Extra-Curricular

Limerick Enterprise Awards

April 15, 2016


April 2016: Limerick Enterprise Awards. Intermediate Category Winners from Desmond College Newcastle West, Co. Limerick

Centurions: Internediate category winners at the Limerick Enterprise Awards Alice Duffy, Hannah McMahon, Katie Hallinan, Thomas Curtin & Dylan Moloney with Anthony Colman and Eamonn Ryan of Limerick Enterprise Board.


April 2016: Leah Barry, Aine Upton, Muireann Tobin,  Caoimhe Danaher and Sophie Bridgeman came 2nd overall with business Coladh Samh at the Limerick Enterprise Awards

Leah Barry, Aine Upton, Muireann Tobin, Caoimhe Danaher and Sophie Bridgeman came 2nd overall with business Coladh Samh at the Limerick Enterprise Awards.

Desmond College Presents …

April 15, 2016

Hairspray the Musical


Hairspray the Musical by Desmond College 2016

Auditions are currently open for the following positions involved in the production of the show. If you are interested in any of the positions give your name into reception as soon as possible. Closing date for entries is Friday 15th April 2016.

Stage Manager

One stage manager is required for the duration of the production. The role will involve assisting the musical director Catherine Upton and the two musical producers. Your job will include several duties such as managing rehearsals, actors, props and costume fitting. Good communication and organisation skills are essential.

Producer

Two producers are required to work in collaboration with the musical director Catherine Upton. You will oversee the activities involved in the production of the musical and set goals in order to keep the production on schedule. You will be involved in the overall financial and managerial functions of the production. Excellent time management skills are essential.

Dance Captain

One dance captain is required to liaise with the musical director Catherine Upton to work on all aspects of the choreography and dance rehearsals. Good knowledge of dance and musical appreciation is essential.

Stage Crew

A stage crew consisting of approximately 15 students is required. Their work includes setting up the scenery, lights, sound, props, rigging, and special effects for the production. Excellent organization skills are essential.

Agricultural Science Trip to Pallaskenry Agricultural College

April 9, 2016

5th year Agricultural Science students from Desmond College on a recent to Pallaskenry Agricultural College as part of their coursework.
April 2016: Desmond College Agricultural Science Students on Trip to Pallaskenry Agricultural College

The Way of the Cross 2016

March 22, 2016

The way of the cross is now in the eleventh year and once again students and teachers of Desmond College will take to the streets performing in thus years pageant on Friday 25th March.

The pageant begins at Calvary Graveyard at 2.20pm sharp and makes its way through Churchtown, Church Street, The Square, Bridge Street and finishing at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at 3.00pm approx.

The raising of the cross will then take place in the church.

Desmond College welcomes everyone to be part of this special occasion and we look forward to seeing you all Good Friday.

2016 Way of the Cross: Desmond College Annual Event
Roman soldiers that will be taking part in this year’s Way of the Cross on Friday 25th March

Mr. Sean Shiels teacher in Desmond College organiser of this years Way of the Cross
Mr. Sean Shiels teacher in Desmond College organiser of this years Way of the Cross

Jesus carrying the cross through the streets on Newcastle West in 2015
Jesus carrying the cross through the streets on Newcastle West in 2015


The way of the cross will be performed through the streets of Newcastle West on Friday 25th March starting at 2.20pm from Calvary Cemetery
The way of the cross will be performed through the streets of Newcastle West on Friday 25th March starting at 2.20pm from Calvary Cemetery

Fairtrade

March 7, 2016

2nd March 2016: Desmond College Students Allan Wallace and Chloe O'Riordan, 2nd year students, who won in the Limerick Fair Trade Poster Competition

Chloe O’Riordan (2nd Year) and Alan Wallace (2nd Year) were prize winners in the recent Limerick Fairtrade Poster Competition.

