Trips and Tours

Desmond College goes Ploughing

October 1, 2015
2015 National Ploughing Championships: TY Students from Desmond College

Dawn start for Desmond College students as they set to explore the Ploughing 2015

On Thursday 24th September 2015, TY and 5th Year students hit the road at 6am to travel to this year’s National Ploughing Championships. The total attendance figure came to a record breaking 281,00 over the 3 days. This marks the most successful National Ploughing Championships in history.

Ploughing 2015: Desmond College TY Students checking livestock

TY students Muireann Tobin, Caoimhe Danaher, Aine Upton and Leah Barry check out the Livestock at Ploughing 2015


Ploughing 2015: Marty Morrissey with TY Student from Desmond College

Emily Duffy joined the Marty Party at Ploughing 2015

First Year Trip to Doneraile

September 29, 2015

On Thursday 24th September the First Years ventured to Doneraile Forest Park.
They took part in the Cork Autumn League schools orienteering event.

Sept 2015: First Year Students travel to Doneraile

Some of the First Years who travelled to Doneraile

First Year Trip to the Burren

August 17, 2015

Desmond College: First Year Bonding Trip to the Burren

Desmond College: First Year Bonding Trip to the Burren

Desmond College: First Year Bonding Trip to the Burren

Desmond College: First Year Bonding Trip to the Burren

Desmond College: First Year Bonding Trip to the Burren

The 5th Year French students enjoyed a French Cinema Trip

May 8, 2015

Les Emotifs Anonymes : The Fifth Year French Students from Desmond College Post Primary School went on the Annual Trip to the Cinema to watch a French Movie: April 2015
A heartwarming and genuinely funny modern tale.

An Enjoyable Morning at the Cinema for Desmond college Fifth Year French Students to watch a movie in French: April 2015

Our fifth year French students enjoyed our annual trip to the cinema on Tuesday April 28. The movie was a genuine “French-made” romantic comedy, with echoes of “Chocolat” and “Amelie”. An enjoyable morning was had by all.

Desmond College travel to Dublin to “The Theory of Physical Education” Exhibition

May 7, 2015

TY  and 5th year students travelled to Dublin for the first  inaugural PE Expo to showcase their knowledge of the theory side of physical education. The students researched projects in various topics including the components of fitness, balanced diets for certain athletes, analysis of fitness tests and pre-testing of various athletes before undertaking a fitness programme.

On the day the students were greeted by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Pascal Donoghue and various other dignitaries. Dr Niall Moyna from Operation Transformation was one of the judges and showed great interest in the projects our students presented.

Following the exhibition the students got to participate in some sports they wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to experience including fencing, kick boxing, judo, futsal and many more.

A great day out with a huge emphasis on the theory side of physical education. When speaking to Dr Niall Moyna on the day he said this is the first step in PE becoming a Leaving Cert subject.

Chloe Power and Ava O Connor meet Niall Moyna from Operation Transformation Jack O Connor takes to the stage at the PE Exhibition The group participate in some of the activities provided John McCoy, Roman Creedon and Conor Reidy present their project Claire Mortell, Jack O Connor, Cillian McMahon, Patreeze Nugent, Chloe Power, Ava O Connor, Roman Creedon, Conor Reidy, Shauna Hallinan and John McCoy who participated in the PE Exhibition

TY Tour to London!

May 5, 2015

On Monday 27th April, the Desmond College Transition Year class departed on their London Tour – a trip of a lifetime! The group of 36 met at Shannon Airport at 5am – and here is where the fun began. After landing and checking into the hotel at the foot of Wembly Stadium, the group travelled the city viewing the famous landmarks of Buckingham Palace, Westminister Square, Big Ben, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. The group travelled around the busy shopping area of Oxford Street and Regent Street before visiting the World Famous Natural History Museum in South Kenningston.

The group browsed, ate and shopped around the busy carnival atmosphere of Covent Garden before resting their legs in New London Theatre to watch the renowned West-End Show of ‘War Horse’. What a thoroughly enjoyable experience that proved to be. Following this the class saw the lights of Piccadilly Circus and Leister Square, including a visit to the sickling sweet M&M store!!

