Extra-Curricular

Fair Trade Christmas Competition 2017

November 28, 2017

Congratulations to Alan Wallace who was an award winner at the FairTrade awards Competition 2017 on Thursday last.


Alan Wallace who was pictured with Councillor Stephen Keary at the FairTrade Christmas competition 2017
Alan Wallace who was pictured with Councillor Stephen Keary at the FairTrade Christmas competition 2017


A delighted Alan Wallace with his design of a Christmas card at the FairTrade Christmas competition 2017
A delighted Alan Wallace with his design of a Christmas card at the FairTrade Christmas competition 2017

Primary Science Fair

November 20, 2017

Desmond College Science Department are currently working with a number of Primary Schools in West Limerick providing assistance and guidance in putting together a Science Fair Project.

Below are pictures of the sixth class students in Shanagolden National School who are comparing the Vitamin C of food before and after cooking.


Nov 2017: The Sixth Class students in Shanagolden National School along with Ms Culhane and Ms Corkery Desmond College Teachers
The Sixth Class students in Shanagolden National School along with Ms Culhane and Ms Corkery Desmond College


Nov 2017: Some of the students in Shanagolden National School discussing their science fair investigation in Desmond College Post Primary School
Some of the students in Shanagolden National School discussing their science fair investigation

First Year and Transition Year Hike in the Ballyhouras

November 7, 2017


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
The 1st Year and TY students who went on a hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the TY students on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the 1st Year students on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the 1st Year students on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Mr Colm Lowe, Ms Anne Hannon, Ms Joanne Guiry, Ms Elaine O Leary, Ms Edel Boohan, Ms Nuala O Callaghan and Ms Mary O Doherty who went on a hiking trip to the Ballyhouras with the 1st Year and TY students.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the 1st Year students and Transition Year students’’ on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the 1st Year students on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the TY students on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.

Leaving Certificate Geography Trip

October 5, 2017

The Leaving Cert Geography class went on their Field Trip to the Burren as part of the Geographical Investigation element of the Leaving Cert course.

They analysed bedrock and landscape features of the Karst landscape. They were accompanied by Ms. Keane and Ms. Nash.


Sept 2017: Desmond College Leaving Certificate Geography students analysing the bedrock in the Burren
Leaving Cert Geography students analysing the bedrock in the Burren.


Sept 2017: Leaving Certificate Student from Desmond College Newcastle West enjoying their Trip to the Burren
Niamh O Connell enjoying her Geography trip to the Burren.


Sept 2017: Ms Pamela Nash, teacher in Desmond College Post Primary School, helping Geography Students read the direction of the gryke
Ms Pamela Nash helping Mary O Connor to read the direction of the gryke.


Sept 2017: A Desmond College Geography student recording data from their field trip to the Burren
Abigail Peck recording her data from her fieldtrip to the Burren.

Leaving Certificate Ecology Trip to Fota Wildlife Park

October 3, 2017

On Thursday 29th Sept, the Leaving Cert Biology trip along with Ms Fahy and Ms O Grady went on an Ecology Trip to Fota Wildlife Park in Cork.

This is an amazing experience for the students and is of huge benefit to their Leaving Certificate Biology exam.


Sept 2017: Desmond College leaving Certificate Students visit Foto WildLife Park
Some of the Leaving Cert Biology class that travelled went on an Ecology trip to Fota Wildlife Park.


Sept 2017: Leaving Certificate Biology Students carry out a habitat study
Muireann Tobin and Leah Barry carrying out a habitat study in Fota Wildlife Park.


Sept 2017: Desmond College Leaving Certificate studenta assesses the insects she found in the habitat at Foto WildLife Park
Sarah Walsh analysing what insects she found in the habitat.


September 2017: Desmond College Leaving Certificate Students bury trips in Foto Wildlife Park as part of assessing the habitat
Abigail Peck and Laura Papierowska burying trips as part of their field trip to Fota Wildlife Park.


Sept 2017 : Desmond College Students enjoying their Ecology Trip to Foto WildLife Park
Cyprian Walantowicz and Mostafa Nasr Al Ali enjoying their Ecology Trip to Fota Wildlife Park.

Transition Year Adventure Trip to Achill

September 29, 2017


Sept 2017: Ava Cashin and Anna Guina enjoying their adventure trip to Achill
Ava Cashin and Anna Guina enjoying their adventure trip to Achill.


Sept 2017: Desmond College Transition Year group 2017 during their adventure trip to Achill
Desmond College Transition Year group 2017 during their adventure trip to Achill.


Sept 2017: Transition Year students getting ready to surf during their adventure trip to Achill
Transition Year students getting ready to surf during their adventure trip to Achill.


