Extra-Curricular

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.

Student Enterprise Awards

April 7, 2015

Kehlan Kirwin, who judges the Student Enterprise Awards is presenter & producer of The Small Business Show which goes out on Clare FM on Saturdays & Tipp FM on Thursdays.

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His most recent show features interviews of the winners from this year’s Student Enterprise Awards:

External Link: SoundCloud Clare FM
https://soundcloud.com/clarefm/small-business-show-21-03-15/s-lKaTt
First 11 minutes: Interview with Emily Duffy of Homeless Wrap – (The Duffily Bag) 3min 7sec
and Guide a Key (Eoin Considine) 5min 44sec

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He also focused on Young Entrepreneurs in his article
for the Irish Examiner last week which can be found here:

He also focused on Young Entrepreneurs in his article for the Irish Examiner last week which can be found here
http://www.irishexaminer.com/business/smallbusiness/small-business-column-teenage-entrepreneurs-318598.html

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The Limerick Leader also did a feature
which can be accessed here:

Limerick Leader Article

http://www.limerickleader.ie/news/business/business-news/limerick-youngsters-show-business-acumen-1-6636280

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And the Limerick Post also did a full page
of pictures which can be accessed here:

The Limerick Post

http://www.limerickpost.ie/digital-edition/

Desmond College looks forward to their
re-enactment of “The Way of the Cross”

March 26, 2015

Desmond College is pleased to be hosting 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 begins at Calvary Graveyard at 14.20, 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.

Desmond College 2015 Re-enacctment of the way of the Cross

Mr Sean Shields and a team of 50 strong actors and backroom staff perform The Way of the Cross, with the Legion Ireland, the Roman Re-Enactment Society, Brian Smith as Jesus Christ, also performing in this solemn event. An Garda Síochána, the Clergy, and the parishioners of Newcastle West and nearby parishes also support The Way of the Cross. This year the Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy is attending the event. It promises to be a truly remarkable vigil and Desmond College would greatly appreciate the support of the parishioners of County Limerick and surrounding areas.

Mr Sean Shields and a team of 50 strong actors and backroom staff perform The Way of the Cross, with the Legion Ireland, the Roman Re-Enactment Society, Brian Smith as Jesus Christ

Desmond College Student Business Awards Success

March 18, 2015

Students from Desmond College assembled along with over 100 students from twenty Limerick post primary schools last Thursday to compete for prizes in the 2015 Student Enterprise Awards held in the South Court Hotel. This was indeed a historic event as it heralded the inaugural competition of what were known as the City and County Enterprise Boards, Mayor Kevin Sheehan commented on the fact that as he opened the prize giving.

Over 30 schools were involved on the day with a diverse range of products, services on offer. A majority of those involved had already been short listed to participate by their schools such was the demand for places, Limerick Enterprise Board with the cooperation of Mr Garry Lowe have been assisting schools since September 2014 in preparation for the finals. Thursday the 12th was the culmination of their efforts where the students set up their stands and prepared their pitches for the judges that reviewed their products/ services, following intense questioning the judges selected winners in Junior (first year), Intermediate (2nd & 3rd Year) and Senior (TY, 5th & 6th Year) categories to represent Limerick in the National Finals to be held in Croke Park on April 22nd.

Heather Supple (Limerick Enterprise Board), Mayor - Kevin Sheehan, Emily Duffy and Eamonn Ryan (CEO Enterprise Board)

Desmond College have a proud tradition in this competition, having won the overall award on three previous occasions, but to be selected to represent all of Limerick in both the Intermediate and Senior sections was recognition of the work by the students and teachers of this Newcastle West post primary school.

In the Intermediate Section, Emily Duffy of Knockaderry with her project “The Duffily Bag”, a solution to homelessness previously exhibited at the BT Young Scientist Competition and featured in the Business Boot Camp in University of Dublin was delighted to be selected, Emily on winning stated that “it was a great achievement and reward for months of hard work” and that she was looking forward to representing her county in the upcoming All Ireland Finals.

Emma Herbert – Managing Director of Guide a Key – winners of the senior section, who have designed and manufactured a device that assists people with limited manual dexterity in inserting a key into any standard lock, stated that she and her fellow directors Diarmuid Curtin, Eamonn Browne, Seamus Hurley & Eoin Considine were delighted to have been chosen from over thirty companies. Guide a Key were selected for their innovation, display, business plan and interview to participate in the All Ireland Finals.

