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Desmond College Graduation 2019

June 12, 2019

Desmond College Graduation 2019

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June 12, 2019

Desmond College Graduation 2019

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Special Awards

June 12, 2019
Desmond College 2019

Aisling Ryan presents a Sports Award to David O’Donovan at the Desmond College Graduation in Newcastle West

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Aisling Ryan presents a Sports Award to Amy O’Shea at the Desmond College Graduation in Newcastle West

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Aisling Ryan presents a Sports Award to Konrad Papierowski at the Desmond College Graduation in Newcastle West

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Mike Nash presents the Mike Nash Cup to Dylan Moloney and Michael Murphy at the Desmond College Graduation in Newcastle West

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Caroline O’Grady presents the Attendance Award to Jason Ryan at the Desmond College Graduation in Newcastle West

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Aoife Culhane presents a Special Achievement Award to Alan Wallace at the Desmond College Graduation in Newcastle West

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Aoife Culhane presents the Fidelma Class Tutor Award to Dylan Moloney at the Desmond College Graduation in Newcastle West

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Simone Walsh presents the Fionn Class Tutor Award to Tia Culloty at the Desmond College Graduation in Newcastle West

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Mary-Anne O’Brien presents the Fintan Class Tutor Award to Brendan Geary at the Desmond College Graduation in Newcastle West

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Siobhan O’Connor presents the 6G Class Tutor Award to Rhea Crowley at the Desmond College Graduation in Newcastle West

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Caroline O’Grady presents the Year Head Award to Thomas Curtin at the Desmond College Graduation in Newcastle West

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Vice Principal Liz Cregan presents the LCA Student of the Year award to Ben McCormick at the Desmond College Graduation in Newcastle West

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Principal Vourneen Gavin-Barry presents the Student of the Year Award to Alice Duffy at the Desmond College Graduation in Newcastle West

Desmond College Graduation 2019:
Presentation to Staff

June 12, 2019

Desmond College Graduation: Presentation to Staff

Desmond College Graduation: Presentation to Staff

Desmond College Graduation: Presentation to Staff

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Student Awards: First Years

June 6, 2019

Reading challenge. Certs to be presented by Sinead Broderick
1G
Katie
Kenneth
Kevin
and Karen

Sic fest: certs presented by Aisling Ryan to:
Rhys O Connor.
Eamon Conlon
Leah Quinlan
Sarah Hallett

Limerick Garda youth award:
presented by Ms Broderick to Eamon Conlon

Local Enterprise:
Presented by Ms Keane to Josh Dore and Tara Danaher.

Paired Maths certs:
presented by Ms Hannon to Rang Kevin.

The following to be presented between Ms Gavin and Ms Cregan
Sport
Daire O Connor
Eoghan Collins
Leah Quinlivan
Michael O Brien
Luke Mansfield
Adam Hough
Eugina

Community spirit
Luke Mansfield
Josh Dore
Lauren Murphy
Tara danaher
Saoirse O Mahony

Cooperation and Diligence
Sarah Hallett
Eoghan Collins
Dylan O Connor
William Ahern

Dedication and commitment
Rhys O Connor
Leah Quinlan
Eamon Conlon
Nojus G
Ciara lee
Leah Fitzpatrick
Roisin O Connor
Emma Moloney

Class tutor awards
Karen: Ms Hannon to Georgina Horan
Kenneth: Ms Keane to Iona Collins sport
Katie: Ms Broderick to Ciara O Connor
Kevin: Ms Ryan to Tomas white 
1G: Ms O Connor to Cathal Nolan

Year Head award:
Ms Supple to Edel McMahon

Student Awards: Second Years

June 6, 2019

Awards 2019 2nd Year

Word millionaire- certs presented by Ms White to all classes.
James
2G and Jennifer
Joan
Joseph

Rang Jamesto be presented by Ms Hannon with certs for the following: 
Each student to be called up once and presented with the three certs.
Make a book:
Paired reading:
Art Certs

Local enterprise: presented by Ms Guiry to:
Lucy Flaherty
Lauren Ambrose
Aine Murphy

Young scientist: presented by Ms Fahy to:
Rebecca enright
Emma O Shea
Orla mullane
Lucy flahert

The following to be presented by Ms Gavin and Ms Cregan.
Sport
Orla mullane
Lauren Ambrose
Jodie Duffy
Aine Murphy
Kieran o Callaghan
Ryan moloney
Jack Kelly
Caitlin McKinney
 