Sept 2017: James Shepherd, Evan Condon and AJ O Donovan taking a walk during their adventure trip to Achill
James Shepherd, Evan Condon and AJ O Donovan taking a walk during their adventure trip to Achill.


Sept 2017: Evan Condon, Bryan Mortell, Breda Magner, David O Brien and Mikey Conlon during their adventure trip to Achill
Evan Condon, Bryan Mortell, Breda Magner, David O Brien and Mikey Conlon during their adventure trip to Achill.

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

September 13, 2017

September 2017: Brothers of Charity and Desmond College start a new year

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

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.

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.

First Year Physical Education Trip to the Burren

June 13, 2017


May 2017: Adam Grimes, John Colins, Conor Mulqueen and Stephen Enright on their PE trip to the Burren
Adam Grimes, John Colins, Conor Mulqueen and Stephen Enright
on their PE trip to the Burren.


May 2017: Some of our First Year students about to take part in some of the activities as part of their PE trip to the Burren
Some of our First Year students about to take part in
some of the activities as part of their PE trip to the Burren.


May 2017: Some of the First Year students in Desmond College on their PE trip to the Burren
Some of the First Year students in Desmond College on their PE trip to the Burren.


May 2017: Some of the First Year students in Desmond College exploring the Caves during their PE trip to the Burren
Some of the First Year students in Desmond College
exploring the Caves during their PE trip to the Burren.

Good Friday 2017, The Way of the Cross

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Desmond College and Brothers of Charity Celebration

May 15, 2017

Desmond college TY class hosted their friends from the Brothers of Charity in their annual celebration at the start of May.

The group had great fun creating pieces of art together and listening to the Desmond College students perform some traditional Irish music.

There was great craic when the dancing and singing started and there was even a brush-dance competition.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and look forward to our continued friendship.

May 2017: Desmond College post primary school TY Students with their friends from the Brothers of Charity
Desmond College Transition Year students with members of the Brothers of Charity.


May 2017: Desmond College Transition Year Post Primary School Students with their Friend from the Brothers of Charity
Thomas Curtin, Dylan Moloney and Jason Ryan with WJ from the Brothers of Charity.

SciFest 2017

May 11, 2017

A number of students were very successful in the SciFest 2017 Competition held in Limerick Institute of Technology on 27th April 2017.

They won awards including:

  • Winner of Intermediate Technology
  • Runner up best project award
  • The Boston Scientific Medical Device Award
  • The Maths in Science Award.

Well done to all the students involved for such amazing success!


27th April 2017: Desmond College Post Primary School Students receiving the Boston Scientific Award at SciFest 2017
Dylan Moloney and Thomas Curtin receiving
their Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award.


27th April 2017: Maths in Science Award going to Limerick Post Primary School Students from Desmond College at SciFest2017
Rhea Crowley, Michéal Murphy and Leona Mulally
receiving their Maths in Science Award.


27th April 2017: SciFest 2017 Desmond College Post Primary School Limerick student participated in SciFest2017 with her project investigating parental awareness
Amy O’Shea with her project investigating
Parental Awareness of Privacy settings on Facebook.


27th April 2017: Post Primary School Limerick Desmond College represents at SciFest2017 with a Project on Bees
Tiernan Mason, Jack Grimes and Liam Callanan with their project on Bees.


27th April 2017: Desmond College post primary school limerick students receiving awards for their projects at SciFest 2017
Dylan Moloney and Thomas Curtin winners of the
Intermediate Technology Award and the Abbott Runner Up Best Project Award.

Desmond College Teachers and Students Volunteer in Kolkata

May 10, 2017

On the 13th of April, a group of five students and two teachers from Desmond College (Roz Barrett, Daragh Collins, Thomas Curtin, Alice Duffy, Hannah McMahon, Ms. Nicolas and Ms. Ryan), left for Calcutta as part of the HOPE TY Immersion Project.

All through the winter and spring, this group fund-raised tirelessly with events that ranged from pub quizzes to selling chocolate, from make up masterclasses to coffee mornings etc. with the support of both the school and wider community, they raised over €17,000 for this worthwhile cause.

They also carried with them, many gifts for the children collected by students of Desmond College.

They spent a week in Calcutta, visiting orphanages, creches, schools, protection homes and even the dump. This experience has opened their eyes to a whole other world and is something that they will hold with them for the rest of their lives.

“It was heartbreaking to see the way people live and the hardships they endure on a daily basis. It was also humbling to see how happy they were with the little that they have.”

These students and teachers must be commended for their outstanding volunteer work, everybody in Desmond College and its community are so proud of you all.


