Music and Performance
Desmond College sell out show “Desmond Factor” took place on Friday night, 31st January 2014. Judges Miriam Ball, Emer Glancey and songwriter Denis Allen had the difficult task of choosing a winner from among a hugely talented group of students.
This year, “The Trad Group” took the top award. All acts were of superb quality and a very enjoyable evening was had by all.
The School Choir along with a number of teachers and under the direction of Ms Jude Keane and Ms Heather McCarthy took part in Stars Choirs and Carols in Croke Park. This event was organised in an attempt to break a world record for having the largest number of people singing carols together.
Proceeds from the event all went to local charities. Unfortunately they failed to break the record but had a great time trying! The event was hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan, with guest appearance by Louis Walsh.
The group consists of James O’Connor (bodhran), Brian Harnett (guitar), Jack O’Connor (Cajon), Patrick Moriarty (Button accordion), Diarmuid Curtin (concertina, vocals), Laoise Curtin (fiddle) and Katie Nugent (concertina). The recording consists of a selection of jigs, polkas, air, song and reels. The jig was composed by Laoise Curtin.
Listen and enjoy!!!!!
The Desmond College Trad Group performed at a lunchtime concert held in Desmond College on the 01 Oct 2013 in aid of Trócaire. Both students and staff contributed generously to this fantastic cause raising a phenomenal amount for a school. The atmosphere in the college was electric and both the performers and audience had a lunchtime with a difference!!
As this week is also Positive Aging Week, the trad group visited St. Ita’s Nursing Home and played for the residence. Both the residence and staff were thrilled with the performance and are looking forward to more visits from the Desmond College Music Department through the year.
A Collaborative Exhibition on the Theme of Death, Dying, Loss and Care
There may well be a ‘recession’ but Desmond College students proved that there is absolutely no recession of talent or entertainment in our midst as on Friday 28th of January, glamorous and glitzy Desmond College students wowed a full to capacity crowd at the school during their annual talent fest.
The audience were treated to captivating performances in an array of talents from soloists, group singing, instrumental band playing, upbeat dance routines, hilarious drama sketches, expert French rapping and traditional bodhran playing.
The talented students displayed an abundance of skills and initiative that are testament to how their abilities can be fostered outside of the classroom.
The collaborative effort of many teachers in the school meant students were provided with mentoring and support behind the scenes and front of house which empowered their creativity.
The combination of teacher and student dedication and extra effort outside of classroom time were attested to by fine performances that would not be lost on any current TV talent show.
None more so than the polished MCs on the night, the ever capable Jessica Purcell and James Liston.
The unenviable task of judging fell to the three team judging panel with the following results:
OVERALL WINNER: soloist Laura Fitzpatrick
SENIOR SOLOIST: Rachel O’Mahony
RUNNER UP: Gemma Lacey
ALTERNATIVE: James O’Connor on bodhran
RUNNER UP: Shannen White & Sinead Nix
JUNIOR SOLO: Rose Magner
RUNNER UP: Lorna Browne
GROUPS: Grainne and Gemma Buicke
RUNNER UP: The Splinters
RUNNER UP: TY-OH
All at Desmond College would like to congratulate all the young contestants on their pristine performances and all the staff that gave of their time freely to make this night possible. All can be safe in the knowledge that they all have the D-FACTOR!
There has been fantastic interest from students of all years. Many new extracurricular activities have been setup including the Desmond College Trad Group and the Glee club.
Students have been involved in other activities such as the choir and various bands to name a few. The annual event “The Desmond Factor” has shown the amount of musical talent that Desmond College has to offer and students have welcomed the music department with open arms. The band Apex performed during the interval of the “Fashion Show”.