Music and Performance

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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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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Spin Southwest visits Desmond College!

September 10, 2012

Desmond College Fashion Show

March 27, 2012

Our eagerly awaited bi-annual Fashion Show took place in the Devon Inn on Mach 21st.

Teachers, especially many of our new teachers, and students alike strut their stuff as they took to the catwalk with the support of local fashion boutiques to raise money for school funds.

See some fantastic photos of the fashion show by Bridie Murphy Photography, here:

Link to Bridie Murphy Photography Facebook Page

 

Desmond Factor Fever

March 15, 2012

Desmond College: Desmond Factor Fever

The Desmond Factor has become an annual event for Desmond College, Newcastle West over the last seven years.

It is true to say that each year, the event becomes more professional due to the dedication and hard work of the teachers and the students that are involved.

This year, Desmond College decided to run the show for two nights and also hold a matinee performance for the local primary schools. At each show the audience were treated to a huge variety of performances, catering for many areas of the arts.

Thursday Night, saw 30 acts perform including winners from the past; Edyta Soltys, Leanne Quilligan, Alicia Magner, Vincent Markham, Leon Bourke and Laura Fitzpatrick all graced the stage.

The Desmond Factor diaspora combined with our current talented pupils, performed to 400 people for the Variety Show Night.

The audience were awe struck by the professional attitude of the performing pupils and the professional screens and camera shots. It is true that there is a science in producing such an event; attempting to merge appropriate lighting, slick sound and creative camera work with an ‘X factor’ sound introduction for each performer.

With good decision making by our organisers and technicians, every piece of the jigsaw fit together to give the public an outstanding nights entertainment.

On Friday afternoon, local primary school children were treated to a sample of the acts. It was an exciting show as many little sisters and brothers grew in pride as they watched their siblings perform on stage. The children returned to their primary schools with dreams in their hearts of the day they too will take to the stage and perform at the Desmond Factor!

Participants and winers of the Desmond Factor Show

The event came to a climax with Competition Night on Friday. Even in competition it was so evident that students helped out their fellow contestants, which shows the positive and caring ethos of the College.

In all 25 acts performed in front of a packed crowd of 530 people and 3 judges. We were delighted and honoured that Denis Allen (Writer of the famous song Limerick You’re My Lady) was able to join us as one of our judges. The other judges were well known dance co-ordinator and producer, Niamh Toomey along with Ola Goodman from Limerick’s School of Dance.

There were 6 categories of prizes, with a winner and runner up in each. The judges really had their work cut out for them as there were so many truly gifted performers.

The overall winner on the Desmond Factor was a wonderful and unique performance by James O’Connor on the Bodhran playing Avicci Level combined with dance music. It was a truly stunning and popular performance.

Group winners included Niamh Nolan, TY Drama (The Witches), Anastasija Kostockina (gymnastics and ballet combined), Rachel O’Mahony, Robert Toomey and The Show Goes On (Jeff Kadima, Van Mambouana and Damian Frackowiak).

Runners up in each category were Gemma Lacey, Shauna Cronin and Sarah Enright, Adrenalin dance (choreographed by Suan Murphy and 3rd year girls), Rose Magner, and the Republic of Desmond (drama sketch).

Particularly poignant was the dedication by Dance Group ‘Adrenalin’ and Drama Sketch ‘Republic of Desmond’ of their win to their dear friend Darra O’Donovan who passed away in December.

Each performance would not have been out of place on any talent competition aired on any television station. It was a credit to the students, parents, teachers and the wider community, to have a production of such magnitude and a calibre of student that can perform the arts to such a wonderful level. The show was made all the more special by the wonderful presenters on both nights. This difficult job was professionally done by the beautiful Nicola O’Brien and the charming Tom Flavin.

Special recognition must go to the gifted Daniel Cremin, for putting together the ‘X- Factor’ style introduction for each act. It was a master piece of technical ability. We are already looking forward to our show next year!

Thank you to Donie O’Conor and Bridie Murphy for the photographs.

View more photos of the Desmond Factor on Bridie Murphy Photography’s Facebook page:

Bridie Murphy Photography photographs of Desmond Factor on Facebook