Principal’s Welcome

August 29, 2018

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

Meet the National Safety Challenge Finalists

April 9, 2019


This week, James Taylor speaks to second two of our four Second Level National Finalists in the ESB Networks National Safety Challenge.

The ESB Networks National Safety Challenge is proudly supported by Safe Family Farms, a joint initiative between ESB Networks and The Irish Farmers Journal, to raise awareness and make farms a safer place for all.

Meet the Desmond College ESBNetworks National Safety Challenge Finalists

Students: Kayla McMahon and Fiona Kelly
Year: Transition Year
Teacher: Mr. Donal Enright
Idea: Eye in the Cab

Kayla McMahon and Fiona Kelly from Desmond College have developed “Eye in the Cab”, a device that you attach in the cab of a tractor. It detects the angle that the tractor is at and alerts the farmer if they are operating at a dangerous angle.

Our idea

“So what it does is it detects what angle that the tractor is at, but while doing that then it also has a GPS device inside in it so that it allows you to locate where exactly where the tractor is so when it reaches a certain point it will send a text message to the In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact of the person in the tractor.

Using a gyro sensor, GPS modules, and an Auto Dialler, we built a device that recognises the angle of the tractor. Gyro sensors, also known as angular rate sensors, are devices that sense angular velocity.

With the aid of an internal siren, it can alert the driver once a tractor has reached 35-degree tilt and can alter the driver’s ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact via an STMicroelectronics SPBTLE-RF Bluetooth Chip 4.1 auto-dialler, once the vehicle has reached or exceeded 45 degrees.

The “Eye in the Cab” device can be fixed to the inside of the cab via magnets. It is also equipped with an emergency button on the front panel that the driver can press in an emergency.

Because it is portable, the driver can take the unit with them and attached to their belt and if they are involved in an accident involving animals, machinery or overcome by slurry fumes.”

Inspiration

“Agriculture is a huge part of the lives of the people in Ireland. The fatality rate in agriculture is far higher than any other economic sector.

A large proportion of all fatal workplace accidents occur in agriculture, even though only a small number of people are employed in farming. According to research carried out by the Health & Safety Authority (HSA), machinery related accidents make up for 50% of farm fatalities.

Factors that influence the probability of vehicles tipping over are the size, weight, angle of incline, terrain, front and back loaders as well as tyre size and pressure, the multiplicity of factor made it difficult for the driver, our device will serve as an early mechanism and help reduce accidents.

However, research informs us that when a tractor reaches an angle of 36.780 it has a 75% chance of rolling over and at 450, it has a 100% chance.”

What it would mean to win

“To win the ESB Networks National Safety challenge it would mean a lot to us to know that like even in our young age we could potentially save lives with an idea and project we came up with ourselves and would mean a lot to us.

It would be a massive achievement for us and our school.”

Desmond College Literacy Week 2019, April 8th -12th

April 5, 2019

Desmond College Literacy Week 2019 April 8th -12th

Desmond College Literacy Week 2019 April 8th -12th

Transition Year Fundraiser for Pieta House

April 4, 2019

2019, March: Shauna O'Sullivan, Shannon Copse and Chloe Ahern organised a bake sale to raise much needed funds for Pieta House
Shauna O’Sullivan, Shannon Copse and Chloe Ahern organised a bake sale to raise much needed funds for Pieta House

Student Enterprise 2019

April 3, 2019

50 different mini-companies from 16 different schools across Limerick City & County descended on the South Court Hotel on March 26th for the annual Limerick Enterprise Office – Student Enterprise Awards.

Desmond College was represented by 1st Years, Tara Danaher & Josh Dore who won 2nd place in the Junior Section with “The Empty Chair Company”.

Aine Murphy, Lauren Ambrose, and Lucy Flaherty (all second years) won 1st Place in the Intermediate Section with their company “Hy Geeenie”.

TY students, Oisin O’Sullivan, and Conor Fox, achieved a Highly Commended in the Senior Section with “Sigigraph” and Melissa Flaherty and Ciara Brouder won 1st place in the senior section with “Safety Harness Attachment”.

Megan Roma and Victoria Brouder also took park with their company “6Teen Skincare”.

