Extra-Curricular

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.

BT Young Scientist 2016 Project Profile (4/15)

November 23, 2015

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.

Young Scientist Competition: 2014 – 2015

November 19, 2015

Desmond College BT Young Scientist 2015

STUDENTS PROJECT CATEGORY
Laoise Curtin
Emma Roche
Aoife Larkin
That’s Music to my Ears!! Junior
Technology
Diarmuid Curtin
Conor Kennedy
Eamon Browne
So this CAN heat us! Intermediate
Technology
Jack O Connor
Cillian McMahon
Conor Reidy
A Helping Hand Intermediate
Biological
Claire Nolan
Kelli Gayer
So How Many Do You Think??? Junior
Mathematical
Liam Dowling
Conor Leahy
Ladder Safety Attachment Intermediate
Technology
Sean McElliggot
Robert Meehan
Palm Powered Controller Intermediate
Technology
Chris Scannell
Padraig Collins
Colostrum and Calf Management Senior
Biological
Shane Lee
Eoghan McMahon
An Innovative Device which Recycles and
Purifies Water from Washing the Milking Machine
and Transfers it to Troughs for Cattle Consumption
Senior
Biological
Sara Flatley
Lauren Moloney
To investigate the morphological
variation in the shell of Nucella lapillus
at exposed and sheltered shores in Ireland
Intermediate
Biological Group
Diarmuid Flynn
Jack Corkery
Moooove Over Mammy Junior
Technology Group
Julie Cantillion
Teri Keane
Kiara Carroll
An statistical investigation into
the treatment of the Verroa Mite and
its effect on the Native Irish Apis
Mellifera Melliferra (AMM)
Senior
Biological Group
Alice Duffy Horizon Correction Glasses to
prevent Motion Sickness
Individual
Junior Technology
Emma Herbert
Danielle O Connor
Nikita Harnett
Adjustable Crutch Group Senior
Technology Group
Darragh McMathon E-COoker Individual
Senior Technology
Emily Duffy Homeless Wrap Individual
Intermediate Technology
Liam Callinan
Leona Mullally
Is our ambulance network correctly located
to best serve the Irish nation?
Group Junior
Mathematical
Ben Montgomery Self-Similar Sierpinski Fractals Individual Junior
Mathematical

Desmond College Students Support Primary Schools
in Young Scientist Competition

More photos of the Desmond College Students and Teachers who put their experience and expertise in Science to help and support local Primary Schools in the area with their projects for the Young Scientist Competition which takes place in the RDS in January 2015.

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Desmond College Students and Staff Support Local Primary Schools with their knowledge from the Young Scientist Competition Projects Desmond College Young Scientist Competition Students Supporting Local Primary Schools by Showing and Explaining Science Projects A BT Young Scientist 2015 Student from Desmond College Newcastle West promoting science with a group of local primary school students Desmond College Students visiting Locally Primary Schools Desmond College Students visiting Locally Primary Schools Desmond College Students visiting Locally Primary Schools Desmond College Students visiting Locally Primary Schools Desmond college students meet local primary school students Desmond College Students visiting Locally Primary Schools Desmond college students meet local primary school students Desmond college students meet local primary school students Desmond college students meet local primary school students

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Desmond College Launch Young Scientist Week

Staff, students and parents gathered in Desmond College on Monday night for the launch of Young Scientist Week.

The School has seventeen projects accepted into the Competition this year, which makes it the second best represented school in the whole country and the top Limerick School yet again.

Desmond College has a proud and well established tradition of success in this prestigious competition which receives huge media coverage and has captured the imagination of the Irish public.

Desmond College, which places great emphasis on the study of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) is delighted to have 35 of its students taking part in this National Competition.

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Desmond College Students Enjoying the BT Young Scientist Competition

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Kiara Carroll, Julie Cantillon and Terri Keane are Presented with a Perpetual Beekeepers of Excellence award for 2015 from the Irish Beekeepers Association for participating in the BT Young Scientist Competition

Kiara Carroll, Julie Cantillon and Terri Keane are Presented with a Perpetual Beekeepers of Excellence award for 2015 from the Irish Beekeepers Association for participating in the BT Young Scientist Competition

Picture: Eamonn Magee (President of FIBKA) Donal cooper and Guss McCoy (limerick Beekeepers association) pictured with Kiara Carroll, Terri Keane and Julie Cantillon

Dr Eamonn Magee President of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Association presented Kiara Carroll, Julie Cantillon and Terri Keane with a perpetual Beekeepers of Excellence award for 2015 for participating in the BT Young Scientist Competition.

