Wellbeing

Fairtrade Status for Desmond College

May 22, 2019

Well done to Evan Condon who as part of his Silver Gaisce Awards successfully achieved Fairtrade Status for Desmond College.

We are now a certified Fairtrade School.

Evan and Miss O’Connor invited Dolores O’Meara, the Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade to talk to the Student Council and students from Rang Grandin about the Fairtrade Initiative.

Well done also to Alan Wallace who has been very involved with Fairtrade in Desmond College during his 5 years in the school.

Dolores spoke about her travels to various Fairtrade cooperatives around the world and gave us wonderful ideas going forward.

Also congratulations to Edel McMahon who won a fairtrade Hamper kindly donated by Dolores O’Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade.

Edel McMahon receiving her hamper from Dolores O'Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade
Edel McMahon receiving her hamper from Dolores O’Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade

Evan Condon pictured with Dolores O'Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade
Evan Condon pictured with Dolores O’Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade

Ms Margaret O'Connor, Alan Wallace, Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin-Barry, Evan Condon, Dolores O'Meara (Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade) and Kalon O'Brien
Ms Margaret O’Connor, Alan Wallace, Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin-Barry, Evan Condon, Dolores O’Meara (Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade) and Kalon O’Brien

Active School Week 2019

May 16, 2019

Active School Week took place in Desmond from the 29th April to 3rd May 2019. The week of activities was organised by the fantastic PE Department, which consists of Ms. Ryan, Ms. Creed, and Ms. Quaid.

It was a hectic week, jam-packed with a range of exciting activities for both students and staff. Some of the activities included zumba, obstacle courses with active kingdom, strength and conditioning sessions, spinning, walking a mile with a smile, teacher versus student volleyball, long puck, soccer tournament, Sound Bath, table tennis and much more.

It was a great week, which highlighted the importance of physical activity for both the body and the mind.


5th Year Students Enjoying Zumba
5th Year Students Enjoying Zumba


Deirdre McMahon and Kristina Horan during Active Week
Deirdre McMahon and Kristina Horan during Active Week


Eoghan Collins steps up in the Penalty Shootout
Eoghan Collins steps up in the Penalty Shootout


Students enjoying a gym session in the arena as part of Active Week
Students enjoying a gym session in the arena as part of Active Week


Nicholas Pitaru during Active Week
Nicholas Pitaru during Active Week


Long Puck Winners Iris Kennelly, Mr Hegarty, Darragh Collins and Josh Daly
Long Puck Winners Iris Kennelly, Mr Hegarty, Darragh Collins and Josh Daly


Iris Kennelly in action in Long Puck Competition
Iris Kennelly in action in Long Puck Competition


Liam Cantwell from Limerick Sports Partnership giving a talk to second years about the importance of exercise for our mental wellbeing
Liam Cantwell from Limerick Sports Partnership giving a talk to second years about the importance of exercise for our mental wellbeing


Some of the 5th Year boys doing some strength and conditioning in the Arena Gym
Some of the 5th Year boys doing some strength and conditioning in the Arena Gym


Bryan Mortell and Jack Grimes in the Arena Gym
Bryan Mortell and Jack Grimes in the Arena Gym


Adam Greaney and Cameron Wright enjoying Wii-Wednesday in Grandin
Adam Greaney and Cameron Wright enjoying Wii-Wednesday in Grandin


The Winners of the Soccer Tournament
The Winners of the Soccer Tournament


Ethan Kirwan Star Goalie and Michael O Brien player of the soccer tournament
Ethan Kirwan Star Goalie and Michael O Brien player of the soccer tournament


Ms Audrey Cussen taking on John English in a game of table tennis
Ms Audrey Cussen taking on John English in a game of table tennis


No hard feelings for Ms Creed after she was narrowly defeated by Mr Hegarty in the table tennis final
No hard feelings for Ms Creed after she was narrowly defeated by Mr Hegarty in the table tennis final


Students engaging in Sound Bath as part of mindfullness during Active Week
Students engaging in Sound Bath as part of mindfullness during Active Week


Some of our 1st Year students about to 'walk a mile with a smile'
Some of our 1st Year students about to ‘walk a mile with a smile’

Alan Wallace and Shane Scanlon on the obstacle course
Alan Wallace and Shane Scanlon on the obstacle course

European Action Week Against Racism

May 16, 2019

European Action Week Against Racism was the 16th to the 24th of March 2019 as part of CSPE.

A poster competition was organised by Ms. Griffin and the CSPE Department to promote Anti-Racism.

