Trips and Tours

5th Year Career Conference Trip 2019

October 3, 2019




The 2019 Irish Times Higher Options Conference.

September 24, 2019

Leaving Certs visit The Irish Times Higher Options Conference in Dublin.
#careers #choices #options


Leaving Certs Ecology trip to Fota Wildlife Park

September 22, 2019

The Leaving Certificate students of Desmond College took an Ecology Trip to Fota Wildlife Park.
#experiments, #quadrat, #qualitative, #floraandfauna





History Tour to Kilmainham Gaol

September 13, 2019

On Sept 10th 2019, 5th and 6th Year History students went on a tour of Kilmainham Gaol as part of their preparation for Leaving Cert History.
A very insightful and enjoyable tour for all.

Whole School Walk

September 13, 2019

On September 9th, the 2.8km whole school walk got us ready for the week.




Team Building for TYs

September 11, 2019

TYs enjoying their team building experience in Kenmare, on September 11th, incorporating their Bronze Gaisce task.



August 31, 2019

Students receive certification from the Hope Foundation following their immersion visit to Kolkata, India.

Transition Year Trip to Rome

May 20, 2019

The TY class trip to Rome was packed full of sightseeing, fun, sunshine and smiles. The group experienced this historical city first hand by enjoying walking tours of the Colosseum, the Pantheon, ‘bones church, Trevi fountain and Spanish steps to name but a few.

The typical Italian cuisine (pizzas and gelatos) were all sampled!! As was a bit of Italian shopping!

A visit to the Cincinetti world film studios showed how films are produced and sets were made. This was followed by a day of rollercoasters and thrill rides in Cincinetti theme park!!

That was not the end of it…… a visit to the Vatican state and St Peter’s Basilica and square on the last day gave the group another completely different viewpoint of this magical city.

Memories that will last forever! A huge thank you to Ms Collins and Ms Nash for accompanying the students on tour.


Our Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome Our Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome


Our Transition Year Students on School Tour in RomeOur Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome


Our Transition Year Students on School Tour in RomeOur Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome


Our Transition Year Students on School Tour in RomeOur Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome


Our Transition Year Students on School Tour in RomeOur Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome


Dylan O'Shea, Fiona Kelly and Matthew O'Connor on school tour in RomeOur Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome


Our Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome
Some of our Transition Year students enjoying their school tour to Rome

First Year PE Trip to the Burren

May 20, 2019

The PE department organised an exciting overnight trip to the Burren for the First Year students.

The students got to take part in a wide variety of physical activities that helped to develop team building skills and student confidence.

The activities included Rock Climbing, Caving, orienteering, group skipping, well throwing, kayaking and raft building! It was a fantastic trip for all. Many thanks to Ms Creed, Mr Shiels and Ms Griffin for accompanying the students on the trip.

Cathal and Josh Daly enjoying a birthday celebration while on an overnight trip to the Burren


First Year Trip to the Burren 2019


First Year Trip to the Burren 2019


First Year Trip to the Burren 2019


First Year Trip to the Burren 2019


First Year Trip to the Burren 2019


Some of our First Year students about to go rockclimbing in the Burren


First Year Trip to the Burren 2019


First Year Trip to the Burren 2019


First Year Trip to the Burren 2019


First Year Trip to the Burren 2019


First Year Trip to the Burren 2019


Some First Year Students about to get ready for kayaking and raft building in the Burren


First Year Trip to the Burren 2019


First Year Trip to the Burren 2019


First Year Trip to the Burren 2019


First Year Trip to the Burren 2019


First Year Trip to the Burren 2019

Darragh Leahy, student in Desmond College,
on a recent Pilgrimage to Lourdes

May 15, 2019

Darragh Leahy student in Desmond College on a recent Pilgrimage to Lourdes

2nd Year Tour to Barcelona

May 14, 2019

On Tuesday May 7th, The day finally arrived that 35 of our Second Year students along with Ms Ryan, Ms Hennessy, Mr O’Leary and Mr Russell would set off to the beautiful city of Barcelona.

Our flight departed from Dublin airport before we knew it ,we had arrived!! We were in Barcelona, with the sun beaming and the clear blue skies we had a feeling it was going to be a holiday to remember. We had a jam packed itenary, giving us the opportunity to explore the wonderful attractions that Barcelona had to offer. We visited the Olympic Stadium and the Gothic Quarter. We got an insight into the cultural wonder La Sagrada Familia, the architectural masterpiece designed by Gaudi. We experienced the vibrant shopping centres surrounding Las Ramblas and spent a few euros along the way!! We then travelled to the thrill seekers paradise of Port Adventura and Ferrari Land, an experience never to be forgotten. For the soccer lovers amongst us, their dream had come true with a visit to the Nou Camp, home to Barcelona FC. The tour of the stadium was thoroughly enjoyed by all. A huge thank you to Ms Ryan for organising the trip and to Ms Hennessy, Mr O’Leary and Mr Russell for accompanying us on the trip also.

