Monthly Archives: October 2011

Irish Schools Showjumping Competition : 30th October

October 29, 2011

Desmond College Equestrian Team 2011-2012

Sunday 30th October, sees Desmond College Equestrian Team, take part in the Irish Schools Showjumping Competition in Clonshire Adare.

The Team who have been training hard with Terence Leonard, are looking forward to the day with great anticipation.  The Team are well experienced and have competed in Clonshire for a number of years.

Team Members are Rachel O’Sullivan, Patrick O Sullivan, Jamie Byrnes and Killian Hough. Individual entrants are Nathan Hough and Michael Flynn.  Good Luck to all.

Autumn Newsletter

October 29, 2011

Our Autumn Newsletter is now available!

Click here to go to Newsletter page and download the PDF

Limerick Senior Hurlers Train Up and Coming Young Hurlers in Desmond College!

October 29, 2011

Limerick Senior Hurlers train Desmond College hurlers

Declan Hannon (Adare) and Tommy O’Brien (Patrickswell) took a training session with first and second year hurling teams in Desmond College on Wednesday 26th October. The session, organised by teacher/coach Martin Bourke, focused on developing individual skills, followed by a motivational speech.

Limerick Senior Hurlers train Desmond College hurling team

Desmond College Equestrian Team
take 2nd place in Interschools Open Competition

October 26, 2011

Desmond College took second place in Leg 2 of the Orchard Equestrian Interschools Showjumping League held in Clonshire Adare. The Team from Desmond College came second to winners Laurel Hill in the Open Team Competition.

Team members are: Rachel OSullivan, Micheal OFlynn, Nathan Hough and Roman Creedon. The Team are trained by past pupils Jamie Byrnes and Killian Hough.

A member of Desmond College's Equestrian Show Jumping TeamDesmond College Achieves 2nd place at the Orchard Equestrian Interschools Show Jumping LeagueDesmond College Show Jumping Team at the Orchard Interschools League

Open Night (2011)

October 23, 2011

The students of 5th and 6th Class, accompanied by their parents, are invited to our Open Night on Thursday, 27th October from 7.30 – 9.30pm.

Come along! We look forward to meeting you.


Adare Manor Golf Competition

October 20, 2011

Our golf team at Adare Manor for the Autumn Stroke Play competition.

Transition Year trip to Kenmare

October 20, 2011

Rang Ailbhe’s Creative Anti-Bullying Solutions …

October 20, 2011

A random sample of Powerpoint Presentations as designed by our hard-working third year ICT students.

They not only created the slideshows but also confidently presented them to their peers as part of Desmond College’s anti-bullying campaign.

Well done to all!

(Click on slideshow to move to the next slide.)

Slideshow by Dominika and Lauren

Slideshow by Colin and Simon

Slideshow by Chris and Tom

Art Exhibition: In Association with West Limerick Mental Health Association

October 14, 2011

Desmond College hosted the first of its kind Art Exhibition/Competition on Monday 10th of October celebrating the beginning of a week-long awareness campaign about Positive Metal Health.

This event was jointly organised by volunteer members of West Limerick Mental Association and staff of Desmond College.

Ms Vourneen Gavin-Barry (Principal) began proceedings by welcoming community members, TY students, parents and teachers from Desmond College, Hazelwood College and Scoil Mhuire Agus Ide.

Eileen O’Sullivan judged the artwork and awarded prizes to all schools for their participation in this initiative.

Dan Sheehan and fellow musicians played traditional music entertaining all present. This music was punctuated by an address from the Chairperson of West Limerick Mental Health Association, Mary Browne.

It was followed by an inspiring speech by Seamus Hennessy who took time out to connect with the TY students on various aspects of their development as students and young adults. He went on to present prizes to the students for the fine artwork they developed in preparation for this worthy event.

New Pitch Development

October 12, 2011

On October 12th 2011, over three years of hardwork came to fruition with the official opening of our school pitch. The Field Development Committee under the leadership of Mr. Mike Nash, have worked tirelessly over the past three years and have fund-raised to the tune of €50,000 for the Field Development Fund. The team, have undertaken many fundraising initiatives including a Race Night, a Field Development Draw, Coffee Mornings, and two Fashion Shows. We are grateful to our parents, staff, students past and present and of course the local community; their support and generosity made the development of our school pitch a reality.

Desmond College Field Development Committee

Chess Club 2011

October 7, 2011

Chess Club 2011-2012

Desmond College is now beginning another season of Chess: introducing newcomers to the game and training seasoned players for upcoming competitions with rival schools (not mentioning any names).

Once learnt, the game of Chess is a companion for life that is always ready to help you fight off boredom. It is also a unique link to all nationalities and cultures connecting people all over the globe through the confines of its rules.

The internet has revolutionised the game making it possible to challenge anybody anywhere and students in our school club have also taken to this method of practicing the game.

Not only does Chess help sharpen our thinking faculties and wit, it also provides a social link to people of varying ages. It isn’t every day a first year gets to beat a fifth year at something, however in chess this is possible and indeed on occasion has occurred in our club! (not mentioning any names).

If you want the challenge of learning the game or improving as a player join our club. All are welcome to our training sessions with Mr O’Rahilly held in room 4 every Thursday lunch time.

Journée Européenne des Langues 2011

October 7, 2011

First year students celebrating the European Day of Languages, Journée européenne des langues, 2011, on September 26th by setting up a “Boulangerie” in class and enjoying some delicious croissants and baked French delights!