Extra-Curricular

BT Young Scientist 2016 Project Profile (1/15)

November 11, 2015

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.

Desmond College Strikes Again …

November 2, 2015

We are the Highest School in Limerick,
and 2nd Highest School in Ireland, with

15 PROJECTS ACCEPTED THIS YEAR

into the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2016!

Schools participating in BT Young Scientist Awards 2016 in Ireland has increased by 8%

BT Ireland announced last week that a record number of schools in the Republic of Ireland have entered the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

A total of 371 schools in the Republic submitted projects for the January 2016 exhibition which represents 51% of all secondary schools. This is an increase of 28 schools or 8% of schools since the previous exhibition.

The 52nd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has attracted a total of 2,048 entries from the island of Ireland with 4,449 students submitting their finest ideas and innovations for consideration across the science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects. In addition, BT Ireland announced that the gender split of entrants this year is 62% female, and 38% male.

A total of only 550 projects are accepted into this prestigious competition. The projects are selected based on calibre of work submitted. Desmond College is the most represented school in Limerick for the 5th year in a row.

With 15 projects accepted Desmond College is the 2nd most represented school in all of Ireland, for the second year in a row. This is no surprise to the students and staff of Desmond College. With the calibre and quality of the students attending the school, we expect nothing less. 

A profile of each project will be published here in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

The 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
begins on January 6th 2016 in the RDS Dublin.

The Homeless Wrap

October 30, 2015

In October of 2014, Emily Duffy a 3rd year student in Desmond College had her project “The Homeless Wrap” accepted for the 51st BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

In the last year Emily has featured on numerous TV and Radio programs with her project that offers a better quality of life to those who find themselves homeless. The project won student enterprise awards and Emily attended the BT Business Boot Camp in UCD last year, the project also featured on the Late Late Show.

12 months on, the “Homeless Wrap” has become the “Duffily Bag” and is currently being produced by the Mendicity Institution in Dublin. Mendicity train some of their service users to make the sleeping bags themselves.

They have had very positive feedback from Merchant’s Quay, a large homeless service institution in Dublin 8, who are using some of the “Duffily Bags” during the night café.

Service Users Assemble the Duffily Bag (by Desmond College's Emily Duffy) to be distributed to the homeless in Dublin

Service users assemble Emily Duffy’s “Duffily Bag” to be distributed to the homeless in Dublin.

The Mendicity Institution is one of Dublin’s oldest charities, established in 1818. During its life-span, it has always worked towards the relief of poverty in the city. As the social organisation of poverty altered, the Institution has had to adapt to meet the current needs of a changing clientele, it continues as a food centre providing free meals on a daily basis, including Sunday brunch.

TY Trip to Achill

October 29, 2015

2015 October: Desmond College TY Students on their trip to Achill Island

Amy Ryan, Amy Ryan, Aine Upton,
Leah Barry and Muireann Tobin


2015 October: Desmond College Students on their trip to Achill Island, learning the Fundamentals of Surfing

The TYs learn the fundamentals of surfing


2015 October: Desmond College Transition Year students ready to go surfing

Mary O Connor, Natalia Janska,
Niamh O Connell and Jamie Campbell


2015 October: Desmond College Transition Year Students on their Trip to Achill Island, receiving a surfing lesson

Tomas McCarthy, Muireann Tobin, Leah Barry
and Aine Upton take to surfing

Desmond College goes Ploughing

October 1, 2015
2015 National Ploughing Championships: TY Students from Desmond College

Dawn start for Desmond College students as they set to explore the Ploughing 2015

On Thursday 24th September 2015, TY and 5th Year students hit the road at 6am to travel to this year’s National Ploughing Championships. The total attendance figure came to a record breaking 281,00 over the 3 days. This marks the most successful National Ploughing Championships in history.

Ploughing 2015: Desmond College TY Students checking livestock

TY students Muireann Tobin, Caoimhe Danaher, Aine Upton and Leah Barry check out the Livestock at Ploughing 2015


Ploughing 2015: Marty Morrissey with TY Student from Desmond College

Emily Duffy joined the Marty Party at Ploughing 2015

First Year Trip to Doneraile

September 29, 2015

On Thursday 24th September the First Years ventured to Doneraile Forest Park.
They took part in the Cork Autumn League schools orienteering event.

