Music and Performance


October 14, 2016

2016: Desmond College post primary school Limerick presents Hairspray The Musical, 10th and 11th November.

Exciting times lie ahead for the staff and students of Desmond College, who will proudly present “Hairspray – The Musical”, in association with Over The Rainbow School Of Dance. Preparations are in full swing for this “not to be missed” musical extravaganza.

Featuring the style and soundtrack of the swinging 60’s, we can guarantee that the audience will be rocking in their seats! Featuring big musical numbers such as “Nicest Kids in Town” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat”, you won’t be disappointed!

Oct 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School Students in dress rehearsal for school musical, Hairspray! on 10th and 11th November

A cast of over 30 students are involved in the staging of the show and will feature in a variety of roles. Roisin Nolan stars as Tracy Turnblad, alongside Clodagh O Keefe who appears as Tracy’s dorky friend Penny Pingleton.

Sixth year student, Diarmuid Curtin, portrays teenage heartthrob Link Larkin. Orla Wrenn takes to the stage as the selfish and bratty Amber Von Tussle, daughter of Velma, who is played by Breda Magner.

The exciting character of Corny Collins will be played by Patrick Kenneally and Darragh Collins debuts as the talented dancer Seaweed. These budding stage stars will be supported by a talented array of all singing, all dancing students from various year groups.

So, if you are looking for a way to shake off the Winter blues, please join us on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th November in Desmond College, at 7pm. We promise to take you back to the 1960’s and have plenty of laughs along the way! Admission €10. To avoid disappointment, please purchase your tickets as soon as possible. Contact Desmond College on 069-62205 or email


September 22, 2016

Excitement is really building as rehearsals are in full swing for the musical ‘Hairspray’, which takes place Nov 10th and 11th, 2016.

Sept 2016: Rehearsals in full swing for Desmond Colelge musical Hairspray

School Musical – Hairspray

September 9, 2016

The music and dance groups are currently very busy rehearsing under the guidance of Musical Director and past pupil Katie Upton, along with teachers Ms Kelly, Ms McCarthy and Ms Keane for the upcoming School Musical ‘Hairspray’ which takes place this November.

September 2016: Rehearsals in full swing for upcoming musical Hairspray at Desmond College
Rehearsals in full swing for upcoming musical Hairspray.

Hairspray Auditions

May 17, 2016

Reminder to all students:
Hairspray auditions are being held today, Tuesday 17th May.
Casting roles and dance auditions at 11am.
Students auditioning for casting roles are required to sing
the finale song ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ from the musical.
Students involved in dance auditions will need PE gear.

Choir Auditions

May 5, 2016

School choir auditions this week. Times are as follows

Tuesday lunchtime 1:00 to 1:30 1st years
Wednesday lunchtime 1:00 to 1:30 2nd years
Thursday lunchtime 1:00 to 1:30 3rd years

Desmond College Presents …

April 15, 2016

Hairspray the Musical

Hairspray the Musical by Desmond College 2016

Auditions are currently open for the following positions involved in the production of the show. If you are interested in any of the positions give your name into reception as soon as possible. Closing date for entries is Friday 15th April 2016.

Stage Manager

One stage manager is required for the duration of the production. The role will involve assisting the musical director Catherine Upton and the two musical producers. Your job will include several duties such as managing rehearsals, actors, props and costume fitting. Good communication and organisation skills are essential.


Two producers are required to work in collaboration with the musical director Catherine Upton. You will oversee the activities involved in the production of the musical and set goals in order to keep the production on schedule. You will be involved in the overall financial and managerial functions of the production. Excellent time management skills are essential.

Dance Captain

One dance captain is required to liaise with the musical director Catherine Upton to work on all aspects of the choreography and dance rehearsals. Good knowledge of dance and musical appreciation is essential.

Stage Crew

A stage crew consisting of approximately 15 students is required. Their work includes setting up the scenery, lights, sound, props, rigging, and special effects for the production. Excellent organization skills are essential.

Leaving Cert Students at the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick

January 29, 2016

Jan 2016: Leaving Cert Students at the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick following a performance of King Lear as part of their English Syllabus
Leaving Cert Students at the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick
following a performance of King Lear as part of their English Syllabus.

The Merchant of Venice

January 27, 2016

January 2016: Desmond College Third Year Students at the Merchant of Venice
Third Year Students pictured at a performance of The Merchant of Venice at the Lime Theatre Limerick as part of the Junior Cert course.

