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


February 23, 2017

Feb 2017: Eileen Cunningham from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) with Transition Year Students
Eileen Cunningham from the Road Safety Authority with Transition Year Students Ben McCormick, Amy O Shea and Hannah McMahon.

Celebration of Numeracy in Spanish Class

February 22, 2017

Feb 2017: Desmond College Students taking part in Numeracy activities as part of numeracy week
Gary Farnan and Michael Barrett taking part in
Numeracy activities as part of Numeracy Week.

Feb 2017: Desmond College student working through the Spanish Numeracy Challenges
Pawel Kaminski working through the Spanish Numeracy Challenges.

Feb 2017: Desmond College students taking part in numeracy week in Spanish class
Ava McDonagh, Holly Kelly and Connor Collins
celebrating Numeracy Week in Spanish Class.

The Hope Foundation

February 21, 2017

The Hope Foundation truly believes in “students helping students” and the Immersion Programme is a tribute to this belief.

Led by teachers, volunteers and HOPE staff, Transition Year and 5th Year students are afforded the unique opportunity to travel to Kolkata for one week and to visit the projects.

They will witness, first-hand, the work of HOPE and the extremities of life in Kolkata. Supported throughout their time in India, students are introduced to poverty, the realities of street children and the joy of HOPE.

A week-long programme is prepared for students, who spend time visiting HOPE projects, interacting with children and adolescents who are in HOPE supported projects and immersing themselves in Indian culture.

Our young Ambassadors will remember the experience for the rest of their lives, and become more aware of their place in society and how they can make the world a better place by caring for people who are less well off than themselves.

Students must fund-raise a substantial, yet achievable sum, which will be donated to the projects. This process teaches the students about the value of such activities as well as learning the skills to creatively raise the funds to meet targets and deadline.

It is a hugely positive and life-changing experience. It gives students the opportunity to engage in experiences not available in the classroom, encourages greater independence and enhances social and cultural development.

Feb 2017: Desmond College Students raising money for the Hope Foundation
Darragh Collins and Alice Duffy fundraising for their up coming trip to Kolkata. (Missing from photo are Roz Barrett, Thomas Curtin and Hannah McMahon).

Transition Year Students set up a School Bank in conjunction with Bank of Ireland

February 20, 2017

The Bank of Ireland School Bank has been designed to support schools in providing financial education to students.

It gives students the opportunity to work in the School Bank branch across a variety of roles from Bank Manager to Customer Service Official learning about banking and how to work as an effective team.

The School Bank also provides the opportunity for students to open a bank account and makes it easy for them to save on a regular basis, via frequent on-site School Bank visits every Thursday.

The Student School Bank team will be supported by experienced Bank of Ireland staff members from the local branch to ensure the smooth operation of the School Bank, and to support the team with any questions and queries they may have.

Feb 2017: The School Bank in Desmond College in conjunction with Bank of Ireland
The School Bank team Roz Barrett, Hannah Barrett, Dylan Moloney, Thomas Curtin, Ben McCormick and Alice Duffy with the local Bank of Ireland representative Karen Broderick.

Pre-Leaving Cert Exam Timetable 2017

February 18, 2017

March 2017: Desmond College Pre- Leaving Cert Exam Timetable 2017

Emily Duffy, youth volunteer from Desmond College has been recognised in the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards

February 14, 2017

For the dedication she has demonstrated in service to her community, Emily Duffy, from Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick has been recognised as one of 20 finalists in the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, the only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind which rewards post-primary students for outstanding acts of volunteerism and the positive contribution they make in their local communities and further afield.

Feb 2017: Emily Duffy, 6th year Desmond College Newcastle West Co. Limerick , student finalist in 2017 Pramerica Spirit of the Community Awards ProgrammeEmily, a sixth year student at Desmond College, volunteers with the Mendicity Institute and developed the Duffily bag designed to protect homeless people that is now manufactured by service users of the charity.

Emily was initially moved by the high levels of homelessness in Ireland, and was motivated by her past entrances into the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

She then went on to invent the Duffily Bag, a sleeping bag for homeless people. Emily ensured that her invention met their needs and requirements and also developed a production process with them to ensure efficient production.

Emily spent countless hours on the final design and production of the Duffily Bag that now protects homeless people from the harsh conditions they experience living on the streets. The bag is now being produced in the Mendicity Institute, a homeless charity in Dublin, and the service users earn €10 an hour.

She also fundraised for and distributed 75 Duffily bags to the refuges of Calais and Dunkerque.

Emily has made a difference to our world. Her actions have improved the lives of countless people,” said school principal, Vourneen Gavin Barry. “There was no gain or advantage in this for Emily except that she wants to make the world a better place. She is a wonderful young woman.

The post-primary students, who hail from all corners of Ireland, will be presented with €500 and an engraved silver medallion at the gala awards ceremony on 23rd March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin with special guest speaker Irish international rugby player Jordi Murphy.

At the gala, two of the 20 students will be named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year, receiving €1,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their school and an all-expense paid trip to the United States in May to participate in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony.

The 20 finalists are extremely passionate about the work they carry out in their local community, and their stories are truly inspiring,” said Andrea McBride, vice president, Pramerica Systems Ireland. “From supporting young people with Down syndrome to travelling to work in an orphanage abroad, they are aiding a broad range of charities and organisations through their selfless acts of volunteerism. It is humbling to see the commitment and dedication from these young people, and we are honoured to recognise the volunteering they are doing in their local schools, communities and abroad to make the lives better of those less fortunate than themselves.

The programme is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI). The programme is also supported by Volunteer Now, Volunteer Ireland, Scouting Ireland and Foróige.