Desmond College Chess Club

December 12, 2018

A chess club is available to all students in Desmond College. It takes place every Wednesday at lunchtime in the school library.

Evan Condon and AJ Dee enjoying a chess game at lunchtime
Evan Condon and AJ Dee enjoying a chess game at lunchtime

LCETB Bouldering Competition

December 11, 2018

Congratulations to Martin McDonagh who came 2nd and Leon Lenihan who came 3rd in the LCETB Bouldering Competition.

December 2018: Martin McDonagh and Leon Lenihan winners at the LCETB Bouldering Competition
Martin McDonagh and Leon Lenihan winners at the LCETB Bouldering Competition

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

LCETB Schools Bouldering Competition

December 7, 2018

Some of our First Years took part in the LCETB schools bouldering competition in Kilfinnane Outdoor Education Centre on Thursday 29th Nov.

Nov 2018: Some of Desmond College First Year students taking part in the LCETB schools bouldering competition
Some of Desmond College First Year students taking part in the LCETB schools bouldering competition.


Nov 2018: Some of Desmond College First Year students taking part in the LCETB schools bouldering competition
Some of Desmond College First Year students taking part in the LCETB schools bouldering competition.

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

Irish Times: Desmond College Students recognised for Innovation

December 6, 2018

“Dark country roads can be a dangerous spot for cyclists. With no designated cycle lanes it can pose a challenge not only for the riders but drivers too. Two students from Desmond College in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, have addressed the situation with CycleSafe2000. Breda Magner and Evan Condon have created a product that mimics a cycle lane with the use of lasers.

“We decided that the best way to create something like that would be to get two lasers and put them on the back of the bike – we saw that when the bike was in motion it created a cycle lane.

“We had to make it water resistant and put a battery into it, so we created a cylinder where the battery and all the lights and electronics could go into it,” says Magner. “We had to find things that would be able to attach it on as well, so we found these elastic straps on the internet. We did a lot of trial and error, but eventually, we got what we wanted, and we found our finished products.”

Born out of a transition-year enterprise project, the pair are now in talks with an electric bike company which is considering CycleSafe2000 for all its products. They are also now looking further afield than the classroom for their manufacturing needs.

“We wanted to make safety front and centre of our products, regardless of the money we make – we always wanted it to be about safety. We gave it to a few of our friends who are part of a cycling club, they tested it out. When we give out our instructions to our customers we always say to have your feet hip-width apart and then you angle your lights down to your shoes and once you do that you create the line behind you. That line won’t distract any road-users.”
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Desmond College students in the Irish Times