Alan won First prize overall for his poster on the topic of Fairtrade. Alan along with his family attended the Launch of Fairtrade Fortnight in the Limerick County Council Chamber, Dooradoyle on March 2nd where he was presented with his award by the Lord Mayor of Limerick, various representatives from Fairtrade Ireland along with Jan O’ Sullivan, TD.

Well done to both students.


2nd March 2016: Desmond College 2nd Year Student Alan Wallace receives his award for overall first prize Fairtrade poster, from Jan O'Sullivan TD 2nd March 2016: Desmond College Students Allan Wallace and Chloe O'Riordan, 2nd year students, who won in the Limerick Fair Trade Poster Competition 2nd March 2016: Desmond college Allan Wallace with his family receiving his prize for winning overall first prize at the Launch of FairTrade Fornight in Limerick County Council Chamber

TD Patrick O’Donovan at Desmond College

February 27, 2016

TD Patrick O'Donovan meets with second year CSPE students in Desmond College in Feb 2016

TD Patrick O’Donovan taking time out from the busy campaign Trail to talk to second year students in Desmond College as part of their CSPE programme.

The BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp

February 23, 2016

Three Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba students, Siun Ni Cheallaigh, Roisin Nolan & Alanna Slater have been selected for this years BT Business Boom Camp.

In total 30 intermediate and senior students from the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2016 have been selected to experience first-hand the world of technology, commercialisation and entrepreneurship. 

2016 Feb: Three Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba students, Siun Ni Cheallaigh, Roisin Nolan & Alanna Slater who have been selected for this year's 2016 BT Business Boom Camp.A 4-day programme has been created where the participants will work in groups with one common goal. That goal is to inspire creativity and innovative thinking, to encourage research and to always ask questions as they continue throughout life from school to college to work and beyond. 

The teams will be created from all participants of the programme and students will work alongside others they may not know on a new project.

Students will also be set business challenges and will be addressed by guest speakers throughout the 4 days. The week will culminate in a presentation with their group members to a panel of expert judges. 

Desmond College and Gaelcolaiste Ui Chonba
Perform at 1916 Commemoration

February 12, 2016

Feb 2016: Desmond College and Gaelcolaiste Ui Chonba students pictured with the Lord Mayor of Limerick after they performed at the 1916 commemoration in Castlemahon.
Desmond College and Gaelcolaiste Ui Chonba students pictured with the Lord Mayor of Limerick after they performed at the 1916 commemoration in Castlemahon.

Feb 2016: Desmond College students Brian Mortell, Laoise Curtin and Trad Group An Draiocht performing at the Castlemahon 1916 commemoration concert
Desmond College students Brian Mortell, Laoise Curtin and Trad Group An Draiocht performing at the Castlemahon 1916 commemoration concert.

Feb 2016: Johnny Hunt Desmond College pictured centre with members of the Hunt Family performing at the 1916 celebrations in Castlemahon Community Centre
Johnny Hunt Desmond College pictured centre with members of the Hunt Family performing at the 1916 celebrations in Castlemahon Community Centre.

Feb 2016: James O Connor Leaving Cert student in Desmond College and gifted Bodhran player pictured  at the 1916 commemoration celebration in Castlemahon Community Centre
James O Connor, Leaving Cert student in Desmond College and gifted Bodhran player, pictured at the 1916 commemoration celebration in Castlemahon Community Centre.

TY Young Scientists Visit Their Old Primary School to Show Their Projects

February 11, 2016

TY students Mary O Connor, Niamh O Connell and Jamie Campbell visiting their old primary school in Shanagolden to show their BT Young Scientist projects
TY students Mary O Connor, Niamh O Connell and Jamie Campbell visiting their old primary school in Shanagolden to show their BT Young Scientist projects.

Young Scientists Visit Local Primary Schools

January 19, 2016

Desmond College Young Scientists that took part BT Young Scientist recently visited local primary schools to show the pupils the projects they displayed at the RDS.

2016 Jan: Students from Demond College and Castlemahon Primary school watch intently to a display by Desmond College Young Scientists students.