The senior students are transition year students in Desmond College, where Enterprise is just one of the modules they work on all year, the students weren’t the only enterprise representing Desmond College on the day, BSafeBSeen another group represented by Cillian McMathon, Jack O Connor, Patreeze Nugent, Claire Mortell and Managing Direct Conor Reidy were represented on the day as well, receiving favourable comments from the judges and public alike.

Eamon Browne, Eamonn Ryan (CEO Enterprise Board), Seamus Hurley, Kevin Sheehan (Mayor),Emma Herbert, Heather Supple (Limerick Enterprise Board), Eoin Considine

Bootcamp at University College Dublin (UCD)

March 11, 2015

Emily Duffy (third year student) was one of 30 students who was chosen from more than 1,200 entrants to participate in a four-day mentoring and skills bootcamp at UCD to help them turn their ideas into viable business propositions. Emily was a finalist in this years BT Young Scientist Exhibition with her project -‘A Homeless Wrap’. Emily described the bootcamp as an ‘amazing experience’ one which she ‘really enjoyed’. Well done Emily, we wish you every success in developing your project.

Emily Duffy one of 30 students who was chosen to participate in a four-day mentoring and skills bootcamp at UCD

Desmond College Playwrights present ‘The Way of The Cross’

March 5, 2015

Desmond College, Newcastle West, County Limerick is pleased to be hosting 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 begins at Calvary Graveyard at 14.20, 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 Shiels and a 50 strong team of actors and backroom staff perform The Way of the Cross, with the Legion Ireland, the Roman Re-Enactment Society, Brian Smith as Jesus Christ, also performing in this solemn event. An Garda Síochána, the Clergy, and the parishioners of Newcastle West and nearby parishes also support The Way of the Cross.

Desmond College Playwrights present ‘The Way of The Cross’

This year the Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy is attending the event. It promises to be a truly remarkable vigil and Desmond College would greatly appreciate the support of the parishioners of County Limerick and surrounding areas.

Young Enterprise

March 5, 2015

A team of students from Desmond College, Newcastle West comprising of Emma Herbert (Managing Director) and fellow directors Eamonn Browne, Eoin Considine, Seamus Hurley and Diarmuid Curtin , transition year students have established a mini company as part of their enterprise module.

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

They have designed and manufactured a device, which aids people with limited dexterity inserting their key into the lock. The device is affixed on to the area around the keyhole; the user then simply slides their key into the top part of the device, which then guides their key into the keyhole. It work with any standard front door lock and comes compete with full instructions.

In addition to establishing their own business the students have created their own website, Facebook, Snapchat, Linked In and Twitter accounts. The product is selling well as people appreciate the unique selling points; this innovative product has to offer.

For more information, find Guide a Key on Facebook or on Instagram.

Transition Year ‘Guide A Key’ Mini Company

February 27, 2015

Transition Year students are currently busy setting up their mini company for a number of competitions in the near future. The students have designed a device that helps people with dexterity issues to guide their key into a keyhole with ease.

Seamus Hurley, Eamonn Browne, Emma Herbert, Diarmuid Curtin, Eoin Considine

The company is made up of the following team: Seamus Hurley (accounts manager), Eamonn Browne (production manager), Emma Herbert (Managing director), Diarmuid Curtin (Secretary) and Eoin Considine (Marketing Director)

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

February 25, 2015

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.

Desmond College Students Enjoying the BT Young Scientist Competition

January 16, 2015

Desmond College Launch Young Scientist Week

January 7, 2015

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.

Emily Duffy : Morning Ireland Interview

December 12, 2014


3rd Year Desmond College Student, Emily Duffy, interviewed on Morning Ireland
about her project for the BT Young Scientist and Technology competition.

Desmond College Students Support Primary Schools
in Young Scientist Competition

December 10, 2014

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 Teachers Support Local Primary Schools

November 19, 2014

Desmond College Students and Teachers are putting 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.

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
Desmond College Students visiting Locally Primary Schools Desmond College Students visiting Locally Primary Schools
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17 Projects for BT Young Scientist Competition

November 11, 2014

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