Sports and P.E.

Sporting opportunities in Desmond College are offered to our students to promote healthy lifestyles and to further their physical development, as well as to awaken an interest and love in a new sporting experience.

Our students are offered the chance to participate in field games such as camogie, football, hurling, soccer, rugby, basketball and athletics.

The Desmond College Sporting Department believe in meeting the needs of any group in any sport; in this respect we aim to provide our best efforts and commitment to each student so that they can reach their full potential, as both a team and individually.

Desmond College Football team presented with their County Football
victory medals by Limerick County Football Chairman, John Cregan

October 19, 2017


Oct 2017: Desmond College Football team presented with their County Football victory medals by Limerick County Football Chairman John Cregan
Desmond College U161/2 County Football Champions.


Oct 2017: Desmond College Football team presented with their County Football victory medals by Limerick County Football Chairman John Cregan
Jamie Kelly, Konrad Papierowski, Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry, John Cregan, Padraig Murphy, David O Donovan and Darragh Collins.


Oct 2017: Desmond College Football team presented with their County Football victory medals by Limerick County Football Chairman John Cregan
Bryan Mortell, Cormac Browne, Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry, John Cregan, Padraig Murphy, Declan Kennedy and Dylan McGrath.


Oct 2017: Desmond College Football team presented with their County Football victory medals by Limerick County Football Chairman John Cregan
Brendan Guiry, Liam Callanan, Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry, John Cregan, Padraig Murphy, Jack Grimes and Bryan Hartigan.


Oct 2017: Desmond College Football team presented with their County Football victory medals by Limerick County Football Chairman John Cregan
Mike Nash, Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry, John Cregan, Alan Wallace and Padraig Murphy.


Oct 2017: Desmond College Football team presented with their County Football victory medals by Limerick County Football Chairman John Cregan
Jason Corbett, Gavin Lynch, Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry, John Cregan, Padraig Murphy, Jack Corkery and Danny Moriarty.

World Marathon Challenge

October 18, 2017

Desmond College 1st and 2nd year students competed in a World Marathon Challenge.

They came 4th place in the Limerick Schools’ Competition – completing the marathon in 2hrs 15min.


Oct 2017: Desmond College Post Primary Students participated in the Schools World Marathon Competition, coming 4th in Limerick.
Jodie Duffy, Lauren Ambrose and Alzbeta Barisova taking part in the world marathon challenge in the University of Limerick.


Oct 2017: Desmond College Post Primary Students participated in the Schools World Marathon Competition, coming 4th in Limerick.

Jodie Duffy, John Collins, Conor Mulqueen, Lauren Ambrose and Alzbeta Barisova taking part in the world marathon challenge in the University of Limerick.

Desmond College Annual Primary School Blitz 2017

October 16, 2017


Oct 2017: Desmond College's Primary School Hurling and Camogie Blitz
Raheenagh and Templeglantine National Schools taking part in Desmond College Primary School Blitz.


Oct 2017: Desmond College's Primary School Hurling and Camogie Blitz
Courtenay Boys National School taking part in Desmond College Primary School Blitz.


Oct 2017: Desmond College's Primary School Hurling and Camogie Blitz
Mahoonagh National School winners Desmond College Primary School Blitz.


Oct 2017: Desmond College's Primary School Hurling and Camogie Blitz
Scoil Iosaf National School taking part in Desmond College Primary School Blitz.


Oct 2017: Desmond College's Primary School Hurling and Camogie Blitz
Gaelscoil O’Doghair National School taking part in Desmond College Primary School Blitz.


Oct 2017: Desmond College's Primary School Hurling and Camogie Blitz
Killoughteen National School taking part in Desmond College Primary School Blitz.


Oct 2017: Desmond College's Primary School Hurling and Camogie Blitz
Raheenagh National School winners Desmond College Primary School Blitz.


Oct 2017: Desmond College's Primary School Hurling and Camogie Blitz
Mahoonagh National School taking part in Desmond College Primary School Blitz.


Oct 2017: Desmond College's Primary School Hurling and Camogie Blitz
Leah Quinlivan (Gaelscoil O’Doghair) receiving a player of the tournament award.


Oct 2017: Desmond College's Primary School Hurling and Camogie Blitz
Katie Dore (Raheenagh) receiving a player of the tournament award.


Oct 2017: Desmond College's Primary School Hurling and Camogie Blitz
Lucy O Brien (Mahoonagh) receiving a player of the tournament award.


Oct 2017: Desmond College's Primary School Hurling and Camogie Blitz
Diarmuid Curtin (Raheenagh) receiving a player of the tournament award.


Oct 2017: Desmond College's Primary School Hurling and Camogie Blitz
Padraig Mac Suibhne (Gaelscoil O’Doghair) receiving a player of the tournament award.


Oct 2017: Desmond College's Primary School Hurling and Camogie Blitz
Johnny Field (Mahoonagh) receiving a player of the tournament award.

Desmond College are County Football Champions!!

