Student Success

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.

University of Limerick Acknowledges Alice Duffy’s Outstanding Results

March 21, 2017

March 2017: Alice Duffy TY student in Desmond College is pictured with her Mam and Dad receiving a Certificate from Philip O Regan, Dean of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick
Alice Duffy TY student in Desmond College is pictured with her Mam and Dad after she received a Certificate from Philip O’Regan, Dean of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick, for her outstanding results in Business in her Junior Certificate.

Fair-trade Poster Competition

March 16, 2017

Aislinn Walsh and Alan Wallace, both 3rd Year students in Desmond College, were prize winners in the Limerick Fair-Trade Poster Competition.

Alan Wallace was the overall winner in the senior category. Both students received their prizes from the Mayor of Limerick, Kieran O’Hanlon, at the city Chambers.

March 2017: Alan Wallace receiving his award from the Mayor of Limerick after winning in the Fair-trade Poster Competition.
Alan Wallace receiving his award from the Mayor of Limerick after winning in the Fair-trade Poster Competition.


March 2017: Aislinn Walsh receiving her award from the Mayor of Limerick after winning in the Fair-Trade Poster Competition.
Aislinn Walsh receiving her award from the Mayor of Limerick
after winning in the Fair-trade Poster Competition.


March 2017: Alan Wallace pictured with his family after receiving his award from the Mayor of Limerick after winning in the Fair-Trade Poster Competition.
Alan Wallace pictured with his family after receiving his award from the Mayor of Limerick after winning in the Fair-Trade Poster Competition.

Fairtrade Poster Competition

March 3, 2017

Congratulations to Aislinn Walsh who won a medal in the Highly Commended Section and Alan Wallace who won 1st Prize overall.

Aislinn and Alan were invited to attend the Launch of Fairtrade Fortnight with their parents/teacher in the Limerick County Council Chamber, Dooradoyle, Limerick on WED 1 March 2017 @ 2.30pm, where they were presented with their medals. There was also a guest from Fairtrade Ireland, and Heydi Janeth Espino Mairena from a Fairtrade co-operative in Nicaragua, at the event.

Transition Year Students set up a School Bank in conjunction with Bank of Ireland

February 20, 2017

The Bank of Ireland School Bank has been designed to support schools in providing financial education to students.

It gives students the opportunity to work in the School Bank branch across a variety of roles from Bank Manager to Customer Service Official learning about banking and how to work as an effective team.

The School Bank also provides the opportunity for students to open a bank account and makes it easy for them to save on a regular basis, via frequent on-site School Bank visits every Thursday.

The Student School Bank team will be supported by experienced Bank of Ireland staff members from the local branch to ensure the smooth operation of the School Bank, and to support the team with any questions and queries they may have.

Feb 2017: The School Bank in Desmond College in conjunction with Bank of Ireland
The School Bank team Roz Barrett, Hannah Barrett, Dylan Moloney, Thomas Curtin, Ben McCormick and Alice Duffy with the local Bank of Ireland representative Karen Broderick.

Fairtrade Christmas Card Art Competition

December 2, 2016

Nov 2016: Desmond College Student at the Fairtrade Christmas Card Art Competition Presentation Function in Limerick with Cllr. Frankie Daly
Alan Wallace at the presentation function in Savoy hotel for Fairtrade Christmas card art competition in Limerick on 22/11/16 with Cllr Frankie Daly.

Desmond College Students Attend Inaugural Model Start Up Conference

November 28, 2016

Students from Desmond College attended the Inaugural Model Start Up Conference in UCC on 18th November last. This was a non-partisan global leadership event for youths where the objective was to educate the decision makers and leaders of the future and help them to develop interest and skills in addressing high level local and international issues jointly and to create an awareness and understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced across the nations in starting & growing a business.

The students took part in several workshops and listened to guest speakers Ciara Judge – Winner Google World Science Fair, Walther Morales Rios – Ministry of Economy/ Guatemala and Professor John O’ Halloran – Vice-President for Teaching & Learning UCC.


Nov 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School Students Newcastle West Limerick with Ciara Judge, Winner of the Google World Science Fair, at UCC
Desmond College students with Ciara Judge (Winner of Google World Science Fair) at the Inaugural Model Start Up Conference in UCC.

Nov 2016: Senior Cycle Students from Desmond College secondary school with their teacher Donal Enright at the Inaugural Model Start Up Conference in UCC
Some of the Senior Cycle Students who attended the Inaugural Model Start Up Conference in UCC with Mr Donal Enright.

2nd year Spanish Poster Competition

October 17, 2016

Students were challenged to design a poster to promote awareness of language learning for European language day.


2016: Mr Russell (Spanish Teacher in Desmond College Post Primary School) with his Second Year Spanish Students after completing their posters
Mr Russell with his Spanish students, Chloe Ahern, Joanne Lai, Shane Baguio, Megan Roma and Ciara Brouder after completing their posters.


2016: A selection of Posters by the Desmond College Post Primary School Second Year Spanish Students
A selection of the posters designed by the Second Year Spanish students.

Teacher and Learning Success in Desmond College as Students Excel in Results

September 25, 2016


September 2016: Alice Duffy and Leona Ni Mhaolalaidh pictured with very proud Principal of Desmond College Post Primary School Vourneen Gavin Barry
Alice Duffy and Leona Ni Mhaolalaidh pictured with very proud Principal Vourneen Gavin Barry.


Sept 2016: Hannah McMahon and Roz Barrett pictured with both their mums after receiving their Junior Certificate Results outside Desmond College Post Primary School Limerick
Hannah McMahon and Roz Barrett pictured with both their mums after receiving their Junior Certificate Results.


Sept 2016: Jason Ryan shares his fantastic results with his Mum and Dad and Teacher Ms Hannon in Desmond College Limerick
Jason Ryan shares his fantastic results with his Mum and Dad and Teacher Ms Hannon.


September 2016: A delighted Elizabeth Cremin share her results with her mum and Teacher Ms O Connor at Desmond College Newcastle West
A delighted Elizabeth Cremin share her results with her mum and Teacher Ms O’Connor.


2016 Sept: Desmond College student Katie Hallinan with here Mum after receiving excellent results
Katie Hallinan with here Mum after receiving excellent results.


Sept 2016: Desmond College students Dylan Moloney and Thomas Curtin have smiles all round after receiving their results
Dylan Moloney and Thomas Curtin have smiles all round after receiving their results.

Leaving Certificate Results 2016

September 1, 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016


Desmond College Leaving Certificate Results Day 2016