Community spirit
Maxim Gusan
Martin Campbell
Kathlyn O Sullivan
Lydia Murphy

Cooperation and Diligence
Nathalia Labuda
Nathan Shanahan
Ethan Kirwan

Dedication and commitment
Lucy Flaherty
Rebecca enright
Lauren Ambrose
Leanne Byrnes
Gavin Ryder
Orla mullane

Class tutor awards
Rang Joseph: Ms White to Aurelie Mantaba
Rang Jennifer: Ms Fahy to Trevor O Shea McNamara
Rang James: – Ms Guiry to Kieran O Callaghan
Rang Joan: –  Ms Hannon to Clodagh Flatley

Junior Gael Colaiste Award
Aine Murphy

Year Head award:
Ms Boohan to Ruben Collins

Student Awards: Third Years

June 6, 2019

Awards 2019 Third year awards.

JCSP Profile of achievement. Presented by Ms White to
AJ Dee
Stephen Enright
Kristina Horan
Emer McGuirk
Christopher O Brien
Luke O Donnell
Amanda Harry
Mary McCarthy
Agnes Andrzejczak
Sarah Cashin
Gary Farnen
Marlon McCarthy
Ciara O Connor
Katelyn Ahern
Conor Collins
Jamie Fahy
Leah Culloty
Naomi Culloty
Selena Gusa

Scifest: presented by Damien Carey to Sarah Barrett.

The following to be presented by Ms Gavin and Ms Cregan
Sport
Aoife lee
MMA Brennan
Kristina horan
Holly Kelly
Darren Bridgeman

Community spirit
Nikita lysaght
Fiona leahy
Michelle leahy

Cooperation and Diligence
Aaron Mansfield
Kristina horan
Katelyn ahern
Emer mcguirk
Selina Gusan
Brianna callanan
Pawel Kaminski

Dedication and commitment
Emily Garrett
Ciara o Connor
Emma Brennan
Kellie griffin
Sarah cashin
Deirdre McMahon

Class Tutor Awards:
Rang Honor: Ms Nash to Oceane Mambouana
Rang Hannah: Mr Carey to Sarah Barrett
Rang Hugh: Mr Shiels to AJ Dee
3G: Ms O Connor to Aoife Lee.

Year Head Award:
Mr Culhane to Eve shepherd

Student Awards: Fifth Years

June 6, 2019

Awards 2019 Fifth year awards

Rang Kenneth LCA SKills at work programme: presented by Ms O Mahony to:
Yazmin Carey
Paddy Clancy
Darragh Leahy
Gavin Lynch
Jamie Mackessy
David Moroney
Chloe O Riordan
Nora O Sullivan
Cian ward
John Woulfe

The Munster GAA transition year course. Presented by Ms Quaid to:

Limerick Garda Youth Award:
presented by Ms O Doherty to Darragh Leahy

Young scientist:
presented by Ms Corkery to Shane Baguio.

The following to be presented by Ms Gavin and Ms Cregan.
Sport

Iris Kennelly
Aoife Corbett
Breda magner
Jack grimes
Jack Corkery
David O Brien
Danny Moriarty
Bryan Hartigan
 
 
Community spirit

Genevieve Collins
Evan Condon
Jason Corbett
Nora O’Sullivan
Mary Odigie

Cooperation and Diligence
Yazmin Carey
Erikina Dbe Bakoubayia
Bobby O Donovan
James Shepherd
Benas bajoras
Sophie Leenders

Dedication and commitment
Anna Guina
Shane Baguio
Breda magner
Kalyn o Brien
Yvonne Leahy
Bryan hartigan
Ayla da Barra

Class tutor awards
Rang Gemma: Ms Quaid to AJ Donovan
Rang Geraldine: Ms O Doherty to Sarah Leahy
Rang Gearoid: Ms O Mahony to John Woulfe.

Year Head award:
Ms Corkery to Safa Amjad

Transition Year Graduation

June 3, 2019

Alanis Leen, Marcelina Krzywdainska, Victoria Brouder, Conor Fox, Cormac Browne and Nathan Wright pictured at their TY Graduation
Alanis Leen, Marcelina Krzywdainska, Victoria Brouder, Conor Fox, Cormac Browne and Nathan Wright pictured at their TY Graduation

Cian Mason, Nathan Wright, Kayla McMahon and Cian Nolan receiving their Gaisce Award from Ms Culhane
Cian Mason, Nathan Wright, Kayla McMahon and Cian Nolan receiving their Gaisce Award from Ms Culhane

Ciara Brouder receiving her Innovation and Enterprise Award from Ms Cregan
Ciara Brouder receiving her Innovation and Enterprise Award from Ms Cregan