Winners of anti-racism poster from Rang Katie: Dylan O’Connor & Jasmine Salamah
Winners of anti-racism poster from Rang Katie: Dylan O’Connor & Jasmine Salamah

Winners from Rang Kenneth: Ibrahim Khalil Ur Rahman & Camily De Oliveria.
Winners from Rang Kenneth: Ibrahim Khalil Ur Rahman & Camily De Oliveria.

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

Rayse the Game Programme

March 28, 2019

Desmond College was delighted to invite Ray Langan, study skills coach and motivational speaker where he covered key topics relevant to young people including:

  • goal setting,
  • attitude,
  • self-motivation,
  • independent decision making,
  • organisation skills,
  • scheduling, study skills,
  • note-taking,
  • memory techniques,
  • gamification of school work,
  • well-being
  • and stress management.

Amy O Shea and Alice Duffy enjoying the ‘Rayse the Game’ study skills programme
Amy O’Shea and Alice Duffy enjoying the ‘Rayse the Game’ study skills programme

Dylan Lenihan Neville and Gavin Massey enjoying the 'Rayse the Game' study skills programme
Dylan Lenihan Neville and Gavin Massey enjoying the ‘Rayse the Game’ study skills programme

Desmond College enjoying the 'Rayse the Game' study skills programme
Desmond College enjoying the ‘Rayse the Game’ study skills programme

2nd and 3rd Year students enjoying the 'Rayse the Game' study skills programme
2nd and 3rd Year students enjoying the ‘Rayse the Game’ study skills programme

Desmond College Transition Year Students Collect
Much Needed Funds For The Irish Heart Foundation

March 7, 2019

Billy Cunningham and Daniel O'Sullivan fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Billy Cunningham and Daniel O’Sullivan fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation

Marcelina Krzywdainska and Joanne Lai fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Marcelina Krzywdainska and Joanne Lai fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation

Victoria Brouder and Cormac Browne fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Victoria Brouder and Cormac Browne fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation

Dan Mocanu and Cian Mason fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Dan Mocanu and Cian Mason fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation

Cian Nolan and Nathan Wright fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Cian Nolan and Nathan Wright fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation

Conor Fox and Megan Romo fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Conor Fox and Megan Romo fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation

Anna Da Silva and Alanis Leen fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Anna Da Silva and Alanis Leen fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation

European Erasmus Programme

March 6, 2019

The Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board hosted a number of teachers from other European Countries as part of the European Erasmus Programme. As part of the teachers’ visit, they were invited to Desmond College to get an insight into the positive atmosphere and the excellent teaching and learning environment that our students and staff are part of.

Mr José Goterris Carratalá (music teacher from Spain) playing some Irish trad music with students from Desmond College on his visit to the school as part of a European Erasmus Programme.
Mr José Goterris Carratalá (music teacher from Spain) playing some Irish trad music with students from Desmond College on his visit to the school as part of a European Erasmus Programme.

Desmond College Trad Group entertain visiting teachers on European Erasmus Programme
Desmond College Trad Group entertain visiting teachers on European Erasmus Programme

Visiting teachers to Desmond College as part of Erasmus European Project
Visiting teachers to Desmond College as part of Erasmus European Project

Holocaust Education Trust Ireland

February 21, 2019

Desmond College was delighted to welcome Ann O Reilly from HETI, the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland. Ann provided TY, 5th and 6th year students with a very educational, insightful and interesting presentation on the Holocaust.

Amy O'Sullivan, Muireann Dooley, Cian Mason, Sean Salamah with Ms Nicola White and Ann O'Reilly from HETI
Amy O Sullivan, Muireann Dooley, Cian Mason, Sean Salamah with Ms Nicola White and Ann O Reilly from HETI

Wellbeing Wednesday in Rang Grandin

February 20, 2019

Students in Rang Grandin visited Gorboy Horticultural Centre and the local library to view an Art Exhibition with Ms O Connor as part of Wellbeing Wednesday.

AJ Dee at Gorboy Horticultural Centre
AJ Dee at Gorboy Horticultural Centre

AJ Dee and Alan Wallace admiring the Art Exhibition in the local Library
AJ Dee and Alan Wallace admiring the Art Exhibition in the local Lbrary

Wellbeing Wednesday In Desmond College

February 14, 2019

Students from Rang Grandin enjoying their therapeutic colouring as part of wellbeing Wednesday
Students from Rang Grandin enjoying their therapeutic colouring as part of wellbeing Wednesday

Wellbeing Wednesday in Rang Grandin
Wellbeing Wednesday in Rang Grandin

Students from Rang Grandin enjoying their therapeutic colouring as part of wellbeing Wednesday
Students from Rang Grandin enjoying their therapeutic colouring as part of wellbeing Wednesday

Anois Leadership Programme

February 7, 2019

A number of Transition Year students took part in the Anois Leadership Programme organised by the Diocese of Limerick. The students had a fantastic week and benefited hugely from it. Their leaders described them as “a really talented group that kept us singing and dancing all week”.