On Tuesday the group departed the hotel to travel to Thorpe Park Theme Park. The sun shone gloriously for the fun-loving and thrill-seeking teenagers (and teachers!) and rides like ‘The Saw’, ‘Swarm’ and ‘Collossis’ were undeniably enjoyed. With smiles still on faces we departed to spend the evening in Westfield shopping centre.

Wednesday proved to be another adventure filled day, with sightseeing around the London Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast ship. The group were treated to a tour of Shakespeare’s reconconstructed Globe Theatre and a workshop on the Shakespearian Play Hamlet (the acting skills of all were highly commendable – and entertaining!). The group discovered their artistic side with a visit to the Tate Modern Art Gallery (and the Star-bucks café next door!). Following this an Underground Train ride to Trafalgar Square – to see the impressive London National Gallery and statues of the iconic Trafalgar square Lions. The group strolled through the streets to do the last bit of shopping and soaking in of the London sights, scenes and atmosphere before leaving to return home. A cram-packed trip – full of new experiences and lots of laughs amidst the wonders of London. A big thank you to Ms Kerrie Collins the TY Co-ordinater for organising a fantastic trip and for making it so special for the students. Thanks also to Mr Donal Enright and Ms Joanne Guiry for going on the trip also.

desmond college students Eoin Considine, Emma Herbert and Diarmuid Curtin pictured beside one of the lions at trafalgar square london england on their school trip for ty students april 2015 desmond college transition year trip to london: Lauren Moloney, Stacey Flynn and Sarah Flatley, April 2015 desmond college transition year students on their school tour to london april 2015: Eoin considine, diarmuid curtin, seamus hurley and killian lynch Jack O'Connor and Claire Mortell from desmond College at the iconic london bridge on their TY school tour of london John Scanlon, Robert Meehan and Conor Leahy from Desmond College Limerick on Tour in London Liam Dowling, John McCoy and conor Kennedy relax after a spot of shopping The 2014-2015 Transition Year TY Class of Desmond College Newcastle West Limerick on their School Tour to London; April 2015 Matthew Hally, Liam Dowling, Orla Wren, Killian Begley, Stacey Flynn, Sean McElliggot, Lauren Moloney, Sara Flatley and Chloe Collins with a dinosaur at London Natural History Museum on their Transition Year School Trip to London Sara Flatley, Lauren Moloney, Chloe Collins and Orla Wren from Desmond College at Shakespeares the Globe Theatre while on their school trip to London England April 2015

5th Year Farm Walk to Pallaskenry Agricultural College

April 28, 2015

On Tuesday 14th April the 5th year Agricultural Science students travelled to Pallaskenry Agricultural College tas part of their farm experience. The Students got an insight into the management practices on different farming enterprises including Dairy, Beef and Sheep.

Julie Cantillon, David Kirwan, Micheal O Flynn and Eoghan McMahon enjoy the farm walk at Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Julie Cantillon, David Kirwan, Micheal O Flynn and Eoghan McMahon enjoy the farm walk at Pallaskenry Agricultural College.

Killian Brouder and Stephen Copse identify the cattle breeds in Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Killian Brouder and Stephen Copse identify the cattle breeds in Pallaskenry Agricultural College.

The students get a run down of the Beef Enterprise from Farm Manager Shane Ryan
The students get a run down of the Beef Enterprise from Farm Manager Shane Ryan.

Amazing Opportunity for Desmond College
Transition Year Student to travel to China

April 9, 2015

Eoin Considine, a Transition Year student in Desmond College is currently enjoying a trip to China which has been organised by University College Cork (UCC) and Shanghai University.

Eoin Considine, a Transition Year student in Desmond College is currently enjoying a trip to China which has been organised by University College Cork (UCC) and Shanghai University.