June 13, 2017

On the 16th of May the U16 1/2 football county final was played in Mick Neville park, Rathkeale.

Desmond College emerged victorious over Askeaton, with a 4-15 to 3-9 win.

Desmond College’s captain, Dylan Moloney got the boys off to a good start with a point within the first 30 seconds which was quickly followed by a goal by Brendan Guiry. This early lead put the Desmond College boys in high spirits, with another point from Dylan Moloney and one from Danny Moriarty before Askeaton got on the score board.

Askeaton struggled to find the back of the net which was hardly surprising with a solid performance from Micheal Murphy in full back. The supply to the forwards was plentyful with Dylan Moloney sweeping up everything in midfield assisted by Danny Moriarty.

The Desmond College boys didn’t lack support and encouragement as they were continuously being cheered on by trainer/manager Mr Padraig Murphy.

Excellent teamwork between David O’Donovan, Brendan Guiry and Danny Moriarty in the 27th minute rewarded Desmond with their third goal of the half. A point from Askeaton in the 29th minute put a score at half time of Desmond College 3-9 to Askeaton 1-6.

The second half kicked off with Dylan Singh getting fouled and the free being slotted between the posts with ease by Dylan Moloney who gave an absolute man of the match performance.

Askeaton piled on the pressure in the second half, displaying dominance in the air and for the breaking ball. Unfortunately for Askeaton, this was short lived when Desmond college responded with points from Dylan Moloney, Danny Moriarty and Bryan Mortell.

It was an exciting game to watch and we would like to say well done to Askeaton and a huge congratulations to Desmond College.

Well done boys – an amazing close to the sporting year in Desmond College.


May 2017: Our County Champions!!
Our County Champions!!

DESMOND COLLEGE GIRLS BASKETBALL

June 12, 2017


Desmond College: Basketball Ireland

Desmond College had first, second year and cadette girls’ (u16s) basketball teams competing in the Limerick schools basketball league which is affiliated with the National Governing Body of Basketball Ireland.

Desmond Colleges Cadette (16s) girls narrowly missed out on a place in the Limerick Regional finals in University of Limerick this year. Losing their semi-final game by a close margin to Hospital.

Although bitterly disappointed with their loss both teams showed great sportsmanship and team spirit. We have no doubt that our Cadette girls will be back with fighting spirit next year as some will go on to form a Senior Girls basketball team for Desmond College.

Some great upcoming talent in all of our teams this year. Both our first and second year teams showed great determination and spirit in their games playing teams from Colaiste Mhuire Askeaton, Castletroy College, Salesians Pallaskenry, Hospital, Crescent Comp, Laurel Hill and Thomand College.

Ms Creed and Ms Ryan would like to thank all the girls involved for representing Desmond College and Choláiste Uí Chonba with such enthusiasm, commitment and respect for all opposition. Looking forward to next season already.


May 2017: Desmond College 2016/2017 Cadette Girls Team photo
Desmond College 2016/2017 Cadette Girls Team photo.


May 2017: Desmond College 2016/2017 Second Year Girls Basketball Team
Desmond College 2016/2017 Second Year Girls Basketball Team.


May 2017: Desmond College 2016/2017 First Year Girls Basketball Team
Desmond College 2016/2017 First Year Girls Basketball Team.

Desmond College are Junior Shannonside Soccer Champions!

June 2, 2017


May 2017: Desmond College the Junior Shannonside Soccer Champions!
Our junior soccer ladies were victorious over Abbeyfeale with a 3-2 win to leave Desmond College Junior Shannonside Soccer Champions!

Desmond College U16½ Footballers have booked
their spot in the County Final

May 12, 2017


May 2017: Desmond College Post Primary Under sixteen and a half footballers in county final!
Desmond College U16½ footballers, who were triumphant over Scoil Pól in the county semi-final, will now meet Colaiste Mhuire Askeaton in the final.

UL Sports Day

May 5, 2017

Desmond College are the overall runners up
at the LCETB Sports Day held in the University of Limerick

Desmond College students made history for their school at the LCETB sports day in UL. They claimed second place following a day of fantastic athletics.

They showed unbelievable skills on the track as well as strength in the shotput and agility in the long jump.

All athletes showed a great account of themselves on the day on and off the field. At the results announcement Desmond College cheered to the news that we had received second place. This is the best performance in the school’s history.

The students and teachers arrived back to school with a beautiful plaque and a haul of medals.


Desmond College students who participated in the LCETB Sports Day held in the University of Limerick.
Desmond College students who participated in the LCETB Sports Day held in the University of Limerick.


Hannah McMahon, Roz Barrett, Iris Kennealy and Alice Duffy participating in the LCETB Sports Day held in the University of Limerick.
Hannah McMahon, Roz Barrett, Iris Kennealy and Alice Duffy participating in the LCETB Sports Day held in the University of Limerick.


Ellie Bucke, Aoife Lee, Emma Brennan and Ciara O'Connor participating in the LCETB Sports Day held in the University of Limerick.
Ellie Bucke, Aoife Lee, Emma Brennan and Ciara O’Connor participating in the LCETB Sports Day held in the University of Limerick.


