Trips and Tours

JCSP Geography Field Trip to Ballybunion

December 16, 2012

On 14th December JCSP Classes, along with their teachers Ms. P. Nash and Mr. J. Casey,
had a great day on their Geography Field Trip to Ballybunion, Co. Kerry

First Year Hike 2012-2013

November 14, 2012

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Desmond College 1st/TY Hike : 2013 Ballyhoura Mountains

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Ballyhoura Trail

November 5, 2012

Desmond College Students Scale New Heights!

Congratulations to the 87 students and 5 staff from Desmond College for completing the 15-mile hike of the beautiful Ballyhoura Trail.

Ballyhoura Trail : Desmond College Students and Teachers on 15-mile hikeBallyhoura Trail : Desmond College Students and Teachers on 15-mile hike

Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes

November 5, 2012

TRIP TO LOURDES (2012)

On a cold wet morning, students from Desmond College and Scoil Mhuire agus Íde, accompanied by Fr. Keane & teachers from Desmond College departed from Newcastle West in high spirits, as we began our pilgrimage to Lourdes. In hindsight we were embarking on a spiritual roller-coaster of emotions.

After several hours of travelling we arrived in Lourdes, a little dishevelled but full of excitement. On our first evening we went to the grotto to celebrate mass. Fr. Keane in his homily recounted the story of Saint Bernadette’s early life. This was followed by a walking tour in which we went to The Parish Church of Lourdes, where Bernadette was baptised.

We also visited the picturesque village of Bartrès where Bernadette was fostered and we were given a guided tour of Holy Mill where Bernadette spent her early years before her father became bankrupt, and they had to move into the Cachot, which was an abandoned jail at the time when they moved in.

On our first morning we went to the IHCPT mass. We all agreed that it was the highlight of the trip. It was a colourful joyous occasion and we felt humbled to be part of it. Every day we took a few quite moments of personal time at the grotto to pray for our family, friends and loved ones. We lit candles and were drawn to this special place, both as a group and individually.

The Baths were one of the most talked about aspects of our pilgrimage. The Baths are operated by a group of local dedicated men and women who ensure a deeply spiritual experience.

We also participated in the Torchlight Procession which takes place each evening at 9.00 pm as it has done since 1872. We all held a lighted candle in our hands, as a symbol of our faith. When viewed from a higher vantage point this procession is a spectacular sight. It was overwhelming and emotional.

On our second last day we were feeling exhilarated, so we embarked on a fun filled afternoon tobogganing 1500m above sea level in the Pyrénées. We screamed with a mixture of fear and delight, and laughed until our throats became sore. Who knew that pilgrims are such dare devils, and thrill seekers at heart?

On our final evening we prayed at the Stations of the Cross. Even though the Stations follow a rough stony track, some of our eager young pilgrims decided to do it barefoot, to emulate Our Lord Jesus Christ. There are 15 large stations all with larger than life bronze statues, depicting the various stages of Jesus’ last journey.

Our final night was fun filled when all the students put on a show. It was amazing to witness their talents – singing, dancing and playing instruments.

On our last day, Fr. Keane summed up Lourdes eloquently:

For those who don’t believe, no explanation is possible.

For those who do believe, no explanation is necessary.

By Ms. K. Liston

Group of Desmond College Students who went to Lourdes France from Newcastle West Limerick

Annual Trip to Leinster House

November 5, 2012

The annual trip to visit Leinster House was organised by Rang Bronna and Rang Brian.

This year’s trip was even more special because they got to meet with their primary school teacher, TD Patrick O Donovan. He was very generous, treating the students to a bottle of coke and a snack.

Desmond College Students on their Annual Trip to Leinster House

The students had organised to visit Dublin Zoo with the intention of adopting an endangered animal. Unfortunately the weather was not in our favour so we undertook an investigation on ‘How Green is Croke Park’. The students had a guided tour of the carbon neutral stadium and learned how the amazing stadium is so environmentally friendly.

Desmond College Pupils Visit Higher Options Conference 2012

September 24, 2012

Students from Desmond College attending the Higher Options Conference 2012

Desmond College students attending Higher Options Conference

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The Leaving Certificate class was given the opportunity to visit the Higher Options Careers Conference in the RDS in Dublin on Wednesday 19th September. The Irish Times Higher Options Conference is the biggest of its kind in Ireland and for over two decades has been helping Irish students to make decisions about their study and career options.

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The event, which has the sanction of the Department of Education, offered students the unique opportunity to meet directly with representatives from universities, colleges and education institutions from Ireland, the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Our Leaving Certificate students have come away from the conference with increased motivation and aspiration for the year ahead. The early start and long journey was worth the chance to explore options after Leaving Cert in Desmond College!
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Leaving Cert Students attend Higher Options in Dublin

September 20, 2012

Desmond College Students pictured at the RDS Higher Options - photo by, and property of, Alan Betson & The Irish Times

Students from Desmond College were pictured today at the Higher Options Conference at the RDS.

Read the full article on the Irish Times website here!

Voyage de Rêve : Dream Trip for Desmond College

April 24, 2012

What better way to enjoy Springtime than in the beautiful city of Paris with your friends?

That is exactly how 59 Second Year Desmond College students and 5 teachers spent the last five days.

While basking in 24 degrees during their school tour they enjoyed a visit to all the cultural and historical sites that Paris has to offer, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées, the Louvre Museum and of course the ultimate adrenalin rush trip to Euro Disney and a cool down in Aquaboulevard.

All students sampled French cuisine and were partial to crepes as bedtime snacks.They behaved impeccably and were a credit to themselves and the school. Vive le France.

Blackrock Observatory

March 20, 2012

Blackrock Observatory visit is a unique virtual display in the Science dome.

 2012 Blackrock Observatory Presentations: Gaelscoil students, first year science students and fifth year physics students from newcastle west schools

This year we invited Gaelscoil students ,our own First Year Science students and 5th year Physics students to the presentations.

R.E. TRIP TO KNOCK (2012)

February 4, 2012

On Friday the 4th of Feb the wettest day of the year the Transition Year students braved gale force winds on the long trip to Knock.

We were going to Knock Youth Ministry on our class retreat. We didn’t know what to expect yet we were very excited, some of us feared we’d be in mass all day or praying in silence, but we were pleasantly surprised.

We were taken on a guided tour of Knock Shrine to see the actual site of the Apparition and heard details of the events around the evening it took place. We visited Knock Museum where we took a step back in time and saw how our counterparts lived at the time of Apparition in 1879 and saw artefacts and accounts from the witnesses of the Apparition.

We also met with people from the Cenacolo community. Cenacolo is a centre for young recovering drug addicts who are overcoming their difficulties through sharing in a community of faith. The young people shared their story of how they fell into the drug trap and how faith has been an important part of their recovery.

We ended the day with a time of reflection and prayer. A silent space was created where we could experience God with the aid of meditation and music. It took us four hours to come home but we all agree that it was a very worthwhile and enlightening experience.

First Year Hike

November 23, 2011

Transition Year trip to Kenmare

October 20, 2011

1st year Trip

August 25, 2011

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Homework Club Trip

August 23, 2011

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CSPE Trip to Dublin

August 23, 2011

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