Eoin along with a selected few TY students across Ireland will get to experience Chinese culture and society first hand. The students will visit a number of schools in Shanghai that will enable them to actively practice their Chinese, and nurture lifelong friendships and mutual understanding between Ireland and China.

The trip, which is sponsored by the Headquarters of the Confucius Institute (Hanban) in Beijing, will include sessions to discuss relations between Ireland and China.

While in Shanghai, the students will attend language classes, and learn about practical martial arts, paper cuttings, and calligraphy. They will also get to visit Shanghai, and the neighbouring cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou.

Vourneen Gavin Barry, Principal of Desmond College also travelled to China during the midterm break as part of an educational delegation organised by the Confucius Institute in UCC. The delegation visited the Confucius Headquarters in Shanghai and spent time at Shanghai University, touring the campus and meeting with a group of Irish students studying Business, Arts & Chinese, from UCC.

The delegation also visited a number of schools and met with Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’Sullivan at Shibei Junior High School in Shanghai. Minister O’Sullivan spoke of the introduction of a Short Course on Chinese Language & Culture in the new Junior Cycle Student Award.

Desmond College intends to continue their collaboration with the Confucius Institute in UCC, in order to provide this Short Course to incoming 1st years.

CÚRSA GAEILGE – GAELCHOLÁISTE UÍ CHONBÁ

March 25, 2015

This year’s Irish Language Course will be held at Gaelcholáiste Uí Chonbá, Newcastlewest for two weeks commencing on Monday, June 29th and ending on Friday, July 10th, 2015. In addition to the language provision the curriculum also includes Irish dance and music and daily sporting activities with an excursion trip for each group. Each day’s activities will run from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

This course is planned to cater for students with varying degrees of competence in the Irish language, from completion of 2nd Class Primary School right up to the end of 2nd Year Post Primary School.

Completed Application Forms together with Full Fee must be received by Friday, 29th May, 2015.

Please note that there are a limited number of places which are allocated on a first come first served basis.

1 Student €160 per student
2 Students from one family €150 per student
3 Students or more from one family €140 per student

Application forms available from Desmond College and Gaelcholáiste Uí Chonbá
or CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

Welcome home from France!

March 10, 2015

The Second Year students travelled to France last week on their school tour which was organised by the Deputy Principal Ms Cregan. Ms Ryan and Ms Nicholas also travelled on the tour. They spent time in the Montparnasse area. They enjoyed a relaxing Bateaux Mouches cruise down the Seine taking in all the magnificent Parisian sights.

They visited the Louvre, one of the largest museums in the world. They shopped for a while on the Champs Elysées. This prestigious avenue is considered to be one of the most beautiful avenues in the world. Abercrombie and Fitch proved very popular!

They spent an evening in Aquaboulevard, home to an array of water slides, wave pools, jacuzzis, giant toboggans and an outdoor sandy beach. The group soaked up the atmosphere at the sensational symbol of Paris: The Eiffel Tower. From here they enjoyed the breathtaking view of the city.

The students concluded their trip with a magical experience at Disneyland Paris; Disneyland is home to astounding attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain, many fabulous musical shows, street parades and plenty of your favourite characters to meet. A fantastic trip was had by all – plans are already in place for next year’s tour.

A sincere thanks to Ms Cregan, Ms Nicholas and Ms Ryan for making the trip so special.

Desmond College Paris Trip 2015: The Group are Ready to Board the Plane to Paris Leona Ni Mhaolalaidh, Aoife Corbett, Laoise Curtin, Rhea Crowley, Aoife Larkin, Rebecca O'Connor, Alice Duffy, Sinead Nix, Emma Roche, and Rachel Sheehan on Desmond College Paris Trip 2015 Maciej Zalewski, Dylan Moloney, Darragh Collins and Jeremiah Collins take a well deserved break after their trip to the Arc De Triomphe The Desmond College French Tour Group visits the Famous Notre Dame in Paris Paul Moroney, Ms Ryan and Aoife Larkin Enjoy the Signs on the Eiffel Tower Visiting the Louvre on the Desmond College Paris Tour 2015 Ms Cregan, Ms Nicholas and Ms Ryan enjoy the view on the Eiffel Tower Aoife Corbett, Alice Duffy and Rhea Crowley about to climb the Eiffel Tower

Second Year Trip to Paris – Bon Voyage!!

