Monthly Archives: November 2011

Camogie Winners

November 30, 2011

James Moynihan, Chairman of County Limerick Camogie, presenting some of Desmond College’s U16 camogie team with their medals for winning the county inter-schools camogie final.

Photos include: Ms Gavin-Barry, Principal, with James Moynihan presenting the winning medals and Ms Marie Corkery, coach, with Desmond Team receiving their medals from James Moynihan and Mr. Nash

Chess 2010-2011

November 27, 2011


In 2011, Desmond College had a Chess Team made up of 18 students from 1st year to 6th year.

Training sessions are often informal affairs with students challenging other students to games and even playing teachers the odd match. Occasionally we take it seriously, practicing strategies like “Scholars Mate” and “the weak F7 pawn” or openings like Roy Lopez in preparation for tournament games.

Speaking of which, we entered two teams into the County Chess tournament. Team A was captained by Kieran Hartnett and Team B by Robert Toomey.

We beat schools like Gealcholaiste Luimnigh and drew with Villers. Also as part of a JCSP activity we ran a chess initiative with Rang Bríd. The goal was to teach all of the class chess. Michael Bolger got very involved and resulted in representing the school on a county level. Due to this initiative we were able to renew our equipment and buy chess gadgets for our school.

If you are an aspiring chess grandmaster or you just would like to learn the rules please make contact with our resident coach Mr. Keith O’Rahilly.

First Year Hike

November 23, 2011

2011 Multicultural Week

November 23, 2011

First Year Students, along with their German teacher Ms. Meadhbh Nash, organised an extremely successful Multicultural Week in Desmond College.

The week started with a presentation to the whole school, by two of the group, over the intercom system, where details of the week were outlined and the reasons why we, in Desmond College, believe it is important to celebrate the diversity of culturals who attend our school.

During the week students learned about and celebrated the different cultures, through talks and presentations, all given by the students themselves to their own peers.

The event encouraged a sharing of ideas, it helped cultural knowledge and understanding and helped to build confidence.

Students took part in Sports and Quiz events, and enjoyed a delicious food tasting afternoon- without doubt the most popular event with both staff and students! We are already looking forward to next year! Well done to all involved!

Parents’ Association collect Cash for Clobber!

November 8, 2011

The Parents’ Association of Desmond College / Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba is undertaking a fundraising initiative for the school by having a New and Used Clothing Collection. Under this initiative …

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Incoming First Years 2012

November 8, 2011

Closing Date for return of completed Application Forms, for those students who hope to enrol in First Year, is 25th November 2011.

Success Breeds Success : 13 Projects chosen from Desmond College!

November 8, 2011

The 2012 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has attracted a record number of projects this year, with 1,743 entries received from across 32 counties.

From this number 550 were selected this week to partake in the final to be held in January in the RDS. Desmond College has a proud tradition in this competition being successful in 2005, winning the Runner Up Group Award and the Patent Award in that year as well as category awards every year since then.

Desmond College is particularly delighted to have thirteen projects accepted this year from amongst its entries. This is the largest number from any one school in the county, and the 3rd highest in the country as a whole!

The students were informed by the principal, Ms. Vourneen Gavin-Barry, of their success in being chosen to partake in this, the biggest exhibition of its kind in Europe.

Annually the BT Young Scientist Competition attracts nearly 100,000 visitors to the RDS in January each year. Having this amount of projects accepted is affirmation of the past successes of Desmond College and the dedication and work put in over several months by the students and mentoring teachers.

Most of the projects accepted from Desmond College are group projects with just one individual project chosen. The students were naturally elated as they received the news.

They will take part in Mathematical Physical & Chemical, Biological and Ecological, Social & Behavioural and Technology Sections this year.

Congrats to all students involved and to their teacher mentors Marie Corkery, Donal Enright, Tom Byrne, Heather McCarthy and Orla Fahy.