Desmond College on TV3’s Xposé

January 8, 2016

Desmond College students Muireann Tobin, Leah Barry and Aine Upton
were interviewed on last night’s Xposé.

Desmond College Students Carol Singing in St. Ita’s

December 21, 2015

Desmond College Students Singing Christmas Carols for the Residents of St. Itas

Leah Barry, Aine Upton, Clara Danaher, Muireann Tobin, Gary Byrnes and Michael Hogan with some of the residents in St. Itas during their Christmas Carol event.

2015 December: Desmond College Students singing at the Christmas Carol Event at St. Ita's Residential Home

Ryan White, Shane Normoyle and Ronan St. John from Desmond College at their annual Christmas Carol singing in St. Ita’s.

Christmas Mass

December 9, 2015

Desmond College staff and students celebrated their annual Christmas mass in St. Mary’s Church in Newcastle West on Monday last.

The congregation was treated to a lovely festive sermon by the local clergy along with some wonderful accompanying music and hymns by the Desmond College school choir. A big thank you to all the readers and gift bearers that took part in the ceremony.

A final thank you to Ms. Ryan, Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Kelly for their work in organising the Christmas celebration.

Brian Mortell Dances his Way to Victory at Youth Factor

October 9, 2015

2015: Desmond College Student, Brian Mortell, dances his way to victory at Youth Factor
A big congratulations to Desmond College second Year student Brian Mortell who recently won gold at the National Finals of Youth Work Ireland’s multi-disciplinary talent show, Youth Factor. Brian went on to perform in Dublin Castle on Saturday last.

Best of Luck James and Patrick!

May 1, 2015

James O’Connor and Patrick Moriarty both 5th Year students are performing on Sunday May 3rd in the National Concert Hall for the final of Siansa Gael Linn. They are performing with other musicians from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef  (Abbeyfeale) in a group called Gliondar. There are 8 groups in the final, out of over 50 entries. The final will be aired on TG4 in the coming weeks and will be live on Sunday evening from 7.30pm on R na G (Radio na Gaeltacht). Best of luck to them!

Draíocht spread their Magic to celebrate St Patrick’s Day!

March 24, 2015

After seeing members of our Trad Group “Draíocht” perform on the “Late Late Toy Show” in December, Lakes Nursing Home in Killaloe put in a very special request for us to visit and perform for their residence. Eleven of the talented musicians from Desmond College Music Department from 1st year to 5th year, travelled to Killaloe on Wednesday 18th March and delivered an hour long performance. The staff and residence enjoyed music, songs and dance which lifted the spirits of all.

Desmond College Trad Group Draiocht Perform at Lakes Nursing Home in Killaloe

To celebrate St. Patricks Day and to spread the atmosphere through the sound of music, Desmond College’s Trad Group “Draíocht”, visited St. Ita’s Nursing Home on Monday 16th March 2015. The wards were filled with music, song and dance. A lovely morning was had by all.

Draiocht Performed at St Ita's Nursing Home for St. Patrick's Day 2015

They then travelled back to Desmond College to perform a lunchtime concert for the students and staff. This lunchtime concert included a debut performance from the 1st year Music Class which included their arrangement of Roddy McCorley/Sean South. Instruments included whistles, piano, cajon, bodhrán, accordion and guitars.

Bryan Mortel along with the Trad group provides some lunchtime entertainment for St. Patrick's Day in Desmond College
Bryan Mortel along with the Trad group provides some lunchtime entertainment for St. Patrick's Day.

Siobhan Hurley, Kelli Gayer,Sophie Leenders and Eve Mountgomery all First Year students getting ready to ‘Shoe the Donkey’ at the Irish Céilí.
Siobhan Hurley, Kelli Gayer,Sophie Leenders and Eve Mountgomery,
all First Year students getting ready to ‘Shoe the Donkey’ at the Irish Céilí.

After providing Luchtime entertainment for the whole school, the Trad group participated in the First Year Céilí organised by The Irish Department. A fantastic day of music and dance was enjoyed by all. A big thanks to the Music and Irish Department.

Emma Herbert and Claire Mortell enjoy their mentoring role at the Irish Céilí for First Years.
Emma Herbert and Claire Mortell enjoy their mentoring role at the Irish Céilí for First Years.

D Factor 2014

December 12, 2014

Desmond College’s D-Factor took place on Friday the 5th December 2014.

Desmond College D-Factor 2014 Desmond College D-Factor 2014 Desmond College D-Factor 2014