They visited the schools that Desmond College helped prepare for their primary science fair also held in the RDS at the beginning of the months.

2016 Jan: Young Scientists from Desmond College and pupils from Scoil Iosaf that recently took part in the BT Young Scientist and the Primary Science fair in the RDS.

The schools that benefited from the help included: The Courtney Boys, Scoil Iosaf, Monagea, Ratheenagh, Mahoonagh Castlemahon and Kiloughteen. The students and teachers got a great response from all the schools they visited.

Jan 2016: David O'Brien Desmond College proudly showing off his young scientist project to his brother and sister on his recent visit to Mahoonagh National School
David O’Brien proudly showing off his young scientist project to his brother and sister, Lucy O’Brien and Johnny O’Brien, on his recent visit to Mahoonagh National School

2016 Jan: Hannah Barrett Desmond College with her younger sisters on her visit to Mahoonagh National School to display her young scientist project
Hannah Barrett with her younger sisters, Sarah Barrett and Ciara Barrett, on her visit to Mahoonagh National School to display her young scientist project.

2016 Jan: Ciara Brouder, Sophie Lenders and Eve Montgomery Desmond College with their National School Principal Ms. Nora Ryan, Scoil Iosaf on a recent visit to the school to show off their Young Scientist Projects.
Ciara Brouder, Sophie Lenders and Eve Montgomery Desmond College with their National School Principal Ms. Nora Ryan, Scoil Iosaf on a recent visit to the school to show off their Young Scientist Projects.

BT Young Scientist 2016

January 12, 2016

Desmond College have a proud tradition in this the biggest science competition of its kind in the world.

Desmond College has been entering projects in this competition since 1966 and has had numerous winners over the years.

2016 saw 15 projects accepted from Desmond College. So last week 32 students accompanies by their teachers headed for the RDS. During the week, the students pitched their ideas to the judges.

Several of the projects were featured on national media, Morning Ireland, The Star, The Independent, The Journal.ie, TV3, Xpose, Live 95FM, as the students’ progress was relayed to the people of West Limerick via social media.

2016 Jan: Aine Upton, Leah Barry and Muireann Tobin who received 3rd place in the Intermediate Technology Group

 

Leah Barry, Aine Upton and Muireann Tobin received an award in the Technology section for their innovative project “Female Friendly Phone Alert System”.

Their project was designed to alert people to incoming calls, when one’s phone is buried deep in a handbag, using a special designed electronics circuit, if a phone call is received, the handles of the bag vibrate and change colour.

 

Jan 2016: Alanna Slater, Suin Ni Cheallaigh and Roisin Nolan who won both a special merit award from The ScienceFoundation of Ireland and also won 2nd prize in the Senior Chemical and Mathematical Group

Siun Ni Cheallaigh, Roisin Nolan and Alanna Slater three students from Desmond College (Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba) were selected as the Science Foundation Ireland award winners at the 2016 BT Young Scientist and Technology Competition for their project “Using Anthocyanin as a Souring Milk Detection System”.

The three 5th year students developed a system to detect souring milk which also provides a visual indication to consumers if fish has started to spoil.

The award is given each year to students who have best described how the outcomes of their project would have significant impacts and benefits for people in Ireland. In addition to their special award, the girls received the 2nd overall prize in the Mathematical, Physical, Chemical Section in this the 52 BT Young Scientist.

Some of the Desmond College students that attended the BT Young Scientist Competition in the RDS in January 2016

All of Desmond College students represented their school, communities and county with pride last week, in addition to the podium awards, three other projects received minor awards.

Jan 2016: Mr. Donal Enright received The Analogue Educator of Excellence at the BT Young Scientist

 

It was not only the students that were big winners in the RDS: Mr. Donal Enright was awarded The Analog Educator of Excellence.

This award is presented to the teacher whose commitment and encouragement has consistently enabled their students to participate successfully in the areas of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Computing.

