Charity Events

Newcastle West Lions Club Christmas Carol Service

December 8, 2019

Desmond College Choir with Ms Keane, Ms MacCarthy and Claire Sheehan wowed the audience, along with a vast array of local musical talent, at the wonderful Newcastlewest Lions Club Christmas Carol Service

6th December 2019: Desmond College choir singing at the Lions Club Christmas Carol Service

6th December 2019: Desmond College choir singing at the Lions Club Christmas Carol Service

6th December 2019: Desmond College choir singing at the Lions Club Christmas Carol Service

Christmas Hamper Raffle

December 6, 2019

Raffle for Christmas Hamper took place today at Desmond College.

Money raised will go to support Noonan’s Christmas Lights in Templeglantine.

The winner is Kieran O’Connell 3rd year! Congratulations.‬

6th December 2019: Christmas Hamper Raffle

Brothers of Charity Afternoon

September 24, 2019

TYs and 5th Years spend an afternoon with the Brothers of Charity
 #community, #youmatter


Brothers of Charity Fundraiser

September 13, 2019

TY students helping with the fundraising for the Brothers of Charity NewcastleWest on Friday 6th September #community



August 31, 2019

Students receive certification from the Hope Foundation following their immersion visit to Kolkata, India.

Fairtrade Status for Desmond College

May 22, 2019

Well done to Evan Condon who as part of his Silver Gaisce Awards successfully achieved Fairtrade Status for Desmond College.

We are now a certified Fairtrade School.

Evan and Miss O’Connor invited Dolores O’Meara, the Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade to talk to the Student Council and students from Rang Grandin about the Fairtrade Initiative.

Well done also to Alan Wallace who has been very involved with Fairtrade in Desmond College during his 5 years in the school.

Dolores spoke about her travels to various Fairtrade cooperatives around the world and gave us wonderful ideas going forward.

Also congratulations to Edel McMahon who won a fairtrade Hamper kindly donated by Dolores O’Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade.

Edel McMahon receiving her hamper from Dolores O'Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade
Edel McMahon receiving her hamper from Dolores O’Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade

Evan Condon pictured with Dolores O'Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade
Evan Condon pictured with Dolores O’Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade

Ms Margaret O'Connor, Alan Wallace, Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin-Barry, Evan Condon, Dolores O'Meara (Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade) and Kalon O'Brien
Ms Margaret O’Connor, Alan Wallace, Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin-Barry, Evan Condon, Dolores O’Meara (Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade) and Kalon O’Brien

The Hope Foundation

April 29, 2019

Six of our Transition Year students – Kayla McMahon, Matthew O’Connor, Shannon Copse, Ciara Brouder, Dylan O’Shea and Shauna O’Sullivan were afforded the unique opportunity to travel to Kolkata for one week during the Easter Holidays.

They got to witness, first-hand, the work of HOPE and the extremities of life in Kolkata. Supported throughout their time in India, the students were introduced to poverty, the realities of street children and the joy of HOPE.

The students spent time visiting HOPE projects, interacting with children and adolescents who are in HOPE supported projects and immersing themselves in Indian culture.

Our young Ambassadors will remember the experience for the rest of their lives and have become more aware of their place in society and how they can make the world a better place by caring for people who are less fortunate than themselves. We are so proud of these students for not only volunteering their services but also raising a substantial amount of much-needed funds.

Well done to all of the students involved.

Desmond College Students, The HOPE foundation 2019 trip to Kolkata: Matthew O'Connor, Dylan O'Shea, Kayla McMahon, Ciara Brouder, Shannon Copse and Shauna O'Sullivan
Desmond College Students, The HOPE foundation 2019 trip to Kolkata: Matthew O’Connor, Dylan O’Shea, Kayla McMahon, Ciara Brouder, Shannon Copse and Shauna O’Sullivan

Transition Year Fundraiser for Pieta House

April 4, 2019

2019, March: Shauna O'Sullivan, Shannon Copse and Chloe Ahern organised a bake sale to raise much needed funds for Pieta House
Shauna O’Sullivan, Shannon Copse and Chloe Ahern organised a bake sale to raise much needed funds for Pieta House

Visit to Brothers of Charity in Bawnmore

February 1, 2019

On Friday the 18th of January, a selection of the cast of Desmond College’s production of “Thank You for The Music: Our Mamma Mia Story” journeyed to the Brothers of Charity in Bawnmore, Co. Limerick to perform an abridged version of the show for the service users.

