September 23, 2013



2nd March 2016: Desmond College Students Allan Wallace and Chloe O'Riordan, 2nd year students, who won in the Limerick Fair Trade Poster Competition

Chloe O’Riordan (2nd Year) and Alan Wallace (2nd Year) were prize winners in the recent Limerick Fairtrade Poster Competition.

Alan won First prize overall for his poster on the topic of Fairtrade. Alan along with his family attended the Launch of Fairtrade Fortnight in the Limerick County Council Chamber, Dooradoyle on March 2nd where he was presented with his award by the Lord Mayor of Limerick, various representatives from Fairtrade Ireland along with Jan O’ Sullivan, TD.

Well done to both students.

2nd March 2016: Desmond College 2nd Year Student Alan Wallace receives his award for overall first prize Fairtrade poster, from Jan O'Sullivan TD 2nd March 2016: Desmond College Students Allan Wallace and Chloe O'Riordan, 2nd year students, who won in the Limerick Fair Trade Poster Competition 2nd March 2016: Desmond college Allan Wallace with his family receiving his prize for winning overall first prize at the Launch of FairTrade Fornight in Limerick County Council Chamber


Desmond College students won a prize in Fairtrade Christmas Card Competition 2012.
View the students with Mayor Gerry McLoughlin at City Hall in a photo by Dave Gaynor and article by Niamh Dillon on the Limerick Leader website.

Limerick Leader article about the Fairtrade Christmas Card Competition 2012


The Transition Year students from Desmond College have attended two mini company competitions in recent weeks. Four mini company groups travelled to the Vienna Hotel in Cork to take part in the “Get up and Go” Transition Year Competition.

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The four mini companies were:

  • “Funky Frames”
  • “West Limerick Secret Millionaire”
  • “Chimney Turbine”
  • “Calving Jackers”.

On the day of the competition, students spoke to various judges and explained their business concepts, the marketing campaigns they undertook to promote their businesses and the financial accounts of their companies.

The students were successful in winning two categories:

  • 1st prize for Sustainability with the “Chimney Turbine”
  • 3rd prize for Innovation with the “Calving Jackers”

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The following week the students took part in the Limerick County Enterprise Board Competition in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. On this day, six groups travelled from Desmond College.

This initiative is designed to encourage students to take a business idea from market research and follow through to production. Students also gained experience in selling and record keeping management. Finally, they had to write a comprehensive business plan detailing their activities. These groups competed in the senior category along with “Timpeallacht” who cleverly devised an alternative repellent to Wasps.

The “Calving Jackers” won best innovative product while “The Slurry Wise” competed in the Intermediate category. They also won this category and will now proudly represent Limerick County Enterprise Board at the National Final in Croke Park on the 19th of April.

Best of Luck to all!




Desmond College first year student accepting his award as winner in the Tidy Towns category of the SuperValu West Limerick Tourism Schools Photography Competition.

Pictured also with other participating students and CSPE teacher, Ms. Margaret O’Connor at the Awards Ceremony in Desmond Complex.

Desmond College winner of the SuperValu Photography Competition