Principal’s Welcome

September 2, 2016

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

6th Year Senior Cycle Physical Education Project

October 20, 2016

Raising Awareness of the Paralympics and Paralympic Sport

1st and 2nd Years:
Kahoot Quiz on the Paralympics during SPHE class on week of 24th – 28th October 2016. FACTS ON THE PARALYMPICS are displayed on the library windows. Please try learn some facts for the quiz.

Oct 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School Newcastle West Students Practice some Sitting Volleyball during their Physical Education class
Desmond College Students Practice some Sitting Volleyball.

Oct 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School students play some blindfolded soccer during SPHE class
Desmond College students play some blindfolded soccer.

This is the second year that Desmond College, along with ten other schools, has been chosen to be involved in an exciting project with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and the University of Limerick. The project aims to inform future planning and assessment in Senior Cycle Physical Education.

A selection of students from this years 6th Year group are participating in a curriculum model called ‘Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity’ where students explore and reflect on their own experiences in sport but also on the broader local, national and international influences on participation and provision.

Students chose to research Paralympic Sports and learn about the challenges that people with disabilities face but also learn about the opportunities that people with disabilities can have when given access to and the opportunity to play adapted sports. The main theme of the project follows the theme of the Paralympic advertisement
“YES, I CAN!” ‘We are the Superhumans’:

  • Yes I can play sport once it is modified to allow us to;
  • Yes I can participate if I have access to and the opportunity to play;
  • Yes I can when attitudes are more positive and people are more aware of the opportunities for people with disabilities.

Over the course of six weeks sixth year students are taking part in a number of adapted sports, activities and Paralympic sports such as sitting volleyball, boccia, soccer, basketball and some blindfold games.

Students are creating awareness of the Paralympics around the school by posting Paralympic facts on the library windows in the main reception area so watch this space.

In particular first and second year students are being asked to take note of these facts as they will participate in a kahoot quiz on the Paralympics designed by the sixth years during SPHE class on the week of 24th – 28th October. A small prize will be given to the team who wins the quiz in each class.

Barrie Bennett Instructional Leadership Programme

October 19, 2016

Congratulations to Margaret O Mahony, Bernadine Enright and Liz Cregan who just graduated from the Barrie Bennett Instructional Leadership Programme.

Oct 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School staff, Margaret O'Mahoney, Bernadine Enright and Liz Cregan graduated from The Barrie Bennett Instructional Leadership Programme

2nd year Spanish Poster Competition

October 17, 2016

Students were challenged to design a poster to promote awareness of language learning for European language day.

2016: Mr Russell (Spanish Teacher in Desmond College Post Primary School) with his Second Year Spanish Students after completing their posters
Mr Russell with his Spanish students, Chloe Ahern, Joanne Lai, Shane Baguio, Megan Roma and Ciara Brouder after completing their posters.

2016: A selection of Posters by the Desmond College Post Primary School Second Year Spanish Students
A selection of the posters designed by the Second Year Spanish students.

Senior Camogie

October 16, 2016

On Friday Sept 30th, our senior camogie team played Nenagh in Moneygall. Unfortunately our girls were narrowly defeated.

30th Sept 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School Senior Camogie Team

Eunicas Speaks to 6th Year Students

October 14, 2016

Oct 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School 6th Year Students attend a talk by Eunicas

6th year students enjoying an informational careers talk with Mr Guy Flunch from Eunicas. Eunicas is the organisation representing European Universities.


October 14, 2016

2016: Desmond College post primary school Limerick presents Hairspray The Musical, 10th and 11th November.

Exciting times lie ahead for the staff and students of Desmond College, who will proudly present “Hairspray – The Musical”, in association with Over The Rainbow School Of Dance. Preparations are in full swing for this “not to be missed” musical extravaganza.

Featuring the style and soundtrack of the swinging 60’s, we can guarantee that the audience will be rocking in their seats! Featuring big musical numbers such as “Nicest Kids in Town” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat”, you won’t be disappointed!

Oct 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School Students in dress rehearsal for school musical, Hairspray! on 10th and 11th November

A cast of over 30 students are involved in the staging of the show and will feature in a variety of roles. Roisin Nolan stars as Tracy Turnblad, alongside Clodagh O Keefe who appears as Tracy’s dorky friend Penny Pingleton.

Sixth year student, Diarmuid Curtin, portrays teenage heartthrob Link Larkin. Orla Wrenn takes to the stage as the selfish and bratty Amber Von Tussle, daughter of Velma, who is played by Breda Magner.

The exciting character of Corny Collins will be played by Patrick Kenneally and Darragh Collins debuts as the talented dancer Seaweed. These budding stage stars will be supported by a talented array of all singing, all dancing students from various year groups.

So, if you are looking for a way to shake off the Winter blues, please join us on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th November in Desmond College, at 7pm. We promise to take you back to the 1960’s and have plenty of laughs along the way! Admission €10. To avoid disappointment, please purchase your tickets as soon as possible. Contact Desmond College on 069-62205 or email