April 2017: Darragh Collins volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Darragh Collins volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Alice Duffy volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Alice Duffy volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Our Transition Year Students Darragh Collins, Alice Duffy, Hannah McMahon, Roz Barrett and Thomas Curtin volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Our Transition Year Students Darragh Collins, Alice Duffy, Hannah McMahon, Roz Barrett and Thomas Curtin volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Thomas Curtin and Darragh Collins volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Thomas Curtin and Darragh Collins volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Ms Aisling Ryan volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Ms Aisling Ryan volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Ms Joan Nicholas volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Ms Joan Nicholas volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Roz Barrett volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Roz Barrett volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Thomas Curtin volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Thomas Curtin volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Hannah McMahon volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Hannah McMahon volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.

Way of the Cross

May 9, 2017

The Way of the Cross is now in its twelfth year. Our pageant over the years has become part of the liturgical life of Desmond College and also of the parish of Newcastle West and surrounding areas.

Our pageant could not happen without the support of our students, teachers, our local clergy and of course the wonderful support we receive from the public. Our re-enactment of Christ’s last journey has brought people from all over west limerick and has done so every year.

We had a grey sky this year as we marched from Calvary graveyard and thankfully the rain held off. As always the sound of the cross being dragged along the ground, the whip being lashed across Christ’s back and the taunting of the Roman soldiers created a most haunting and memorable image for our audience. These powerful images have been seen nationwide through national television, newspapers and radio.

Every year a number of students are individually chosen to play the role of our Roman soldiers. This year these amazing young men showed such great respect and sensitivity and fully understood the importance of role they had to play.

They were a credit to their school and their families and we are very proud of them. Our soldiers this year were led by their captain Seán Walton with Michael Murphy, David O’Donovan, Liam Callanan, Jack Grimes, Ben Montgomery, Jason Ryan, Matthew O’Connor, Thomas Meyenberg, and Kevin Sheehan.

A special mention must be given to Martin McAree and Legion Ireland, the Roman Re-enactment Society of Ireland, Peter Lane of the Order of Desmond Historical Society, Gerry Barrett of St. Kieran’s Heritages Association. A very special thanks goes to Trevor McCarthy who played the part of Jesus in our pageant gave an excellent performance.

We wish to thank Jamie Campbell, Niamh O’Connell, Amy O’Sullivan and Bryan Mortell who stepped in at the last minute again for a second year. We would also like to thank all our readers at the church.

A special mention to our members of staff who were a great help as always – Aisling Ryan, Anne Hannon, Margaret O’Mahony, Maire Corkery, Helen Barry, Aoife Culhane, John English and Claire Sheehan.

Over the last twelve years we have witnessed such wonderful support from our community for Desmond College’s Way of the Cross. We wish to thank all those who followed each procession throughout the year and in all kinds of weather.

We look forward to next year 2018 where we hope to add to our wonderful and excellent WAY OF THE CROSS.

Desmond College Strikes again with outstanding success in Business

April 25, 2017

Students from Desmond College took part in Student Enterprise Finals and Get Up & Go Enterprise Finals held recently.

Deirdre McMahon came 3rd in the Junior Section with her Business GZ2Hero, Breda Magner & Ava Cashin came 2nd in the Intermediate Section with their business CrossBar Challenge whilst Thomas Curtin & Dylan Moloney took Most Innovative Project for their business Kone Kollector all in the Student Enterprise Awards.

In the Get Up & Go regional finals, Thomas Curtin, Dylan Moloney & Hannah McMathon won 1st Place in the Innovation Section whilst Alice Duffy, Rhea Crowley, Amy O Shea, Aoife Corbett & Leona Mullally took 1st Place in the Quality Section with their project Puzzle Pals.


April 2017: Desmond College Students involved in Business and Enterprise Awards
Leona Mulally, Amy O Shea, Aoife Corbett, Rhea Crowley, Hannah McMahon, Alec Duffy and Thomas Curtin.


April 2017: Desmond College Students involved in Business and Enterprise Awards
First Year student Deirdre McMahon representing Desmond College with her product at the Student Enterprise Competition.


April 2017: Desmond College Students involved in Business and Enterprise Awards

Roz Barrett, Amy O Shea, Rhea Crowley, Aoife Corbett, Darragh Collins and Alice Duffy very successful at the Enterprise Finals.

Desmond College presents “The Way of the Cross 2017”

April 13, 2017


April 2017: Desmond College's the Way of the Cross on Good Friday

Desmond College presents “The Way of the Cross 2017”
on Friday 14th April 2017 – leaving Calvary Graveyard at 2.20pm.
It promises to be a spectacular event.