Desmond College New Building

February 14, 2018

February 2018: New Woodwork Room and Classrooms for Desmond College by Moloney Contractors

The new building works are going to plan and on schedule in Desmond College. A new Woodwork Room, new classrooms and a new ASD Unit are due to be completed in time for the school year 2018/2019.

The principal, Vourneen Gavin Barry, said that both staff and students are really looking forward to the completion date when these new state of the art buildings will be used for lessons.

The large extension being build by Moloney Contractors has had little impact on the day to day life of the school this year she said,

“We couldn’t be happier with the way the project has been coordinated by Limerick and Clare ETB and the contractors, while we are watching it grow with each passing day it has not impacted on school life at all.”

February 2018: New Woodwork Room and Classrooms for Desmond College by Moloney Contractors

Pre-Junior Certificate Timetable 2018

January 23, 2018

Pre-Junior Certificate Exam Timetable 2018
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Pre- Leaving Cert Exam Timetable 2018

January 23, 2018

Demond College Pre-Leaving Certificate Timetable 2018
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LCA Pre-Exams Timetable 2018

January 23, 2018

Pre-LCA Exams 2018

Desmond College Night Classes Spring 2018

January 22, 2018

Spring 2018

Drawing and Painting for Fun €90
Healthy Cooking and Baking for you €90
Upcycling your old furniture €90
Yoga €80
Pilates €80
Genealogy – Finding your past €90
Mindfulness and Wellbeing, an introduction €90
Home Interior Design €90

All courses run for eight weeks.


Registration is on Monday 22nd January, from 7.00-9.00pm.

Classes begin on Thursday 1st February at 7pm sharp.

All fees must be paid in full on enrolment night. Fees only refundable if a class has insufficient numbers. Minimum numbers required for all classes.


For further information contact:
Sean Shiels
Director of Adult Education, Desmond College, Newcastle West

School Transport Provision 2017/2018

November 15, 2016

Business Eireann School Transport Provision 2017/2018

1. Who is eligible?

Children who reside at least 4.8 kilometres from and attending their nearest school are eligible for post primary school transport.

2. How do I apply?

Online to Bus Éireann at

3. When do I apply?

Applications should be submitted before the last Friday in April. Late applicants are not guaranteed a seat.

4. What is the charge?

The current annual charge is €350 per child with a family maximum of €650.

5. Can I spread the payment over the school year?

Payments may be made in two instalments in July and December.

6. Are some children exempt from paying?

Yes. Only eligible children i.e. children residing at least 4.8 kilometres from and attending their nearest school, who hold valid Medical Cards (GMS Scheme), do not pay. All other children must pay.

7. Where can I get more details on the scheme?

Full terms of the Post Primary School Transport Scheme are available at and

8. Where can I get further information?

From your local Bus Éireann School Transport Office.

To contact your local Bus Éireann School Transport Office by email please go to

Department of Education and Skills Inspection

October 12, 2016

Desmond College received wonderful feedback from an inspection by a Department of Education and Skills Inspector on Tuesday 11th October. Here is a summary of the feedback received:

  • Teaching and Learning is of a very high quality in all classes observed.
  • Great focus on preparation and planning.
  • Clarity of Learning Intention and clear structure of lessons shown.
  • Active engagement by all students in all lessons – No passive students.
  • Homework as central to the learning, was evident.
  • Good routines displayed in classes – Homework/Journals/rules etc.
  • Very positive interaction between students and teachers and between student and student – great respect shown between all.
  • Teachers knew their students well – they knew their individual needs.
  • Skilled experienced and reflective teachers.
  • Clear evidence of whole school focus on teaching and learning.
  • Compliments paid to Learning Intention/Homework/Keywords Boards.
  • Compliments paid to use of IT in school.
  • Compliments paid to positive tone of student focused school rules in Journal.
  • Positive atmosphere in school was evident.

Open Night: TONIGHT, Wednesday 5th Oct

October 5, 2016

Open Night for 5th and 6th class pupils and their parents on Wednesday 5th October presentation by principal at 7pm

iPad Education Success

September 15, 2016

It’s that time of year again, when our First Year students receive their iPads equipped with the books and apps required for the year ahead.

It is no doubt that iPad education has been a tremendous success since we launched the initiative this time last year. Our students have become masters in the use of ICT and have a new respect for education.

Desmond College has shown leadership in learning through the use of technology, we have taken the steps required to become fully equipped to deliver education to our students to the highest of standards.

We have taken a professional approach to the deployment of iPads in Desmond College – we have the assistance of a company called Wriggle.

The Wriggle team have the expertise and the experience necessary to successfully integrate technology into the education environment. They are currently working with a number of the leading schools across the Country and provide outstanding 1:1 support to our students, teachers and parents.

September 2016: Excitement as some of the Newcastle West Desmond College first year students open their iPads
Excitement as some First Years open their iPads that arrive in school for them.

Marie Hennessy – Our Limerick Rose

August 31, 2016

Huge congratulations to Marie Hennessy after the Rose of Tralee festival.

Marie is our very own Limerick Rose. We are very proud of her here in Desmond College.

Marie Hennessy, The Limerick Rose, on stage in the Dome at the Rose of Tralee Festival 2016 Marie Hennessy, Desmond College, Our Limerick Rose 2016