Music

In 2011 Music was introduced into Desmond College as a subject for both Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate.

There has been fantastic interest from students of all years. Many new extracurricular activities have been setup including the Desmond College Trad Group and the Glee club.

Students have been involved in other activities such as the choir and various bands to name a few. The annual event “The Desmond Factor” has shown the amount of musical talent that Desmond College has to offer and students have welcomed the music department with open arms. The band Apex performed during the interval of the “Fashion Show”.

Music Students volunteering at the nursing home by Entertaining them with some music, song and dance Music Students volunteering at the nursing home by Entertaining them with some music, song and dance Working with Musical Instruments during Desmond College Music Class Desmond College Students Collaborating Around the Piano in Music Class
Enjoying Playing the Violin during Music Class in Desmond College Learning to Play Music Together during Desmond College Music Class
Students from Desmond College working in Groups during Music Class Desmond College Students in discussion during Music Class
Desmond College Student playing the bodhrán during Music Class Playing Bag Pipes during Music Class in Desmond College Desmond College Music Students Playing Piano Desmond College Music Students
Desmond College Student strumming a guitar during Music Class

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2015 – 2016

Desmond College and Gaelcolaiste Ui Chonba
Perform at 1916 Commemoration

Feb 2016: Desmond College and Gaelcolaiste Ui Chonba students pictured with the Lord Mayor of Limerick after they performed at the 1916 commemoration in Castlemahon.
Feb 2016: Desmond College and Gaelcolaiste Ui Chonba students pictured with the Lord Mayor of Limerick after they performed at the 1916 commemoration in Castlemahon.

Feb 2016: Desmond College students Brian Mortell, Laoise Curtain and Trad Group An Draiocht performing at the Castlemahon 1916 commemoration concert
Feb 2016: Desmond College students Brian Mortell, Laoise Curtin and Trad Group An Draiocht performing at the Castlemahon 1916 commemoration concert.

Feb 2016: Johnny Hunt Desmond College pictured centre with members of the Hunt Family performing at the 1916 celebrations in Castlemahon Community Centre
Feb 2016: Johnny Hunt Desmond College pictured centre with members of the Hunt Family performing at the 1916 celebrations in Castlemahon Community Centre.

Feb 2016: James O Connor Leaving Cert student in Desmond College and gifted Bodhran player pictured  at the 1916 commemoration celebration in Castlemahon Community Centre
Feb 2016: James O Connor, Leaving Cert student in Desmond College and gifted Bodhran player, pictured at the 1916 commemoration celebration in Castlemahon Community Centre.

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2014 – 2015

Music in Desmond College

2013 – 2014

Stars, Choirs and Carols

The School Choir along with a number of teachers and under the direction of Ms Jude Keane and Ms Heather McCarthy took part in Stars Choirs and Carols in Croke Park. This event was organised in an attempt to break a world record for having the largest number of people singing carols together.

Proceeds from the event all went to local charities. Unfortunately they failed to break the record but had a great time trying! The event was hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan, with guest appearance by Louis Walsh.

 

Trad Group

Desmond College Trad Music Group_
The Desmond College Trad Group recorded a CD this week to enter the Siansa Gael Linn Competition.

The group consists of James O’Connor (bodhran), Brian Harnett (guitar), Jack O’Connor (Cajon), Patrick Moriarty (Button accordion), Diarmuid Curtin (concertina, vocals), Laoise Curtin (fiddle) and Katie Nugent (concertina). The recording consists of a selection of jigs, polkas, air, song and reels. The jig was composed by Laoise Curtin.

Listen and enjoy!!!!!

 

Desmond College Trad Group Raises the Roof for Trocaire

trad for trocaire 1st Oct 2013 at Desmond College_
The Desmond College Trad Group performed at a lunchtime concert held in Desmond College on the 01 Oct 2013 in aid of Trócaire. Both students and staff contributed generously to this fantastic cause raising a phenomenal amount for a school. The atmosphere in the college was electric and both the performers and audience had a lunchtime with a difference!!

As this week is also Positive Aging Week, the trad group visited St. Ita’s Nursing Home and played for the residence. Both the residence and staff were thrilled with the performance and are looking forward to more visits from the Desmond College Music Department through the year.

2013 October 1st: traditional music at desmond college

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Glee Club 2011/2012 performing at Desmond College Fashion ShowThe Band "Apex" performing at Fashion Show 2012Desmond College Trad Group
Music Students in Desmond College Newcastle West Co Limerick