May 7th 2019: Desmond College 2nd year trip to Barcelona


May 7th 2019: Desmond College 2nd year trip to Barcelona


May 7th 2019: Desmond College 2nd year trip to Barcelona


May 7th 2019: Desmond College 2nd year trip to Barcelona


May 7th 2019: Desmond College 2nd year trip to Barcelona


May 7th 2019: Desmond College 2nd year trip to Barcelona


May 7th 2019: Desmond College 2nd year trip to Barcelona

The Hope Foundation

April 29, 2019

Six of our Transition Year students – Kayla McMahon, Matthew O’Connor, Shannon Copse, Ciara Brouder, Dylan O’Shea and Shauna O’Sullivan were afforded the unique opportunity to travel to Kolkata for one week during the Easter Holidays.

They got to witness, first-hand, the work of HOPE and the extremities of life in Kolkata. Supported throughout their time in India, the students were introduced to poverty, the realities of street children and the joy of HOPE.

The students spent time visiting HOPE projects, interacting with children and adolescents who are in HOPE supported projects and immersing themselves in Indian culture.

Our young Ambassadors will remember the experience for the rest of their lives and have become more aware of their place in society and how they can make the world a better place by caring for people who are less fortunate than themselves. We are so proud of these students for not only volunteering their services but also raising a substantial amount of much-needed funds.

Well done to all of the students involved.

Desmond College Students, The HOPE foundation 2019 trip to Kolkata: Matthew O'Connor, Dylan O'Shea, Kayla McMahon, Ciara Brouder, Shannon Copse and Shauna O'Sullivan
Desmond College Students, The HOPE foundation 2019 trip to Kolkata: Matthew O’Connor, Dylan O’Shea, Kayla McMahon, Ciara Brouder, Shannon Copse and Shauna O’Sullivan

Agricultural Science Farm Walk at Pallaskenry Agricultural College

March 29, 2019

The 5th and 6th Year Agricultural Science students went to Pallaskenry Agricultural College on Wednesday 20th March to carry out a farm walk as part of the Ag Science syllabus. The students got a practical, hands-on insight into life on the farm.

Jason Corbett and Bobby Donovan in Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Jason Corbett and Bobby Donovan in Pallaskenry Agricultural College

Chloe Walsh, Edel O'Connor and Yvonne Leahy at Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Chloe Walsh, Edel O’Connor, and Yvonne Leahy at Pallaskenry Agricultural College

Sean Barrett on a farm walk at Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Sean Barrett on a farm walk at Pallaskenry Agricultural College

Desmond College Agricultural Science Students at a Farm Walk in Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Desmond College Agricultural Science Students at a Farm Walk in Pallaskenry Agricultural College

Transition Year Adventure Trip to Killarney

March 27, 2019

On Wednesday 13th March, the Transition Year students along with Ms. O’Mahony and Ms. Corkery travelled to Killarney for an overnight trip to take part in adventure activities including mountain hiking and biking and kayaking. Unfortunately, due to bad weather conditions, the students didn’t kayak.

The group stayed in Killarney International Youth Hostel and went to the cinema and enjoys walks around Killarney and got an insight into the history associated with the National Park.

Thank you to Ms. Collins for organising a fantastic trip.

Some of Desmond College Transition Year getting ready to Mountain bike in Killarney
Some of Desmond College Transition Year getting ready to Mountain bike in Killarney

Some of Desmond College Transition Year getting ready to Hike in Killarney
Some of Desmond College Transition Year getting ready to Hike in Killarney

Some of Desmond College Transition Year enjoying the scenery in Killarney during their adventure trip
Some of Desmond College Transition Year enjoying the scenery in Killarney during their adventure trip

December Events in Desmond College

December 21, 2018


Dec 2018: Ms.Hannon with a number of students who organized a non uniform day to raise money for students going to Lourdes
Ms.Hannon with a number of students who organized a non uniform day to raise money for students going to Lourdes.


Dec 2018: Ms O'Mahony and Ms Hennessy giving prizes to students who completed the Reading Challenge.
Ms.O’Mahony and Ms.Hennessy giving prizes to students who completed the Reading Challenge.