Monthly Archives: April 2012

Voyage de Rêve : Dream Trip for Desmond College

April 24, 2012

What better way to enjoy Springtime than in the beautiful city of Paris with your friends?

That is exactly how 59 Second Year Desmond College students and 5 teachers spent the last five days.

While basking in 24 degrees during their school tour they enjoyed a visit to all the cultural and historical sites that Paris has to offer, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées, the Louvre Museum and of course the ultimate adrenalin rush trip to Euro Disney and a cool down in Aquaboulevard.

All students sampled French cuisine and were partial to crepes as bedtime snacks.They behaved impeccably and were a credit to themselves and the school. Vive le France.

Google World Science Competition: InVigil8

April 16, 2012

Two of our students, Warren Gleeson and Sean Duffy have been accepted for the Google World Science Competition. As part of their entry they have made a two minute video which can be viewed on You Tube. We are asking you to please view the video and LIKE it. To view the clip log onto YouTube & type Invigil8 or click here.

Link to YouTube video about InVigil8 by Desmond College students showing at the Google Science Fair 2012

Way of The Cross : Good Friday

April 6, 2012

Way of the Cross processing through Newcastlewest town on Good Friday, Easter 2012

Desmond College’s Entrepreneurs of the Future

April 5, 2012

The Transition Year students from Desmond College have attended two mini company competitions in recent weeks. Four mini company groups travelled to the Vienna Hotel in Cork to take part in the “Get up and Go” Transition Year Competition.

The four mini companies were:

  • “Funky Frames”
  • “West Limerick Secret Millionaire”
  • “Chimney Turbine”
  • “Calving Jackers”.

On the day of the competition, students spoke to various judges and explained their business concepts, the marketing campaigns they undertook to promote their businesses and the financial accounts of their companies.

The students were successful in winning two categories:

  • 1st prize for Sustainability with the “Chimney Turbine”
  • 3rd prize for Innovation with the “Calving Jackers”


The following week the students took part in the Limerick County Enterprise Board Competition in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. On this day, six groups travelled from Desmond College.

This initiative is designed to encourage students to take a business idea from market research and follow through to production. Students also gained experience in selling and record keeping management. Finally, they had to write a comprehensive business plan detailing their activities. These groups competed in the senior category along with “Timpeallacht” who cleverly devised an alternative repellent to Wasps.

The “Calving Jackers” won best innovative product while “The Slurry Wise” competed in the Intermediate category. They also won this category and will now proudly represent Limerick County Enterprise Board at the National Final in Croke Park on the 19th of April.

Best of Luck to all!

Green Dragon 2012 National Finals : Students Take Home Innovation Prize

April 5, 2012

Students from Desmond College, Newcastle West were out in force on Wednesday (28th March) in Croke Park as they competed with over 60 other students for the title of National Winner at Agri Aware’s Green Dragon Secondary School Innovation Challenge.

These budding innovators were all out to impress the panel of judges which included leading economist and Chairman of Love Irish Food, Jim Power; the 2012 Apprentice winner, Eugene Heary; agricultural presenter, Ella McSweeney; Heidi Corr, of the Dublin Business Innovation Centre and Pauric Corrigan, President of the National Irish Safety Organisation.

Desmond College : Green Dragon 2012 : National Final

The finalists had to convince the Green Dragons that their idea for a new Agriculture, Food, Environment or Health and Safety product or service had the potential to be a real seller on the market.

A total of €14,000 in prizes was awarded at the event and the “Calving Jackers” team of Conor Barry, Martin Madden and AJ O’Connor were runners-up in the agricultural category with their idea for an attachment to a calving jack that helps assist vets when performing a caesarean section on cows.

Now in its third year, the Green Dragon Secondary School Innovation Challenge is an Agri Aware initiative supported by Bord Bia, AIB Bank and FBD. The initiative provides students with the opportunity to bring their innovative idea from concept stage through to development of business and marketing plans. Earlier today, the students made their business pitch to the judges, in front of a live audience.

This year, the category winners will also have the opportunity to showcase their ideas at a European level at the Dublin City of Science in July in the National Convention Centre. This event will be attended by over 6,000 scientists, business leaders and Government officials from across Europe.

Commenting on the success of the National Final, Agri Aware Chairman, Bernard Donohue remarked, “The standard of the business pitches made to the panel of judges today was outstanding. All finalists were remarkable and we congratulate them all for their great effort.”

Teresa Brophy, Manager Ireland Market, Bord Bia commented “The range and standard of Quality Assured food ideas at the National Final was fantastic. From taking part in the challenge these students have learnt how the Quality Mark is a reassurance of Bord Bia’s highest quality standards and the importance of choosing food with the Mark when shopping.”

Speaking at the final, John Farrell Agri Strategy, AIB Bank remarked, “The creativity and entrepreneurship of these students is remarkable, we witnessed some truly innovative ideas today. The standard of the finalists was very high and I would like to commend all the finalists for the time, effort and work that they have put into their entries.”

Conor Gouldson, Company Secretary with FBD said, “We were delighted to see such a high standard of entries across all four categories, especially in the health and safety sectors. We extend our congratulations to all of today’s winners, and we hope that these students’ great ideas come to fruition in the not too distant future.”

Green Dragon Secondary Schools Innovation Challenge-Prize Winners

Agriculture Winner and Overall Winner: Smart Seeds Delivery System, Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Agriculture Runner Up: Calving Jackers, Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick