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

Fashion Show

April 18, 2014

Fashion Show 2014 : Desmond College

Desmond College Fashion Show on Thursday 1st May.
Tickets €10 each on sale through reception.


Desmond College Girls play for their County

April 11, 2014

Desmond College Camogie Players play for County Limerick Camogie Team

Rebecca Delee, Orlaith Condon, Emma Herbert, Leah Kelly and Aoife Corbett
tog out with pride in the Green Jersey. The girls are all on the Limerick County Camogie Team.
Missing from the photo are Shauna Tobin, Debbie Murphy and Kiara Carroll.


Draoícht to represent Limerick in the
All-Ireland Secondary Schools Talent Show

April 11, 2014

Desmond College’s trad group, Draoícht, are the only Limerick representative in the All-Ireland Secondary Schools’ Talent Show on Saturday, 26th April in the Concert Hall UL. A total of 10 groups, from the 625 that applied, will appear on Saturday night. The show will be broadcast on TV3 with public votes counting in the final decision. They’ve worked very hard and are excited to be representing their school and county!

Desmond College Students Draíocht to Represent Limerick in the All Ireland Secondary Schools Talent Show 2014 (Sunday 26th April)

Limerick and Clare ETB Sports Day 2014

April 11, 2014

Limerick and Clare ETB Sports Day, on Friday 4th April 2014.

Limerick and Clare ETB Sports Day First Year Boys Relay Limerick and Clare ETB Sports Day First Year Girls Relay

Limerick and Clare ETB Sports Day Long Jump Boys Limerick and Clare ETB Sports Day Long Jump Medal Winners

Limerick and Clare ETB Sports Day First Year Girls Limerick and Clare ETB Sports Day Relay Changeover

Limerick and Clare ETB Sports Day Shot Put Boys Medal Limerick and Clare ETB Sports Day

School Trip : Paris 2014

April 10, 2014

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Click to see More Photos of the 2014 School Trip to Paris…

Junior Achievement Ireland: Budding Businesses Battle For Awards

April 8, 2014

Junior Achievement Business awards at GMITPhotograph by Aengus McMahon

10 companies driven by 45 transition year student entrepreneurs competed in the West Regional Final of Junior Achievement’s Company of the Year Competition recently.

The judging panel comprised of Tom Hyland, Chairman Galway Science Festival, Helen Downes, CEO Shannon Chamber and Donie O’Keeffe, Senior Project Manager, Hewlett Packard. The panel had an extremely difficult job as teams from Salesian College, Pallaskenry, Desmond College Newcastlewest, Ardscoil Mhuire Corbally and Laurel Hill Colaiste competed against several Galway schools who were also successful in securing a place at the Regional Final.

The students set up their companies at the beginning of the school year and beat off stiff competition from over 50 other enterprises to qualify for the final. They enjoyed having their business acumen tested in interviews with the panel of judges and they also had to pitch their company in public audience, to their fellow entrepreneurs and other invited guests.

Junior Achievement Business awards at GMITPhotograph by Aengus McMahonAll the teams were mentored by business volunteers from Junior Achievement supporting companies and their teachers deserve great credit for enabling the teams to be so well prepared.
Two Regional winners were announced by Tom Hyland, Chair of the judging panel:
“Play & Learn” from Laurel Hill Colaiste, Limerick developed a simple card game designed to help students from the age of 6 and upwards, learn their Irish verbs in a fun and easy manner.
“Crow Pick” from Desmond College, Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick designed a product to help golfers retrieve the ball from the hole, without bending, by using a “Crow Pick”.
Helen Downes CEO Shannon Chamber commented “It was fantastic to witness such enterprising young people at the Junior Achievement company competition regional final in GMIT.  Their knowledge and enthusiasm for their business ideas made our job as judges a very difficult one.   It was an excellent day and competition was very strong!
Congratulations to all the students involved and best of luck to the two winning teams at the National Final in May.”
These two teams will now participate in the national final which will be held in Dublin on May 12th and 13th.
Approximately 2,700 students nationwide participated in the Junior Achievement Company of the Year 2014. Four other regional finals have also taken place to decide the composition of this year’s national finalists. The national winner will represent Ireland and compete against 34 other countries at the JA European Company Competition 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia in July.
Junior Achievement Ireland is a non-profit organisation working in partnership with business and the education sector to provide a range of enterprise programmes to students aged 5 – 18 years. The twin aims of Junior Achievement are to teach enterprise and life skills to young people and to target those at risk of early school leaving. In the 2013/14 school year 70,000 students will participate in JA programmes and events delivered by over 2,500 business volunteers.