The girls project was in the senior biological section, it was a statistical investigation into the treatment of the Varroa mite and its effect on the native Irish Apis mellifera. The girls worked with the docile hives of limerick beekeeper Mr Donal Cooper.

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Desmond College Entrepreneurs enjoy
Breakfast with Minister Jan O’Sullivan in Dell

November 13, 2015

Members of the business community and leaders in education in the Mid-West joined Minister Jan O’Sullivan on Friday 6th November at Dell’s Limerick Campus to consider the future of the world of work and to discuss how industry and education combine to inspire young people in the region to maximise their potential.

This unique opportunity was hosted by Dell for Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI), which is the largest non-profit organisation in the region, recruiting, training and supporting volunteers from business to facilitate programmes covering themes like employability, financial literacy, the value of studying STEM subjects and entrepreneurship skills for local students.

November 2015: Desmond College Entrepreneurs Guide A Key with Peter Cosgrove Chairman of Junior Achievement Ireland

Desmond College Entrepreneurs Guide A Key with
Peter Cosgrove, Chairman of Junior Achievement Ireland

As part of the event, student entrepreneurs from Desmond College Limerick, who represented Ireland with distinction over the summer at the JA Europe Company of the Year Final, were presented with a memento of their achievement for their school.

In summarising her remarks today Minister for Education and Skills,
Jan O’Sullivan T.D
said:

“I want to acknowledge the work of Dell in contributing to the wider community – not just in the education sector as we are focusing on here today, but in a range of other initiatives such as supporting the Arts and raising funds for charity.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to commend Dave & all his colleagues for their commitment and innovation in contributing to our community.
 
Equally, I am delighted to show my support for the work of Junior Achievement Ireland. The reputation it has among school leaders and other stakeholders has been built over 20 years and continues to go from strength to strength.
 
I believe training volunteers from local businesses to work with students in classrooms is a great way to help the students make a connection between what they are doing in school and the variety of options open to them.
 
I would encourage every suitable organisation to get involved if they can – investing in young people is always worthwhile and with Junior Achievement the volunteers themselves learn as much from the programme as the students!”

2015 November: Desmond College Entrepreneurs Emma Herbert and Diarmuid Curtin from Guide a Key (photo by Brian Gavin : Press 22)

Junior Achievement Dell Limerick: Desmond College Entrepreneurs
Emma Herbert and Diarmuid Curtin from Guide a Key

Fiona McCarthy, HR Executive Director, Dell EMEA said:

“We’re delighted to host this morning’s event at our campus here in Limerick.
 
Dell have enjoyed a long relationship with Junior Achievement Ireland in Limerick as well as in Dublin and Cork where our other campuses are located.
 
From a Dell perspective, each year in Limerick we put 50-60 team members on the JA teaching roster – we cover primary and secondary schools and most will spend a class a week for 5 or 6 weeks delivering the set programmes.
 
We have also worked with Junior Achievement on the Company Programme, with Dell supplying mentors and bringing in school groups for the ‘Future Skills’ Project.
 
There’s also a STEM skills project that some of our regular programme volunteers have participated on. Junior Achievement is an excellent partner.
 
We look forward to continuing to work together and would have no hesitation in urging you and your company to get involved with the organisation.”

Industry expert, Peter Cosgrove, director and Chairman of JAI and a partner in CPL, one of Ireland’s largest recruitment firms, spoke at the event, sharing his research on the future of the world of work. He said:

“Technology is influencing how organisations are planning and developing. Employers must offer flexible work and an open, collaborative, free-flowing work environment.
 
Similarly, the education system is challenged to continue to encourage creativity and enable young people to develop skills in analysing and synthesising significant amounts of data so that they can enjoy a rewarding career in the workplace of the future.
 
The emergence of the portfolio career is also a factor – where people are now looking to work for companies whose mission and values set are aligned with their own passions and talents.
 
Employers now have to accommodate expectations around their corporate citizenship such as their willingness to offer volunteering opportunities in order to engage the employees they need.”