Student Awards

Desmond College wins at
NFTE International Business Plan Competition
and CET of the Year Award

January 12, 2018

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is a cutting edge, world recognised, youth entrepreneurship education and development programme. It is managed and provided by Foróige in Ireland and is affiliated to NFTE International. The NFTE programme originated in the USA and was brought to Ireland in 2004.

Eight businesses from all over Ireland were involved in the recent NFTE International Business Plan Competition, which took place in the Dechert office in Dublin. The young people applied, and were selected, to pitch their business in front of a panel of judges.

The three judges were Killian Buckley and Geraldine Gleeson, who represented basis.point along with Karen Hannify of Foróige.

Kone Kollector, who created a product for collecting and picking up plastic cones used in sports and recreation centres, were chosen as the winners of the competition.

Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney, of Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, are the founders of the business. They will now go on to represent Foróige NFTE in New York at the Global Showcaser in March, 2018.

Meanwhile, the CET (Certified Entrepreneurship Trainer) of the Year Award has been won by Donal Enright, a teacher at Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.

This is the first time since its introduction to Ireland that both students and teacher awards were won by a single school.

Dec 2017 : Desmond College wins at NFTE and CET
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney with their winning Kone Kollecter project.

Amazing Success for Desmond College at the National SciFest Finals

November 20, 2017

Dylan Moloney & Thomas Curtin, two 5th year students in Desmond College with their invention “Height Adjustable Crutch” won The Berlin Long Night of Science Award Trophy and an all-expenses-paid trip for the winning student(s) and their teacher to attend the Long Night of Science in Berlin in June 2018.

Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The student’s project is an innovative crutch that can be adjusted using a gas powered cylinder to enable the user get into and out of a seating position more easily, thus reducing the potential of further injury.

The two Desmond College, students from Newcastle West invented this product when Dylan injuring his leg in a soccer match. They enhanced their product by including additional features such as a cup holder, the device comes with a useful instruction manual translated into five other European languages.

The students also received an award from Boston Scientist for their invention, they had previously won both the Boston Scientific and Abbot awards at the regional Sciefest finals held in LIT last May, organised by LIT, Scifest and Marie Walsh.

At the finals held in Dublin, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton said:

“We live in a rapidly changing world and our education system must respond by equipping our young people with the skills and knowledge to thrive in such an environment.

That is why I have placed such an emphasis on the teaching and learning of STEM in my role as Minister, as part of my overall ambition to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe within a decade.

Indeed, I will shortly launch a comprehensive STEM plan which will outline how my Department proposes to ignite a passion for the STEM subjects in all students.

The STEM subjects are crucial for equipping our young people with creativity, adaptability, problem-solving and critical thinking– skills which are so important for their future.

SciFest is an excellent initiative that supports and enhances what we are trying to do at a government level and I am very impressed by the standard of projects displayed here today and the amount of work that students and of course, teachers and parents have put in to each and every one.”

Nov 2017: Desmond College students at the SciFest national Awards
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney at the SciFest National Finals


Minister Bruton & Desmond College Students: Nov 2017: Desmond College students at the SciFest national Awards
Dyan Moloney Sheila Porter (CEO SciFest), Thomas Curtin, Richard Bruton (Minister for Education and Science) and George Porter (SciFest)


Nov 2017: Desmond College students at the SciFest national Awards
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney with Dr Jennifer Cleary presenting the Night of Science Award


Nov 2017: Desmond College students at the SciFest national Awards
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney receiving their Award from Richie O Sullivan

Becky Walsh, Leaving Cert Graduate 2017,
wins Prestigious Scholarship

September 28, 2017

Becky, who is now studying in Mary Immaculate College, is the winner of a History Scholarship donated by Mr Michael Fleming formerly Castlemahon, now living in the USA.

This scholarship, worth €2500, is awarded each year to a Castlemahon student proceeding onto 3rd level education.

Becky’s research into the history of local dance halls entitled “Dancing our Way through the Ages” received great praise and commendation.

Sept 2017: Becky Wash, her mum Caroline, and principal Vourneen Gavin Barry
Becky Walsh with her mother, Caroline, and
Principal of Desmond College, Vourneen Gavin Barry.

Desmond College Students Excel in Junior Certificate Results

September 19, 2017

September 2017: Desmond College Students receiving their Junior Certificate Results
David O Brien after receiving his results with his Dad.


September 2017: Desmond College Students receiving their Junior Certificate Results
Yazmin Carey, Anna Guina and Ava Cashin celebrate after they received their Junior Certificate results.