Sept 2015: First Year Students travel to Doneraile

Some of the First Years who travelled to Doneraile

First Year Trip to the Burren

August 17, 2015

Desmond College: First Year Bonding Trip to the Burren

Desmond College: First Year Bonding Trip to the Burren

Desmond College: First Year Bonding Trip to the Burren

Desmond College: First Year Bonding Trip to the Burren

Desmond College: First Year Bonding Trip to the Burren

Desmond College Student Awards:
Sports Awards

May 26, 2015

Desmond College Student Awards: May 2015: SPORTS AWARDS Fifth year : Mr Bourke with Cillian Brouder, Daniel Flynn, Miceal O'Flynn and Padraigh Dore Desmond College Student Awards: May 2015: SPORTS AWARDS Fifth year : Mr Bourke with Leah Kelly, Nell Fox and Kiara Carroll
Desmond College Student Awards: May 2015: SPORTS AWARDS 2nd year : Mr King with Aoife Larkin Desmond College Student Awards: May 2015: SPORTS AWARDS 2nd year : Mr King with Paul Moroney Desmond College Student Awards: May 2015: SPORTS AWARDS 2nd year : Mr King with David O'Donovan Desmond College Student Awards: May 2015: SPORTS AWARDS : 2nd year: Mr King with Michéal Murphy

Desmond College Student Awards: May 2015: SPORTS AWARDS First year : Ms Walsh with Catherine Cahill, Latina Massey, Breda Magner, Irish Kenneally, Clodagh McNamee Desmond College Student Awards: May 2015: SPORTS AWARDS First year : Ms Walsh with Bobby O'Donovan, Michael Conlon, David O'Brien, Diarmuid O'Flynn, and Siobhan Hurley Desmond College Student Awards: May 2015: SPORTS AWARDS 3rd Year : Ms Guiry with Colm Copse, Denis Cronin, Noelie Griffen and Emily Duffy

Desmond College students aim to unlock Europe

May 20, 2015

Junior Achievement Award Winners from Desmond College: Diarmuid Curtin, Seamus Hurley, Emma Herbert, Eoin Considine and Eamonn Browne

In 2015 260,000 young people created student companies across Europe as part of the Junior Achievement Company competition. In Ireland, of the thousands of students that entered this year, 10 projects were selected through a series of regional finals to compete in UCD Ryan Academy in City West this week.

The students had to prepare a portfolio as well as submit to interviews at their stands and in boardroom conditions by a series of judges, representing some of Ireland’s top companies over two days. Day two of the competition saw the students having to pitch their idea to a packed auditorium. The Junior Achievement Company Programme helps young people appreciate and better understand the role of business in our society. With the support and guidance of business volunteers from the local business community, the Programme provides basic economic education for secondary students.

Representing Ireland in the European finals of this the biggest competition of its kind will be five Desmond College students, Emma Herbert (Managing Director), Seamus Hurley, Eoin Considine, Diamuid Curtin and Eamonn Browne were elated when there company “Guide A Key” was announced as the National Winners of this prestigious competition. The students have invented a simple device that can be affixed to the outside of doors that allows people with manual dexterity issues to easily insert their key in locks. Emma speaking about their success was quick to point out that it has come after months of hard work by her fellow Transition Year students in Desmond College. The students now prepare to go globally as they take their project to Berlin in July, where they will represent Ireland along with companies from 27 other European countries.

The 5th Year French students enjoyed a French Cinema Trip

May 8, 2015

Les Emotifs Anonymes : The Fifth Year French Students from Desmond College Post Primary School went on the Annual Trip to the Cinema to watch a French Movie: April 2015
A heartwarming and genuinely funny modern tale.

An Enjoyable Morning at the Cinema for Desmond college Fifth Year French Students to watch a movie in French: April 2015

Our fifth year French students enjoyed our annual trip to the cinema on Tuesday April 28. The movie was a genuine “French-made” romantic comedy, with echoes of “Chocolat” and “Amelie”. An enjoyable morning was had by all.

