Principal’s Welcome

September 2, 2014

Desmond College Principal : Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry

I’m delighted to welcome you all to our website.

I hope you enjoy browsing through this site and

getting to know us better.

Ms. Vourneen Gavin Barry

The spirit of Enterprise is alive and well in Desmond College

April 27, 2015

Desmond College and Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba have one of the best national profiles when it comes to Student Enterprise having won all Irelands on three separate occasion, with Foirmle a hAon in 2001, A-baa in 2003 and more recently with Teacher’s P.E.T. in 2014. In addition the schools have been placed second in 2002 with Mearai and have achieved numerous other awards over the years as well as featuring on Junior Dragon’s Den, these achievements are unrivaled by any other school in Ireland.

So in Sept 2014 transition year students began to establish their own mini-companies and went through all the stages from brainstorming, prototype to final product. The students have embraced the challenges and are frequently to be found, producing their products or practicing their sales pitches at lunch time, exemplifying the fact that “the money maker is never tired”.

In total our students entered three separate enterprise competitions:

  • Get Up and Go – Transition Years
  • Junior Achievement Ireland – Senior Students
  • Student Enterprise Awards – Intermediate & Senior Students, the biggest enterprise competition in Ireland with over 17,000 students taking part.

Emily Duffy a 3rd year student won the Limerick Student Enterprise Finals and was selected to represent Limerick in the All Irelands, she was chosen as one of three enterprises to meet with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Mr. Richard Bruton and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Mr. Damien English at the Dept. of Trade in April 2015.

Emily Duffy, pictured with Richard Bruton TD, will be on the Late Late Show April 17th 2015, with her solution to homelessness called the Duffily Bag.

Emily was selected to represent Student Enterprise Awards on the Late Late Show, where she and three other groups pitched their ideas to Ryan Tubridy.

Emily Duffy from Desmond College on the Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy April 2015

Each year over 17,000 students like you all over Ireland get to find out what it’s really like to be their own boss and run their own business by taking part in the Student Enterprise Awards Programme.

The Student Enterprise Awards (SEAs) is the biggest enterprise competition for students in Ireland. It helps students to grasp real life skills associated with running a real enterprise including working as part of a team, managing production and finances, organising a sales and marketing campaign and liaising directly with customers, judges and the media.

In 2015, Limerick Local Enterprise was represented by Desmond College’s Guide a Key in the senior category. The students emma Herbert, Diarmuid Curtin, Seamus Hurley, Eamonn Browne and Eoin Considine have designed and manufactured a unique device that allows people with limited manual dexterity to open doors more easily by enabling them to insert the key withers into any standard door lock.

On Wednesday 22nd April, Guide a Key were rewarded for their efforts when they were awarded the Most Innovative Product Award for 2015, in addition to this, the five students were selected as part of the top 20 students in Ireland who will partake in a Business Bootcamp in University College Cork in June 2015. The five day bootcamp will feature a range of interactive enterprise workshops to assist students in developing their ideas. Students will receive instruction on Digital Marketing and the use of social media as a marketing tool.

With the addition of Liam Dowling Guide a Key have also been chosen to represent Cork/ Kerry/ Limerick in the finals of Get Up & Go on the 5th May 2015.

Young Enterprise 2015 : Seamus Hurley, Eamonn Browne, Emma Herbert, Diarmuid Curtin and Eoin Considine.

BSafeBSeen, another TY mini company made up of Cillian McMathon, Jack O’ Connor, Patreeze Nugent, Claire Mortell and Managing Direct Conor Reidy, reached the Limerick finals of Student Enterprise and Regional Finals of Get Up & Go.

Be Safe Be Seen : Patreeze Nugent, Jack O Connor, Conor Reidy, Cillian McMahon and Claire Mortell

Desmond College Gets Active for Active Schools Week

April 22, 2015

Mon April 13th- Fri April 17th 2015

The Active Schools Week is to raise awareness amongst staff, students and families, and provide schools with an opportunity to reinforce the message that not only is physical activity good for you but it can also be FUN and a great way to spend time with friends.

The theme of the week was “Active Body, Active Mind”. The sun was shining for Desmond Colleges first annual Active Schools Week, where the PE Department hosted a variety of activities throughout the week for both staff and students. Teachers also got involved by incorporating ‘Active lessons’ in their subject area as part of the week.

Ms Creed and Ms Ryan part of the PE Department with Alison Miller Irish Rugby Player for Desmond College's Active Schools Week April 2015


  • The Limerick Sports Partnership hosted a range of fun and active co-operative games for all first year students.
  • During Active School Week all Religion and SPHE classes were invited to take part in ‘Walk a mile, with a Smile’ with their class teacher.
  • 5th Year Students took part in a Box-Fit Class with Kieran Doyle of Crème Dela Crème Fitness (CDC) – “Fitness at Its Finest”.