Hannah McMahon and Iris Kenneally accepting the 2nd place shield at the LCETB Sports Day held in the University of Limerick.
Hannah McMahon and Iris Kenneally accepting the 2nd place shield at the LCETB Sports Day held in the University of Limerick.


Dylan O'Shea, Joao Da Silva, Danny Moriarty and Jack Corkery participating in the LCETB Sports Day held in the University of Limerick.
Dylan O’Shea, Joao Da Silva, Danny Moriarty and Jack Corkery participating in the LCETB Sports Day held in the University of Limerick.

Limerick’s Fittest School

April 21, 2017


April 2017: Desmond College Newcastlewest Transition Year Students participate in Limerick's Fittest School
Liam Callanan, Aoife Corbett, Hannah McMahon and Dylan Moloney -Transition Year Students competing in Limerick Fittest School.


April 2017: Desmond College Newcastlewest Transition Year Students participate in Limerick's Fittest School
Dylan Moloney, Alice Duffy, Liam Callanan, Aoife Corbett, Darragh Collins and Hannah McMahon – Desmond College’s Transition Year team who came third place in Limerick’s Fittest School.

Munster Fittest Family

April 6, 2017


27th March 2017: Desmond College students were participating in Munster Fittest Family in LIT
Alice Duffy, Hannah McMahon, Liam Callinan and Dylan Moloney were selected to take part in LIT on Monday 27th March 2017.

Rugby Success for Desmond College

April 3, 2017

Desmond College’s U17 rugby team won all 3 games of their Limerick Developing Schools Blitz in LIT on March 15th under the leadership of Mr Kelly.

They beat Limerick CBS, Askeaton and St Patrick’s Shannon.

March 2017: Rugby Success for Limerick School Desmond College
Desmond College u17 Rugby Team who won all three games in the Limerick Developing Schools Blitz.

Louise Galvin, Irish International Rugby Player,
visits 5th Year Students in Desmond College

March 31, 2017


March 2017: 5th Year boys in Desmond College NewcastleWest along with their teacher Ms Quaid pictured with Louise Galvin Irish International Rugby Player
5th Year boys in Desmond College along with their teacher Ms Quaid pictured with Louise Galvin, Irish International Rugby Player, who visited the 5th Year Students.


March 2017: Some of the 5th Year Boys pictured with Louise Galvin Irish International Rugby Player visiting 5th Year Students in Desmond College Limerick
Some of the 5th Year Boys pictured with Louise Galvin, Irish International Rugby Player.

Long Jump Success

March 22, 2017

Congratulations to 2nd Year student Nathan Wright on winning a silver in the Long Jump with a Personal Best of 5.52 meters at the North Munster Indoor Championships. Nathan also made the final of the 60m and achieved a 6th place finish. Well done Nathan.


March 2017: Desmond College 2nd year student, Nathan Wright, won silver in the North Munster Indoor Championship Long Jump, setting a personal best of 5.52 meters

Senior Cycle Physical Education App Development Focus Group

March 15, 2017

Desmond College, along with four other schools, were chosen to be involved in a focus group to discuss an App that is being developed that will support students learning in Senior Cycle Physical Education.


March 2017: 6th Year Desmond College students involved in the Senior Cycle Physical Education App Development Focus Group
6th Year Desmond College students involved in
the Senior Cycle Physical Education App Development Focus Group.

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) is leading this project with the aim of promoting students lifelong participation in physical activity. The NCCA are working in collaboration with Indigo who are leading the research and development of this App.

Desmond College sixth year students who have had previous experience with the Senior Cycle Curriculum models were key to this focus group.

The students downloaded several free sports and fitness apps that were already in the market and provided feedback during the focus group on different aspects of the app: What did they enjoy about the app? What would they change?

Students discussed how user-friendly each app was or if they needed any improvements. Desmond College students provided invaluable information that will be taken on board going forward with the development of the app.

It is exciting to see a lot of developments in Senior Cycle Physical Education. Senior Cycle Physical Education Framework (non-examination) has been approved by the Department of Education. Leaving Certificate Physical Education (for examination) has also been approved by the Department however implementation has not yet been made. Overall positive movement going forward.

Wheelchair Basketball

March 14, 2017

The Transition Year students in Desmond College are currently in training for a wheelchair basketball competition, which will take place in Neptune stadium on Thursday the 30th March 2017 where they will compete against other TY schools.

March 2017: TY students in Desmond College taking part in Wheelchair Basketball
Thomas Curtin, Alice Duffy, Leona Mulally, Rhea Crowley, Hannah McMahon, David O’Donovan and Michéal Murphy all TY students in Desmond College taking part in Wheelchair Basketball.

March 2017: TY students in Desmond College taking part in Wheelchair Basketball
Amy O Shea, Roz Barrett, Alice Duffy, David O’Donovan and Thomas Curtin all TY students in Desmond College taking part in Wheelchair Basketball.