February 24, 2015

This weeks sees our second year students preparing for their school trip to France.

They will spend time in the Montparnasse area where the group can climb the Montparnasse Tower, enjoy a relaxing Bateaux Mouches cruise down the Seine taking in all the magnificent Parisian sights, receive a self-guided tour of the Louvre, one of the largest museums in the world.

They will visit the Champs Elysées. This prestigious avenue is considered to be one of the most beautiful avenues in the world. An evening will be spent in Aquaboulevard, this aquatic pool stretches across 7000 m². It has a tropical temperature of 29 °C and is home to an array of water slides, wave pools, jacuzzis, giant toboggans and an outdoor sandy beach.

The group will take a trip to the sensational symbol of Paris: The Eiffel Tower. From here they are given a breathtaking view of the city. They will have the opportunity to visit Notre Dame and the Sacre Coeur.

To conclude the trip the group will head for Disneyland Paris, Disney is home to astounding attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain, many fabulous musical shows, street parades and plenty of your favourite characters to meet. We hope they have a fantastic trip and we are looking forward to see the pictures and hearing about their experiences.

5th Year German Students Enjoy Trip to Listowel
Cinema to Watch German Film

February 16, 2015

5th Year German students enjoy trip to Listowel cinema to watch German film Aliaksei Pishchyk, Tanya Sheehan, Chloe O Mahony , Risa Sato, Eileen Ennulat

5th Year German students enjoy trip to Listowel cinema to watch German film.

6th Year Farm Walk to Pallaskenry Agricultural College

February 10, 2015

6th Year Pupils of Desmond College on a farm walk at Pallaskenry Agricultural College

The 6th Year Agricultural Science students in Desmond College travelled to Pallaskenry Agricultural College on Tuesday 3rd Feb. The students got a guided tour of the Dairy, Beef and Sheep farm by the three farm managers. The students had a very enjoyable day and obtained a lot of information and photos to include in their Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science projects. Many past pupils of Desmond College met up with the students on the day to share their experiences of working on a farm.

6th Year Desmond College students Claire Scanlon, Siobhan Moloney, Claire Collum and Shauna Hough study the Sheep Farm at Pallaskenry Agricultural College.

Two West Limerick Schools Embrace Chinese Language & Culture

November 18, 2014

Irish Delegation to China including Principal of Desmond College Vourneen Gavin Barry : Oct / Nov 2014

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Vourneen Gavin Barry, Principal of Desmond College, Newcastle West and Norma O’Brien, Principal of Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton, travelled to China during the midterm break as part of an educational delegation organised by the Confucius Institute in UCC. The delegation visited Beijing & Shanghai, visiting sights such as the Great Wall of China and Tiananmen Square and experiencing Chinese culture first-hand.

The delegation visited the Confucius Headquarters in Shanghai and spent time at Shanghai University, touring the campus and meeting with a group of Irish students studying Business, Arts & Chinese, from UCC.

The delegation also visited a number of schools and met with Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’Sullivan at Shibei Junior High School in Shanghai. Minister O’Sullivan spoke of the introduction of a Short Course on Chinese Language & Culture in the new Junior Cycle Student Award and both Coláiste Mhuire and Desmond College intend to continue their collaboration with the Confucius Institute in UCC, in order to provide this Short Course to incoming 1st years.

Pictured: (back l to r), Norma O’Brien, Principal, Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton, Máire de Brún, Principal, Scoil Bhríde, Galway, Vourneen Gavin Barry, Principal, Desmond College, Newcastle West. (front l to r) Austin Gormley, Consul-General of Ireland in Shanghai, Minister Jan O’Sullivan, Headmaster He, Shibei Junior school Shanghai

First Year Hike with TY Buddy (Oct 2014)

October 20, 2014