Donal has done this again this year in abundance with the standard of projects that Desmond College displayed. A credit to him and the school is that this is his second time to receive this award in the last 6 years. Well done.

 

Jan 2016: Hannah Barrett explain her project to President Higgins and his wife Sabina

Hannah Barrett explain her project to President Higgins and his wife Sabina

2016 Jan: Sophie Leenders, Eve Montgomery and Claire Nolan with Minister for Education Jan O Sullivan at the BT Young Scientist 2016

Sophie Leenders, Eve Montgomery and Claire Nolan with Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan at the BT young Scientist 2016

2016 January : Stacey Flynn and her project investigating the Hypoglycin A levels in sycamore seeds and their effect on Equine Atypical Myopathy

Stacey Flynn and her project investigating the Hypoglycin A levels in sycamore seeds and their effect on Equine Atypical Myopathy

Jan 2016: Shauna Hallinan has devised a RFID device to prevent mis-fueling of vehicles

Shauna Hallinan has devised a RFID device to prevent mis-fueling of vehicles.

Jan 2016: Jack Corkery and Diarmuid O Flynn and their project that helps explain the effects of giant hogweed on cattle

Jack Corkery and Diarmuid O Flynn and their project that helps explain the effects of giant hogweed on cattle

Jan 2016: Niamh Liston chatting to President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina about her project at the BT Young Scientist

Niamh Liston chatting to President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina about her project at the BT Young Scientist

Desmond College Representatives for the BTYSE 2016

January 6, 2016

Bobby Roche and the representatives for the Young Scientist competition in Dublin today

BT Young Scientists 2016

January 5, 2016

Project Title:

Radio frequency identification device (RFID) system to prevent mis-fueling of vehicles
2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Shauna Hallinan. RFID System to Prevent Mis-Fueling of Vehicles.

Category:

Senior Technology Individual

Students involved:

Shauna Hallinan (Ashford Parish)

Project Details:

A device that emits a visual and audible signal in the event of attempt to introduce an incorrect fuel pump nozzle into a fuel port.

Filling a vehicle fuel tank with an incorrect fuel type is an error that occurs regularly. At best this error results in a situation where the mistake is recognised on the forecourt and the fuel can be pumped out of the tank without damage to the engine. This incurs costs in terms of payment for the removal of the fuel from the tank but also in terms of time lost and refuelling costs, this project proposes to resolve this.


Project Title:

Early Health Indicator For Infants
2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Emily Duffy

Category:

Senior Technology Individual

Students involved:

Emily Duffy Knockaderry Parish
Her 4th project in 4 years.

Project Details:

Infants have little means of communication, especially when they are ill, temperature is an excellent indicator of whether a child is ill or otherwise. Often parents only identify an increase in temperature when it is critically high.

This project proposes to integrate a temperature sensor into the waist band of a conventional child’s nappy that will provide instant visual temperature reading each and every time the nappy is changed. I will also implant a urine test strip underneath the first polyester layer of a nappy which will provide parents a method of determining a child’s health at home.


2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Leah Barry (Raheenagh), Aine Upton (Old Mill) & Muireann Tobin (Newcastle West)

Project Title:

Female Friendly Fone Alert System

Category:

Intermediate Technology Group

Students involved:

Leah Barry (Raheenagh), Aine Upton (Old Mill) & Muireann Tobin (Newcastle West).

Project Details:

Mobile phones were designed for men, several of the features such as the vibrate function were not designed with the female 50.4% of the population in mind.

80% of women carry their phones in their handbag/purse and miss over 50% of incoming calls on a daily basis, our project is to design a device that will alert you to incoming calls by adapting a handbag to vibrate and change colour whilst sending a signal to a key fob.


2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Jamie Campbell(Ardagh), Niamh O Connell (Asketon) Mary O Connor (Foynes)

Project Title:

An investigation into how silage quality influences lactation quality and yield amongst a Dairy Herd

Category:

Intermediate Biological Group

Students involved:

Jamie Campbell(Ardagh), Niamh O Connell (Asketon) Mary O Connor (Foynes)

Project Details:

This project analyses silage from ten farms. The silage was analyzed with the help of Roche’s feeds. The milk records were obtained from each of these farms and all data was analyzed to determine if the quality of silage used influences the lactation records produced.


