholarship in CIT. There were further engineering scholarships awarded for UL and CIT, the Science Entrance Scholarship in UCD, and this year the Entrance Exhibition Award in Trinity College Dublin.

Past students have completed or are completing studies in disciplines including international business, law, pharmacy, languages, teacher education training, music, dentistry, financial maths, nursing, computer software design, biomedical science, art and animation, and architecture.

“While we place a very strong emphasis on academic achievement, we place an equal importance on the development of our students through extra-curricular activities. Our students’ successes in these extra-curricular activities match their academic successes and Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn takes great pride in celebrating our students’ triumphs,” Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn spokesperson says.

“Since the school’s inception, we have been competing in the Gael Linn organised Comórtas Uí Chadhain Debating Competition. In recent weeks, both our senior and junior teams have won their way into the upcoming second round.”

Students of Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn scooped four of the seven places available in the regional final of the prestigious Poetry Aloud Competition to progress to the All-Ireland semi-final, which takes place shortly in the National Library in Dublin.

Transition year students in a team-building workshop completed the intricate construction of a K’Nex bridge in the record time of 34 minutes, making them joint-first place leaders across second-level schools in Ireland.

“For a small school we are punching well above our weight in sport across football for both girls and boys, hurling, rugby and basketball. To date this year, our boys’ football team have progressed to round two of their campaign. Our under 16 and under 19 boys’ basketball teams have both reached the All-Ireland Cup semi-final and are both in the Regional League semi-finals.”

Plans are afoot to go on a Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn school trip this year to Paris. Previous destinations have included Barcelona, Northern Italy, Berlin and numerous trips to Champions League matches in England.

“Our music department in the midst of preparing to stage our first school musical at the end of this month. Students will perform Ár gCeolseó Scoile on November 27. Tickets, which are selling fast, are available from the school office and can be booked on 052-6126269.

“On November 14, the school is hosting a pop-up Gaeltacht from 7.30pm. We invite students, parents and all with a grá for Gaeilge to come along and join us for a cupán tae and a chat as Gaeilge.”

Senior footballers get off to a winning start in Limerick

CTI Clonmel 4-5 Ennistymon VS 2-7

Our senior footballers kicked off their campaign against Ennistymon today in a rain and wind swept Limerick. The wind had a big factor in this game with CTI starting well with two goals from Lar Walsh and and Sean Hawkins. The Ennistymon side found it hard to battle against the wind as they only managed to 1-2 in the first half. This was the opposite for CTI as they managed to score another two goals (Lar Walsh & Jake Maunsell) as well as points from Sean Hawkins, Niall Walsh, Ben O Connell and Luca Dennehy. This gave CTI a lead that they knew they would need as they would be against the wind in the second half.

The second half was a half where our backs and goalie Conor Grant showed their value. The Ennistymon attack went for the jugular but could not find a way past Conor in goal and a back line lead by Sam McGowran who was rock solid at full back. The lads now progress to round two which takes place after the midterm, before this they play the Tipperary quater final against Roscrea this Friday in Holycross.

Team and scorers:

Conor Grant, Keenan Curtin, Sam McGowran, Eoin Freaney, Sean Kenny, Sean Boyce, Oisin Power, Michael O Sullivan, Niall Walsh (0-1), David Cagney, Lar Walsh (2-0), Luca Dennehy (0-1), Sean Hawkins (1-1), Ben O Connell (0-2), Jake Maunsell (1-0)


Dylan Fahey for Eoin Freaney

John Molloy for Sean Hawkins

Lennon Foran for Keenan Curtin

Open night for GCC – A message from Seamus Kennedy

On the 16th of October we held our first Open night under the new management of Principal John McCarthy. The night went off very well with a large number of parents coming from a number of primary schools across Tipperary and Waterford.

Information on our school was given by Principal Mr McCarthy, our guidance counselor Mrs Begley, out going Múinteoir i bhfeighil Lorna as well as our incoming Múinteoir i bhfeighil Bróna who spoke about building upon the great work that Lorna has done as well as paving a path for the Gaelcholáiste to become an Irish culture centre in Tipperary.

Entertainment on the night was provided by our school choir which can be seen here on our school youtube channel:


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We also had a message from a very special former student who could not make the night but spoke about his time spent in the school and how it had an effect on him:


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A reminder to all parents to get your application forms in as soon as possible for the academic year 2020.