Fáilte & Welcome
Céad Míle Fáilte to all our readers, whether parent, student, teacher, past student or someone interested to find out about our fine College.
Transition Year students were delighted to welcome broadcasters and journalists, Carole Coleman and Olivia O’Leary to Dominican College in recent weeks. Both spoke eloquently about how they progressed in their careers. Recalling a time before mobile phones and electronic print, they explained that when they began writing articles they would have to read out their written pieces over the phone so that a typist could type their articles in the newspaper office.
Both speakers vividly described memorable moments from their careers. Carole showed a clip of the famous interview she conducted with American president, President George W. Bush in 2004. And Olivia described the scene in BBC studios as she hosted Newsnight and news broke about the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
Olivia and Carole finished up by taking questions from students and concluded with some inspirational words for those considering venturing into the world of communications or politics.
Many thanks to the students of 4.1 who organised the day and welcomed our esteemed visitors.
Class 4.1 along with Mr Curry and Mrs Kealy paid a visit to the Dáil for a tour at 3.30pm last Tuesday 23rd January. Dáil Eireann is the primary legislative body in the Republic. There are 158 directly elected TDs representing 40 constituencies while there are 60 members in Seanad Éireann - 43 are elected and 11 nominated by the Taoiseach.
Security was tight on the way in from Kildare Street and all our bags were scanned, before we were allowed entry. We had a lovely guide who was giving his first tour that day. He was really enthusiastic. We were brought in to the public gallery and were lucky enough to hear the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speak followed by Micheál Martin at the Leaders’ Questions.
We were then brought to the Seanad where we heard Senator David Norris speak about cyclists on footpaths and how he was nearly knocked over. He suggested more legislation should be brought in, similar to what is in the UK. He was congratulated by the chairperson on winning the best house tv competition.
We then had a meeting with Jack Chambers TD who is the youngest TD in the Dáil. He was elected in 2015 for the Dublin West constituency. He gave all the students information leaflets about the Dáil and Seanad and answered any questions the students had.
It was most enjoyable visit and exceeded everyone’s expectations.
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The under 16 Gaelic football panel began 2018 with a very convincing win against Mercy College, Coolock. The match was played in Parnell's GAA club in very difficult weather conditions. Our students put in a superb football display with an exceptional defensive performance. Notable mentions to Jenny Gleeson (3.3) and our fantastic captain Fiona Isdell (4.4). Pictured also is Dublin senior footballer Cormac Costello who was extremely impressed with our display.
As you aware, the school reopens after the Christmas holidays at 8:40am on Monday January 8th. We hope that you had a wonderful couple of weeks and you are fit and ready for the next term!!
We would like to remind parents that children who have flu-like symptoms should remain at home from school when schools reopen next week as per advise from tthe HSE and the country’s three paediatric hospitals.
Ina joint statement on Thursday the country’s three children’s hospitals - Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin; Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and the National Children’s Hospital in Tallaghtsaid: “Next week schools, crèches and other childcare facilities will reopen and people will be back to work and our advice is any child who gets flu like symptoms should stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and parents use over-the-counter remedies like paracetamol to ease flu symptoms. If parents are worried about their child’s breathing or fluid intake or if any young child or infant is in one of the high-risk groups and develops flu like symptoms they should contact their GP.”