Aisling Walsh and Chloe O'Riordan walk a Mile with a Smile with Ms O'Connor and Special Guest, Zoe for Desmond College's Active Body Active Mind, Active Schools Week 2015 Patrick Moriarty, Michael O'Flynn and Conor O'Sullivan at Boxercise During Desmond College Active Body Active Mind Week 2015


  • 6th Year Soccer Tournament, Penalties and Cross-Bar Challenge.
  • Poc Fada at lunchtime in the pitch. Junior and Senior Competition.
  • Free Fruit Tuesday from the School Food Company at lunchtime. Students enjoyed a variety of fresh food at lunchtime.
  • LCA 1 and LCA 2 participated in a fun and active Box-Fit Class with Kieran Doyle of Crème Dela Crème Fitness (CDC) – “Fitness at Its Finest”.
  • Staff Box-Fit class after school Tuesday with Kieran Doyle who put staff through their paces with a great cardio workout filled with boxing, running and conditioning circuits!


James-Storiin-winner-of-the-junior-Poc-Fada-with-Mr-Burke Padraig-Collins-winner-of-senior-Poc-Fada-with-Mr-Burke Breda Magner, winner of the Desmond College Active School's Week Junior Poc Fada, pictured with Ms Creed


  • Walk on Wednesdays: Students living within walking distance are encouraged to walk to school on Wednesday.
  • Desmond College was delighted to welcome Ireland women’s rugby player Alison Miller. In August 2014, Alison along with her fellow players on the Irish Team experienced success by beating New Zealand for the first time. They also scored a try and reached the semi-final of the World Cup for the first time in history.
  • Alison Miller is a Sky Sports Project Mentor who gave a talk and activity session with 5th Year Girls who are participating in an ongoing Sky Sports Living for Sport Project.
  • Transition Year students enjoyed a GAA Coaching Course in the pitch all day Wednesday delivered by James Ryan (Limerick Senior Hurler).
  • Basketball for Fun at lunchtime in the PE Hall.


2nd Year Basketball team during Desmond College's Active School's Week April 2015 5th Year Girls with Alison Miller for Desmond College Active Schools Week 2015 Rhys Lambardarios, Shannon Supple, Rebecca Folan, William Hurley, Leanne Browne and Sinead Liston with James Ryan at Desmond College Active Schools Week April 13th to April 17th 2015


  • LCA 2 students and Rang Donal participated in a fun and skilful class of Judo with Mr James Bourke from The Limerick Judo Academy.
  • Second and Third Year Students from Gaelcholáiste U Chonba enjoyed a Box-Fit class with Kieran Doyle.
  • Transition Year students enjoyed Part 2 of the GAA Coaching Course in the pitch all day Wednesday delivered by Ger Downes (GAA Games Development Officer).
  • Free Smoothie Thursday: A smoothie bar was set up by the School Food Company at lunchtime and students availed of some tasty smoothies, which went down a treat!
  • Thursdays afternoon’s events included a 1st & 2nd Year Soccer Blitz. A great audience of students and staff cheered on students during this fun and inclusive competition.




  • JERSEY DAY FRIDAY: For €2 Students wore a Jersey of their choice (GAA, Soccer or Club team jersey) for today. The school was full of colour and even staff wore jerseys too.
  • Penalty Competition at lunchtime: Staff and Students fun penalty competition.
  • Hydration Friday: The School Food Company supplied free water with every purchase in the canteen at lunch.
  • Kieran Doyle of Crème Dela Crème Fitness (CDC) – “Fitness at Its Finest” hosted Fitness Friday where he delivered an inclusive Box-Fit session for all Junior Cycle students (1st-3rd Year) in block sessions. For some of our Junior students it was their first time participating in a Box-Fit class which they really enjoyed.
  • Wii Sports many students joined together to enjoy the interactive console.
  • Irish traditional flash mob at lunchtime this was organised by the music department.


Sean Duffy: the winner of the penalty shoot out with Ms Quaid, Desmond College Action Shot from the Penalty Shoot Out at Desmond College Active Schools Week

Peter Shanahan, Luke Barry, Patrick O'Connor, Darragh Breen, Daniel Barrett, Warren Gleeson, Anthony Mullins, Jimmy O'Connell and Aidan O'Connor enjoy some activities in Desmond College Active Schools Week April 2015 Desmond College : Irish Traditional Flash Mob

Alison Miller, Skysports and Irish Rugby officially opening the redeveloped PE Hall at Desmond College during Active Body Active Mind Week April 2015 Alan Wallace enjoying the activities of Active Week in Desmond College April 13-17 2015

5km Fun Run/Walk in Aid of Console

April 21, 2015

Desmond College's 5km Fun Run / Walk in Aid of Console, on Sunday 19th April 2015.