The spirit of Enterprise is alive and well in Desmond College

April 27, 2015

Desmond College and Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba have one of the best national profiles when it comes to Student Enterprise having won all Irelands on three separate occasion, with Foirmle a hAon in 2001, A-baa in 2003 and more recently with Teacher’s P.E.T. in 2014. In addition the schools have been placed second in 2002 with Mearai and have achieved numerous other awards over the years as well as featuring on Junior Dragon’s Den, these achievements are unrivaled by any other school in Ireland.

So in Sept 2014 transition year students began to establish their own mini-companies and went through all the stages from brainstorming, prototype to final product. The students have embraced the challenges and are frequently to be found, producing their products or practicing their sales pitches at lunch time, exemplifying the fact that “the money maker is never tired”.

In total our students entered three separate enterprise competitions:

  • Get Up and Go – Transition Years
  • Junior Achievement Ireland – Senior Students
  • Student Enterprise Awards – Intermediate & Senior Students, the biggest enterprise competition in Ireland with over 17,000 students taking part.

Emily Duffy a 3rd year student won the Limerick Student Enterprise Finals and was selected to represent Limerick in the All Irelands, she was chosen as one of three enterprises to meet with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Mr. Richard Bruton and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Mr. Damien English at the Dept. of Trade in April 2015.

Emily Duffy, pictured with Richard Bruton TD, will be on the Late Late Show April 17th 2015, with her solution to homelessness called the Duffily Bag.

Emily was selected to represent Student Enterprise Awards on the Late Late Show, where she and three other groups pitched their ideas to Ryan Tubridy.

Emily Duffy from Desmond College on the Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy April 2015

Each year over 17,000 students like you all over Ireland get to find out what it’s really like to be their own boss and run their own business by taking part in the Student Enterprise Awards Programme.

The Student Enterprise Awards (SEAs) is the biggest enterprise competition for students in Ireland. It helps students to grasp real life skills associated with running a real enterprise including working as part of a team, managing production and finances, organising a sales and marketing campaign and liaising directly with customers, judges and the media.

In 2015, Limerick Local Enterprise was represented by Desmond College’s Guide a Key in the senior category. The students emma Herbert, Diarmuid Curtin, Seamus Hurley, Eamonn Browne and Eoin Considine have designed and manufactured a unique device that allows people with limited manual dexterity to open doors more easily by enabling them to insert the key withers into any standard door lock.

On Wednesday 22nd April, Guide a Key were rewarded for their efforts when they were awarded the Most Innovative Product Award for 2015, in addition to this, the five students were selected as part of the top 20 students in Ireland who will partake in a Business Bootcamp in University College Cork in June 2015. The five day bootcamp will feature a range of interactive enterprise workshops to assist students in developing their ideas. Students will receive instruction on Digital Marketing and the use of social media as a marketing tool.

With the addition of Liam Dowling Guide a Key have also been chosen to represent Cork/ Kerry/ Limerick in the finals of Get Up & Go on the 5th May 2015.

Young Enterprise 2015 : Seamus Hurley, Eamonn Browne, Emma Herbert, Diarmuid Curtin and Eoin Considine.

BSafeBSeen, another TY mini company made up of Cillian McMathon, Jack O’ Connor, Patreeze Nugent, Claire Mortell and Managing Direct Conor Reidy, reached the Limerick finals of Student Enterprise and Regional Finals of Get Up & Go.

Be Safe Be Seen : Patreeze Nugent, Jack O Connor, Conor Reidy, Cillian McMahon and Claire Mortell

Desmond College Gets Active for Active Schools Week

April 22, 2015

Mon April 13th- Fri April 17th 2015

The Active Schools Week is to raise awareness amongst staff, students and families, and provide schools with an opportunity to reinforce the message that not only is physical activity good for you but it can also be FUN and a great way to spend time with friends.

The theme of the week was “Active Body, Active Mind”. The sun was shining for Desmond Colleges first annual Active Schools Week, where the PE Department hosted a variety of activities throughout the week for both staff and students. Teachers also got involved by incorporating ‘Active lessons’ in their subject area as part of the week.

