Music and Performance

Desmond Factor 2014 Highlights

March 10, 2014

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Desmond Factor 2014

February 10, 2014

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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.

[click images to see lots more photos from the night!]

STARS CHOIRS AND CAROLS

January 7, 2014

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.

LIONS CLUB CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE DECEMBER 2013

January 5, 2014

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Click Play to Hear the Choir!

Trad Group

December 6, 2013

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The Desmond College Trad Group recorded a CD this week to enter the Siansa Gael Linn Competition.

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!!!!!

Friendship Week Poetry Competition Winners 2013

October 21, 2013

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Photo 1: Ms P Nash and Megan O Farrell
Photo 2: Mr P Daly and Sean Walton
Photo 3: Ms M O Mahony and Katie-Marie Cleary
Photo 4: Ms N White and Shane O Mahony
Photo 5: Ms E O Sullivan and Emily Duffy

Desmond College Trad Group raises the roof for Trad for Trócaire

October 8, 2013

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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.

2013 October 1st: traditional music at desmond college

The Journey: Dying to Be a Poet

April 19, 2013

A Collaborative Exhibition on the Theme of Death, Dying, Loss and Care

The Desmond Factor 2013

March 12, 2013

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Photos of the 2013 Desmond Factor were taken by Black Diamond Photography; a past pupil of Desmond College, Kaspars Sarovarcenko.

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Desmond Factor 2013

January 23, 2013

Desmond Factor 2013

January 21, 2013

Thursday 24th Jan:

Variety Show (Doors open at 7.00) Tickets €6.00 at the door

Friday 25th Jan:

10.30am-1.00pm
Show for Primary Schools (by appointment only)

Friday 25th Jan:

Desmond Factor Competition Show

Doors Open at 7.00

Tickets Only

Tickets €10 can be bought at reception

 

 

Desmond Factor 2010-2011

November 11, 2012

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.

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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

DANCE: Effortless
RUNNER UP: TY-OH

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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!

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Music: 2014 – 2015

November 5, 2012

2014 – 2015

Music in Desmond College

Music

November 5, 2012

In 2011 Music was introduced into Desmond College as a subject for both Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate.

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”.

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Desmond College Student strumming a guitar during Music Class

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Spin Southwest visits Desmond College!

September 10, 2012