Student Enterprise 2019

April 3, 2019

50 different mini-companies from 16 different schools across Limerick City & County descended on the South Court Hotel on March 26th for the annual Limerick Enterprise Office – Student Enterprise Awards.

Desmond College was represented by 1st Years, Tara Danaher & Josh Dore who won 2nd place in the Junior Section with “The Empty Chair Company”.

Aine Murphy, Lauren Ambrose, and Lucy Flaherty (all second years) won 1st Place in the Intermediate Section with their company “Hy Geeenie”.

TY students, Oisin O’Sullivan, and Conor Fox, achieved a Highly Commended in the Senior Section with “Sigigraph” and Melissa Flaherty and Ciara Brouder won 1st place in the senior section with “Safety Harness Attachment”.

Megan Roma and Victoria Brouder also took park with their company “6Teen Skincare”.

1st Place winners go on to represent Limerick in the All Ireland Student Enterprise Finals in Croke Park in May.

Desmond College's Aine Murphy, Lauren Ambrose and Lucy Flaherty all second year students won 1st Place in the Intermediate Section with their company Hy Geeenie at Student Enterprise 2019
Aine Murphy, Lauren Ambrose and Lucy Flaherty all second year students won 1st Place in the Intermediate Section with their company Hy Geeenie at Student Enterprise 2019

Desmond College's Oisin O' Sullivan and Conor Fox achieved a Highly Commended in the Senior Section with ‘Sigigraph’ at Student Enterprise 2019
Oisin O’Sullivan and Conor Fox achieved a Highly Commended in the Senior Section with ‘Sigigraph’ at Student Enterprise 2019

Desmond College's Megan Roma and Victoria Brouder, Transition Year students at Student Enterprise 2019
Megan Roma and Victoria Brouder, Transition Year students at Student Enterprise 2019

Desmond College's Melissa Flaherty and Ciara Brouder won 1st place in the senior section with "Safety Harness Attachment" at Student Enterprise 2019
Melissa Flaherty and Ciara Brouder won 1st place in the senior section with “Safety Harness Attachment” at Student Enterprise 2019

Business – TY Academy

April 2, 2019

The Bank of Ireland TY academy helps students to develop their critical thinking, communication, problem-solving skills and to provide practical guidance using the lean canvas methodology to start up their own business.

Desmond College had five transition Years selected to take part in the Limerick/Clare/Tipperary Regional Round of the TY Academy: Oisin O’Sullivan, Dylan O’Shea, Melissa Flaherty, Fiona Kelly, and Victoria Brouder.

As part of the academy, students work on a business problem with students from other schools. Over the course of three days, they explore the areas of enterprise and innovation, and learn how to pitch their proposals in a “Dragon’s Den” environment.

The Lean Canvas methodology used by many start-up companies provides students with the tools necessary to generate their business plan and launch their idea. Students can also learn how to build a website or develop an app.

The All-Ireland finals will take place on the 9th of May in Dublin and Limerick/Clare/Tipperary will be represented by a team of 4 comprising of two students from Desmond College, Fiona Kelly, and Dylan O’Shea.

An honourable mention was reserved for “Man of the Match” or the hardest working student of the week, Oisin O’Sullivan, also from Desmond College.

Congratulation to the five students for representing our school with pride and distinction, many thanks to all the mentors who assisted the students during the week with a special mention to Bank of Ireland for sponsoring and organising it.

2019, March: Oisin O'Sullivan, Dylan O'Shea, Melissa Flaherty, Fiona Kelly and Victoria Brouder at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy
Oisin O’Sullivan, Dylan O’Shea, Melissa Flaherty, Fiona Kelly and Victoria Brouder at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy

2019, March: Oisin O'Sullivan ‘Man of the Match’ at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy
Oisin O’Sullivan ‘Man of the Match’ at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy

2019, March: Fiona Kelly and Dylan O'Shea through to the All Ireland Final of the Bank of Ireland TY Academy taking place on 9th May.
Fiona Kelly and Dylan O’Shea through to the All Ireland Final of the Bank of Ireland TY Academy taking place on 9th May.

