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Celebrating 125 Years ~ Gala Dinner

125 years of excellence in education is an occasion of celebration for all the wonderful people who have been part of Dominican College, originally on Eccles Street and now on Griffith Avenue.

We are delighted to announce a Gala Dinner will take place in The Great Hall, in Clontarf Castle Hotel on Friday 9th January, 2009 to mark this special occasion. This date is significant as it brings the 125th year celebrations to a close and commences the 25th year anniversary of the opening of the school on Griffith Avenue. This event hopes to bring together past students, past and present parents and staff, and friends of Dominican College.

The Gala Dinner promises to be a fantastic evening of dinner, dancing and reminiscing.  The evening will commence with a champagne reception at 7.00pm followed by dinner, a guest speaker and music.

Tickets are available at a cost €100 each. They may be obtained by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contacting the school at the above details.

When purchasing your ticket/s please contact the person indicated beside your relevant category.

Past Pupils of Eccles Street - Ms. Lorraine McCool

Past Pupils of Griffith Avenue - Mr. Joe Curry

Past Staff - Ms. Fiona Smyth

Past & Present Parents - Ms. Sharon Karpick

Present Staff - Ms. Catherine Corry

Board of Management - Ms. Bernie Murray

Tickets will be on sale from Monday November 10th 2008.

If you are interested in organising or booking a table of ten, please contact us immediately to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

We look forward to seeing you in Clontarf Castle for an enjoyable evening.

125th Gala Dinner Committee

Commemorative Album

A Commemorative Album on the History of Dominican College  
went on sale in the school on May 11th (Price €10).
Copies of the book can be purchased from the school after May 11th.
Phone 01-8376080 and we will post it to you.


Many thanks to all who made May 11th a great day in the history of the school. The beautiful mass, the atmosphere in the school and the fine weather were all that we could have hoped for.  It is our intention to use the goodwill evident on the day to build up a very vibrant past pupil dimension to our school life. After the summer we will be in touch again with plans for the next school year. In the meantime we would like past pupils to email us letting us know their date of graduation.  This will help us plan for the future and to keep in touch. Please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it   

RTE's Nationwide featuring Margaret Burke Sheridan

Recently RTE's Nationwide tv show featured Margaret Burke Sheridan, one of Dominican College's most famous past pupils. The show features La Sheridan's biographer Anne Chambers.
A link to the show can be found below:

http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/0611/nationwide.html

La Sheridan, as she became known to enthusiastic opera fans throughout Europe, was born Margaret Burke Sheridan in the town of Castlebar in Ireland. From 1918 until her sudden retirement from the stage of grand opera in 1930, she gave legendary performances in the great opera houses of La Scala, San Carlo, Rome Opera House, Covent Garden and Monte Carlo.The young Irish soprano captured the ears and hearts of Italian and British audiences and the acclaim of such giants of the operatic world as Puccini and Toscanini. Her artistry was complimented by a vibrant personality which gave her performances a unique quality remarked upon by critics and patrons alike.
She was a pupil in Dominican College, E
ccles Street around the turn of the last century.

Email Your Local TD

Dominican College               
                          
Catholic Secondary School for Girls
Celebrating 125 years of Dominican Education 1883 ~ 2008
204 Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.                                               Telephone: 8376080    Fax: 8064180     
e-mail:     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                          website: www.dominican-college.com  
Principal: Ms. Claire Butler                                                         Deputy Principal :  Ms. Mary Anne Halton

Proposed Education Cuts in Budget 2009

Dear Local Representative,

The proposed cuts in education spending announced in Budget 2009 last week are severe and will impact on the capacity of this school to maintain and develop the quality of teaching and learning offered to our students.

In this school the cut in the general PTR will mean a loss of 2 teachers.

The impact of the loss of 2 teachers on this school will be felt in the following areas:

  • Our class sizes will be larger
  • Some subjects may have to be removed altogether from the curriculum. This may mean a much restricted educational experience for your child.  Subject options at Senior Cycle may have to be restricted
  • It will be difficult to provide separate classes for Higher and Ordinary Level students in key subjects
  • Reduction in language support hours available to provide English Language Support to our newcomer students

The proposal means that we will not be in a position to put a substitute teacher into a class when a teacher is absent on official school business or uncertified sick leave. This will mean that in the absence of a teacher to act as a substitute students may have to be sent home, something which the school will be very slow to do but we may have no choice due to health and safety concerns.

Please use your influence as our Local Representative to oppose these cuts and ensure that our concerns do not materialise.

Yours faithfully,



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Maths winners

Maths Competition Winners

Well done to everyone who participated in the activities and competitions during Maths Week 2008.  We hope you enjoyed it!

The winners of the Prism competition are:
Grace Beirne (Junior)
Emma Lynch (Senior)

Winners of the 2nd Year Poster Competition are:
Rachel Bracken
Grace Daly