Principal’s Welcome

September 2, 2013

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
Principal

“Craic sa tIarthar” – Desmond College Transition Years Go West!

September 27, 2014

Desmond College Transition Year student’s spent an unforgettable couple of days at Coláiste Acla on Achill Island last week. In addition to improving their Irish, students completed an array of daily activities including surfing, cliff jumping and bog snorkelling.

Twenty eight students boarded the bus at 7.30am for the long journey to the West of Ireland accompanied by their teachers Ms Collins and Ms Broderick. Coláiste Acla is renowned for its excellent waters ports trí Gaeilge and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Once off the bus, students were greeted by The Príomhoide in Acla who undoubtly tries to instil a grá don teanga in all the students. A hearty lunch of soup and sandwiches were served on arrival and then the activities commenced. As the sun shone brightly and the waves were optimal, students took to their surf boards on Keel beach to break those crashing waves! (Or fall off their boards in many cases!!!). Next on the list of exciting water based activities was cliff-jumping. Just as the name suggests, it involves students jumping from an idyllic cove straight into the water. (Wearing life-jackets!!!!) Audible gasps of excitement could be heard as students took the leap of fate to the many cheers from their friends. The students then returned to their Bean an Tí’s where a hearty dinner was served up to all. It certainly went down a treat! Twenty eight tired and contented daltaí made their way to bed after a fun-filled day.

But the most fun was had on Thursday morning with a two hour session of “craic sa phortach” which translates as fun in the bog. This bog snorkelling activity was certainly one of the highlights of the trip to the island. Students certainly spent the best part of the morning “mucking around” before a hot shower and a bite of food was the order of the day. Students arrived back in Newcastlewest shortly after 5pm tired but sásta!

This trip to the West will certainly be considered as one of the highlights of Desmond College’s Transition year class of 2014/2015!

Ploughing Championships 2014

September 25, 2014

Agricultural Science Students visit the Ploughing Championships in Laois
with Ms Marie Corkery and Ms Aoife Culhane.
Desmond College Students at the Ploughing Championship 2014

GAA President visits Desmond College

September 25, 2014

There was great excitement in Desmond College on Monday 23rd September, as GAA President Liam O’Neill paid a visit to Desmond College to meet with staff and students.

GAA President visit to Desmond College School

The President was met by a guard of honour made up of Junior GAA Players from 1st and 2nd year. The President addressed the group gathered and emphasised the GAA’s commitment to respect and fair play.

Iris Kenneally (1st year) presented Liam O’Neill with a gift as a token of his visit to the school and he in turn presented a commemorative goblet to County Players Orlaith Condon, Rebecca Delee, Kiara Carroll, Leeanne Browne and Debbie Murphy. Past Pupil Joe Quaid addressed the group and was in turn presented with a gift to honour his achievement in coaching the Limerick Intermediate Camogie Team to All Ireland success.

Desmond College was visited by GAA president Liam O'Neill September 2014

The President, along with Jerry Bennis, Chairperson of the County Board Sean Condon, Munster Council Chairperson James Moynihan along with Camogie and GAA officials, then were taken on a tour of the school facilities by the Principal Vourneen Gavin Barry where the President acknowledged the great volunteerism and commitment by the staff involved in organising sport in the Desmond College.

Desmond College celebrating the visit from the GAA president Liam O'Neill also pictured principal Vourneen Gavin Barry Desmond College visit from the GAA president Liam O'Neill to their school September 2014 GAA President awarded commemorative goblet to camogie players in desmond college 2014 GAA President awarded commemorative goblet to Desmond College Camogie Team in Desmond College September 2014

Desmond College Open Night, 9th October

September 24, 2014

Desmond College Open Night on Thursday 9th October, 2014 … details to follow.

Higher Options Conference 2014

September 23, 2014

Desmond College Leaving Certificate Students (2014-2015) at the Higher Options Conference 2014 Desmond College Leaving Certificate Students (2014-2015) at the Higher Options Conference 2014 Desmond College Leaving Certificate Students (2014-2015) at the Higher Options Conference 2014 Desmond College Leaving Certificate Students (2014-2015) at the Higher Options Conference 2014

The Leaving Certificate class of Desmond College and Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba had the opportunity to visit the Higher Options Careers Conference in the RDS in Dublin on Friday 19th September. The Irish Times Higher Options Conference is the biggest of its kind on Ireland and for over two decades has been helping Irish students to make decisions about their study and career options. The conference offered students the unique opportunity to meet directly with representatives from universities, colleges and education institutions from Ireland, the UK, Europe and beyond. The Early start was worth it for the Desmond College students who came back to Newcastlewest with bag loads of information and enthusiasm for their future careers.

  Desmond College Leaving Certificate Students (2014-2015) at the Higher Options Conference 2014 Desmond College Leaving Certificate Students (2014-2015) at the Higher Options Conference 2014 Desmond College Leaving Certificate Students (2014-2015) at the Higher Options Conference 2014 Desmond College Leaving Certificate Students (2014-2015) at the Higher Options Conference 2014 Desmond College Leaving Certificate Students (2014-2015) at the Higher Options Conference 2014 Desmond College Leaving Certificate Students (2014-2015) at the Higher Options Conference 2014

Meet our Harty Boys!

September 22, 2014

Desmond College Harty Cup Players : West Limerick Colleges Harty Cup 2014
Missing from photo is Steven Brosnan and Seamus Hurley.
Evan Larkin, Micheal Flynn,Gavin OReilly, Shane Normoyle, Padraig Collins, William Hurley, Micheal Sexton, Rhys Lambadarios, Daniel Flynn, Brian Hurley and coach Mr Martin Bourke.

Looking forward to a great year ahead with West Limerick Colleges.