Monthly Archives: September 2012

Mad Hatter and Mad Hair Day

September 29, 2012

A touch of madness came over students in Desmond College and Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba on Wednesday 26th September!

All students dressed up with ‘Mad Hair’ styles and wore ‘Mad Hats’ and casual clothes in order to raise money for the CARI Foundation and The Ark Unit in the Regional Hospital Limerick.

The students were invited to take part in the event by Newcastle West and District Lions Club who have strong links with Desmond College and have previously been involved in fund raising activities together. The event coincided with the 95FM ‘Stop Tour’. Many other local schools participated in the event. The students of Desmond College raised in excess of €500 for this worthy cause.


September 26, 2012

The Learning School Project, funded by Teacher Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills, is an action research project undertaken by the Education Centres in Cork, West Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Clare.

Desmond College’s Proposal was one of seven projects chosen in the Limerick hub. The Project received strong support from Dr. Joe O’ Connell and his Team.


The Learning Schools Project seeks to:

  • Develop an increased awareness of what constitutes a Learning School
  • Support school-based activities promoting the on-going development of the Learning School
  • Enhance the capacity of individual teachers to contribute to the Learning School
  • Nurture teacher leadership in schools

Our Project Focus and Results:

  • Our project focused on second year students and was later extended to third year higher maths students. Our focus of our project was on How to Improve Student Effort at Homework.
  • Students were marked on their effort at homework. This resulted in a big increase in effort by all students.
  • Parents reported positively on the project.
  • As a result a new Homework Policy was developed and new report cards were introduced into the student journal. Effort at homework is now being recorded for all pupils.

The Team:

  • The Project Leaders were Deputy Principal Liz Cregan and Assistant Principal Shirley Supple Looney.
  • The Project Team consisted of Class Tutors Nicola White, Marie Ryan, Carol Liston, Margaret O’Mahony, Anne Hannon and maths teacher Veronica Ryan.


Desmond College Pupils Visit Higher Options Conference 2012

September 24, 2012

Students from Desmond College attending the Higher Options Conference 2012

Desmond College students attending Higher Options Conference

The Leaving Certificate class was given the opportunity to visit the Higher Options Careers Conference in the RDS in Dublin on Wednesday 19th September. The Irish Times Higher Options Conference is the biggest of its kind in Ireland and for over two decades has been helping Irish students to make decisions about their study and career options.

The event, which has the sanction of the Department of Education, offered students the unique opportunity to meet directly with representatives from universities, colleges and education institutions from Ireland, the UK, Europe and beyond.

Our Leaving Certificate students have come away from the conference with increased motivation and aspiration for the year ahead. The early start and long journey was worth the chance to explore options after Leaving Cert in Desmond College!

Read more about Guidance Counselling service in Desmond College >>

Leaving Cert Students attend Higher Options in Dublin

September 20, 2012

Desmond College Students pictured at the RDS Higher Options - photo by, and property of, Alan Betson & The Irish Times

Students from Desmond College were pictured today at the Higher Options Conference at the RDS.

Read the full article on the Irish Times website here!

Bank of Ireland Student of the Year

September 20, 2012

A Desmond College Junior Certificate Student winning the Bank of Ireland Student of the Year Award

A Junior Certificate student who won the Bank of Ireland Student of the Year Award
for outstanding results achieved in his examinations.

Desmond College Students participating in the Harty Cup

September 19, 2012

Desmond College Students participating in the Harty Cup 2012

Students from Desmond College looking forward to playing with
Colaisti Iar Luimni (West Limerick Colleges) vs Abbey CBS Tipperary in
Wednesday’s Harty Cup Fixture in Killmallock.

Students win Scholarships for Irish College

September 19, 2012

Lucky Students from Desmond College and Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba
who won scholarships this summer to Irish College in Ballybunion, Co. Kerry.

Desmond College Students Receive Junior Certificate Results

September 17, 2012

Desmond College Salutes Our Inter-County Hurlers

September 16, 2012

Congratulations to Kieran Herlihy, Cian Larkin and Conor Barry on being part of the Limerick U16 hurling team that took part in the All Ireland tournament held on Saturday Sep 1st in Tipperary.

Congratulations also to Gavin O’Reilly, Michael Sexton, William Hurley, Brian Hurley and Cormac Long who also represented Limerick at the U15 All Ireland Tournament held in Cork on the same weekend. We look forward to a promising year ahead for our school teams.

Limerick Ladies Intermediate Football Championship Winners 2012

September 15, 2012

Desmond College is delighted to congratulate its pupils, past pupils and staff member who played with Monagea Ladies Football Club winners of the Limerick Ladies Intermediate Football Championship 2012.

First Years and TY Students

September 12, 2012

Spin Southwest visits Desmond College!

September 10, 2012