Ms Creed and Ms Ryan part of the PE Department with Alison Miller Irish Rugby Player for Desmond College's Active Schools Week April 2015

ACTIVE MONDAY

  • The Limerick Sports Partnership hosted a range of fun and active co-operative games for all first year students.
  • During Active School Week all Religion and SPHE classes were invited to take part in ‘Walk a mile, with a Smile’ with their class teacher.
  • 5th Year Students took part in a Box-Fit Class with Kieran Doyle of Crème Dela Crème Fitness (CDC) – “Fitness at Its Finest”.

Aisling Walsh and Chloe O'Riordan walk a Mile with a Smile with Ms O'Connor and Special Guest, Zoe for Desmond College's Active Body Active Mind, Active Schools Week 2015 Patrick Moriarty, Michael O'Flynn and Conor O'Sullivan at Boxercise During Desmond College Active Body Active Mind Week 2015

ACTIVE TUESDAY

  • 6th Year Soccer Tournament, Penalties and Cross-Bar Challenge.
  • Poc Fada at lunchtime in the pitch. Junior and Senior Competition.
  • Free Fruit Tuesday from the School Food Company at lunchtime. Students enjoyed a variety of fresh food at lunchtime.
  • LCA 1 and LCA 2 participated in a fun and active Box-Fit Class with Kieran Doyle of Crème Dela Crème Fitness (CDC) – “Fitness at Its Finest”.
  • Staff Box-Fit class after school Tuesday with Kieran Doyle who put staff through their paces with a great cardio workout filled with boxing, running and conditioning circuits!

 

James-Storiin-winner-of-the-junior-Poc-Fada-with-Mr-Burke Padraig-Collins-winner-of-senior-Poc-Fada-with-Mr-Burke Breda Magner, winner of the Desmond College Active School's Week Junior Poc Fada, pictured with Ms Creed

ACTIVE WEDNESDAY

  • Walk on Wednesdays: Students living within walking distance are encouraged to walk to school on Wednesday.
  • Desmond College was delighted to welcome Ireland women’s rugby player Alison Miller. In August 2014, Alison along with her fellow players on the Irish Team experienced success by beating New Zealand for the first time. They also scored a try and reached the semi-final of the World Cup for the first time in history.
  • Alison Miller is a Sky Sports Project Mentor who gave a talk and activity session with 5th Year Girls who are participating in an ongoing Sky Sports Living for Sport Project.
  • Transition Year students enjoyed a GAA Coaching Course in the pitch all day Wednesday delivered by James Ryan (Limerick Senior Hurler).
  • Basketball for Fun at lunchtime in the PE Hall.

 

2nd Year Basketball team during Desmond College's Active School's Week April 2015 5th Year Girls with Alison Miller for Desmond College Active Schools Week 2015 Rhys Lambardarios, Shannon Supple, Rebecca Folan, William Hurley, Leanne Browne and Sinead Liston with James Ryan at Desmond College Active Schools Week April 13th to April 17th 2015

ACTIVE THURSDAY

  • LCA 2 students and Rang Donal participated in a fun and skilful class of Judo with Mr James Bourke from The Limerick Judo Academy.
  • Second and Third Year Students from Gaelcholáiste U Chonba enjoyed a Box-Fit class with Kieran Doyle.
  • Transition Year students enjoyed Part 2 of the GAA Coaching Course in the pitch all day Wednesday delivered by Ger Downes (GAA Games Development Officer).
  • Free Smoothie Thursday: A smoothie bar was set up by the School Food Company at lunchtime and students availed of some tasty smoothies, which went down a treat!
  • Thursdays afternoon’s events included a 1st & 2nd Year Soccer Blitz. A great audience of students and staff cheered on students during this fun and inclusive competition.

 

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ACTIVE FRIDAY

  • JERSEY DAY FRIDAY: For €2 Students wore a Jersey of their choice (GAA, Soccer or Club team jersey) for today. The school was full of colour and even staff wore jerseys too.
  • Penalty Competition at lunchtime: Staff and Students fun penalty competition.
  • Hydration Friday: The School Food Company supplied free water with every purchase in the canteen at lunch.
  • Kieran Doyle of Crème Dela Crème Fitness (CDC) – “Fitness at Its Finest” hosted Fitness Friday where he delivered an inclusive Box-Fit session for all Junior Cycle students (1st-3rd Year) in block sessions. For some of our Junior students it was their first time participating in a Box-Fit class which they really enjoyed.
  • Wii Sports many students joined together to enjoy the interactive console.
  • Irish traditional flash mob at lunchtime this was organised by the music department.

