A publication to be launched later this year will chronicle the sporting achievements of a Newcastle West school.

In 1934 the Vocational School opened its doors to students from West Limerick. Eighty years on, the Old Vocational School, now named Desmond College, has developed into a state of the art campus with professional sporting facilities serving over five hundred students from the town and surrounding areas. To mark this momentous year, a celebration was recently held to formally open the college’s new playing-pitch facility.

Coinciding with this opening and anniversary, a publication is being compiled by a group of dedicated retired teachers, focusing primarily on the sporting happenings between 1934 and 2014 at the school. This task began as a humble document, and has grown into a comp-rehensive account of the sporting achievements, and near misses, of those eight memorable decades.

The group would like to open the process to all past pupils and parents in the locality to submit any memories in this regard, be they typed or in the form of a photograph (with names), addressed to the editor Pat O’Connor at Desmond College.

All submissions will be considered for inclusion and will stand to enrich and inform this important account of the school’s history. This limited publication is not to be missed and will be a treasure for any student or parent involved in the school community in years gone by.

It will be on sale in the school and local shops from November 2014. Pre- orders may be made at the school reception from 1st September.