Non Uniform Day Presentation to Chernobyl Project

April 2, 2014

Non Uniform Day 2014 Presentation to Catherine Kirby and Margaret Martin for Chernobyl Project

Presentation to Catherine Kirby and Margaret Martin for Chernobyl Project from Non Uniform Day.

Desmond College Transition Year “Walk the School Day”

April 8, 2013

On Friday 15th March 2013, the Desmond College Transition Years took part in a fundraising activities a 6.5 hour walk. The class set off at 9am and returned at 3.30 with tired legs but in great spirits. Congratulations to all that took part in the day – especially to the class mascot – Kirby the dog!

Desmond College says ‘No’ to Cyber-Bullying

February 8, 2013

Declan Benson from Desmond Credit Union, School Principal Vourneen Gavin Barry, Dr Maureen Griffin and students of Desmond College
On Wednesday 6th February Desmond College welcomed
Dr. Maureen Griffin of “Internet Safety for Schools Ireland”.

Dr Griffin, a leading expert in this area, spoke to students on the dangers of using social networking sites and ‘chatting online’. She also covered areas such as YouTube, online gaming, mobile phone safety and cyberbullying. DESMOND CREDIT UNION Newcastle West, standing true to their ethos of “giving back to the community’, helped to aid the cost of this event.

That evening, Dr Griffin gave a presentation to the parents of the school. This talk provided practical advice on how to protect children when they are online or using their mobile phone. The parent talk was not about blocking content online; it is more about teaching children how to be responsible when online, by making parents aware of the dangers and highlighting some practical tips.

Desmond College Parents’ Association kindly sponsored this invaluable presentation for parents. In this age of technology, the message from Dr Griffin for students and their parents, was to be sensible and careful when using technology and to implement the same precautions around safety when online, as they would implement in real life.

Photo: Declan Benson (Desmond Credit Union), Dr. Maureen Griffin (Internet Safety for Schools), Ms. Vourneen Gavin Barry (Principal of Desmond College) and students from Desmond College.

Mad Hatter and Mad Hair Day

September 29, 2012

A touch of madness came over students in Desmond College and Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba on Wednesday 26th September!

All students dressed up with ‘Mad Hair’ styles and wore ‘Mad Hats’ and casual clothes in order to raise money for the CARI Foundation and The Ark Unit in the Regional Hospital Limerick.

The students were invited to take part in the event by Newcastle West and District Lions Club who have strong links with Desmond College and have previously been involved in fund raising activities together. The event coincided with the 95FM ‘Stop Tour’. Many other local schools participated in the event. The students of Desmond College raised in excess of €500 for this worthy cause.

Thank you from the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox appeal!

March 14, 2012

Shoebox Appeal Thank Desmond College for their support

Desmond College Multicultural Week

March 8, 2012

Desmond College students’ interest in International cultures and traditions is alive and active in the school with the development of a new initiative, a week long range of educational activities especially dedicated to Multicultural Studies.

The brainchild of German and French teacher Ms. Meadhbh Nash and supported by many teachers, First Year students explored, researched and made presentations on various different cultures and traditions.

They enjoyed International cookery and tasting workshops, sports ‘country playoff’ matches and quiz competitions with a multicultural theme. The theme of the week helped develop students’ awareness, respect and inclusion of International cultures and traditions.

Cash for Clobber

March 7, 2012

Many thanks to the parents and Transition Year students who raised €1589 with Cash for Clobber and €1773 with a bag packing fundraiser.

The proceeds bought a Laptop for the Field Development raffle and supported our trip to the Young Scientist Exhibition.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

2011 Multicultural Week

November 23, 2011

First Year Students, along with their German teacher Ms. Meadhbh Nash, organised an extremely successful Multicultural Week in Desmond College.

The week started with a presentation to the whole school, by two of the group, over the intercom system, where details of the week were outlined and the reasons why we, in Desmond College, believe it is important to celebrate the diversity of culturals who attend our school.

During the week students learned about and celebrated the different cultures, through talks and presentations, all given by the students themselves to their own peers.

The event encouraged a sharing of ideas, it helped cultural knowledge and understanding and helped to build confidence.

Students took part in Sports and Quiz events, and enjoyed a delicious food tasting afternoon- without doubt the most popular event with both staff and students! We are already looking forward to next year! Well done to all involved!

Parents’ Association collect Cash for Clobber!

November 8, 2011

The Parents’ Association of Desmond College / Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba is undertaking a fundraising initiative for the school by having a New and Used Clothing Collection. Under this initiative …

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Rang Ailbhe’s Creative Anti-Bullying Solutions …

October 20, 2011

A random sample of Powerpoint Presentations as designed by our hard-working third year ICT students.

They not only created the slideshows but also confidently presented them to their peers as part of Desmond College’s anti-bullying campaign.

Well done to all!

(Click on slideshow to move to the next slide.)

Slideshow by Dominika and Lauren

Slideshow by Colin and Simon

Slideshow by Chris and Tom

Art Exhibition: In Association with West Limerick Mental Health Association

October 14, 2011

Desmond College hosted the first of its kind Art Exhibition/Competition on Monday 10th of October celebrating the beginning of a week-long awareness campaign about Positive Metal Health.

This event was jointly organised by volunteer members of West Limerick Mental Association and staff of Desmond College.

Ms Vourneen Gavin-Barry (Principal) began proceedings by welcoming community members, TY students, parents and teachers from Desmond College, Hazelwood College and Scoil Mhuire Agus Ide.

Eileen O’Sullivan judged the artwork and awarded prizes to all schools for their participation in this initiative.

Dan Sheehan and fellow musicians played traditional music entertaining all present. This music was punctuated by an address from the Chairperson of West Limerick Mental Health Association, Mary Browne.

It was followed by an inspiring speech by Seamus Hennessy who took time out to connect with the TY students on various aspects of their development as students and young adults. He went on to present prizes to the students for the fine artwork they developed in preparation for this worthy event.

National Famine Commemoration Day

September 14, 2011

First Year students, along with Transition Year students, stood for a minute’s silence in Desmond College on Friday 9th September, to mark National Famine Commemoration Day.

The TY class, under the direction of their teachers Margaret O’Mahony and Kerrie Collins organized the school event. It was a poignant and moving ceremony, as TY students commemorated the Great Famine in prose, poetry and song.

The Principal, Vourneen Gavin Barry, in calling for a minute’s silence, asked the students to remember not only the victims of the Great Famine of our own country, but also to give thought to those people living with famine today across the world.

National Famine Commemoration Day

Chess Initiative 2010-2011

August 9, 2011

JCSP 2010-2011 : Chess Initiative

Mr. O’Rahilly our in-house chess expert carried out a chess initiative with first years, Rang Bríd. This was something very new and exciting for Rang Bríd.

Students got to learn how to play chess, compete against each other and a selection of students when on to represent Desmond College in a recent school tournament.

This initiative had a very positive effect on Rang Bríd and students gained a lifelong skill by taking part.

Well done to everybody involved.


Animal Magic 2010-2011

August 9, 2011

On Thursday 9th of December Animal Magic paid a visit to Desmond College and in particular the students from Rang Bríd, Rang Aoghain and Rang Grace.

Yet again, Rosie from Animal Magic had students amazed with an array of animals, the students got to meet Frodo an Australian lizard, T-Rex an African lizard, Fiachra a Boa Constrictor snake, a giant Flemish Rabbit, a frog and a South American Hawk.

This was a very enjoyable and educational morning for all students involved.


Desmond College students participating in Cultural Awareness Week

August 8, 2011