Charity Events

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.

TY Students collecting for the “Make a Wish” Foundation

March 12, 2018

9th March 2018: Desmond College Students collect for Make A Wish Foundation9th March 2018: Desmond College Students collect for Make A Wish Foundation9th March 2018: Desmond College Students collect for Make A Wish Foundation

TY Activities to date

January 29, 2018
Date Activity Group
06/09/2017 Brothers of Charity visit All
Different dates Brothers of charity work placement All at different times
18/09/2017 Achill All
25/09/2017 Primary school blitz All
28/09/2017 Space programme All
02/10/2017 Music generation workshop All
03/10/2017 St.Ita’s project All
Every Tuesday afternoon St.Ita’s 3/4 students
05/10/2017 ISA Rose Campaign All
09/10/2017 Garda work experience 3 Students
09/10/2017 Denis sexton talk All
11/10/2017 Ethiopia Workshop(Donal) All
12/10/2017 Open night Selected
16/10/2017 Narrative four workshop Selected
19/10/2017 Ballyhoura walk with 1st years All
23/10/2017 Anois interviews Selected
25/10/2017 G.A.A coaching course All
Selected Dates Gym for P.E. All
13/11/2017 Alan Devine public speaking workshop All
14/11/2017 Life saver project All
17/11/2017 Enterprise in Desmond College Selected
17/11/2017 Candy canes & bun sale Selected
20/11/2017 U.C.C. guest speaker All
21/11/2017 Science workshop All
21/11/2017 Alan Devine public speaking follow up All
22/11/2017 Griffith college talk All
23/11/2017 Adrian O’Brien talk All
30/11/2017 Liam Lawton Concert Selected
13/12/2017 Shannon hotel management guest speaker All
13/12/2017 Tablet draw for Ty’s All
14/12/2017 Butlers trip All
15/12/2017 School mass Selected
09/01/2018 Leave for young scientist Selected
15/01/2017 Anois Selected
10/01, 17/01,
24/01, 31/01 ,07/01
(2018)
Judo All

The Simon Community Blanket Collection

December 20, 2017


Dec 2017: Ms Liston’s 3rd Year Rang Gemma class who held a blanket collection in Desmond College in aid of the Simon Community
Ms Liston’s 3rd Year Rang Gemma class who held a blanket collection in Desmond College in aid of the Simon Community.

Desmond College Raise much need funds for Sudan

November 20, 2017

Desmond College held a non-uniform day to raise much needs funds for Sudan.

Bridget Philips, a past pupil of Desmond College, will travel to Sudan and volunteer as a nurse. The money raised will go towards getting vaccines for children.


Nov 2017: Desmond College Students pictured with Bridget Philips (past pupil) who will travel to Sudan and Volunteer as a nurse
Mairéad Ryan, Yvonne Leahy and Victoria Brouder pictured with Bridget Philips (past pupil) who will travel to Sudan and Volunteer as a nurse.

Shoebox Appeal

November 17, 2017


Nov 2017: Desmond College students pictured with their shoeboxes for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal
Kathryn O’Sullivan, Clodagh Flatley & Lydia Murphy pictured with their shoeboxes.
The 3 buddies came up with their list, went shopping together and decorated their boxes for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal.