Trips and Tours

Self Help Africa: Jack O’Connor and Diarmuid Curtin

April 13, 2018



2017 Science for Development winners Jack O’Connor and Diarmuid Curtin who received a travel bursary to visit to Malawi.

While there, they field tested their award-winning seed planter, and met with students at the country’s leading agricultural research university.

Students from Desmond College begin their Trip to India today.

March 29, 2018

29th March 2018: Students from Desmond College begin their Trip to India today.

TY Students Walk The School Day

March 13, 2018


March 2018: Desmond College TY Students participating in Walk the School Day
 

March 2018: Desmond College TY Students participating in Walk the School Day March 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students participating in Walk the School Day
 

March 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students participating in Walk the School Day
March 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students participating in Walk the School Day

March 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students participating in Walk the School DayMarch 2018: Desmond College TY Students participating in Walk the School Day

March 2018: Desmond College TY Students participating in Walk the School Day

BT Young Scientists : Malawi Trip

March 9, 2018

“I was amazed by how innovative farmers are in Malawi.”
March 2018: Desmond College BT Young Scientist winners visit Malawi
See how the BT Young Scientists Winners got on
when field-testing their winning project in Malawi, on the Irish Aid site >>

5th year students went to Dublin
as part of an Irish History and Culture Trip

March 8, 2018

Some 5th year students went to Dublin on Wednesday (7th March) as part of an Irish History and Culture trip.

Students visited Croke Park where they did the museum tour and enjoyed the interactive games room.


Desmond College Irish History and Culture Trip

They also visited Glasnevin Cemetery where they heard stories about the lives and legacies of some of the most famous people in Irish history and experienced a reenactment by “Padraig Pearse”.

Our History and Irish Culture Trip to Glasnevin Cemetery

By Tia Culloty

I could feel a multitude of emotions build up as our bus approached the tranquil graveyard. Curiosity, melancholy and pride.

As I gazed upon Glasnevin Cemetary I couldn’t help but feel immensely curious, my mind pondered about the abundance of lives lost. Each grave had a story, a life, loved ones left behind.

I felt a tremendous sense of eeriness as our group progressed towards the iron gates. The sadness enveloped our group when we stepped on the grounds.

The place was paralysed with grey tombstones. Although there was an overwhelming sense of melancholy it was outweighed by the pride I felt. We were standing amongst some of Ireland’s most loved famous and loved and although they had died, their legacy lives on.

We then continued on to the visitor centre which consisted of a gift shop and receptionist’s office. The receptionist greeted our group with great hospitality and introduced us to our tour guide.

Our tour guide was most accommodating and began the tour immediately.

Firstly, we walked to the crypt of Daniel O’Connell. We were shown inside by our guide and given a brief history of Daniel O’Connell’s life and legacy. It was interesting and informative.

Next, we were taken to the grave of Diarmuid O’Donovan Rossa who was a prominent member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Our guide informed us of the significance of the funeral held for Rossa. It turned out that Patrick Pearse gave a powerful and influential speech at the funeral of the man.

We watched as a man approached the grave. He wore a khaki green soldier’s uniform, beautiful medals and buttons adorned the jacket he wore. He was a re-enactor who played the role of Patrick Pearse. Everything was silent. He began to re-enact Pearse’s speech. It was astounding and powerful. I felt as though I was being transported back in time.

After that amazing piece of living history we walked to the grave of Countess Markievicz, Markevicz was one of the only female participants in The Easter Rising. She was also a suffragette and socialist.

The history of Markevicz peaked my interest; I found her strength and courage astonishing. Her grave was simple but it was clear that it was visited often as multiple bouquets of flowers lay beside it.

From there, we strolled to Michael Collins’ grave which would be the culmination of our tour. His resting place was certainly striking; masses of flowers surrounded the grave.

We were informed that Collins’ grave is the most famous and visited interment amongst 1.5 million others. Our guide told us about certain aspects of Collins’ life which was abruptly ended in 1922 when he was assassinated. We were all completely engrossed.

Our trip to Glasnevin was both informative and interesting. It was a powerful and emotional experience unlike any other tour I have been on.

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Desmond College Irish History and Culture Trip


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Desmond College Irish History and Culture Trip


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Desmond College Irish History and Culture Trip


Desmond College Irish History and Culture Trip


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Desmond College Irish History and Culture Trip


Desmond College Irish History and Culture Trip


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Desmond College Irish History and Culture Trip

Article in Limerick Post

March 5, 2018

“Two Limerick teenagers return from study visit to Malawi”

“Winners of the Irish Aid sponsored ‘Science for Development Award’ at the event, former students of Desmond College, Newcastlewest Jack O’Connor (18) and Diarmuid Curtin (18), together with their teacher Donal Enright travelled to Malawi with a group of 20 Irish secondary students and teachers, on the annual schools trip organised by the Development Education arm of charity Gorta-Self Help Africa. As the winners of one of the top prizes at last year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.”

Feb 2018: Desmond College students return from study in Malawi (click to view full article in Limerick Post)
Read the full article on the Limerick Post here.

Desmond College Visits Butlers Chocolates

January 12, 2018

On Thursday December 14th 2017, students from Desmond College students along with Ms Guiry and Ms Broderick visited Butlers Chocolate Experience in Dublin where they watched chocolate masters at work making chocolate bars, fudge and toffee and also got to sample plenty of them!

They finished off by decorating their own chocolate Santa. A great day was had by all.

December 2017: Desmond College students visit Butlers Chocolate
Desmond College students enjoying a visit to Butlers Chocolates.


Dec 2017: Desmond College Student enjoying Butlers Chocolate tour
Alan Wallace enjoying a trip to Butlers Chocolates.


Dec 2017: Desmond College students at the Butlers Chocolate Factory
Desmond College students at the Butlers Chocolate Factory.


Dec 2017: Students from Desmond College decorating chocolate at the Butlers Chocolate Factory
Students from Desmond College decorating chocolate at the Butlers Chocolate Factory.


Dec 2017: Desmond College students researching the history of Butlers Chocolates
Desmond College students researching the history of Butlers Chocolates.

First Year and Transition Year Hike in the Ballyhouras

November 7, 2017


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
The 1st Year and TY students who went on a hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the TY students on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the 1st Year students on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the 1st Year students on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Mr Colm Lowe, Ms Anne Hannon, Ms Joanne Guiry, Ms Elaine O Leary, Ms Edel Boohan, Ms Nuala O Callaghan and Ms Mary O Doherty who went on a hiking trip to the Ballyhouras with the 1st Year and TY students.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the 1st Year students and Transition Year students’’ on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the 1st Year students on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the TY students on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.

Leaving Certificate Geography Trip

October 5, 2017

The Leaving Cert Geography class went on their Field Trip to the Burren as part of the Geographical Investigation element of the Leaving Cert course.

They analysed bedrock and landscape features of the Karst landscape. They were accompanied by Ms. Keane and Ms. Nash.


Sept 2017: Desmond College Leaving Certificate Geography students analysing the bedrock in the Burren
Leaving Cert Geography students analysing the bedrock in the Burren.


Sept 2017: Leaving Certificate Student from Desmond College Newcastle West enjoying their Trip to the Burren
Niamh O Connell enjoying her Geography trip to the Burren.


Sept 2017: Ms Pamela Nash, teacher in Desmond College Post Primary School, helping Geography Students read the direction of the gryke
Ms Pamela Nash helping Mary O Connor to read the direction of the gryke.


Sept 2017: A Desmond College Geography student recording data from their field trip to the Burren
Abigail Peck recording her data from her fieldtrip to the Burren.

Leaving Certificate Ecology Trip to Fota Wildlife Park

October 3, 2017

On Thursday 29th Sept, the Leaving Cert Biology trip along with Ms Fahy and Ms O Grady went on an Ecology Trip to Fota Wildlife Park in Cork.

This is an amazing experience for the students and is of huge benefit to their Leaving Certificate Biology exam.


Sept 2017: Desmond College leaving Certificate Students visit Foto WildLife Park
Some of the Leaving Cert Biology class that travelled went on an Ecology trip to Fota Wildlife Park.


Sept 2017: Leaving Certificate Biology Students carry out a habitat study
Muireann Tobin and Leah Barry carrying out a habitat study in Fota Wildlife Park.


Sept 2017: Desmond College Leaving Certificate studenta assesses the insects she found in the habitat at Foto WildLife Park
Sarah Walsh analysing what insects she found in the habitat.


September 2017: Desmond College Leaving Certificate Students bury trips in Foto Wildlife Park as part of assessing the habitat
Abigail Peck and Laura Papierowska burying trips as part of their field trip to Fota Wildlife Park.


Sept 2017 : Desmond College Students enjoying their Ecology Trip to Foto WildLife Park
Cyprian Walantowicz and Mostafa Nasr Al Ali enjoying their Ecology Trip to Fota Wildlife Park.

Transition Year Adventure Trip to Achill

September 29, 2017


Sept 2017: Ava Cashin and Anna Guina enjoying their adventure trip to Achill
Ava Cashin and Anna Guina enjoying their adventure trip to Achill.


Sept 2017: Desmond College Transition Year group 2017 during their adventure trip to Achill
Desmond College Transition Year group 2017 during their adventure trip to Achill.


Sept 2017: Transition Year students getting ready to surf during their adventure trip to Achill
Transition Year students getting ready to surf during their adventure trip to Achill.


Sept 2017: James Shepherd, Evan Condon and AJ O Donovan taking a walk during their adventure trip to Achill
James Shepherd, Evan Condon and AJ O Donovan taking a walk during their adventure trip to Achill.