September 2017: Desmond College Students receiving their Junior Certificate Results
Claire Nolan delighted with her Dad after receiving her Junior Certificate results.


September 2017: Desmond College Students receiving their Junior Certificate Results
Gavin Massey and Catherine Cahill share their brilliant junior certificate results with family.


September 2017: Desmond College Students receiving their Junior Certificate Results
Jack Corkery with his mam after receiving his Junior Certificate results.


September 2017: Desmond College Students receiving their Junior Certificate Results
Bryan Mortell shares his junior certificate results with his mam and dad.


September 2017: Desmond College Students receiving their Junior Certificate Results
Cian Doody shares his great junior certificate results with family.


September 2017: Desmond College Students receiving their Junior Certificate Results
Alan Wallace shares his fantastic Junior Certificate results with Mam and Dad.


September 2017: Desmond College Students receiving their Junior Certificate Results
Latina Massey, Cliona Blenkinsop and Eve Montgomery share their fantastic results with Principal Mrs Gavin Barry and Deputy Principal Ms Cregan.


September 2017: Desmond College Students receiving their Junior Certificate Results
Shane Scanlon receives his Junior Certificate results with his sister and Mam.

Students excelled in Desmond College with fantastic Leaving Certificate results

August 31, 2017

Transition Year Graduation 2017

June 13, 2017


May 2017: Rhea Crowley and Michéal Murphy receiving their Community Spirit Awards at the TY Graduation
Rhea Crowley and Michéal Murphy receiving their
Community Spirit Awards at the TY Graduation.


May 2017: Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney receiving their awards for Innovation at the TY Graduation
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney receiving their awards
for Innovation at the TY Graduation.


May 2017: Jason Ryan receiving his award for his outstanding volunteer work in the Brothers of Charity
Jason Ryan receiving his award for his
outstanding volunteer work in the Brothers of Charity.


May 2017: Emmett Wrenn and Liam Callinan receiving awards fro Peer Mentoring
Emmett Wrenn and Liam Callinan receiving awards for Peer Mentoring.


May 2017: Ben McCormick receiving the Class Tutor award from Ms Kerrie Collins
Ben McCormick receiving the Class Tutor award from Ms Kerrie Collins.


Student of the Year Alice Duffy receiving her award from Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry and TY Co-ordinator Ms Kerrie Collins
Student of the Year Alice Duffy receiving her award from
Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry and TY Co-ordinator Ms Kerrie Collins.

Graduation 2017

June 8, 2017


Student Awards Day

June 6, 2017


May 2017: Desmond College Student Awards
Student of the Year Awards Christopher Walsh(3rd Year), Leah Barry (5th Year) and Joanne Lai (2nd Year) receiving their awards from Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry. Missing from photo Aoife Lee (1st Year).


May 2017: Desmond College Student Awards
Class Tutor Awards: Sophie Leenders, Mary Carey and Erkina Dbe Bakoubayia receiving their awards from Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry.


May 2017: Desmond College Student Awards
Class Tutor Awards: Darragh Leahy, Chloe Ahern, Muireann Tobin and Jeremiah Cahill receiving their awards from Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry.


May 2017: Desmond College Student Awards
Brendan Geary receiving his class tutor award from Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry.


May 2017: Desmond College Student Awards
Leah Barry receiving the 5th Year Student of the Year Award from Mr Donal Enright.


May 2017: Desmond College Student Awards
Aoife Lee receiving the 1st Year student of the Year award from Mr Damien Culhane.


May 2017: Desmond College Student Awards
Evan Condon receiving his award from Ms Aoife Culhane.


May 2017: Desmond College Student Awards
Shane Baguio receiving a Tutor Award from Ms Margaret O Mahony.

Emily Duffy Strikes Again

May 16, 2017

Emily Duffy appeared on Ireland AM recently where she was interviewed about her recent outstanding achievement having won a Gold Pramerica Spirit of Community Award.

Emily explained how prestigious this award is and what it means to her.

She also spoke about her upcoming trip to Washington DC where she will represent Ireland.


May 2017: Emily Duffy on Ireland AM
Emily Duffy with Simon Delaney and Anna Daly – Ireland AM presenters.

History Competition

May 15, 2017

Students of Gaelcholáiste Uí Chonbá created flip charts on the subject of Christopher Columbus for History.

We included information about his early life, his voyages and his legacy. As part of our Junior Certificate we will be given a People in History essay to write and presenting the information in a colourful and visual way will help us to remember the information for the future.

Our History teacher Ms. O’Brien held a competition for the best presented charts.

Well done to Ayla De Barra, 1st place, Cian Nolan, 2nd place and Cian Mason, 3rd place.

