Monthly Archives: January 2013

Desmond Factor 2013

January 23, 2013

Desmond Factor 2013

January 21, 2013

Thursday 24th Jan:

Variety Show (Doors open at 7.00) Tickets €6.00 at the door

Friday 25th Jan:

Show for Primary Schools (by appointment only)

Friday 25th Jan:

Desmond Factor Competition Show

Doors Open at 7.00

Tickets Only

Tickets €10 can be bought at reception



The German Breakfast Morning

January 18, 2013

The German Breakfast Morning

Frühstuck Von Deutschland

On the 18th January 2013, the students took part in the first ever German Breakfast morning in the school. The breakfast consisted of anything and everything from Schinken (Ham), Eier (eggs) to Schokoladen Kuchen (chocolate cake) und Kekse (biscuits)!

Desmond College German Breakfast Morning 2013

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students brought in some of their own homemade favourites and everyone listened to German music whilst tucking in!

Nathan Dunleavy made the student population aware of the event over the student intercom, Colm Copse and Tomas Mc Carthy decorated the room, whilst the 3rd year girls took care of the cutlery. The 5th year girls were in charge of the tea, coffee and hot chocolate, whilst the boys set the table. A team effort all round!

German Breakfast Morning 2013 in Desmond College

We’re already planning and looking forward to next year’s breakfast!


Desmond College Scoop Five Awards at Young Scientist Competition

January 16, 2013

There were huge cries of delight when the students of Desmond College walked into the RDS arena to see 5 awards pinned to their project displays.

Sophie Bridgeman, Fiona Barrow and Caoimhe Danaher received a ‘Display Award’ for their project entitled ‘Key Glow’. This project aims to assist the elderly in unlocking their doors at night when entering their homes.

At the other end of the arena a thrilled Cian Cremin and Seamus Hurley, inventors of the ‘Heavy Duty Hover Pad’ were ‘Highly Commended’ in their Junior Technology category. Their invention is capable of lifting significant weight that will allow for the safe and easy splitting of a tractor engine.

Also receiving a ‘Highly Commended’ and a ‘Display Award’ too, were senior students Martin Madden, Conor Barry and Peter Shanahan, whose ‘Self-Levelling Wheelbarrow’, designed with unique see-saw legs, provides extra stability on uneven ground. This project has sparked a lot of interest and offers from various people looking to buy it.

An ‘Investigation into the Life Cycle, Behaviour, Intelligence and Myths surrounding Crows’ proved to be a winner for Lisa Barrow and Orlaith Condon, who received a ‘Display Award’ for their amazing project on the Corvus Cornix or more commonly known as the Hooded Crow.

The exhibition, which is the largest of its kind in Europe, attracts huge media attention and was visited by thousands of people over it three day opening. The students of Desmond College, along with their teachers and parents, were delighted to have been so successfully involved with this competition. They also acknowledged and thanked the support they received from the local business community.

As the students returned to Limerick by bus late on Saturday evening, plans were already afoot for next years projects!

Students going to the BT Young Scientists Competition

January 14, 2013

Photos from last week of students packing to go to the BT Young Scientists competition.

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

January 8, 2013

If you are visiting the Young Scientists Exhibition in the RDS, Dublin (January 9th – 12th, 2013)
here are the Desmond College Projects and their locations:

Project Name Category Stand No
Intelligence of Crows Biological 1602
Mirror, Mirror, what colour Mathematical 3101
Heavy Duty Hover pad Technology 4405
Omni Directional Battery Technology 4407
Camogie/Hurling Developer Technology 4506
Self Levelling Wheelbarrow Technology 4605
Self Regulating Speed Ramp Technology 4608
Sport = Achievement 2402
Beetle Mathematical 3511
Walking Aid Technology 4402
Hydro Cart Technology 4413
Helmet Insert Technology 4417
Key Glow Technology 4421
Ear Muff Technology 4425
Auto Safety Technology 4525
Scent Clock Technology 4538

Click here to view more information about going to the exhibition
from the official BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition website :

Young Scientists on The Late Late Show

January 3, 2013

RTÉ's The Late, Late Show_
Don’t forget to watch the Late Late Show to see Liam Dowling,
Darren Kelly and Graham McCoy being interviewed by Ryan
Tubridy about their Young Scientist Project!

Desmond College Students Dare to Enter the Dragons’ Den!

January 1, 2013

Two TY students from Desmond College have made it through to the All Ireland Final of Junior Dragons’ Den to be shown on RTE in the new year. Desmond College is one of only 18 schools nationwide who have been chosen from hundreds who entered regional rounds over the last few weeks.

The competition run by RTE and Bank of Ireland went looking for young entrepreneurs from schools across Ireland to take part in the Junior Dragons’ Den. This search for some of the brightest minds in Irish secondary led them to two Desmond College students Steven Brosnan and Tom Flavin both in Transition year.

The boys, who have made a new screen wash for cars called F21-D, will get to pitch in front of the Dragons while being recorded by RTE for episode 9 and 10 of the very popular Dragons’ Den which is now onto series 5 and will be aired in April 2013.

Read more about the Desmond College Students on the Limerick Leader website!

Limerick Leader article and photo of the Desmond College F-21D Transition Year Dragon Den Competitors