1st Place winners go on to represent Limerick in the All Ireland Student Enterprise Finals in Croke Park in May.

Desmond College's Aine Murphy, Lauren Ambrose and Lucy Flaherty all second year students won 1st Place in the Intermediate Section with their company Hy Geeenie at Student Enterprise 2019
Aine Murphy, Lauren Ambrose and Lucy Flaherty all second year students won 1st Place in the Intermediate Section with their company Hy Geeenie at Student Enterprise 2019

Desmond College's Oisin O' Sullivan and Conor Fox achieved a Highly Commended in the Senior Section with ‘Sigigraph’ at Student Enterprise 2019
Oisin O’Sullivan and Conor Fox achieved a Highly Commended in the Senior Section with ‘Sigigraph’ at Student Enterprise 2019

Desmond College's Megan Roma and Victoria Brouder, Transition Year students at Student Enterprise 2019
Megan Roma and Victoria Brouder, Transition Year students at Student Enterprise 2019

Desmond College's Melissa Flaherty and Ciara Brouder won 1st place in the senior section with "Safety Harness Attachment" at Student Enterprise 2019
Melissa Flaherty and Ciara Brouder won 1st place in the senior section with “Safety Harness Attachment” at Student Enterprise 2019

Business – TY Academy

April 2, 2019

The Bank of Ireland TY academy helps students to develop their critical thinking, communication, problem-solving skills and to provide practical guidance using the lean canvas methodology to start up their own business.

Desmond College had five transition Years selected to take part in the Limerick/Clare/Tipperary Regional Round of the TY Academy: Oisin O’Sullivan, Dylan O’Shea, Melissa Flaherty, Fiona Kelly, and Victoria Brouder.

As part of the academy, students work on a business problem with students from other schools. Over the course of three days, they explore the areas of enterprise and innovation, and learn how to pitch their proposals in a “Dragon’s Den” environment.

The Lean Canvas methodology used by many start-up companies provides students with the tools necessary to generate their business plan and launch their idea. Students can also learn how to build a website or develop an app.

The All-Ireland finals will take place on the 9th of May in Dublin and Limerick/Clare/Tipperary will be represented by a team of 4 comprising of two students from Desmond College, Fiona Kelly, and Dylan O’Shea.

An honourable mention was reserved for “Man of the Match” or the hardest working student of the week, Oisin O’Sullivan, also from Desmond College.

Congratulation to the five students for representing our school with pride and distinction, many thanks to all the mentors who assisted the students during the week with a special mention to Bank of Ireland for sponsoring and organising it.

2019, March: Oisin O'Sullivan, Dylan O'Shea, Melissa Flaherty, Fiona Kelly and Victoria Brouder at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy
Oisin O’Sullivan, Dylan O’Shea, Melissa Flaherty, Fiona Kelly and Victoria Brouder at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy

2019, March: Oisin O'Sullivan ‘Man of the Match’ at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy
Oisin O’Sullivan ‘Man of the Match’ at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy

2019, March: Fiona Kelly and Dylan O'Shea through to the All Ireland Final of the Bank of Ireland TY Academy taking place on 9th May.
Fiona Kelly and Dylan O’Shea through to the All Ireland Final of the Bank of Ireland TY Academy taking place on 9th May.

Agricultural Science Farm Walk at Pallaskenry Agricultural College

March 29, 2019

The 5th and 6th Year Agricultural Science students went to Pallaskenry Agricultural College on Wednesday 20th March to carry out a farm walk as part of the Ag Science syllabus. The students got a practical, hands-on insight into life on the farm.

Jason Corbett and Bobby Donovan in Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Jason Corbett and Bobby Donovan in Pallaskenry Agricultural College

Chloe Walsh, Edel O'Connor and Yvonne Leahy at Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Chloe Walsh, Edel O’Connor, and Yvonne Leahy at Pallaskenry Agricultural College

Sean Barrett on a farm walk at Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Sean Barrett on a farm walk at Pallaskenry Agricultural College

Desmond College Agricultural Science Students at a Farm Walk in Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Desmond College Agricultural Science Students at a Farm Walk in Pallaskenry Agricultural College