Trips and Tours

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.

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.

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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2nd Year Trip to Paris

August 23, 2011

On Wednesday December 1st 2010, a group of 64 lucky Second Year students and even luckier teachers departed for Paris amid ferocious weather conditions.

Not to be outdone, they were one of only three flights to depart Dublin airport on the night.

Christmas time in Paris gave the enthusiastic Second year students the opportunity to enjoy the magical atmosphere, the lights, Santa and the giant Christmas Tree in EuroDisney.

A first time for most they experienced visits to the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, a stroll along the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, a boat trip on the Seine and of course a trip right to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

It was effortless enjoyment for all especially as the unusual occurance of snow added to the atmosphere.

Students still had time to cram in some pre-Christmas shopping before returning home to Newcastle West.

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Transition Year Trips 2010 – 2011

August 21, 2011

The 2010 – 2011 T.Y. group have had many trips and we wish to thank every one of the teachers that made such an effort to give up their own time to organise these for the group.

The class visited:

  • Knock
  • Killaloe Outdoor and Adventure Centre
  • Clarion Hotel (“Spagetti Show”)
  • Thomand Park
  • Mary Immaculate College Music Recital
  • Hunt Museum
  • Killfinane Outdoor Centre
  • London

The year has been an enlightening and exciting opportunity for all the class. Each individual has grown in maturity and have developed personal and social skills that will stand to them for many years ahead.


They have been a fantastic group to work with and have been terrific ambassadors for the programme. Their commitment has made the year a success” – Kerrie Collins.

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2010-2011 Transition Year : Rachel climbing New Heights in Killaloe

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Desmond College Transition Year’s Hit London in Style

What an end to a brilliant year! The Desmond College Transition Year students left Shannon on the early morning flight on Tuesday 17th May, bound for London. And what a jam packed trip.

Seeing the sights of London – Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, Leister Square, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, London Eye ….. the list is endless but each and every sight will never be forgotten.

The group were also able to take part in educational activities such in a workshop in Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

The natural History museum and the Science Museum were also included.

The highlight of the trip was the trip to the theatre to see “Dirty Dancing”!


Religious Education Trips and Events

August 8, 2011

All students receive Religious Instruction under the guidance of a qualified Catechetic teacher. A chaplain from the local parish visits the school regularly.

 

 

TRIP TO KNOCK (2014)

TRIP TO LOURDES (2012)

WAY OF THE CROSS (2012)

R.E. TRIP TO KNOCK (2012)