Sept 2017: Evan Condon, Bryan Mortell, Breda Magner, David O Brien and Mikey Conlon during their adventure trip to Achill
Evan Condon, Bryan Mortell, Breda Magner, David O Brien and Mikey Conlon during their adventure trip to Achill.

First Year Physical Education Trip to the Burren

June 13, 2017


May 2017: Adam Grimes, John Colins, Conor Mulqueen and Stephen Enright on their PE trip to the Burren
Adam Grimes, John Colins, Conor Mulqueen and Stephen Enright
on their PE trip to the Burren.


May 2017: Some of our First Year students about to take part in some of the activities as part of their PE trip to the Burren
Some of our First Year students about to take part in
some of the activities as part of their PE trip to the Burren.


May 2017: Some of the First Year students in Desmond College on their PE trip to the Burren
Some of the First Year students in Desmond College on their PE trip to the Burren.


May 2017: Some of the First Year students in Desmond College exploring the Caves during their PE trip to the Burren
Some of the First Year students in Desmond College
exploring the Caves during their PE trip to the Burren.

Leaving Trip to Ballyhass Lake

June 13, 2017


May 2017: Desmond College Post Primary School Newcastle West, Leaving Certificate students about to go zip lining in Ballyhass Lakes
Desmond College Post Primary School Newcastle West, Leaving Certificate students about to go zip lining in Ballyhass Lakes.


May 2017: Desmond College secondary school leaving cerificate students: Conor Kennedy, Diarmuid Curtin, Seamus Hurley and Eamonn Browne
Conor Kennedy, Diarmuid Curtin, Seamus Hurley and Eamonn Browne.


May 2017: Emma Herbert and Síun Ni Ceallaigh at Ballyhass Lakes
Emma Herbert and Síun Ni Ceallaigh at Ballyhass Lakes.


May 2017: Some of our Desmond College Limerick Leaving cert students kayaking in Ballyhass Lakes
Some of our Leaving cert students kayaking in Ballyhass Lakes.

Second Year Trip to Barcelona

June 12, 2017

Bright and early on Monday 1st of May 2017, 30 excited students and 3 enthusiastic teachers set off from Desmond College to travel to the beautiful city of Barcelona.

Our flight departed from Dublin airport and after some slight turbulence, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all, we arrived in Barcelona and were greeted with blue skies and sunshine!

We had a jam packed week, visiting such fabulous attractions as the Olympic Stadium and the Gothic Quarter.

The highlight of our city tour was our visit to the cultural wonder La Sagrada Familia, the architectural masterpiece designed by Gaudi. This magnificent structure is still under construction as new generations of architects continue to work on this truly awe inspiring cathedral.

We also enjoyed a wonderful morning in Park Guell, situated on the elevated city outskirts. This Park features designs by Gaudi as well as plants and flowers from all over Europe.

After an exciting cable car ride from the stunning Montjuic, students had some time to experience the vibrant shopping centres surrounding Las Ramblas.

After absorbing ourselves in cultural delights, it was time to have some fun in the sun, in the thrill seekers paradise of Port Adventura and Ferrari Land. The roller coasters have to be seen to be believed!! Students and teachers had a amazing day, certainly never to be forgotten.

We also had the privilege of visiting the Nou Camp, home to Barcelona FC. We had a tour of the stadium and the museum. This was a dream come true for our some of our students and certainly an enjoyable day for all.

The tour to Barcelona was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by students and staff.

A huge thank you to Ms Liz Cregan for organising the trip and to Ms Joan Nicholls and Ms Margaret O’Mahony for accompanying her with the students.


May 2017: Conor Fox, Shane O Reilly, Shane Copse, Darragh Leahy and Billy Cunningham at Barcelona’s Nou Camp Stadium


May 2017: Ms Liz Cregan and Ms Margaret O Mahony about to take of in Porta Ventura


May 2017: Cian Mason, Ronan Mullane, Willie Quilligan and Cian Nolan at Porta Ventura


May 2017: Our Second Year students enjoying their recent school tour to Barcelona


May 2017: Our Second Year students enjoying Porta Ventura in Salou

Second Year Orientation Trip to the University of Limerick

June 2, 2017

:: 2nd Year Orientation Day to University of Limerick ::

On May 17th 2017, 20 Second Year students were invited to the University of Limerick to experience college life for a day. The students had great fun and excitement in a science workshop given by Conleth Hussey, a politics workshop by Maura Adshed and Limerick Corlaith na Og.

After the group were treated to lunch and had a tour of the UL facilities, they were impressed by a writing workshop with Lawerence Cleary followed by a thought provoking Computer Engineering workshop presented by Eoin O Connell.


May 2017: Desmond College Second Year Students who went on Orientation Trip to UL
Some of our second year students who went on an orientation
trip to the University of Limerick.