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.
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.
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.
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.
Desmond College’s D-Factor took place on Friday the 5th December 2014.
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Desmond Factor Talent Show on Friday 5th December.
Show starts at 7.00pm.
Tickets on sale at the door €10.
Don’t forget to watch the RTÉ Late, Late Toy Show tonight
to see the performance by Desmond College’s trad group, Draíocht!
The Desmond College Music Department attended a performance by the Cork Pops Orchestra at City Hall in Cork on Friday 07 Nov’14.
Students were exposed to a fantastic programme entitled “Blockbuster Classics-Music from the Movies“. It contained some of the great film scores that were very familiar to the audience: Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings, some great classical music used in film: Verdi, Mozart, and some great ‘classics’ of the world of film: The Sound of Music, Charlie Chaplin and Walt Disney.
The aim of this concert was to develop the ability to separate sound and vision in an increasingly visual and multi-media world.
The Orchestra had two special guests. DJ Dashka performed one of his music technology pieces accompanied by the orchestra, and showed a piece of his work which he compiled as part of his Masters Degree, composing music to accompany a short film. Finally we were treated to a performance of 3 well known songs: Let it Go, Happy and All of me, by Keith Hanley. A great day was had by all.
Bryan Mortell (First Year -Rang Fionn) came 2nd in TG4 Jig Gig heats on 10th September. Bryan is in a sean-nós dancing group with Cian Ward, Molly and Jess McGrath and Mia Forrestall. The group are trained by Mary and Robert Kelly McCormack. The TG4 show Jig Gig will be aired in October so watch out for Bryan then. There is still a chance that the group may get the Wild Card and get into the quarter finals. Fingers crossed for you all!
More photos from the Desmond College Fashion Show 2014!
Desmond College Fashion Show on Thursday 1st May.
Tickets €10 each on sale through reception.
Desmond College’s trad group, Draoícht, are the only Limerick representative in the All-Ireland Secondary Schools’ Talent Show on Saturday, 26th April in the Concert Hall UL. A total of 10 groups, from the 625 that applied, will appear on Saturday night. The show will be broadcast on TV3 with public votes counting in the final decision. They’ve worked very hard and are excited to be representing their school and county!
Desmond College is experiencing great success so far in the All Ireland School’s Talent Search with two acts making it through to the All-Ireland Semi-Final. From the original entry of over 600 acts, there are only 50 remaining. The Schools Talent Search Competition is a charity event and the benefiting charity 2014 is the Cancer Care Services. (Support group for people in recovery from cancer treatment).
The two acts which qualified last Sunday night from Desmond College, in the Strand Hotel were Shane Walsh (singer) with his performance of “Feelin’ Good”, and Draíocht (The Desmond College Trad Group) with their arrangement and interpretation of “Little Talks: Of Monsters and Men”. The members of Draíocht are Emma Roche, Jack O’Connor, Brian Harnett, Diarmuid Curtin, Laoise Curtin and Patrick Moriarty.
The Semi-Final will be held in the Greenhills Hotel Limerick on Sunday April 6th. Doors will open to the public at 6pm, show commencing at 6.30pm. The Admission is €10. Judging is divided between 3 judges and the audience vote. In the semi-final, the judges’ votes count for 75% of the scores with the audience votes counting for the other 25%. It costs €1 to vote. If you would like to vote for one of our acts, you can drop into the School or do so on the night. Best of Luck to both our Semi-Finalists!!!!!!!
Desmond College is experiencing great success in the All Ireland School’s Talent Search Competition. The first round of the competition took place on Friday 7th March in The Strand Hotel. Out of 10 acts to get through to the Munster Final, Desmond College took 5 of the places.
Shannon White, Draíocht (aka: The Desmond College Trad Group), Shane Walsh, Ground Control and Dynamic will be competing in the next round in The Stand Hotel, Limerick on Sunday 23th March at 8pm. All are welcome to come and support!! As this competition is a charity event, proceeds this year will be going to “Cancer Support Service”.
Best of Luck to all!!!!
Last Friday lunchtime, to mark St. Patrick’s Day, Draíocht (The Desmond College Trad Group), performed a lunchtime concert here in the College, and visited St. Ita’s Nursing Home in the afternoon to perform for the residents. A lovely afternoon was had by all.