Friends For Life Programme

November 28, 2017

This week as part of the “Friends for Life Programme” students from First and Second Year created a pic collage that included positive tips and ways to change negative thinking around exam time to a more positive one.

These posters have been placed around the school and there is also a display on the library windows in the main reception area for all students to see.

Please have a read in preparation for your Christmas exams.

Remember let’s change those red thoughts (unhelpful thoughts) to green thoughts (helpful thoughts) and let’s do our very best to prepare for our Christmas exams. Thanks to all the students involved who put time and effort into this positive poster display that will benefit all students in Desmond College in preparation for exams.

Ms Creed and Ms Barry

A Pic Collage created by the students involved in the Friends for Life Programme
A Pic Collage created by the students involved in the Friends for Life Programme


Students involved in the friends for life programme
Students involved in the friends for life programme – Eimear Quirke, Aaron Enright, Katelyn O’Sullivan, AJ Dee, Lydia Murphy and Clodagh Flatley

College Awareness Week

November 27, 2017


Senior students enjoying a talk from the Social Sciences department from UCC
Senior students enjoying a talk from the Social Sciences department from UCC


Shauna Upton from sogeti speaking to Desmond College students about STEM CAREERS AND COLLEGE COURSES
Shauna Upton from Sogeti speaking to Desmond College students about STEM CAREERS AND COLLEGE COURSES


Students enjoying information presentation from Evelyn O'Brien from Griffith college celebrating COLLEGE AWARENESS WEEK
Students enjoying information presentation from Evelyn O’Brien from Griffith college celebrating COLLEGE AWARENESS WEEK


6th year and TY students inspired by a talk from Adrian O'Brien on careers in fitness and wellbeing.
6th year and TY students inspired by a talk from Adrian O’Brien on careers in fitness and wellbeing.

Girls Basketball Blitz Thursday 16th November

November 21, 2017

Desmond College hosted a First and Second Year girls Basketball Blitz as part of the ‘Limerick Schools Basketball League’ on Thursday 16th November 2017.

An exciting day in Desmond College, with all games being very close and the teams were equally matched in ability and performance.

All teams showed great heart and determination and excellent sportsmanship. Desmond College results were as follows:

1st Year Desmond College VS Pallaskenry 16-01
1st Year Desmond VS Askeaton 08-13
2nd Year Desmond VS Askeaton 8-10
2nd Year Desmond VS Pallaskenry 11-12

Catherine Creed & Aisling Ryan (team coaches)


Nov 2017: Desmond College First Year Basketball Team
Desmond College First Year Basketball Team


Nov 2017: Desmond College Second Year Basketball Team
Desmond College Second Year Basketball Team

Desmond College Raise much need funds for Sudan

November 20, 2017

Desmond College held a non-uniform day to raise much needs funds for Sudan.

Bridget Philips, a past pupil of Desmond College, will travel to Sudan and volunteer as a nurse. The money raised will go towards getting vaccines for children.


Nov 2017: Desmond College Students pictured with Bridget Philips (past pupil) who will travel to Sudan and Volunteer as a nurse
Mairéad Ryan, Yvonne Leahy and Victoria Brouder pictured with Bridget Philips (past pupil) who will travel to Sudan and Volunteer as a nurse.

Primary Science Fair

November 20, 2017

Desmond College Science Department are currently working with a number of Primary Schools in West Limerick providing assistance and guidance in putting together a Science Fair Project.

Below are pictures of the sixth class students in Shanagolden National School who are comparing the Vitamin C of food before and after cooking.


Nov 2017: The Sixth Class students in Shanagolden National School along with Ms Culhane and Ms Corkery Desmond College Teachers
The Sixth Class students in Shanagolden National School along with Ms Culhane and Ms Corkery Desmond College


Nov 2017: Some of the students in Shanagolden National School discussing their science fair investigation in Desmond College Post Primary School
Some of the students in Shanagolden National School discussing their science fair investigation

Amazing Success for Desmond College at the National SciFest Finals

November 20, 2017

Dylan Moloney & Thomas Curtin, two 5th year students in Desmond College with their invention “Height Adjustable Crutch” won The Berlin Long Night of Science Award Trophy and an all-expenses-paid trip for the winning student(s) and their teacher to attend the Long Night of Science in Berlin in June 2018.

Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The student’s project is an innovative crutch that can be adjusted using a gas powered cylinder to enable the user get into and out of a seating position more easily, thus reducing the potential of further injury.

The two Desmond College, students from Newcastle West invented this product when Dylan injuring his leg in a soccer match. They enhanced their product by including additional features such as a cup holder, the device comes with a useful instruction manual translated into five other European languages.

The students also received an award from Boston Scientist for their invention, they had previously won both the Boston Scientific and Abbot awards at the regional Sciefest finals held in LIT last May, organised by LIT, Scifest and Marie Walsh.

At the finals held in Dublin, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton said:

“We live in a rapidly changing world and our education system must respond by equipping our young people with the skills and knowledge to thrive in such an environment.

That is why I have placed such an emphasis on the teaching and learning of STEM in my role as Minister, as part of my overall ambition to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe within a decade.

Indeed, I will shortly launch a comprehensive STEM plan which will outline how my Department proposes to ignite a passion for the STEM subjects in all students.

The STEM subjects are crucial for equipping our young people with creativity, adaptability, problem-solving and critical thinking– skills which are so important for their future.

SciFest is an excellent initiative that supports and enhances what we are trying to do at a government level and I am very impressed by the standard of projects displayed here today and the amount of work that students and of course, teachers and parents have put in to each and every one.”

Nov 2017: Desmond College students at the SciFest national Awards
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney at the SciFest National Finals


Minister Bruton & Desmond College Students: Nov 2017: Desmond College students at the SciFest national Awards
Dyan Moloney Sheila Porter (CEO SciFest), Thomas Curtin, Richard Bruton (Minister for Education and Science) and George Porter (SciFest)


Nov 2017: Desmond College students at the SciFest national Awards
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney with Dr Jennifer Cleary presenting the Night of Science Award


Nov 2017: Desmond College students at the SciFest national Awards
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney receiving their Award from Richie O Sullivan