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Fáilte & Welcome

A sincere and heartfelt welcome to all members of our school community at Dominican College, Griffith Avenue.

Céad Míle Fáilte to all our readers, whether parent, student, teacher, past student or friend. The website is designed to give you an insight into the aims and activities of our highly regarded College.

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Mission Statement & Ethos

Here at Dominican College, we strive to support, develop and realise each individual's full potential in a Catholic environment.

Our Roman Catholic traditional motto - Veritas - permeates and imbues all aspects of school life - academic and personal.

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Comórtas Díospóireachta An Phiarsaigh ‘Gael Linn’ 2009.

Ghlac foireann sinsear díospóireachta páirt sa Chraobh Réigiúnach den chomórtas seo ar an Máirt an 3ú lá Márta san Óstan Tara Towers, Baile Átha Cliath

Bhí Saoirse Ní Bhaoill, Laura-Ann Ní Cheallaigh agus Catherine Caulfield ar an bhfoireann seo. Bhí said I bhfabhar an rúin ‘Léiríonn muintir na hÉireann grá dá dtír’. Rinne said go hiontach ach faraoir géar níor eirigh leo dul tríd Chuig Croabh nd hÉireann.

Comhgairdeas a chailíní as an méid a rinne sibh. Bhíomar agus táimid an bhróidiúil go deo asaibh. Go n-éirí go geal libh!

TCH All-Ireland Schools Quiz Update

Dominican College successfully won their first round of the TCH Quiz on the 27th January in the Montrose Hotel, Dublin. They defeated Hartstown Community College 80-46. Round 2 will take place in the coming weeks and will be against Colaiste Eanna CBS and Castleknock College. Further details will be available soon. Anyone who wishes to come and support Dominican College in this event is welcome!
The team consists of:
Seniors: Eimear Ellis & Lauren O’Neill
Juniors: Aoife Seary & Katherine McLoughlin
The overall winners of the TCH All-Ireland Schools Quiz will receive a Dell Notebook each, as well as €20,000 worth of Dell Equipment for their school.

TCH All-Ireland Schools Quiz (

Under 19 Basketball Update

Dominican College U19 Premier Basketball Team


Dominican College U19 Premier Basketball Team started off the 2008-2009 season as Dublin League Champions. This year their group consisted of Manor House, Raheny and St. Mary’s, Glasnevin. After coming top of the group, the U19’s drew St. Paul ’s, Greenhills in the quarter final. With a convincing win, a tough semi-final with Mount Sackville was inevitable, as they were their toughest competition last year. Unfortunately it was a narrow defeat. However, the U19 team are looking forward to the forthcoming Inter-Dominican Cup in Muckross at the end of March and retaining the Inter-Dominican title.


Dominican College U19 Premier Basketball Team: Julie Donohue, Ciara Horan, Kellie-Anne Payne, Paula Mahon, Gemma O’Leary, Aoife Darling(C), Laura McGrath(C), Lisa Dalderup, Michelle Coleman


Dominican College U19 Div 1 Basketball Team


Dominican College U19 division 1 Basketball Team had an extremely competitive League this year, playing teams such as Our Lady’s College, Drogheda, Skerries Community College (the eventual winners), St. Mary’s, Baldoyle,  Our neighbours Maryfield, and Santa Sabina of Sutton.
The girls put a tremendous display in all of their matches, going to extra time in some and narrowly defeated in others. They are looking forward to contesting the league again next year with hopefully more success.


Dominican College U19 Div 1 Basketball Team: Ailbhe Ni Mhaolagain, Ruth Bone, Deirdre O’Donoghue, Helen Broderick, Rebecca Finn, Jenny Maguire, Kelly McDonnell, Sorcha Nolan, Sinead Leonard, Meghan O’Reilly, and Viktoriya Novakivska.


Well done to all players who participated this Year.

Debates and Public Speaking Update 2008/09

Dominican College has had great success so far this year in the areas of Debates and Public Speaking. 2nd Years, TYs and 5th Years have all been taking part in various competitions.

‘Public Forum on
Rome ’ Public Speaking
Jessica Fuery, Susan Clinton and Jennifer Doyle stepped in at the last moment to take part in this challenging competition and performed extremely well against Belvedere College last November. Although they did not get into the next round of the competition, they can certainly be proud of their achievement!

Mental Health Public Speaking
Megan Cronin, Maria Corrigan and Caoimhe Shiel have been hugely successful in this competition, defeating numerous schools to reach the All-Ireland Semi-Final! This took place on Tuesday 2nd March in Cavan – the girls performed extremely well, but unfortunately were narrowly defeated. They deserve congratulations for getting so far – well done girls!

UCD Literary and Historical Society Junior Debates
A number of 2nd Years have taken part in this competition, debating motions as diverse as school uniforms and crime. They have done extremely well, with two students – Gillian Murtagh and Eva Murphy Ryan – advancing as far as the Quarter Finals. Eva is taking part in the Semi-Finals on Tuesday 10th March in UCD. It seems the future of debating in Dominican is safe in the hands of these students!

Concern Debates
This high-profile competition attracts schools from all over the country and the standard is always excellent. Five students from Dominican have been involved in this year’s team –  - Eimear Ellis (Captain), Emma Hanley, Orla Ni Dhuill, Dawn Lonergan and Eimear Toale – and they have defeated a number of skilled debaters to make it to the sixth round. They will be competing against Ard Scoil Ris on Thursday 12th March for a place in the Quarter Finals. Best of luck girls!

International Civic and Citizenship Education Study

ICCS stands for the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study. It is a project of the IEA (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement). The purpose of ICCS is to investigate the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their current and future roles as citizens.

A random sample of 160 schools, 3,500 students, and 2,500 teachers were invited to participate. In each school, one second-year class was sampled at random from all classes at that year level and up to 15 teachers of second-year students were also sampled at random. Class 2.1 were chosen at random in our school. Since an aim of the survey is to examine the wider school and classroom contexts in which civic and citizenship education occurs, second-year teachers of all subject areas, not just CSPE, were participants. The main study sample size and sample design are sufficient to yield achievement estimates and other indicators which are representative of the population of schools, teachers, and second-year students in Ireland.

Students were asked to complete one Test Booklet, a general Questionnaire and a European Questionnaire. These were administered by Mr. Moriarty on the 09/03/09. Two prizes of 30 euro and 20 euro will be given at random to two of the participating second year students.

Test Booklet
The 45-minute Test consisted of a mixture of multiple-choice and short written test items and coversed a range of topics related to civic and citizenship.

The 40-minute Questionnaire collected information about students’ perceptions, values and attitudes towards civic and citizenship education as well as information about their home background and activities inside and outside of school. (Students had an option not to answer any question if they so wished).

European Module
 About one-third of the booklet consisted of questions about Europe and the EU, while the remainder asked students about their attitudes to various Europe-related issues.

All material is confidential and we will only get feedback from the class in general, in 18 months time.