 

Sean Duffy: the winner of the penalty shoot out with Ms Quaid, Desmond College Action Shot from the Penalty Shoot Out at Desmond College Active Schools Week

Peter Shanahan, Luke Barry, Patrick O'Connor, Darragh Breen, Daniel Barrett, Warren Gleeson, Anthony Mullins, Jimmy O'Connell and Aidan O'Connor enjoy some activities in Desmond College Active Schools Week April 2015 Desmond College : Irish Traditional Flash Mob

Alison Miller, Skysports and Irish Rugby officially opening the redeveloped PE Hall at Desmond College during Active Body Active Mind Week April 2015 Alan Wallace enjoying the activities of Active Week in Desmond College April 13-17 2015

Emily Duffy to appear on the Late Late Show

April 17, 2015

Emily Duffy a third year student in Desmond College has got a once in a life time opportunity to appear on The Late, Late Show tonight, Friday 17th April. Emily will present her “Duffily Bag”.

The Duffily Bag, which Emily designed and made, is a solution to homelessness and she has previously exhibited it at the BT Young Scientist Competition and it has also featured in the Business Boot Camp in University of Dublin.

Emily has put a lot of time and dedication into to this design and all her hard work has paid off, as she will get to exhibit it to Ryan Tubridy tonight along with millions of viewers tuned in. We wish Emily all the best tonight and congratulate her on all her success. It is very well deserved. Well done Emily we are very proud of you!

Emily Duffy, pictured with Richard Bruton TD, will be on the Late Late Show April 17th 2015, with her solution to homelessness called the Duffily Bag.

Hundreds of People Lined the Streets
of Newcastle West on Good Friday to Support
Desmond College’s Re-enactment of “The Way of the Cross”

April 14, 2015

Good Friday saw Desmond College host The Way of The Cross 2015, an annual re-enactment of the journey Jesus took on Good Friday.

The Way of The Cross is now in its 10th year, and over this time it has attracted crowds in their thousands. The procession began at Calvary Graveyard, making its way through the streets of Newcastle West and culminating in The Church of the Immaculate Conception.

This prestigious event relies upon the support of a number of individuals and organisations. Mr Sean Shields and a team of 50 strong actors and backroom staff performed The Way of the Cross, with the Legion Ireland, the Roman Re-Enactment Society, Brian Smith as Jesus Christ, also performed in this solemn event.

An Garda Síochána, the Clergy, and the parishioners of Newcastle West and nearby parishes also supported The Way of the Cross. This year the Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy attended the event.

It was a truly remarkable vigil and Desmond College would like to thank the Parishioners of County Limerick and surrounding areas, and all those who supported this prestigious event.

Desmond College's The Way of the Cross Newcastle West Good Friday April 2015 Desmond College Students  in the Way of the Cross 2015
Desmond College Student in the Annual Way of the Cross 2015 Desmond College's The Way of the Cross Newcastle West Good Friday April 2015 Desmond College Way of the Cross Good Friday: The Way of the Cross Newcastle West
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Get Up and Go Enterprise Competition

April 10, 2015

The Transition Years mini-company group composed of Liam Dowling, Emma Herbert, Eoin Considine, Diarmuid Curtin, Seamus Hurley & Eamonn Browne, will represent Desmond College at the National Finals of Get Up and Go, the Transition Year Enterprise Competition to be held in the Osprey Hotel – Nass on 5th May.

The Transition Years mini-company group composed of Liam Dowling, Emma Herbert, Eoin Considine, Diarmuid Curtin, Seamus Hurley & Eamonn Browne

Guide a Key have regional finals of Junior Achievement Ireland – coming up on 15th April – Limerick Institute of Technology. They are being assisted by Mark Murphy of Dell, who is acting as their mentor.