Melissa Flaherty, Cormac Browne, Nathan Wright, Cian Mason, Fiona Kelly, Mary Sexton, Melisa Lestrani and Kayla McMahon
Melissa Flaherty, Cormac Browne, Nathan Wright, Cian Mason, Fiona Kelly, Mary Sexton, Melisa Lestrani and Kayla McMahon

Visit to Brothers of Charity in Bawnmore

February 1, 2019

On Friday the 18th of January, a selection of the cast of Desmond College’s production of “Thank You for The Music: Our Mamma Mia Story” journeyed to the Brothers of Charity in Bawnmore, Co. Limerick to perform an abridged version of the show for the service users.

This abridged version of the story was designed to give the service users who could not make the show a taste of what it was like to see the show when it was performed.

Having practiced over the last few weeks, the cast drove out especially to the venue and performed a 40 minute show that included all of the major songs tied together with narration. The cast were delighted to be given the opportunity to help give the service users some entertainment.

It was clear that the show got a great response from its audience who enjoyed the show throughout and thanked the cast personally at the end and gave it glowing reviews and couldn’t wait for another performance.

The cast put a lot of time and effort into making sure that the abridged version was just as good and enjoyable as the original and to make sure that the service users had a memorable and enjoyable experience that they won’t soon forget.

Some of the cast of 'Mamma Mia' performing in the Brothers of Charity BawnmoreSome of the cast of 'Mamma Mia' performing in the Brothers of Charity Bawnmore

Some of the cast of ‘Mamma Mia’ performing in the Brothers of Charity Bawnmore

Some of the cast of 'Mamma Mia' performing in the Brothers of Charity Bawnmore

Some of the cast of ‘Mamma Mia’ performing in the Brothers of Charity Bawnmore

Darragh Collins as part of the cast of 'Mamma Mia' performing in the Brothers of Charity Bawnmore
Darragh Collins as part of the cast of ‘Mamma Mia’ performing in the Brothers of Charity Bawnmore

Waste Wise: “Plastic is NOT Fantastic’’

January 22, 2019

Desmond College reducing plastic waste, helping the environment, and getting healthy
In our quest to encourage best practice in recycling, the Student Council saw an opportunity to reduce the amount of plastic waste that was flowing through our school everyday.

Each day, both staff and students were going through over 400 plastic water bottles. A huge percentage of these water bottles were not empty and were being littered around the school. Not only were we wasting copious amounts of drinkable water, the bottles were being carelessly discarded.

The Student Council monitored this issue and identified that reducing the use of plastics bottles was necessary for Desmond College to play a part in reducing our carbon footprint. Upon working in collaboration with school management, a resolution ensued.

Two fountains, which produce fresh, ice-cold water were introduced to the students and staff. To encourage the reduction in plastic waste, each member of the school community was given a free refillable water bottle.

Even though, this initiative has only been in existence for a short time, there has already been a dramatic decrease in the amount of plastic waste in the school. Also, because the water is so fresh from the fountain, students are drinking even more water.

We want our students to be aware of the effect plastic has on our environment. The free plastic water bottle initiative has received great interest among both staff and students.

Have you got the bottle?

Tomás White, Patrick O Grady and William Ahern showing off their new refillable water bottles
Tomás White, Patrick O Grady and William Ahern showing off their new refillable water bottles

New environmentally friendly water filling machine in Desmond College
New environmentally friendly water filling machine

Jack Kelly, Dominic Scanlon and Nathan Shanahan
Jack Kelly, Dominic Scanlon and Nathan Shanahan

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.

Transition Year learn CPR

December 10, 2018

The Transition Year students as part of their science module and wellbeing learned how to carry out CPR with the help of Ms.Culhane.

Dec 2018: Ms Culhane demonstrating to the Transition Year students how to carry our CPR
Ms Culhane demonstrating to the Transition Year students how to carry our CPR

Dec 2018: Transition Year students practicing the technique of CPR
Transition Year students practicing the technique of CPR

Dec 2018: Transition Year students practicing the technique of CPR
Transition Year students practicing the technique of CPR