Student Success

Garda Youth Awards

December 19, 2018

Well done to Ethan Kirwan, Alan Wallace, Thomas Curtin, Dylan Moloney on receiving the very prestigious Garda Youth Award


Dec 2018: Ethan Kirwan, Alan Wallace, Thomas Curtin, Dylan Moloney  pictured with their teachers, Year Head and Principal Vourneen Gavin Barry along with members of a An Garda Síochána
Ethan Kirwan, Alan Wallace, Thomas Curtin, Dylan Moloney pictured with their teachers, Year Head and Principal along with members of An Garda Síochána


Dec 2018: Ethan Kirwan, Alan Wallace, Thomas Curtin, Dylan Moloney pictured with their teachers, Year Head and Principal Vourneen Gavin Barry along with members of a An Garda Síochána

Ethan Kirwan, Alan Wallace, Thomas Curtin, Dylan Moloney pictured with their teachers, Year Head and Principal along with members of An Garda Síochána

Desmond College students win ‘Future Award’

December 19, 2018

Breda Magner and Evan Condon, students in Desmond College received a “Future Award” from Liz O’ Donnell, Chairperson of the Road Safety Authority at the RSA Safety Awards held in Croke Park on 12th December.

Now in its eleventh year, these awards recognise and honour the contribution made by people and organisations nationwide in reducing deaths and serious injuries on Irish roads.

This is the second year in which an additional category has been added to the list of awards, the ‘Future Award’. The purpose of the Future Award is to highlight and acknowledge the development of innovative, technological concepts that demonstrate a real positive impact on road safety and an actual or future contribution to saving lives.

The second level students created a product entitled “Cycle Safe 2000”, which is a removable, lightweight, light affixed to the rear of a bicycle, just underneath the saddle, it is reflective, waterproof and once turned on, creates a temporary cycle lane, projected out the rear of the bicycle, as the bicycle travels forward, this lane is illuminated by the inclusion of two 5mW red lasers.

The additional reflection and the uniqueness of a moving lane increases motorist’s awareness to the fact that a cyclist is ahead, thus reducing accidents.


Dec 2018: Breda Magner and Evan Condon receiving their Future Award from Liz O' Donnell, Chairperson of the Road Safety Authority at the RSA Safety Awards held in Croke Park
Breda Magner and Evan Condon receiving their “Future Award” from Liz O’ Donnell, Chairperson of the Road Safety Authority at the RSA Safety Awards held in Croke Park

ilovelimerick.ie : Limerick Garda Youth Awards 2018 presented to leading young individuals and youth groups

December 18, 2018

Dec 2018: Alan Wallace receives his award from Chief Superintendent Roche, Superintendent Deasy, Newcastle West and Mr. Kevin McCarthy Garveys Group. Picture: Seamus O’neill.

The 5th Annual Limerick Garda Youth awards took place at the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare on Thursday 29th November. Chief Superintendent Gerard Roche of the Limerick Garda Division hosted a gala dinner for the 2018 winners.

Attending the Garda Youth Awards 2018 were Deputy Mayor Cllr Eddie Ryan and Mr. Kevin McCarthy MD of Garveys Group who were the main sponsors of the event.

Speaking at the ceremony Chief Superintendent Roche stated that the night was in recognition of all the wonderful achievements of the young people receiving Garda Youth Awards 2018. They were a credit to their family, their community and themselves.

Councillor Eddie Ryan, Deputy Mayor of Limerick congratulated all the winners and wished them well for the future. “It was great to see young people being recognised for all the work they do within the community and the challenges they have overcome,” Mr. Ryan said.

The five individuals who received the Garda Youth Awards 2018 were Craig O Brien, from St. Patrick’s Road , Alan Wallace from Coole West Athea Co. Limerick, Sean Byrne, a second year student at Scoil Na Tríonóide Naofa, Doon, with Ethan, a student at Desmond College, Newcastle West and Jade Purcell from Rosbrien in Limerick.

Alan from Coole West Athea Co. Limerick is 18 years old and is a student at Desmond College Newcastle West. His favourite subjects include maths, physical education, art and computers. He has overcome many obstacles since his diagnosis of ASD at age 6. He has progressed from communicating through a picture system to delivering a heartfelt farewell to the postmistress at Athea PO which closed in October. Alan’s many talents have seen him involved in promoting the Fair Trade initiative in Desmond College. He has received many awards for his artistic creations which are admired and enjoyed by everyone.

Ethan is a student at Desmond College, Newcastle West. He is 14 years old and lives in Newcastle West. He provides regular and substantial care to a visually impaired friend each day. He is the guiding light for Ruben. He meets greets and guides Ruben to school every morning. He collects Ruben at his home to school and gently guides him to school mentioning any potential hazards that may lie ahead.

