Business

Desmond College wins at
NFTE International Business Plan Competition
and CET of the Year Award

January 12, 2018

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is a cutting edge, world recognised, youth entrepreneurship education and development programme. It is managed and provided by Foróige in Ireland and is affiliated to NFTE International. The NFTE programme originated in the USA and was brought to Ireland in 2004.

Eight businesses from all over Ireland were involved in the recent NFTE International Business Plan Competition, which took place in the Dechert office in Dublin. The young people applied, and were selected, to pitch their business in front of a panel of judges.

The three judges were Killian Buckley and Geraldine Gleeson, who represented basis.point along with Karen Hannify of Foróige.

Kone Kollector, who created a product for collecting and picking up plastic cones used in sports and recreation centres, were chosen as the winners of the competition.

Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney, of Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, are the founders of the business. They will now go on to represent Foróige NFTE in New York at the Global Showcaser in March, 2018.

Meanwhile, the CET (Certified Entrepreneurship Trainer) of the Year Award has been won by Donal Enright, a teacher at Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.

This is the first time since its introduction to Ireland that both students and teacher awards were won by a single school.

Dec 2017 : Desmond College wins at NFTE and CET
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney with their winning Kone Kollecter project.

Christmas Market Day in Desmond College

December 22, 2017

On Wednesday the 13th of December 2017, Ms Liston’s second year business students and 5th Year LCVP students ran a very festive Christmas market. Hot chocolate, treats, crafts competitions and games were on offer.

Mr Shields together with a group of first year students in rang James ran a very successful Christmas card mini enterprise. All money collected is being donated to the Mid West Simon Community.


Dec 2017: Alan Wallace and Kalon O'Brien with Christmas cards they designed for the Christmas Market
Alan Wallace and Kalon O’Brien with Christmas cards they designed for the Christmas Market.


Dec 2017: Ms O'Connor getting into the festive spirit on Christmas Market Day in Desmond College
Ms O’Connor getting into the festive spirit on Christmas Market Day in Desmond College.


Dec 2017: Aislinn Walsh and Amy Ryan during Christmas Market day in Desmond College
Aislinn Walsh and Amy Ryan during Christmas Market day in Desmond College.


Dec 2017: Katelyn O'Sullivan, Edward O'Brien, Aaron Enright, Clodagh Flatley and Lydia Murphy with the Christmas card they designed as a mini enterprise
Katelyn O’Sullivan, Edward O’Brien, Aaron Enright, Clodagh Flatley and Lydia Murphy with the Christmas card they designed as a mini enterprise.


Dec 2017 : John English and Jason Corbett feeling very festive during Christmas Market Day
John English and Jason Corbett feeling very festive during Christmas Market Day.

Transition Year Students set up a School Bank in conjunction with Bank of Ireland

February 20, 2017

The Bank of Ireland School Bank has been designed to support schools in providing financial education to students.

It gives students the opportunity to work in the School Bank branch across a variety of roles from Bank Manager to Customer Service Official learning about banking and how to work as an effective team.

The School Bank also provides the opportunity for students to open a bank account and makes it easy for them to save on a regular basis, via frequent on-site School Bank visits every Thursday.

The Student School Bank team will be supported by experienced Bank of Ireland staff members from the local branch to ensure the smooth operation of the School Bank, and to support the team with any questions and queries they may have.

Feb 2017: The School Bank in Desmond College in conjunction with Bank of Ireland
The School Bank team Roz Barrett, Hannah Barrett, Dylan Moloney, Thomas Curtin, Ben McCormick and Alice Duffy with the local Bank of Ireland representative Karen Broderick.

Desmond College Students Attend Inaugural Model Start Up Conference

November 28, 2016

Students from Desmond College attended the Inaugural Model Start Up Conference in UCC on 18th November last. This was a non-partisan global leadership event for youths where the objective was to educate the decision makers and leaders of the future and help them to develop interest and skills in addressing high level local and international issues jointly and to create an awareness and understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced across the nations in starting & growing a business.

The students took part in several workshops and listened to guest speakers Ciara Judge – Winner Google World Science Fair, Walther Morales Rios – Ministry of Economy/ Guatemala and Professor John O’ Halloran – Vice-President for Teaching & Learning UCC.


Nov 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School Students Newcastle West Limerick with Ciara Judge, Winner of the Google World Science Fair, at UCC
Desmond College students with Ciara Judge (Winner of Google World Science Fair) at the Inaugural Model Start Up Conference in UCC.

Nov 2016: Senior Cycle Students from Desmond College secondary school with their teacher Donal Enright at the Inaugural Model Start Up Conference in UCC
Some of the Senior Cycle Students who attended the Inaugural Model Start Up Conference in UCC with Mr Donal Enright.