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5 Day Paris Trip

Dominican College 5 Day Trip To Paris.

This trip is departing on the 26th of October and returning on the 30th October, 2007. The group leader on tour is Sr. Christina Greene and we hope that this will be a fantastic trip. We have 40 students together with 4 teachers travelling. We will also have a tour guide with us in Paris.

Our itinerary includes a guided walking tour of Paris, trips to the Louvre, Miniture France, Versailles, Aquaboulevard, a boat trip on the Seine and much much more!

We hope that everyone will have a brilliant trip! Go n-éirí go hiontach libh agus go dté sibh slán.

Recess 2007

We stared in disbelief as the coach pulled up over the hill. There before us was a small bungalow sized hostel which we were to be staying in for the weekend. We couldn’t believe that this was Recess!! Nothing but trees and mountains surrounded us. It was as if we were in a world of our own. Who would have thought that we were about to have the best weekend of our lives here! When we had settled down and accustomed ourselves to our new surroundings we went on a walk through the deep dark forest of Recess! It was so scary, yet so much fun.

We had an early enough night the first night ready for the adventurous days that awaited us. We were woken at the crack of dawn the next day and were filled with excitement. We got ourselves up and ready for orienteering and kayaking. Orienteering was so much fun. Getting lost in the mountains and trying to find our way back led us to being attacked by crazy sheep! Charging at us we screamed and ran as fast as our legs would take us. The look of terror in our faces, Our life flashed before our eyes.

After our frightening encounter with the sheep of Recess we were back on the bus and on our way to kayaking. We must have looked a state, waddling in our wetsuits and helmets struggling to bring our kayaks into the water. Once we were up and running we had the best time ever. Capsizing and splashing all over the lake trying to control ourselves. At the end of our eventful first day we retired to our tents but not before we had tasted the unique taste Recess food – mashed potatoes, pork and gravy!

The following day we were up even earlier to go to Achill. Everyone was so excited because we were going surfing. We spent the afternoon surfing the waves – well, at least trying too! We had a delicious BBQ on the beach as well before heading back to the hostel for our T.Y. Factor night! This was so funny and everyone really enjoyed themselves performing. It really was a great night!

We were all so sad the next morning as we packed to leave. We had had such a good time in that deserted mountainous place. We didn’t want to be going back to boring old Dublin! I have to say that going to Recess was definitely the highlight of Transition Year and the memories I have of there will never be forgotten.

Click on the link below for pictures.

The Open Door Series: As Gaeilge

The Open Door Series: As Gaeilge was launched on Wednesday, 3 October by the star of Ros na Rún and the winner of Celebrity Jigs ’n’ Reels, Gavin O’Fearraigh, in front of a celebratory audience in the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street.

The Irish Language edition of the Open Door series, the brainchild of best-selling author Patricia Scanlan (past pupil of Dominican College), was facilitated by New Island Publisher Edwin Higel, and by Muireann Ní Mhoráin (past teacher of Dominican College) of An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta.

Published for the first time in the Irish language, previous Open Door stories by literary superstars such as Roddy Doyle, Marian Keyes, John Connolly, Deirdre Purcell, Julie Parsons, Vincent Banville, Maeve Binchy and Patricia Scanlan have now been released in a special edition - As Gaeilge! Contributing authors Patricia Scanlan, Deirdre Purcell and Julie Parsons all attended on the night.

You can buy these books online from New Island Publishing 


Problem-solving for Irish Second level Mathematicians (PRISM)

Maths Week 2007

(Click on the link at the bottom of this article to access the answers and explanations)

Nearly 7,000 students in 200 secondary schools across the country are taking up a maths challenge from NUI Galway. The inaugural PRoblem-solving for Irish Second level Mathematicians (PRISM) contest is the brainchild of NUI Galway mathematicians Dr. James Cruickshank and Dr. Rachel Quinlan, and aims to encourage students to take an interest in problem-solving from an early age.

Each participating school will hold separate hour-long contests for pre-Junior Certificate and post-Junior Certificate students. The contests will feature a series of twenty problems, in multiple-choice format, to challenge the problem-solving dexterity of participants. Marking of answer sheets will be carried out at NUI Galway and other universities. 

One aim of the contest is to identify interested and talented students who might enjoy and benefit from participating in a mathematical enrichment programme at NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, UCC, UCD or UL. Successful participation in one of these programmes will entail regular attendance at lectures and problem-solving sessions at one of these centres, as well as extensive independent practice at problem solving, supported by correspondence with mentors. Participants in the enrichment programmes usually expect to compete in the Irish Mathematical Olympiad, which takes place in May 2007.

PRISM is being co-organised by Dr Mark Dukes, School of Mathematical Sciences, UCD, Gordon Lessells, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, UL and Dr Richard Watson, Department of Mathematics, NUI Maynooth. 

More information can be found on

Ecology Field Trip

The annual field-trip to Portrane took place on Wednesday, 19th September. The purpose of the field-trip was to study the rockey seashore habitat for the Leaving Certificate Biology course.

The trip was a huge success, with the students gaining practical experience on quantitative analysis techniques and identification of organisms.