Thomas Curtin from Newcastle West and Dylan Moloney, Ardagh and are students at Desmond College, Newcastle West. They are 17 years old, both Dylan and Thomas were members of a very successful student enterprise team that have won several national and international awards. The boys invented a height adjustable crutch which allows users to sit down or get to a standing position with ease. This device will be of significant benefit to those in their community needing such equipment.

The awards are designed to acknowledge the volunteering activities of young people living within the Limerick Garda Division between the ages of 13 years and 21 years. They also acknowledge the endeavours of young people that have faced and overcome challenges in their life.

Read the full article here on ilovelimerick.ie

Irish Times: Desmond College Students recognised for Innovation

December 6, 2018

“Dark country roads can be a dangerous spot for cyclists. With no designated cycle lanes it can pose a challenge not only for the riders but drivers too. Two students from Desmond College in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, have addressed the situation with CycleSafe2000. Breda Magner and Evan Condon have created a product that mimics a cycle lane with the use of lasers.

“We decided that the best way to create something like that would be to get two lasers and put them on the back of the bike – we saw that when the bike was in motion it created a cycle lane.

“We had to make it water resistant and put a battery into it, so we created a cylinder where the battery and all the lights and electronics could go into it,” says Magner. “We had to find things that would be able to attach it on as well, so we found these elastic straps on the internet. We did a lot of trial and error, but eventually, we got what we wanted, and we found our finished products.”

Born out of a transition-year enterprise project, the pair are now in talks with an electric bike company which is considering CycleSafe2000 for all its products. They are also now looking further afield than the classroom for their manufacturing needs.

“We wanted to make safety front and centre of our products, regardless of the money we make – we always wanted it to be about safety. We gave it to a few of our friends who are part of a cycling club, they tested it out. When we give out our instructions to our customers we always say to have your feet hip-width apart and then you angle your lights down to your shoes and once you do that you create the line behind you. That line won’t distract any road-users.”
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Desmond College students in the Irish Times

Limerick Leader: Students honoured for designs
celebrating Limerick Fair Trade’s 13th birthday

November 27, 2018

“Students from across Limerick have been honoured for Christmas cards they have designed to celebrate Limerick Fair Trade’s 13th birthday.

Hockey silver medallist Roisin Upton and Mayor James Collins were on hand to honour the budding designers in her new role as Limerick Fair Trade ambassador.

The cards reflected the Fair Trade message of promoting ethical practices between Ireland and developing countries.

Cards were created by pupils of all ages, ranging from five up to 17 years.
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Meanwhile, a number of students were highly commended for their entries.
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And Eva Kelly, Romina Chumo, from Laurel Hill Secondary School were honoured, as were Alan Wallace, from Desmond College in Newcastle West.”

Read the full article on limerickleader.ie >>

Limerick Youth Service Research Project

November 25, 2018

Well done to the 2nd and 5th-year students who participated in the Limerick Youth Service Research Workshop!


Nov 2018: 2nd year students who participated in the Limerick Youth Service Research Workshop!
5th-year students who participated in the Limerick Youth Service Research Workshop


Nov 2018: 5th year students who participated in the Limerick Youth Service Research Workshop!
2nd-year students who participated in the Limerick Youth Service Research Workshop

NFTE Student Enterprise

November 24, 2018

Dylan Moloney. & Thomas Curtin travelled to Dublin on Friday 9th Nov along with Mr Enright where they acted as comperes for the European Student Enterprise Finals, held in Croke Park.


Nov 2018: Dylan Moloney. & Thomas Curtin compering at the European Student Enterprise Finals, held in Croke Park.
Dylan Moloney. & Thomas Curtin compering at the European Student Enterprise Finals, held in Croke Park.

Students from Desmond College win First Prize at the Bord Bia Listowel Food Academy

November 24, 2018

The second year students attended the Food Academy and Bord Bia schools competition which is part of the Listowel Food Fair on Friday November 9th.

Martin Campbell, Orla Mullane, Natalia Labuda and Alzbeta Barisova won first place in the junior category competition for their innovative project. The project was completed under the guidance of their Home Economics teacher, Ms. Boohan.

To further congratulate the students of Desmond college on their wonderful achievement, Chef Nevin McGuire presented their teacher with a signed copy of his new cookery book “Home economics for Life” for the school library.


Nov 2018: Natalia Labuda, Martin Campbell, Ms Edel Boohan and Declan Coppinger, Marketing Manager Bord Bia.
Natalia Labuda, Martin Campbell, Ms Edel Boohan and Declan Coppinger, Marketing Manager Bord Bia.

Limerick Fairtrade Christmas Card Competition

November 23, 2018

Congratulations to Alan Wallace prize-winner in the Limerick Fairtrade Christmas Card Competition. Alan received his prize from James Collins lord Mayor at City Hall Chambers.

