Principal’s Welcome

September 2, 2015

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

Desmond College Student Council 2015/16

December 1, 2015
2015-2016 Desmond College Student Council

Jack Nash, Jack Corkery, James O Connor, Michéal Collins, Alice Duffy, Emma Herbert, Caoimhe Danaher, Leah Barry, Rhea Crowley, Breda Magner, Ciara Brouder, Cian Mason and Cormac Browne

BT Young Scientist 2016 Project Profile (8/15)

December 1, 2015

2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Eve Montgomery (Newcastle West), Sophie Leenders (Newcastle West), and Claire Nolan (Newcastle West)

Project Title:

Get the Lead (Pb) Out!


Senior Technology Individual

Students involved:

Eve Montgomery (Newcastle West), Sophie Leenders (Newcastle West) & Claire Nolan (Newcastle West)

Project Details:

This project plans to establish if the drinking water of the houses in Newcastle West conform to the minimum standards for lead, by taking samples from the houses/ housing estates and having them tested in an approved facilities.

BT Young Scientist 2016 Project Profile (7/15)

November 30, 2015

2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Siun Ni Cheallaigh (Newcastle West), Roisin Nolan (Kilcoleman) and Alanna Slater (Newcastle West)

Project Title:

Development of a natural PH indicator to detect spoilage in milk.


Senior Mathematical Physical Group

Students involved:

Siun Ni Cheallaigh (Newcastle West), Roisin Nolan (Kilcoleman) & Alanna Slater (Newcastle West)

Project Details:

Have you ever gone to the fridge to get some milk for your cereal only to find it was gone off but only after you poured it all over the last bowl of cornflakes? Well, as our research discovered, it is a common occurrence despite best before dates. What is required is a visual indicator as to the condition of the milk.

BT Young Scientist 2016 Project Profile (6/15)

November 29, 2015

2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Amy Ryan (Ardagh), Mairead Ryan (Ardagh) and Amy Ryan (Knockaderry)

Project Title:



Intermediate Technology Group

Students involved:

Amy Ryan (Ardagh), Mairead Ryan (Ardagh) and Amy Ryan (Knockaderry)

Project Details:

The girls have designed an attachment for a cycling helmet that uses wireless technology to light indicators on the helmet that will inform motorists as to which direction a cyclist is turning. it will stop the cyclist having to remove their hands from the handle bars which would increase safety.

3rd Year Students in Desmond College Adopt a Donkey

November 26, 2015

Third Year Students in Desmond College travelled to the Donkey Sanctuary in Mallow last week where they adopted a donkey.

26 Nov 2015: Desmond College Adopt A Donkey

Jason Ryan poses with Kelly Anne their adopted donkey

The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare charity and aims to protect donkeys and mules and promote their welfare worldwide.

26th Nov 2015: Desmond College Students Adopt a Donkey

Jamie Fitzgerald, Chloe Shiels, Ben McCormick, Padraig Flavin, Jason Ryan, Caitlin O’Brien and Katie Marie Cleary

Civic Reception for Desmond College Students

November 25, 2015

Enterprise students, Emma Herbert, Diarmuid Curtin, Eoin Considine, Eamonn Browne and Seamus Hurley were afforded the inaugural civic reception in the local county council offices by Cllr. Michael Collins in the Municipal District Office in Newcastle West. The event was supported by fellow councillors, council staff, members of Desmond College Board of Management, Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry – Principal, and students.

Desmond College Enterprise Students at Civic Reception in Local County Council

The students were recognised for the achievements with their mini company Guide a Key, where they designed and manufactured an innovative device to assist people with limited manual dexterity insert a key into any standard lock, the students were successful in local and national enterprise competitions and they also received an award in a the European Finals of Junior Achievement Europe, held in Berlin over the summer.