Conor Fox and Melissa Flaherty receiving their Community Spirit Award from Ms Corkery
Conor Fox and Melissa Flaherty receiving their Community Spirit Award from Ms Corkery

Cormac Browne receiving the Transition Year Student of the Year Award from Ms Vourneen Gavin
Cormac Browne receiving the Transition Year Student of the Year Award from Ms Vourneen Gavin

Dan Mocanu, Marcelina Krzywdainska, Ana Da Silva, Matthew O Connor, Shannon Copse, Shauna O Sullivan, Dan O Sullivan, Shane Copse and Billy Cunningham pictured with Ms Keane and Ms Murphy at the TY Graduation
Dan Mocanu, Marcelina Krzywdainska, Ana Da Silva, Matthew O Connor, Shannon Copse, Shauna O Sullivan, Dan O Sullivan, Shane Copse and Billy Cunningham pictured with Ms Keane and Ms Murphy at the TY Graduation

Daniel O Sullivan receiving the Transition Year Tutor Award from Ms Kerrie Collins
Daniel O Sullivan receiving the Transition Year Tutor Award from Ms Kerrie Collins

Dylan O Shea, Oisin O Sullivan, Fiona Kelly, Cormac Browne, Conor Fox, Declan O Conner receiving their Gaisce Award from Ms Culhane
Dylan O Shea, Oisin O Sullivan, Fiona Kelly, Cormac Browne, Conor Fox, Declan O Conner receiving their Gaisce Award from Ms Culhane

Fiona Kelly and Cian Nolan receiving the Age Friendly Award
Fiona Kelly and Cian Nolan receiving their Awards

Fiona Kelly and Cian Nolan receiving their Awards from the Age-Friendly Team Gillian Robinson, Anne Rizzo and Mary Cronin
Fiona Kelly and Cian Nolan receiving their Awards from the Age-Friendly Team Gillian Robinson, Anne Rizzo and Mary Cronin

Joanne Lai receiving her Peer Mentoring Award from Ms O Mahony
Joanne Lai receiving her Peer Mentoring Award from Ms O Mahony

Marcelina Krzywdainska, Joanne Lai, Chlo Aherne, Victoria Brouder, Ciara Brouder, Melissa Flaherty Receiving their Gaisce Award from Ms Culhane
Marcelina Krzywdainska, Joanne Lai, Chlo Aherne, Victoria Brouder, Ciara Brouder, Melissa Flaherty Receiving their Gaisce Award from Ms Culhane

Megan Romo, Mary Sexton, Ronan Mullane and Willie Quilligan receiving their Gaisce Award from Ms Ryan and Ms Culhane
Megan Romo, Mary Sexton, Ronan Mullane and Willie Quilligan receiving their Gaisce Award from Ms Ryan and Ms Culhane

Oisin O Sullivand and Chloe Aherne receving the Brothers of Charity Award
Oisin O Sullivan and Chloe Aherne receiving the Brothers of Charity Award

Fairtrade Status for Desmond College

May 22, 2019

Well done to Evan Condon who as part of his Silver Gaisce Awards successfully achieved Fairtrade Status for Desmond College.

We are now a certified Fairtrade School.

Evan and Miss O’Connor invited Dolores O’Meara, the Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade to talk to the Student Council and students from Rang Grandin about the Fairtrade Initiative.

Well done also to Alan Wallace who has been very involved with Fairtrade in Desmond College during his 5 years in the school.

Dolores spoke about her travels to various Fairtrade cooperatives around the world and gave us wonderful ideas going forward.

Also congratulations to Edel McMahon who won a fairtrade Hamper kindly donated by Dolores O’Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade.

Edel McMahon receiving her hamper from Dolores O'Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade
Edel McMahon receiving her hamper from Dolores O’Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade

Evan Condon pictured with Dolores O'Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade
Evan Condon pictured with Dolores O’Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade

Ms Margaret O'Connor, Alan Wallace, Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin-Barry, Evan Condon, Dolores O'Meara (Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade) and Kalon O'Brien
Ms Margaret O’Connor, Alan Wallace, Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin-Barry, Evan Condon, Dolores O’Meara (Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade) and Kalon O’Brien

Masters Superbike Championships

May 21, 2019

Congratulations to JP Gahan who qualified 3rd on the grid in the Dunlop Masters Superbike Championships after returning from a good winter testing in Spain.

JP was unfortunate to pick up a minor collar bone injury which he felt was ‘a bad start to the year’ but is determined to bounce back.

