April 21, 2017

Study Skills and CAO Talk

20th November 2017

Monday 20th November 2017 @ 7pm: Study Skills Talk
Desmond College are delighted to offer a Study Skills Talk for all Parents to give them the information on how to support their child in studying for examinations.

The presentation will be held in the school commencing at 7pm.
Monday 20th November 2017 @ 8pm: Information evening for 6th Year Parents

This meeting will give parents the information on applying to the CAO (colleges and Universities system).

The presentation will commence at 8pm.



Desmond College celebrates College Awareness Week 2017!

26th October 2017

Desmond College organises a week of activities and guest speakers to mark College Awareness Week.

  • The fourth annual College Awareness Week (CAW) is taking place from
    November 20th to November 26th 2017
  • The campaign promotes the benefits of a post-secondary plan for all, supports students to become ‘college ready’ and features local role models
  • For further information visit www.collegeaware.ie

We at Desmond College are delighted to be part of a nationwide campaign to promote the importance of post-secondary education. There are lots of options out there and College Awareness Week encourages people of all ages to consider further education as part of their future.

CAW aims to inspire and inform all students about the importance of having a post-secondary education plan. It advocates for students to have the choice to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities and dreams, whether that is a PLC qualification, an apprenticeship or a university degree.

CAW is supported by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Many other organisations such as The National Parents Council Post-Primary, the Irish Union of Second Level Students and Irish Business Employers Confederation have backed the campaign.

The inaugural CAW in 2014, the first of its kind in Ireland, was a runaway success with over 350 events in locations including schools, higher educational institutes, community centres and libraries. Last year’s campaign saw over 1,200 events and approximately 125,000 participants. CAW 2017 is expected to bring even more participants on board, with events from Malin Head to Mizen Head and a strong focus on communities where participation in Higher Education remains below average.

College Awareness Week gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of Perrigo, the Higher Education Authority, Trinity College Dublin and Solas, the Further Education and Training Authority, and commends their dedication to the betterment of communities and Irish society through enhanced educational experiences.

For more information on CAW, please visit www.collegeaware.ie

For further details please contact:
Kerrie Collins – Career and Guidance Counsellor in Desmond College

www.twitter.com/collegeaware @CollegeAware



Introduction to University

29th May 2017

Desmond College and Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba’s first Year students have been given the fantastic opportunity to learn about 3rd Level courses and colleges. After completion of the programme the group were awarded certificates for their effort and achievement from the University of Limerick.

May 2017: University of Limerick awards certificates to Desmond College first year students.



Second Year Orientation Trip to the University of Limerick

17th May 2017

On May 17th 2017, 20 Second Year students were invited to the University of Limerick to experience college life for a day. The students had great fun and excitement in a science workshop given by Conleth Hussey, a politics workshop by Maura Adshed and Limerick Corlaith na Og.

After the group were treated to lunch and had a tour of the UL facilities, they were impressed by a writing workshop with Lawerence Cleary followed by a thought provoking Computer Engineering workshop presented by Eoin O Connell.

May 2017: Desmond College Second Year Students who went on Orientation Trip to UL
Some of our second year students who went on an orientation
trip to the University of Limerick.




25th April 2017

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6th Year Parents Information Evening

14th November 2016

6th Year Parents Information Evening on Monday November 14th at 8pm. There will be a presentation with regard to the options for students after their Leaving Certificate, as well as information on the applications procedures. It is important that parents attend this information evening to enable them to fully support and provide guidance to the Leaving Certificate student.



STUDY SKILLS presentation for parents

14th November 2016

November 14th at 7pm there is a STUDY SKILLS presentation for parents. This will give parents useful and practical advice on how to support their teen to study. This presentation is open to all parents in the school.



Open Day in Institute of Technology Tralee – Friday 11th November

11h November 2016

Bus leaving Desmond College at 8.45.
Returns at 3.30pm.

Download information letter and consent form here .



NUI Galway Information Evening

10th November 2016

NUI Galway Information Evening – Ennis (Old Ground Hotel) Thursday 10th November 7 – 9pm. www.nuigalway.ie



UCC Parents Information Evening

8th November 2016

The next UCC Parents Information Evening will take place in the Aula Maxima on campus on Tuesday 8 November, 6-8pm. Three talks will cover general admissions and CAO information, student finance and careers. After the talks, parents will have the opportunity to talk to staff from each of UCC’s four Colleges and various student services.

Talk Time Speaker
6.00pm Admissions, entry requirements and the CAO Danielle Byrne, Admissions Office
6.20pm Student Finance Evan Healy, Student Budgetary Advisor
6.45pm Careers Brenda Nestor, Careers Service



CAO Opens

5th November 2016

CAO opens 5th November 2016. Click here to apply: https://www.cao.ie/apply.php