This abridged version of the story was designed to give the service users who could not make the show a taste of what it was like to see the show when it was performed.

Having practiced over the last few weeks, the cast drove out especially to the venue and performed a 40 minute show that included all of the major songs tied together with narration. The cast were delighted to be given the opportunity to help give the service users some entertainment.

It was clear that the show got a great response from its audience who enjoyed the show throughout and thanked the cast personally at the end and gave it glowing reviews and couldn’t wait for another performance.

The cast put a lot of time and effort into making sure that the abridged version was just as good and enjoyable as the original and to make sure that the service users had a memorable and enjoyable experience that they won’t soon forget.

Some of the cast of 'Mamma Mia' performing in the Brothers of Charity BawnmoreSome of the cast of 'Mamma Mia' performing in the Brothers of Charity Bawnmore

Some of the cast of ‘Mamma Mia’ performing in the Brothers of Charity Bawnmore

Some of the cast of 'Mamma Mia' performing in the Brothers of Charity Bawnmore

Some of the cast of ‘Mamma Mia’ performing in the Brothers of Charity Bawnmore

Darragh Collins as part of the cast of 'Mamma Mia' performing in the Brothers of Charity Bawnmore
Darragh Collins as part of the cast of ‘Mamma Mia’ performing in the Brothers of Charity Bawnmore

December Events in Desmond College

December 21, 2018


Dec 2018: Ms.Hannon with a number of students who organized a non uniform day to raise money for students going to Lourdes
Ms.Hannon with a number of students who organized a non uniform day to raise money for students going to Lourdes.


Dec 2018: Ms O'Mahony and Ms Hennessy giving prizes to students who completed the Reading Challenge.
Ms.O’Mahony and Ms.Hennessy giving prizes to students who completed the Reading Challenge.

Brothers of Charity Advocacy Conference

October 5, 2018

Our TY students were at the Brothers of Charity Advocacy Conference. They danced with the Brothers of Charity in front of an audience of over 300 people.

October 2018: TY Students dance with the Brothers of Charity in front of 300 people!

They even got a standing ovation!!!
So proud.

Oct 2018: TY Students enjoying a treat after the dance
Enjoying a treat after their dance!

Desmond College and The Brothers of Charity
Start Another Year of New Friendships

September 14, 2018

Each year Desmond College, Newcastle West Transition Year class are invited to form new and exciting friendships with the service users in the Brothers of Charity Newcastle West.

The Transition Years are welcomed on the first week of term and are toured around the facility. They then have the unique opportunity of having a day to experience the day-to-day life of the service users needs. They are taught how to help and respond to all the people they meet under the direction of Mike Sheahan and his colleagues.

Sept 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students and Brothers of Charity service users

The friendship between the school and Brothers of Charity has proven to have a positive effect on all involved.

The Transition Years will have the opportunity to complete work experience and organise different events for their new friends.

The service users of the Brothers of Charity reap the rewards by having new and young faces around the centre, showing assistance in their activities. Desmond College Transition Years also invite their friends in the Brothers of Charity to celebratory events in the school. Friendships are formed and last for years.

Brothers of Charity

May 18, 2018


TY students and the Brothers of Charity celebrations.


May 2018: Desmond College and their friends in the Brothers of Charity


May 2018: TY Students and Brothers of Charity group celebrate!May 2018: TY Students and Brothers of Charity group celebrate!


May 2018: TY Students and Brothers of Charity group celebrate!May 2018: TY Students and Brothers of Charity group celebrate!

Money from Non-Uniform Day being presented to Deel Animal Rescue

April 11, 2018


April 2018: Money being presented to Deel Animal Shelter from Desmond College's Non-Uniform Day

Students from Desmond College begin their Trip to India today.

March 29, 2018

29th March 2018: Students from Desmond College begin their Trip to India today.