Report by Cathal Walsh O’Grady

On Wednesday last, Mitchelstown CBS travelled to Fermoy RFC to play St. Colman’s in their first rugby match. Mitchelstown played from left to right in the first half with St. Colman’s kicking off against the wind. ‘Town claimed the kick off and brought the ball into contact, went through a few phases but St. Colman’s stole the ball. A subsequent knock-on by the hosts saw the game’s first scrum with Mitchelstown’s No. 8 Jack Fitzgibbon claiming the ball at the base and running half the length of the pitch to crash over in the corner for an unbelievable solo try. There were no conversions, so the CBS led by 5 points to nil.

The efforts of the Green Schools committee and student body at Mitchelstown CBS secondary school have been recognised by An Taisce in their decision to award the school its first green flag. The decision was forwarded to the school following the recent inspection visit, and the formal award ceremony will be held in May.

A fourth successive victory in the Concern national debate competition saw Mitchelstown CBS qualify for the last 16 of the competition this week. Their final league debate was against neighbours Loreto Fermoy, with Loreto as host school proposing the motion “The world is unable to sustain its growing population”. In a debate lauded by the adjudicators for the level of information and research by both teams, the combination of cogent team work and effective rebuttal resulted in the boys securing the unanimous decision they needed to progress to the knock-out phase.

Mitchelstown CBS debaters continued their run of success on Thursday 10th January with their third win in the Concern Debate competition. The school hosted the night’s event with the motion before the house being “The UN belongs on the scrapheap of history”. Mitchelstown CBS proposed the motion with St Anne’s of Tipperary in opposition.