On the Sunday the 19th of April, the Desmond College 5km run/walk took place in aid of Console. The event was organized by the Transition Year students and their teachers Ms Broderick and Ms Higgins. Along with the beautiful weather, there was a fantastic turnout to this event.

Students, parents and people from the local community and beyond came in their droves to support this fantastic cause. Desmond college would like to express their sincere thanks to everyone that came and took part and also for the many people that provided refreshments and gave up their time to help in any way.

Some of the Participants in Action in the 5km Fun Run (Desmond College)

Some of the Participants in Action in the 5km Fun Run (Desmond College)

Some of the Participants in Action in the 5km Fun Run (Desmond College)

Some of the Participants in Action in the 5km Fun Run (Desmond College)

Warm up before the Participants take off on the Desmond College Fun Run for Console

Ms Guiry with her two boys who participated in the event

Ms Higgins and Ms Broderick organizers of the event for the very worthy cause, Console

Lauren Moloney and Sara Flatley: Desmond College TY students who helped organise the event

Ms O'Connor, Ms Culhane and Ms Gavin Barry at the charity 5km run for Console

Eileen Ennulat and Annamaria Conversano completing the 5km run for charity Console April 19th 2015

5th year students with Ms Quaid, Desmond College, after completing the 5km Run / Walk for charity Console on Sunday 19th April 2015

Julie Cantillon and Kiara Carroll take a minute to hydrate after completing the 5km run for Console charity, on Sunday 19th April 2015

Substance Use Education Programme For 2nd Yr Parents

April 20, 2015

Let's Learn about Drugs and Alcohol Together

The “Lets Learn about Drugs and Alcohol Together” Programme
will be delivered in Desmond College, Newcastle West this April.

This is the 2nd year the programme has been delivered in Desmond College. The programme involves two workshops; the first workshop is just for 2nd year parents, while the second workshop is for 2nd year parents and their son/daughter. Attendance at both workshops is important and the programme is only open to your son/daughter by your participation.

The parent workshop will look at the following areas:
What is a drug? Why young people use drugs? How to talk to your child about drugs, Importance of Parental influence, Key prevention messages, Information on key substances.

parent and pupil workshop involves working together in a shared learning environment.
This workshop builds on workshop one and supports learning from the SPHE class, through active engagement around three key messages about cannabis, solvents and alcohol.

The dates for the workshop at Desmond College are:

Tuesday 21st April 7:00 pm – 8.30 pm Desmond College (parent only)
Tuesday 28th April 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Desmond College (parent & 2nd year child)

Registration is not essential but will help us to determine numbers interested. If you wish to attend the programme please text your NAME followed by the word DESMOND to (086) 467 8010 to confirm interest. You are under no obligation to attend if you text the message is purely to determine a level of interest from parents.

It is important to note that this programme is not a lecture but an interactive workshop. The programme is in its 3rd year and has received huge praise and approval from parents, pupils and teachers who attended. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me directly or indeed contact Aisling Ryan, SPHE Teacher at Desmond College.

Yours sincerely,
Sancha Power
Post Primary Substance Use Education Worker

Emily Duffy to appear on the Late Late Show

April 17, 2015

Emily Duffy a third year student in Desmond College has got a once in a life time opportunity to appear on The Late, Late Show tonight, Friday 17th April. Emily will present her “Duffily Bag”.

The Duffily Bag, which Emily designed and made, is a solution to homelessness and she has previously exhibited it at the BT Young Scientist Competition and it has also featured in the Business Boot Camp in University of Dublin.

Emily has put a lot of time and dedication into to this design and all her hard work has paid off, as she will get to exhibit it to Ryan Tubridy tonight along with millions of viewers tuned in. We wish Emily all the best tonight and congratulate her on all her success. It is very well deserved. Well done Emily we are very proud of you!

Emily Duffy, pictured with Richard Bruton TD, will be on the Late Late Show April 17th 2015, with her solution to homelessness called the Duffily Bag.

Pull_Together 5km Fun Run/ Walk

April 16, 2015

Pull_Together 5km Fun Run/ Walk

The Transition Year students with the help of their teacher Ms C Broderick as part of their Young Social Innovator (YSI) project have organised a 5km fun run/walk. It will take place on Sunday 19th April at 12pm beginning at Desmond College. All participants can register at Desmond College on the day beginning at 10.30am.

The entry fee is €5 for adults and €2 for students/children.
All proceeds will go to Console who support and help people bereaved through suicide.