Student Success

Scifest 2018

April 30, 2018


April 2018: Congratulations to Ronan Mullane overall winner of Scifest held in LIT
Congratulations to Ronan Mullane overall winner of Scifest held in LIT


April 2018: Kayla McMahon and Fiona Kelly, winners of 2nd prize Senior Technology at Scifest, narrowly beaten by class mate Ronan Mullane who won 1st prize and was overall winner
Kayla McMahon and Fiona Kelly, winners of 2nd prize Senior Technology at Scifest, narrowly beaten by class mate Ronan Mullane who won 1st prize and was overall winner.


April 2018: Ronan receiving his prize at Scifest
Ronan receiving his prize at Scifest

Irish Times Article: Apr 15, 2018

April 17, 2018

Meet the students looking to revolutionise cycle safety

A device that projects a temporary cycle lane to warn road users of the space they need to leave for cyclists is vying to win an entrepreneur award run by the State’s network of local enterprise offices.


04 2018: Desmond College in the Irish Times

Cycle Safe 2000, which is competing in the senior category, is a project from Breda Magner (16), Evan Condon (16) and E’ueonn Ferron (16) from Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co Limerick.

The product the students have developed involves a device that attaches to a saddle and projects a temporary bicycle lane at the back of a moving bicycle to alert approaching vehicles.

Click here to read the full article …

French CSI Competition 2018

April 9, 2018

Students from Desmond College were amazed to find a crime scene on Monday following a weekend teacher training course!!! Easter Eggs belonging to students were all eaten and the wrappers left behind! Students spent the week solving the mystery as part of their French classes- all clues were written in French, clues were left around the school ( but all in French!). They had to carry out interviews using their French language skills. It was a fun filled and exciting week for all involved – and the CSI crime was solved!!!

Winners of Senior and Junior French CSI Competition


March/April 2018: Desmond College Winners of the Junior and Senior French CSI Competition


March/April 2018: Desmond College Winners of the Junior and Senior French CSI Competition


March/April 2018: Desmond College Winners of the Junior and Senior French CSI Competition


March/April 2018: Desmond College Winners of the Junior and Senior French CSI Competition


March/April 2018: Desmond College Winners of the Junior and Senior French CSI Competition


March/April 2018: Desmond College Winners of the Junior and Senior French CSI Competition

Student Enterprise Awards 2018

March 28, 2018

We had great results at the 2018 Student Enterprise Awards!

 

JUNIOR CATEGORY: Merit Award
“Chocolate Dreams”
by 1st years Leanne Byrnes, Sarah Aherne, Melanie O’Sullivan,
Emma O’Shea and Lucy Flaherty

 

JUNIOR CATEGORY: 2nd Place
“Fidgeters”
by Aine Murphy

 

SENIOR CATEGORY: 1st Place
“Cycle Safe 2000”
by Evan Condon, Breda Magnet and E’ouenn Feron

 

Congratulations to everyone who took part!


March 2018: Desmond College students participate in the Student Enterprise Awards 2018March 2018: Desmond College students participate in the Student Enterprise Awards 2018


March 2018: Desmond College students participate in the Student Enterprise Awards 2018March 2018: Desmond College students participate in the Student Enterprise Awards 2018


March 2018: Desmond College students participate in the Student Enterprise Awards 2018March 2018: Desmond College students participate in the Student Enterprise Awards 2018


March 2018: Desmond College students participate in the Student Enterprise Awards 2018

Digital Literacy Piccollage

March 12, 2018

Second Year Winners of the Digital Literacy Piccollage with their teachers, Ms. Walsh and Mr. O’Leary during Literacy Week!


Well done Leah, Aaron and Ciara!
2018 March: Desmond College second year student winners of Digital Literacy Piccollage  for Literacy Week

Fairtrade Awards Ceremony 2018

March 9, 2018

The Fairtrade Awards Ceremony was held in Limerick City and County Council Chamber, Dooradoyle, on Tuesday 6th March 2018 where Desmond College student Alan Wallace was presented with his award.

Also in attendance was the Mayor of Limerick, a guest from Fairtrade Ireland and a guest speaker Juliet Arke Mensah.


March 2018: Alan Wallace getting his award at the FairTrade Award Ceremony 2018

PE Expo 2018

March 9, 2018


Emma O’Shea, Lauren Ambrose and Áine Murphy.
Winners of the Junior Category at the PE Expo with their project, “Power of Sport”.
Well done, girls!
Desmond College students winner of the Junior Category at PExpo 2018


Well done to Ronan Mullane and Jack Corkery
who won “Best Business Project” at the PE Expo in Dublin!!
March 2018: Winners of the Best Business Project at PE Expo 2018


Well done to all the Desmond College students
who attended the PE Expo in Dublin, with their projects!

March 2018: Well done to all the Desmond College students at the PE Expo 2018

And thanks to teachers: Ms. A. Ryan and Ms. Mulcahy who accompanied the students to Dublin and helped with projects the past few weeks.

March 2018: Well done to all the Desmond College students at the PE Expo 2018

March 2018: Well done to all the Desmond College students at the PE Expo 2018March 2018: Well done to all the Desmond College students at the PE Expo 2018

March 2018: Well done to all the Desmond College students at the PE Expo 2018
March 2018: Well done to all the Desmond College students at the PE Expo 2018

Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement

February 28, 2018

Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Presentations took place on Monday 26th February 2018.

Presentations were made by Year Head, Ms. Caroline O’Grady, and Principal, Ms. Vourneen Gavin Barry.

The students certificate reports on their achievements in the state exams, classroom based assessments and other areas of learning.

This profile of achievement is a formal recognition of the vast range of learning and skills acquired outside the classroom on extracurricular activities and on engagement with co-curricular learning.

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26th February 2018: Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Presentations

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26th February 2018: Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Presentations26th February 2018: Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Presentations

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26th February 2018: Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Presentations26th February 2018: Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Presentations

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26th February 2018: Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Presentations26th February 2018: Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Presentations

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26th February 2018: Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Presentations26th February 2018: Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Presentations

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Science for Development Award

January 19, 2018

Jack O’Connor and Diarmuid Curtin, past pupils of Desmond College, Newcastlewest won the Science for Development Award for the project that best addressed a development challenge facing communities in poorer regions of the world.

The boys designed hand-held seed-planting device for use in Third World Countries.

Jack and Diarmuid received the Irish Aid sponsored €5,000 travel bursary for the seed planter which they designed to save both time and labour, and bring precision to seed planting.

As part of their prize, they will join a group of 20 students and teachers from across Ireland on a schools study visit to Malawi with Gorta-Self Help Africa in February.


January 2018: Diarmuid Curtin and Jack O Connor with their handheld seed planting device
Diarmuid Curtin and Jack O’Connor with their handheld seed planting device.

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.