All students did a wonderful job and had great fun learning a new way to study.


May 2017: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the Christopher Columbus History competition held in Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba
Well done to Ayla De Barra, 1st place,
Cian Nolan, 2nd place and Cian Mason, 3rd place.


May 2017: 1G and 2G From Desmond College's Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba participate in the Christopher Columbus History Competition
1G ad 2G participating in a competition organised by the History Department.

Swiss Talent Forum

May 10, 2017

On Saturday the 22nd of April, Leaving Cert Student, Emily Duffy, travelled to Switzerland for the Swiss Talent Forum. There she represented the BT Young Scientist alongside delegates from 19 other European countries.

This year at the forum the theme was “Fostering the Next Entrepreneur”. The participants worked alongside Swiss start-ups to come up with innovative solutions to some of the entrepreneurial challenges they face.

The event was composed of panel discussions, breakout sessions and group work. At the end of the four days the teams presented their solutions to the companies CEOs and to business professionals.

Emily is an outstanding student who is a passionate entrepreneur and a hard-working, dedicated student.

Emily had this to say about her experience in Switzerland: “I feel that I have gained a lot from this experience as I got to meet many young people from around Europe who I know will go on to be the next entrepreneurs, leaders and scientists.”


22nd April 2017: Emily Duffy, Desmond College post primary school student, with young entrepreneurs at Swiss talent forum


22nd April 2017: Emily Duffy from Desmond College Post Primary School NewcastleWest Limerick, with young entrepreneurs from all over Europe at the Swiss talent forum

Desmond College Strikes again with outstanding success in Business

April 25, 2017

Students from Desmond College took part in Student Enterprise Finals and Get Up & Go Enterprise Finals held recently.

Deirdre McMahon came 3rd in the Junior Section with her Business GZ2Hero, Breda Magner & Ava Cashin came 2nd in the Intermediate Section with their business CrossBar Challenge whilst Thomas Curtin & Dylan Moloney took Most Innovative Project for their business Kone Kollector all in the Student Enterprise Awards.

In the Get Up & Go regional finals, Thomas Curtin, Dylan Moloney & Hannah McMathon won 1st Place in the Innovation Section whilst Alice Duffy, Rhea Crowley, Amy O Shea, Aoife Corbett & Leona Mullally took 1st Place in the Quality Section with their project Puzzle Pals.


April 2017: Desmond College Students involved in Business and Enterprise Awards
Leona Mulally, Amy O Shea, Aoife Corbett, Rhea Crowley, Hannah McMahon, Alec Duffy and Thomas Curtin.


April 2017: Desmond College Students involved in Business and Enterprise Awards
First Year student Deirdre McMahon representing Desmond College with her product at the Student Enterprise Competition.


April 2017: Desmond College Students involved in Business and Enterprise Awards

Roz Barrett, Amy O Shea, Rhea Crowley, Aoife Corbett, Darragh Collins and Alice Duffy very successful at the Enterprise Finals.

Desmond College Students Celebrate
St. Patrick’s Day in Áras an Uachtaráin

March 29, 2017

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the President and his wife Sabrina hosted a celebration at Áras an Uachtaráin to acknowledge the special contribution made by citizens who have excelled in science and its application to Irish life. It is no surprise that Diarmuid Curtin and Jack O Connor were selected to attend this prestigious event after their outstanding success at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2017.


Desmond College Post Primary School Limerick Students celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Aras an Uactarain, with Michael D. Higgins
Desmond College 6th Year Students Diarmuid Curtin and Jack O Connor pictured with Uachtarán na hÉireann – Michael D Higgins, at Áras an Uachtaráin on St Patrick’s Day.

Pramerica Spirit of Community Award Winner!!!!

March 28, 2017

Congratulations to Emily Duffy, winner of the Pramerica Spirit of Community Award.

Emily was shortlisted as one of Ireland’s top 20 finalists for outstanding volunteer work.

At a Gala Ceremony in Dublin on Thursday night last – Emily was announced the overall winner of this prestigious award.


March 2017: Congratulations to Emily Duffy, Desmond College Newcastle West Limerick student, and winner of the Pramerica Spirit of Community Award

Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards

March 23, 2017


March 2017: Desmond College Student awarded by Pramerica to acknowledge her outstanding volunteer work
Emily Duffy pictured with Ms Vourneen Gavin-Barry and Ms Liz Cregan receiving her award from Alan Quinlan of Pramerica. This award acknowledges the outstanding volunteer work that Emily has carried out. Emily has been named one of the top 20 finalists in Ireland. The winner will be revealed at a Gala Dinner later this month.