Student Success

World Tang Soo Do Championships

April 30, 2019

Congratulations to Caitlin McKinney (Second Year Student) who won Gold and Silver at the World Tang Soo Do Championships held in Wales during Easter.


Desmond College 2nd year student who won Gold and Silver at the World Tang Soo Do Championships in Wales during Easter

Meet the National Safety Challenge Finalists

April 9, 2019


This week, James Taylor speaks to second two of our four Second Level National Finalists in the ESB Networks National Safety Challenge.

The ESB Networks National Safety Challenge is proudly supported by Safe Family Farms, a joint initiative between ESB Networks and The Irish Farmers Journal, to raise awareness and make farms a safer place for all.

Meet the Desmond College ESBNetworks National Safety Challenge Finalists

Students: Kayla McMahon and Fiona Kelly
Year: Transition Year
Teacher: Mr. Donal Enright
Idea: Eye in the Cab

Kayla McMahon and Fiona Kelly from Desmond College have developed “Eye in the Cab”, a device that you attach in the cab of a tractor. It detects the angle that the tractor is at and alerts the farmer if they are operating at a dangerous angle.

Our idea

“So what it does is it detects what angle that the tractor is at, but while doing that then it also has a GPS device inside in it so that it allows you to locate where exactly where the tractor is so when it reaches a certain point it will send a text message to the In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact of the person in the tractor.

Using a gyro sensor, GPS modules, and an Auto Dialler, we built a device that recognises the angle of the tractor. Gyro sensors, also known as angular rate sensors, are devices that sense angular velocity.

With the aid of an internal siren, it can alert the driver once a tractor has reached 35-degree tilt and can alter the driver’s ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact via an STMicroelectronics SPBTLE-RF Bluetooth Chip 4.1 auto-dialler, once the vehicle has reached or exceeded 45 degrees.

The “Eye in the Cab” device can be fixed to the inside of the cab via magnets. It is also equipped with an emergency button on the front panel that the driver can press in an emergency.

Because it is portable, the driver can take the unit with them and attached to their belt and if they are involved in an accident involving animals, machinery or overcome by slurry fumes.”

Inspiration

“Agriculture is a huge part of the lives of the people in Ireland. The fatality rate in agriculture is far higher than any other economic sector.

A large proportion of all fatal workplace accidents occur in agriculture, even though only a small number of people are employed in farming. According to research carried out by the Health & Safety Authority (HSA), machinery related accidents make up for 50% of farm fatalities.

Factors that influence the probability of vehicles tipping over are the size, weight, angle of incline, terrain, front and back loaders as well as tyre size and pressure, the multiplicity of factor made it difficult for the driver, our device will serve as an early mechanism and help reduce accidents.

However, research informs us that when a tractor reaches an angle of 36.780 it has a 75% chance of rolling over and at 450, it has a 100% chance.”

What it would mean to win

“To win the ESB Networks National Safety challenge it would mean a lot to us to know that like even in our young age we could potentially save lives with an idea and project we came up with ourselves and would mean a lot to us.

It would be a massive achievement for us and our school.”

Student Enterprise 2019

April 3, 2019

50 different mini-companies from 16 different schools across Limerick City & County descended on the South Court Hotel on March 26th for the annual Limerick Enterprise Office – Student Enterprise Awards.

Desmond College was represented by 1st Years, Tara Danaher & Josh Dore who won 2nd place in the Junior Section with “The Empty Chair Company”.

Aine Murphy, Lauren Ambrose, and Lucy Flaherty (all second years) won 1st Place in the Intermediate Section with their company “Hy Geeenie”.

TY students, Oisin O’Sullivan, and Conor Fox, achieved a Highly Commended in the Senior Section with “Sigigraph” and Melissa Flaherty and Ciara Brouder won 1st place in the senior section with “Safety Harness Attachment”.

Megan Roma and Victoria Brouder also took park with their company “6Teen Skincare”.

1st Place winners go on to represent Limerick in the All Ireland Student Enterprise Finals in Croke Park in May.

Desmond College's Aine Murphy, Lauren Ambrose and Lucy Flaherty all second year students won 1st Place in the Intermediate Section with their company Hy Geeenie at Student Enterprise 2019
Aine Murphy, Lauren Ambrose and Lucy Flaherty all second year students won 1st Place in the Intermediate Section with their company Hy Geeenie at Student Enterprise 2019

Desmond College's Oisin O' Sullivan and Conor Fox achieved a Highly Commended in the Senior Section with ‘Sigigraph’ at Student Enterprise 2019
Oisin O’Sullivan and Conor Fox achieved a Highly Commended in the Senior Section with ‘Sigigraph’ at Student Enterprise 2019

Desmond College's Megan Roma and Victoria Brouder, Transition Year students at Student Enterprise 2019
Megan Roma and Victoria Brouder, Transition Year students at Student Enterprise 2019

Desmond College's Melissa Flaherty and Ciara Brouder won 1st place in the senior section with "Safety Harness Attachment" at Student Enterprise 2019
Melissa Flaherty and Ciara Brouder won 1st place in the senior section with “Safety Harness Attachment” at Student Enterprise 2019

Business – TY Academy

April 2, 2019

The Bank of Ireland TY academy helps students to develop their critical thinking, communication, problem-solving skills and to provide practical guidance using the lean canvas methodology to start up their own business.

Desmond College had five transition Years selected to take part in the Limerick/Clare/Tipperary Regional Round of the TY Academy: Oisin O’Sullivan, Dylan O’Shea, Melissa Flaherty, Fiona Kelly, and Victoria Brouder.

As part of the academy, students work on a business problem with students from other schools. Over the course of three days, they explore the areas of enterprise and innovation, and learn how to pitch their proposals in a “Dragon’s Den” environment.