Agricultural Science Farm Walk at Pallaskenry Agricultural College

March 29, 2019

The 5th and 6th Year Agricultural Science students went to Pallaskenry Agricultural College on Wednesday 20th March to carry out a farm walk as part of the Ag Science syllabus. The students got a practical, hands-on insight into life on the farm.

Jason Corbett and Bobby Donovan in Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Jason Corbett and Bobby Donovan in Pallaskenry Agricultural College

Chloe Walsh, Edel O'Connor and Yvonne Leahy at Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Chloe Walsh, Edel O’Connor, and Yvonne Leahy at Pallaskenry Agricultural College

Sean Barrett on a farm walk at Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Sean Barrett on a farm walk at Pallaskenry Agricultural College

Desmond College Agricultural Science Students at a Farm Walk in Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Desmond College Agricultural Science Students at a Farm Walk in Pallaskenry Agricultural College

GAA Coaching Course

March 29, 2019

A number of 5th and 6th Year students received their certificates for successfully completing the GAA Foundation Coaching Course under the guidance of Ms.Ryan.

Aoife Corbett receiving her certificate for successfully completing the GAA Foundation Coaching Course
Aoife Corbett receiving her certificate for successfully completing the GAA Foundation Coaching Course

Dylan Moloney, Michéal Murphy and David O'Donovan receiving their certificate for successfully completing the GAA Foundation Coaching Course
Dylan Moloney, Michéal Murphy and David O’Donovan receiving their certificate for successfully completing the GAA Foundation Coaching Course

Jason Ryan, Emmett Wren and Calvin Wolohan receiving their certificates for successfully completing the GAA Foundation Coaching Course
Jason Ryan, Emmett Wren and Calvin Wolohan receiving their certificates for successfully completing the GAA Foundation Coaching Course

Thomas Curtin, Alice Duffy, Tiernan Mason, Amy O'Shea and Hannah McMahon receiving their certificates for successfully completing the GAA Foundation Coaching Course
Thomas Curtin, Alice Duffy, Tiernan Mason, Amy O’Shea and Hannah McMahon receiving their certificates for successfully completing the GAA Foundation Coaching Course

Rayse the Game Programme

March 28, 2019

Desmond College was delighted to invite Ray Langan, study skills coach and motivational speaker where he covered key topics relevant to young people including:

  • goal setting,
  • attitude,
  • self-motivation,
  • independent decision making,
  • organisation skills,
  • scheduling, study skills,
  • note-taking,
  • memory techniques,
  • gamification of school work,
  • well-being
  • and stress management.

Amy O Shea and Alice Duffy enjoying the ‘Rayse the Game’ study skills programme
Amy O’Shea and Alice Duffy enjoying the ‘Rayse the Game’ study skills programme

Dylan Lenihan Neville and Gavin Massey enjoying the 'Rayse the Game' study skills programme
Dylan Lenihan Neville and Gavin Massey enjoying the ‘Rayse the Game’ study skills programme

Desmond College enjoying the 'Rayse the Game' study skills programme
Desmond College enjoying the ‘Rayse the Game’ study skills programme

2nd and 3rd Year students enjoying the 'Rayse the Game' study skills programme
2nd and 3rd Year students enjoying the ‘Rayse the Game’ study skills programme

Seachtain na Gaeilge Activities

March 27, 2019

Comhghairdeas mór to the first year students in Ms. O’Leary’s Irish class who took part in a Tráth an gCeist.

The winners were Alannah Heaslip, Nora O’Brien, and Iona Collins. Second place went to Leah Fitzpatrick, Patrick Ó’Grady, Josh Dore and Jan Fasicka.

Second place in the Tráth an gCeist in Ms O Leary’s class Leah Fitzpatrick, Patrick Ó Grady, Josh Dore and Jan Fasicka.
Second place in the Tráth an gCeist in Ms. O’Leary’s class Leah Fitzpatrick, Patrick Ó’Grady, Josh Dore, and Jan Fasicka.

Winners of the Tráth an gCeist in Ms O Leary’s class Alannah Heaslip, Nora O Brien and Iona Collins
Winners of the Tráth an gCeist in Ms. O’Leary’s class Alannah Heaslip, Nora O’Brien, and Iona Collins