2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Sophie Bridgeman (Knockaderry) and Caoimhe Danaher (Knockaderry)

Project Title:

Tremor Glove

Category:

Intermediate Technology Group

Students involved:

Sophie Bridgeman (Knockaderry) and Caoimhe Danaher (Knockaderry)

Project Details:

The girls have designed a glove that can be used by a person with a hand tremor. The glove reduces the tremor for people who suffer from it. The glove allows a person with a hand tremor to carry out everyday tasks that could otherwise prove very challenging.


2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Amy Ryan (Ardagh), Mairead Ryan (Ardagh) and Amy Ryan (Knockaderry)

Project Title:

Blumet

Category:

Intermediate Technology Group

Students involved:

Amy Ryan (Ardagh), Mairead Ryan (Ardagh) and Amy Ryan (Knockaderry)

Project Details:

The girls have designed an attachment for a cycling helmet that uses wireless technology to light indicators on the helmet that will inform motorists as to which direction a cyclist is turning. it will stop the cyclist having to remove their hands from the handle bars which would increase safety.


2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Siun Ni Cheallaigh (Newcastle West), Roisin Nolan (Kilcoleman) and Alanna Slater (Newcastle West)

Project Title:

Development of a natural PH indicator to detect spoilage in milk.

Category:

Senior Mathematical Physical Group

Students involved:

Siun Ni Cheallaigh (Newcastle West), Roisin Nolan (Kilcoleman) & Alanna Slater (Newcastle West)

Project Details:

Have you ever gone to the fridge to get some milk for your cereal only to find it was gone off but only after you poured it all over the last bowl of cornflakes? Well, as our research discovered, it is a common occurrence despite best before dates. What is required is a visual indicator as to the condition of the milk.


2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Eve Montgomery (Newcastle West), Sophie Leenders (Newcastle West), and Claire Nolan (Newcastle West)

Project Title:

Get the Lead (Pb) Out!

Category:

Senior Technology Individual

Students involved:

Eve Montgomery (Newcastle West), Sophie Leenders (Newcastle West) & Claire Nolan (Newcastle West)

Project Details:

This project plans to establish if the drinking water of the houses in Newcastle West conform to the minimum standards for lead, by taking samples from the houses/ housing estates and having them tested in an approved facilities.


2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Jack Corkery and Diarmuid O Flynn

Project Title:

Burnt Bovines

Category:

Junior Biological Group

Students involved:

Jack Corkery (Knockaderry) and Diarmuid O Flynn (Knockaderry)

Project Details:

The boys have carried out an investigation into the photo-sensitive influence of Heracleum mantegazzianum on Cattle.


2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Stacey Flynn

Project Title:

An Analysis of the Hypoglycin A levels in Sycamore Samara and its Contribution to Equine Atypical Myopathy

Category:

Senior Individual Biological

Students involved:

Stacey Flynn (Templeglantine)

Project Details:

Stacey has carried out an exploratory study investigating the correlation between mass of Samara and Hypoglycin A levels in the seed and seedling of Acer Pseudoplatanus which contribute to Equine Atypical Myopathy.


2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Ben Montgomery

Project Title:

Can Our Language Think For Us?

Category:

Intermediate Behavioural Individual

Students involved:

Ben Montgomery

Project Details:

I wish to investigate the idea that our spoken or written language can affect our thoughts with certain biases, presuppositions or philosophies or I will see the impressions various languages have of each other i.e. stereotypes.
 
The effects of sound ranges of languages, the coincidental evolutions of languages and their politics created from any possible stigma attached to the area it came from.