He is currently the fastest in his group and ‘intends to maintain this position’ through training and pushing himself to achieve his full potential.


Desmond College student participates in Dunlop Masters Superbike Championships

Gaisce Silver Award

May 15, 2019

Congratulations to Evan Condon (5th Year) on being awarded a Silver Medal from the President’s Awards (Gaisce).

The Award Ceremony took place in Thomond Park on April 30th 2019 where Evan was presented with his medal by the CEO of Gaisce, Yvonne McKenna and by Marcus Horan, the former Munster Rugby player.

I really enjoyed the awards programme, I feel I have acquired new skills and have become an active member of my community.

I worked on 4 key areas including Community Involvement (Certified Desmond College as a Fairtrade School), Personal Skill (Speech and Drama, Grade 10), Physical Recreation (Gym Work and Swimming) and I undertook an Adventure Journey (Hikes around the Kerry Area).

This has all helped me to further develop my self-esteem and has given me the confidence to unlock my full potential. I am very grateful for the opportunity presented to me via the President’s Award, and from my PAL leader, Miss Margaret O’Connor and look forward to pursuing the Gold Award at a later date“.

Evan Condon with Ms O'Connor at the Gaisce Award Ceremony where Evan received a silver award


Evan Condon on receiving his Gaisce President's Award


Evan Condon pictured with Desmond College principal, Vourneen Gavin Barry, on receiving his Gaisce President's Award


Desmond College's Evan Condon receiving his Silver Gaisce Award


Gaisce The President's Award

FORBES.com: “Meet The Irish College Students Working On A New Seed Planter For Malawian Farmers”

May 13, 2019

Jack O’Connor is one of the co-founders of Moyo Nua, an agricultural organization that takes its name from a combination of the word moyo, meaning life in the Malawian language of Chichewa, and nua, meaning new in Irish Gaelic. O’Connor isn’t a farmer—he’s an Irish city kid from Limerick—but the university sophomore has spent the past two years designing a seed planter with the hope of making farming in Malawi just a little bit easier.

Jack O'Connor: Moyo Nua

O’Connor was still in high school when he watched the film ‘One Dollar a Day’, a documentary born out of a series of viral YouTube videos featuring American college students living in rural Guatemala. Watching the film, O’Connor says, “nearly struck me to the core.” For a city kid, thinking about life as a subsistence farmer kicked him into action.

He started researching rural agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa, and that led him to Malawi, a country the United Nation calls “one of the most climate-fragile countries in the world.” In Malawi, about 80% of the country’s food is produced by smallholder farmers, and O’Connor was moved to design something that could ease the physical demands of farm labor there.

There was a lot of trial and error along the way. “We just, honestly, started throwing out ideas [and] looking at previous models that existed in the world,” says the University of Limerick sophomore, describing the project’s early days back at his secondary school. Eventually, explains O’Connor, “we came up with this idea of an ergonomic seed planter to allow the user—in this case, a smallholder farmer—to plant seeds without having to bend over.”

Jack O'Connor: Moyo Nua

O’Connor and classmate Diarmuid Curtin turned to a slew of experts—agronomists, mechanical engineers and experts in rural development all offered their advice on the planter’s design. The idea ended up winning the Science For Development Award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin in 2017, which turned out to be pretty crucial, since it came with a trip to Malawi where, with the help of an organization called Self Help Africa, the Limerick kids were finally able to get the planter into the hands of Malawian farmers for field testing.

In Malawi, the farmers made a number of suggestions for improvement, like making the tool out of locally sourced materials like bamboo. In total, 18 farmers from Southern Malawi tested the planter. That feedback, along with input from 13 retirees who tested the tool back in Ireland, all helped to inform subsequent iterations of the design. They’re currently on prototype number three, with a patent pending.

The visit to Malawi was humbling for O’Connor. “We were chatting with the farmers…about the importance of their children being able to attend school and how this planter, by reducing labor intensity…would allow their kids to start going [to school]…So that really hit home with me because I never considered, until I was actually over there, that the reality for some children is that they have to sacrifice education for sustenance.”

O’Connor enrolled at the University of Limerick after graduation from secondary school, and he kept working on the planter. At the university, the project took on a whole new life, as O’Connor met students like Catherine Hallinan, who felt herself immediately compelled to join Moyo Nua and work on the ergonomic planter. “[Jack] was telling me about it…and I convinced him to bring it in [to the school],” says Hallinan, excitedly. She has also been interested in finding ways to expand Moyo Nua’s focus, like offering social media training to young business students in Malawi.

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