Extra-Curricular

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.

Desmond College Students Celebrate
St. Patrick’s Day in Áras an Uachtaráin

March 29, 2017

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the President and his wife Sabrina hosted a celebration at Áras an Uachtaráin to acknowledge the special contribution made by citizens who have excelled in science and its application to Irish life. It is no surprise that Diarmuid Curtin and Jack O Connor were selected to attend this prestigious event after their outstanding success at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2017.


Desmond College Post Primary School Limerick Students celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Aras an Uactarain, with Michael D. Higgins
Desmond College 6th Year Students Diarmuid Curtin and Jack O Connor pictured with Uachtarán na hÉireann – Michael D Higgins, at Áras an Uachtaráin on St Patrick’s Day.

Jack O’Connor, 6th Year Student in Desmond College,
Awarded Best in Ireland

March 16, 2017

Jack O’Connor, a 6th Year student in Desmond College, took part in the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp last week Held in NovaUCD – University College Dublin (UCD).

The BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp brings together some of Ireland’s brightest young entrepreneurs to show them how to set up and run a start-up. This includes how to write a business plan, create a marketing campaign, draft a budget and present their ideas competently to senior academics and business people.

After four days of workshops, all students took part in a pitch competition to show off their business ideas and products in front of a panel of judges. Jack O’Connor from Desmond College in Limerick was recognised as the best individual student. He was awarded the prize for showing an in-depth understanding of the process of bringing an on-paper idea all the way through to project commercialisation.

March 2017: Jack O Connor, 6th Year Student award best Individual student at the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp
Jack O Connor, 6th Year Student award best Individual student
at the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp.

Gorta

March 3, 2017

Jack O’ Connor and Diarmuid Curtin, 6th Year Students in Desmond College, and the 2017 recipients of the Gorta Self Help Africa Award attended the Gorta annual conference in Dublin on Thursday 16th Feburary 2017.

The students got to meet previous winners of the award as well as look at projects from other schools. Ahead of their trip to Africa, Jack & Diarmuid were reminded of the immense opportunity that their double award winning project in the BT Young Scientist & Technology competition offers the developing world.

Feb 2017: 6th Year Desmond College students receive the Gorta Self Help Africa Award

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.

Emily Duffy, youth volunteer from Desmond College has been recognised in the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards

February 14, 2017

For the dedication she has demonstrated in service to her community, Emily Duffy, from Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick has been recognised as one of 20 finalists in the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, the only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind which rewards post-primary students for outstanding acts of volunteerism and the positive contribution they make in their local communities and further afield.

Feb 2017: Emily Duffy, 6th year Desmond College Newcastle West Co. Limerick , student finalist in 2017 Pramerica Spirit of the Community Awards ProgrammeEmily, a sixth year student at Desmond College, volunteers with the Mendicity Institute and developed the Duffily bag designed to protect homeless people that is now manufactured by service users of the charity.

Emily was initially moved by the high levels of homelessness in Ireland, and was motivated by her past entrances into the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

She then went on to invent the Duffily Bag, a sleeping bag for homeless people. Emily ensured that her invention met their needs and requirements and also developed a production process with them to ensure efficient production.

Emily spent countless hours on the final design and production of the Duffily Bag that now protects homeless people from the harsh conditions they experience living on the streets. The bag is now being produced in the Mendicity Institute, a homeless charity in Dublin, and the service users earn €10 an hour.

She also fundraised for and distributed 75 Duffily bags to the refuges of Calais and Dunkerque.

Emily has made a difference to our world. Her actions have improved the lives of countless people,” said school principal, Vourneen Gavin Barry. “There was no gain or advantage in this for Emily except that she wants to make the world a better place. She is a wonderful young woman.

The post-primary students, who hail from all corners of Ireland, will be presented with €500 and an engraved silver medallion at the gala awards ceremony on 23rd March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin with special guest speaker Irish international rugby player Jordi Murphy.

At the gala, two of the 20 students will be named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year, receiving €1,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their school and an all-expense paid trip to the United States in May to participate in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony.

The 20 finalists are extremely passionate about the work they carry out in their local community, and their stories are truly inspiring,” said Andrea McBride, vice president, Pramerica Systems Ireland. “From supporting young people with Down syndrome to travelling to work in an orphanage abroad, they are aiding a broad range of charities and organisations through their selfless acts of volunteerism. It is humbling to see the commitment and dedication from these young people, and we are honoured to recognise the volunteering they are doing in their local schools, communities and abroad to make the lives better of those less fortunate than themselves.

The programme is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI). The programme is also supported by Volunteer Now, Volunteer Ireland, Scouting Ireland and Foróige.

The Pramerica Spirit of Community Award

February 7, 2017

Emily Duffy, 6th Year Student in Desmond College, has been named one of Ireland’s 20 Finalists in the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards Programme.

