Wellbeing

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

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas……

December 6, 2018

Our Transition Year students under the guidance of Ms O Brien designed a Christmas tree out of books
Our Transition Year students under the guidance of Ms O Brien designed a Christmas tree out of books

Students in Rang Grandin getting into the festive spirit
Students in Rang Grandin getting into the festive spirit

Christmas tree with a little creativity from our Art Department #star #Luimineach Abú
Christmas tree with a little creativity from our Art Department #star #Luimineach Abú

Limerick Youth Service Research Project

November 25, 2018

Well done to the 2nd and 5th-year students who participated in the Limerick Youth Service Research Workshop!


Nov 2018: 2nd year students who participated in the Limerick Youth Service Research Workshop!
5th-year students who participated in the Limerick Youth Service Research Workshop


Nov 2018: 5th year students who participated in the Limerick Youth Service Research Workshop!
2nd-year students who participated in the Limerick Youth Service Research Workshop

TY Tae Kwon Do class

October 26, 2018


Oct 2018: Desmond College Transition Year students participate in a Tae Kwon Do class


Oct 2018: Desmond College Transition Year students participate in a Tae Kwon Do class


Oct 2018: Desmond College Transition Year students participate in a Tae Kwon Do class


Oct 2018: Desmond College Transition Year students participate in a Tae Kwon Do class


Oct 2018: Desmond College Transition Year students participate in a Tae Kwon Do class

TY Collect for ISA

October 17, 2018


October 2018: Desmond College students collect for ISA (Irish Society for Autism)


October 2018: Desmond College students collect for ISA (Irish Society for Autism)


October 2018: Desmond College students collect for ISA (Irish Society for Autism)


October 2018: Desmond College students collect for ISA (Irish Society for Autism)


October 2018: Desmond College students collect for ISA (Irish Society for Autism)

Desmond College and The Brothers of Charity
Start Another Year of New Friendships

September 14, 2018

Each year Desmond College, Newcastle West Transition Year class are invited to form new and exciting friendships with the service users in the Brothers of Charity Newcastle West.

The Transition Years are welcomed on the first week of term and are toured around the facility. They then have the unique opportunity of having a day to experience the day-to-day life of the service users needs. They are taught how to help and respond to all the people they meet under the direction of Mike Sheahan and his colleagues.

Sept 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students and Brothers of Charity service users

The friendship between the school and Brothers of Charity has proven to have a positive effect on all involved.

The Transition Years will have the opportunity to complete work experience and organise different events for their new friends.

The service users of the Brothers of Charity reap the rewards by having new and young faces around the centre, showing assistance in their activities. Desmond College Transition Years also invite their friends in the Brothers of Charity to celebratory events in the school. Friendships are formed and last for years.