Nov 2018: Alan Wallace receiving his award from James Collins lord Mayor at City Hall Chambers.

SciFest 2018 National Finals

November 21, 2018

Ronan Mullane, Transition Year student in Desmond College picked up yet another STEM award at national finals of SciFest 2018. Well done Ronan.


Nov 2018: Ronan Mullane picks up STEM award at national finals of SciFest 2018
Ronan Mullane picks up STEM award at national finals of SciFest 2018

Nov 2018: Ronan Mullane picks up STEM award at national finals of SciFest 2018
Ronan Mullane picks up STEM award at national finals of SciFest 2018

thetimes.co.uk: “Schoolboy has a bright idea to make scrums safer”

November 12, 2018

November 2018: Ronan Mullane in "The Times"

A 16-year-old schoolboy from Limerick has developed a device to help young rugby players to avoid getting injured during scrums.

Ronan Mullane, from Desmond College, Newcastlewest, said his team did not practise scrums in training despite them being a large part of matches. He came up with a piece of equipment shaped to match an opposing front row, complete with lights and mirrors to improve technique.

“I was at rugby training one day and noticed that although our team was scrummaging in matches, it was never practiced. Scrummage machines for adults could not be used because they were the wrong size and too heavy for under-age players,” he said.

Ronan has made it to the final of SciFest, a national competition for second level students … [Click to read the full story]

2019 Limerick Student Enterprise Launch

October 24, 2018

Desmond College students, Breda Manger & Evan Condon, attended the 2019 Limerick Student Enterprise launch in Thomond Park.

Evan and Breda were the 2018 Senior winners with their product CycleSafe 2000. They are pictured below with teacher Mr. Enright and organiser of the competition, Garry Lowe.


Oct 2018: Desmond College 2018 Senior winners attend the launch of the 2019 Limerick Student Enterprise awards


Oct 2018: Desmond College 2018 Senior winners attend the launch of the 2019 Limerick Student Enterprise awards


Oct 2018: Desmond College 2018 Senior winners attend the launch of the 2019 Limerick Student Enterprise awards

All Ireland Football Champions visit Desmond College & Colaiste

October 4, 2018

All Ireland Football Champions paid a visit to Desmond College and Colaiste today.

The visit was extra special because the two players who brought the cup were past pupils Catriona Davis and Rebecca Delee. They brought the Cup following their great win this year making them Junior All Ireland Football Champions.

Staff and students were delighted to welcome the past pupils. A very proud day for Desmond College and Gaelcolaiste!


Desmond College and Colaiste are visited by All Ireland Football Champions and past pupils, Catriona Davis and Rebecca Delee


Desmond College and Colaiste are visited by All Ireland Football Champions and past pupils, Catriona Davis and Rebecca Delee


Desmond College and Colaiste are visited by All Ireland Football Champions and past pupils, Catriona Davis and Rebecca Delee


Desmond College and Colaiste are visited by All Ireland Football Champions and past pupils, Catriona Davis and Rebecca Delee


Desmond College and Colaiste are visited by All Ireland Football Champions and past pupils, Catriona Davis and Rebecca Delee


Desmond College and Colaiste are visited by All Ireland Football Champions and past pupils, Catriona Davis and Rebecca Delee

LIMERICK LEADER:
“Junior Cert: West Limerick teens receive
hard-earned grades after first state exam”

September 18, 2018

JUNIOR Cert results day is a “milestone” that deserves to be marked, says principal of Newcastle West’s Desmond College, Vourneen Gavin Barry.

The principal was speaking after 68 beaming students opened up their envelopes in the west Limerick school this Wednesday morning (12th September) shortly after 10am.

12th Sept 2018: Desmond College and Gaelcholaiste students celebrate their Junior Certificate Results

“It’s been a wonderful morning,” said Ms Gavin Barry. “They came in with their parents, so the families got to meet the teachers and celebrate the occasion together.” The principal said that although it is “a low-stakes exam”, for the pupils, it’s the most important thing in their lives when they’re doing it.

“We had a bit of a celebration at the school because it’s important to mark it. It is a milestone in their lives and their education.”

“The students went home with their families after getting the results and we have them back in school tomorrow. We had nanas and granddads and parents in, and they all go home together afterwards. That encourages responsible behaviour in their celebrations as well – it should be a family occasion,” said Ms Gavin Barry.

And the school had plenty to celebrate.

“We had lovely results. Lots of As, and we had a couple of students with all As. We noticed that the English results were particularly strong, with lots of distinctions and merit. We have a very happy English department. Maths was also very positive. We are very happy,” said the Newcastle West principal.

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Desmond College Junior Certificate Results

September 14, 2018

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results 2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results 2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results 2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results 2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results 2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results 2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results