This is an All Ireland recognition programme for outstanding young volunteers. The programme is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI).

The programme is also supported by Volunteer Now, Volunteer Ireland, Scouting Ireland and Foróige. Emily will receive a €500 award and an engraved silver medallion at a gala awards dinner in Dublin on 23rd March 2017. Two overall All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year will be named at the dinner and will receive a Gold Medallion and €1000 grants for the charities of their choice.

Feb 2017: Emily Duffy, 6th year Desmond College Newcastle West Co. Limerick , student finalist in 2017 Pramerica Spirit of the Community Awards ProgrammeThis is an outstanding achievement for a very dedicated and hardworking Emily Duffy.

Emily designed and made ‘The Duffily Bag’ which is a sleeping bag designed for the homeless which is currently being manufactured by homeless personnel in Dublin. Emily also featured in a French documentary recently with her product.

Emily recently took part in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition Alumni Showcase where she took part in a Question and Answer session with Rio Ferdinand (ex Man Utd/England Football Captain). She will also represent Ireland in the Swiss Youth in Science Forum, in Switzerland this coming April.

Fairtrade Christmas Card Art Competition

December 2, 2016

Nov 2016: Desmond College Student at the Fairtrade Christmas Card Art Competition Presentation Function in Limerick with Cllr. Frankie Daly
Alan Wallace at the presentation function in Savoy hotel for Fairtrade Christmas card art competition in Limerick on 22/11/16 with Cllr Frankie Daly.

“Hairspray!” Photos

November 30, 2016
Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray

Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray

Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray

Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray

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May 2017: University of Limerick awards certificates to Desmond College first year students.

Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray

Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray

Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray

Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray

Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray

Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray

Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray

Nov 2016: Desmond College Musical: Hairspray

Transition Year Adventure Trip to Achill, Co Mayo

October 10, 2016

Sept 2016: Our TY class taking in the sights in Achill
Our TY class taking in the sights in Achill.


Sept 2016: Desmond College Transition Year Students take part in the activities offered in the achill adventure centre
Rhea Crowley, Leona Ni Mhaolalaidh, Amy O Shea, Hannah McMahon, Aoife Corbett, Roz Barrett and Alice Duffy taking part in the activities offered in Achill Adventure Centre.


September 2016: Time for our TY students to rock the boat in Achill
Time for our TY students to rock the boat in Achill.


September 2016: Desmond College TY Students get ready to Kayak in Achill, Co. Mayo
Calvin Wolohan, Micheal Collins, David O Donovan and Thomas Curtin
getting ready to Kayak in Achill

Living for Sport Project

October 6, 2016

The Desmond College 5th Year boys are refurbishing the current gym/fitness suite in Desmond College as part of their “Living for Sport” Project.

This new venture will benefit the whole school and allow us to open our Gym/Fitness suite to all years who will be able to use it during PE lessons, lunch and after school.

Oct 2016: The Sky Sports Ambassador, and Irish Rugby 7's player, Louise Galvin, with Desmond College Post Primary 5th Year Students
The Sky Sports Ambassador, and Irish Rugby 7's player, Louise Galvin, with
Desmond College Post Primary 5th Year Students.

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

September 14, 2016

Desmond College, Newcastlewest Transition Year class follow in the steps of their predecessors and form new and exciting friendships with the service users in the Brothers of Charity Newcastlewest.

The Transition Years are welcomed into the Charity to be immersed in the daily lives of the service users. 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.


Sept 2016: Desmond College Transition Year Students pictured with Kitty McEnery, Tina Binchy, Margaret Browne, Con Collins, Mary Kirby and service users from the Brothers of Charity
Desmond College Transition Year Students pictured with Kitty McEnery, Tina Binchy, Margaret Browne, Con Collins, Mary Kirby and service users from the Brothers of Charity.

School Musical – Hairspray

September 9, 2016

The music and dance groups are currently very busy rehearsing under the guidance of Musical Director and past pupil Katie Upton, along with teachers Ms Kelly, Ms McCarthy and Ms Keane for the upcoming School Musical ‘Hairspray’ which takes place this November.


September 2016: Rehearsals in full swing for upcoming musical Hairspray at Desmond College
Rehearsals in full swing for upcoming musical Hairspray.

First year PE trip to the Burren Outdoor Education Centre

May 26, 2016


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AXA People Protectors

May 24, 2016

“Sometimes you just look at something and wonder, ‘Could this be better?” That’s what Emily Duffy, a 15 year old Irish student, told herself when thinking about living conditions of the homeless. So, she came up with the idea of a high-tech sleeping bag. “Duffily Bag,” is made of light reflecting, fireproof and waterproof fabric. Her invention was so brilliant, that Irish authorities wanted the sleeping bags to be available as soon as possible. To make that happen, former-homeless and unemployed people were recruited….



May 2016: “Duffily Bag,” is made of light reflecting, fireproof and waterproof fabric.



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