2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Danny Moriarty and David O'Brien

Project Title:

Bee Cool

Category:

Junior Technology Group

Students involved:

Danny Moriarty and David O’Brien

Project Details:

The project looks at a practical way of cooling bee hives during extreme temperature conditions by designing a thermos-regulating device that will aid in maintaining the bee hive at its optimum temperature.

It employs a technique that will eliminate the need for bees to use up unnecessary energy to cool down the hive.

It aims to improve the efficiency at which bees work and overall increase the yields of honey being produced.


2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Niamh Liston and Hannah Barrett

Project Title:

A statistical analysis of the Syrian refugee crisis

Category:

Senior Behavioural Group

Students involved:

Niamh Liston and Hannah Barrett

Project Details:

This research will focus on why some EU countries will accept more refugees than others.

In order to answer this question we adopted a similar approach to Mori (2004) who developed an explanatory model as to why some countries admit higher numbers of refugees and asylum seekers.

Mori’s (2004) model suggests that a country’s economy, population density and democratic level are explanatory factors when analyzing the number of asylum seekers they accept. Using statistical quantitative analysis, we will test the impact of the above factors on the number of immigrants EU countries are willing to accept.

We devised a survey aimed at investigating the attitudes of some European citizens towards the refugee crisis that we will analyze using SPSS software.


2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Ciara Brouder and Victoria Brouder

Project Title:

That’s the Emji’s for you!!

Category:

Junior Behavioural Group

Students involved:

Ciara Brouder and Victoria Brouder

Project Details:

In response to this study The Minister for Education, at the time (2010) Ruairi Quinn, launched The National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy among children and Young People 2011-2020. This strategy aims to improve literacy skills among young people and the main target was to get in line with International standards.

With this strategy in mind and the growing popularity in the use of emoji among young people, we decided to carry out an investigation into the use of emoji to improve literacy skills among 2nd class students. Emoji is a fantastic tool for younger children who may not have a large vocabulary with which to express themselves when story writing.

Our study is based on a second class in a local primary school. We have received excellent assistance from the teacher. We also received permission from each of the children’s parents to participate in our project. We have introduced emoji flash cards to them and we have been getting them to describe what was being expressed in each flash card.

Our aim is to get to a stage where the kids can make up a story or summarise a nursery rhyme using emojis and analyse the pre and post test results.


2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Conor Kennedy, Jack O'Connor and Killian McMahon

Project Title:

An investigation using bull sperm into the biophysical factors that lead to conception in mammals.

Category:

Senior Technology Group

Students involved:

Conor Kennedy, Jack O Connor and Killian McMahon

Project Details:

The boys have designed a fertilisation device that aims to treat infertility in bovines.

The microfluidic device recreates the biophysical factors which have been researched thoroughly by the boys.

The device can be fabricated using the standard soft lithography technique. This technique is used for fabricating or replicating structures using elastomeric stamps, molds and conformable photomasks.

Guide a Key

December 23, 2015

Internationally successful enterprise group ‘Guide a Key’ from Desmond College
making a presentation to their mentor Mr. Donal Enright.

 

December 2015: Guide a Key make a presentation to their mentor, Donal Enright

L to R: Seamus Hurley, Diarmuid Curtin, Mr. Donal Enright, Emma Herbert and Eamon Browne.

Civic Reception for Desmond College Students

November 25, 2015

Enterprise students, Emma Herbert, Diarmuid Curtin, Eoin Considine, Eamonn Browne and Seamus Hurley were afforded the inaugural civic reception in the local county council offices by Cllr. Michael Collins in the Municipal District Office in Newcastle West. The event was supported by fellow councillors, council staff, members of Desmond College Board of Management, Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry – Principal, and students.

Desmond College Enterprise Students at Civic Reception in Local County Council

The students were recognised for the achievements with their mini company Guide a Key, where they designed and manufactured an innovative device to assist people with limited manual dexterity insert a key into any standard lock, the students were successful in local and national enterprise competitions and they also received an award in a the European Finals of Junior Achievement Europe, held in Berlin over the summer.