The Lean Canvas methodology used by many start-up companies provides students with the tools necessary to generate their business plan and launch their idea. Students can also learn how to build a website or develop an app.

The All-Ireland finals will take place on the 9th of May in Dublin and Limerick/Clare/Tipperary will be represented by a team of 4 comprising of two students from Desmond College, Fiona Kelly, and Dylan O’Shea.

An honourable mention was reserved for “Man of the Match” or the hardest working student of the week, Oisin O’Sullivan, also from Desmond College.

Congratulation to the five students for representing our school with pride and distinction, many thanks to all the mentors who assisted the students during the week with a special mention to Bank of Ireland for sponsoring and organising it.

2019, March: Oisin O'Sullivan, Dylan O'Shea, Melissa Flaherty, Fiona Kelly and Victoria Brouder at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy
Oisin O’Sullivan, Dylan O’Shea, Melissa Flaherty, Fiona Kelly and Victoria Brouder at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy

2019, March: Oisin O'Sullivan ‘Man of the Match’ at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy
Oisin O’Sullivan ‘Man of the Match’ at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy

2019, March: Fiona Kelly and Dylan O'Shea through to the All Ireland Final of the Bank of Ireland TY Academy taking place on 9th May.
Fiona Kelly and Dylan O’Shea through to the All Ireland Final of the Bank of Ireland TY Academy taking place on 9th May.

Business Studies Awards Ceremony

March 14, 2019

Congratulations to Ciara Brouder, Transition Year student in Desmond College who was presented with a Certificate of Achievement at the Business Studies Awards Ceremony hosted by UL’s Kemmy Business School and the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI). The award recognises those who have achieved an A Grade in Higher Level Business Studies at Junior Certificate level in 2018

2019 March: Ciara Brouder receiving her Certificate of Achievement at the Business Studies Awards Ceremony hosted by UL's Kemmy Business School and the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI)
Ciara Brouder receiving her Certificate of Achievement at the Business Studies Awards Ceremony hosted by UL’s Kemmy Business School and the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI)

Limerick Fairtrade Award

March 13, 2019

Alan Wallace received the Sr Rosetta Gray Award from Limerick Fairtrade. The award was presented by Daniel Butler – Lord Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick.

The ceremony took place on March 5th in the Council Chambers Limerick City. Alan received the award for his dedication and commitment to Fairtrade over the past five years.

Fantastic Achievement, well done!

Alan Wallace pictured with Ms Gavin after receiving the Sr Rosetta Gray Award from Limerick Fairtrade
Alan Wallace pictured with Ms Gavin after receiving the Sr Rosetta Gray Award from Limerick Fairtrade

Alan Wallace pictured with his teacher Ms Connor after receiving the Sr Rosetta Gray Award from Limerick Fairtrade
Alan Wallace pictured with his teacher Ms Connor after receiving the Sr Rosetta Gray Award from Limerick Fairtrade

Alan Wallace pictured with his parents and Daniel Butler - Lord Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick after receiving the Sr Rosetta Gray Award from Limerick Fairtrade
Alan Wallace pictured with his parents and Daniel Butler – Lord Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick after receiving the Sr Rosetta Gray Award from Limerick Fairtrade

Olympic Success

March 5, 2019

Congratulations to Brian O Sullivan past pupil of Desmond College who is on Ireland’s soccer team going to Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in March. Best of luck Brian.

Brian O'Sullivan past pupil of Desmond College who is on Ireland's soccer team going to Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi pictured with his mother, Ms Hannon, Ms Cregan and Ms Gavin-Barry
Brian O’Sullivan past pupil of Desmond College who is on Ireland’s soccer team going to Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi pictured with his mother, Ms Hannon, Ms Cregan and Ms Gavin-Barry

Brian O'Sullivan past pupil of Desmond College who is on Ireland’s soccer team going to Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi pictured with Ms Hannon
Brian O’Sullivan past pupil of Desmond College who is on Ireland’s soccer team going to Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi pictured with Ms Hannon

Analog Devices Welcome BT Young Scientist Finalists

February 13, 2019

Students of the 12 schools from Limerick that participated in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2019, including the 13 students from Desmond College were guests in Analog Devices at their European headquarters in Raheen Business Park on Wednesday 6th of February.

There was a panel of past participants of the exhibition who offered career and subject choice advice to the students. The event was organised by Brian O’Meara and Annie O’Sullivan who were joined on the night by two Vice Presidents of Analog Devices.

Desmond College BT Young Scientist and Technology 2019 finalists pictured at a host event organised by Analog Devices
Desmond College BT Young Scientist and Technology 2019 finalists pictured at a host event organised by Analog Devices

JCPA Certificate Presentation (cont.)

February 11, 2019


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Desmond College School Calendar Production

February 6, 2019

A big thanks to Mr Shiels, Miss O’ Connor, Mr Shiel’s 2nd Year Art class and Alan Wallace for all the wonderful work done for this year’s school calendar.

Images from the School Calendar
Images from the School Calendar

Alan Wallace working on the school calendar
Alan Wallace working on the school calendar

Images from the School Calendar
Images from the School Calendar

Lydia Murphy, Clodagh Flatley and Kathlyn O'Sullivan who helped in the production of the school Calendar
Lydia Murphy, Clodagh Flatley and Kathlyn O’Sullivan who helped in the production of the school Calendar

Nuala O'Callaghan and Kathlyn O'Sullivan during the production of the school Calendar
Nuala O’Callaghan and Kathlyn O’Sullivan during the production of the school Calendar

Images from the school calendar
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Desmond College School Calendar Production
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Mr Shiels admiring his student’s production of the school calendar
Mr Shiels admiring his student’s production of the school calendar

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