Foreign Languages

5th Year French Poetry Writing Workshop

May 30, 2018

5th Year students participated in a French poetry writing workshop, and wrote poems on the thème du jour – “Mon Quartier”.

May 2018: 5th year students participate in a French poetry writing workshop


May 2018: Poems that the 5th Year French students wrote about their "quartier"

Desmond College Students’ French Dinner

May 30, 2018

French dinner dégustation – Students tasted different types of French cheese, a traditional ratatouille dish, and une tarte aux fraises.


May 2018: Desmond College Students have a French dinner dégustation!


May 2018: Desmond College Students have a French dinner dégustation!


May 2018: Desmond College Students have a French dinner dégustation!


May 2018: Desmond College Students have a French dinner dégustation!

French Culture

May 18, 2018


First Year students participating in French Culture game this week!


14th May 2018: First Year students participating in French Culture games today


14th May 2018: First Year students participating in French Culture games today


14th May 2018: First Year students participating in French Culture games today

French Cookery Class

May 11, 2018


May 2018: French Cookery Class


May 2018: French Cookery Class


May 2018: French Cookery Class

2nd year Spanish Poster Competition

October 17, 2016

Students were challenged to design a poster to promote awareness of language learning for European language day.


2016: Mr Russell (Spanish Teacher in Desmond College Post Primary School) with his Second Year Spanish Students after completing their posters
Mr Russell with his Spanish students, Chloe Ahern, Joanne Lai, Shane Baguio, Megan Roma and Ciara Brouder after completing their posters.


2016: A selection of Posters by the Desmond College Post Primary School Second Year Spanish Students
A selection of the posters designed by the Second Year Spanish students.

German Breakfast Morning

June 4, 2016


May 2016: Desmond College First year students enjoying a German breakfast as part of their German studies in Desmond College


May 2016: Desmond College First year students enjoying a German breakfast as part of their German studies in Desmond College


May 2016: Desmond College First year students enjoying a German breakfast as part of their German studies in Desmond College


May 2016: Desmond College First year students enjoying a German breakfast as part of their German studies in Desmond College


May 2016: Desmond College First year students enjoying a German breakfast as part of their German studies in Desmond College

Spanish Breakfast

May 18, 2016

May 2016: Transition year students from Desmond College enjoying a Spanish breakfast as part of their ‘Introduction to Spanish language and culture’ course.

May 2016: Transition year students from Desmond College enjoying a Spanish breakfast as part of their ‘Introduction to Spanish language and culture’ course.

Transition year students from Desmond College enjoying a Spanish breakfast as part of their ‘Introduction to Spanish language and culture’ course.

First Year Spanish Students Enjoyed Tasting Some Traditional Spanish Food

May 18, 2015

Desmond College First Year Students : Tasting Spanish Food : Brian Mortell and Konrad Papierowski

Desmond College Students AJ Donovan and Konrad Papierowski are part of the Desmond College first year students who are learning about Spanish Culture

Desmond College First Year Spanish Class Enjoying Spanish Food as part of their Spanish Studies: Genevive Collins, Cloadagh McNamee, Latina Massey

Le Petit Déjeuner Francais

May 7, 2015

Sean O'Ceallaigh, Michael Murphy and Brandon Nash enjoy some breakfast by the Eiffel Tower

Our junior cycle students enjoyed our annual Petit Déjeuner on April 30th.
Croissants & crêpes disappeared faster than the speed of light!

Leona Ní Mhaolalaidh and Rachel Sheahan second year Gaelcholáiste enjoy the French Breakfast Jack Corkery enjoys some French Breakfast

5th Year German Students Enjoy Trip to Listowel
Cinema to Watch German Film

February 16, 2015

5th Year German students enjoy trip to Listowel cinema to watch German film Aliaksei Pishchyk, Tanya Sheehan, Chloe O Mahony , Risa Sato, Eileen Ennulat

5th Year German students enjoy trip to Listowel cinema to watch German film.

Japanese Cultural Food Day

February 11, 2015

Enjoying diversity of culture through food at Desmond College

Risa cooked some Japanese dishes for first year students with the help of her teacher Ms Edel Boohan

Risa Sato (exchange student from Sendai in North East Japan) brings some Japanese culture to Desmond College. Risa cooked some Japanese dishes for first year students with the help of her teacher Ms Edel Boohan.

Risa Sato (exchange student from Sendai in North East Japan) brings some Japanese culture to Desmond College

Two West Limerick Schools Embrace Chinese Language & Culture

November 18, 2014

Irish Delegation to China including Principal of Desmond College Vourneen Gavin Barry : Oct / Nov 2014

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Vourneen Gavin Barry, Principal of Desmond College, Newcastle West and Norma O’Brien, Principal of Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton, travelled to China during the midterm break as part of an educational delegation organised by the Confucius Institute in UCC. The delegation visited Beijing & Shanghai, visiting sights such as the Great Wall of China and Tiananmen Square and experiencing Chinese culture first-hand.

The delegation visited the Confucius Headquarters in Shanghai and spent time at Shanghai University, touring the campus and meeting with a group of Irish students studying Business, Arts & Chinese, from UCC.

The delegation also visited a number of schools and met with Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’Sullivan at Shibei Junior High School in Shanghai. Minister O’Sullivan spoke of the introduction of a Short Course on Chinese Language & Culture in the new Junior Cycle Student Award and both Coláiste Mhuire and Desmond College intend to continue their collaboration with the Confucius Institute in UCC, in order to provide this Short Course to incoming 1st years.

Pictured: (back l to r), Norma O’Brien, Principal, Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton, Máire de Brún, Principal, Scoil Bhríde, Galway, Vourneen Gavin Barry, Principal, Desmond College, Newcastle West. (front l to r) Austin Gormley, Consul-General of Ireland in Shanghai, Minister Jan O’Sullivan, Headmaster He, Shibei Junior school Shanghai

Language Fun at Open Night! (2014)

October 14, 2014

Desmond College Open Night 9th October 2014: a bit of spanish fun! Desmond College Students Participating in some Language Fun at their Open Night on 9th October 2014 French Fun at the Desmond College Open Night 9th October 2014! Spanish Language Fun at Desmond College at the 2014 School Open Night

European Language Day Competition 2014

October 2, 2014

Second Year German Breakfast

March 18, 2014

selection of food at the german breakfast

the second year german class who organised and hosted the german breakfast with ms carol mccarthy and hanna hanna with german students at german breakfast ms carol mccarthy german teacher with hanna

The Second Year German class organised and hosted a german breakfast with German Teacher, Ms Carol McCarthy and German Language Assistant, Hanna Herlitzius.