Charity Events


January 5, 2014


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December 6, 2013

SADS: TY Petition for Screening for All Young People in Schools
Set up as part of our TY Young Social Innovator Project.

t TWITTER: @sads_petition
f FACEBOOK: Follow Our Petition for Sudden Adult Death Syndrome


Young Social Innovators Project: Sudden Adult Death Syndrome

December 3, 2013

TYs are currently planning a launch for the project. This project follows on from the work done by last years’ TYs. Plans for the project include:

  • Making wrist bands with our slogan printed on them. (Slogan = Screening is the heart of the matter)
  • Making an advert.
  • Getting our petition signed, especially signatures from doctors and nurses.
  • Holding a sports day in which screening will be provided.
  • Encouraging our students to learn CPR.


Shoebox Appeal

November 30, 2013

ShoeBox Appeal : Desmond College Lead by Rang Deirdre for Christmas 2013
Second Year Students in Rang Deirdre participated in this years shoebox appeal.

The students began work on collecting the shoe-boxes in early October. The Shoebox Appeal is undertaken as part of the students CSPE Action Project. Rang Deirdre were very enthusiastic about the collection; they invited Team Hope to come to our school and talk to the class about the appeal.

The children who receive the shoe-boxes are children who are very unfortunate and do not enjoy the luxuries that we have in our everyday lives. The students in our school receive great enjoyment in participating in the shoebox appeal annually.

Desmond College Trad Group raises the roof for Trad for Trócaire

October 8, 2013

trad for trocaire 1st Oct 2013 at Desmond College_
The Desmond College Trad Group performed at a lunchtime concert held in Desmond College on the 01 Oct 2013 in aid of Trócaire. Both students and staff contributed generously to this fantastic cause raising a phenomenal amount for a school. The atmosphere in the college was electric and both the performers and audience had a lunchtime with a difference!!

As this week is also Positive Aging Week, the trad group visited St. Ita’s Nursing Home and played for the residence. Both the residence and staff were thrilled with the performance and are looking forward to more visits from the Desmond College Music Department through the year.

2013 October 1st: traditional music at desmond college

Will you Help our Local Credit Union …

May 16, 2013
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First Years Enjoy Ceili and Non Uniform Day

April 15, 2013

Desmond College Transition Year “Walk the School Day”

April 8, 2013

On Friday 15th March 2013, the Desmond College Transition Years took part in a fundraising activities a 6.5 hour walk. The class set off at 9am and returned at 3.30 with tired legs but in great spirits. Congratulations to all that took part in the day – especially to the class mascot – Kirby the dog!

TY Petition for Screening for Sudden Adult Death Syndrome

November 27, 2012

As part of a TY Social Education project, a group of students have started a petition to look for free screening for all students in schools.

This project was motivated by the loss of two young people, both of whom were very special and important in the lives of students in TY and Desmond College. A paper and a Facebook petition have been organised.

Please click on the link to support this worthy cause:

Transition Year Secret Millionaire 2012

March 19, 2012

With a remix of hit single and a twist on a popular TV show, our Transition Year students at Desmond College are hoping to provide a boost to a number of charities and community projects in West Limerick.

On the 6th of December students, teachers and invited guests launched the ‘West Limerick Charity Secret Millionaire’ project.

T.Y has been joined by Newcastle West Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club in the initiative and are supporting them in the fundraising activities. The project will benefit a number of local clubs, voluntary groups and charitable organisations over the coming weeks.

Special guest on the night was John Concannon, one of the stars of RTE’s ‘Secret Millionaire’ TV programme, which has provided the template for the Transition Year project.

Transition year teacher Carol Liston explained that the scheme is all about civic pride. “Back in September, the class sat down and discussed problems and issues within their community that they could help under the Young Social Innovators project. They wanted to help clubs and organisations which might be struggling for money at the moment”.

The twenty one students have recorded a charity single a version of Aloe Blacc’s “I Need a Dollar”, which will be on sale across West Limerick. The students also plan to hold a number of fundraisers, starting with a primary school colouring competition.

The young social innovators programme ethos places huge emphasis on young people working with their community. Our TY Students have embraced this ethos by enrolling the help of the Newcastle West and District Lyons Club and the Chamber of Commerce. These organisations are extremely enthusiastic about working with young people, they will no doubt supply the students with encouragement, knowledge and assistance that will be vital to the success of the West Limerick Charity Secret Millionaire.

We encourage all parents and students who are involved in any non profit making organisations to ensure that their club or charity apply. It is a fantastic opportunity that should not be missed. Organisations interested in benefiting from the proceeds can download an application form from the West Limerick Charity Secret Millionaire website, or application forms are available in the school Reception.

In March, the winning charities will be named at a special gala night.