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Animal Welfare 2007-08

The Animal Welfare Committee is run by a voluntary group of students with the help of Ms.Holohan and Ms. O’Connor. It is made up of about 13 members.
Members include 2nd Years :
  • Avril Hayden (Chairperson)
  •  Elizabeth Cummins (Secretary)
  • Cristina Cullen
  • Aoife Walsh
  • Aoife Courtney
  • Naoise Hennessy
  • Aoife Seery
  • Aoife Rice-Murphy
  • Anne-Marie Stacey
 Also the 1st Years :
  • Elena Cullen
  • Rebecca McManus
  • Chloe Richards
Other students attend on an occasional basis.

Meetings are held in Art Room 1 regularly. It is a fun voluntary extra-curricular activity. Its mascot is Wally the WalrusAll ideas are listened to and accepted equally.

The Animal Welfare Committee has an annual Cake-Sale on Sports Day in May. This is our main fundraising event of the year. Many students and staff bake and donate cakes for us to sell and it is a very fun day for all involved. Proceeds of this go to various animal welfare organisations including the Kildare Animal Foundation and Dogs Aid. We keep a small amount of the proceeds to help us with campaigns the following year.

This year the Animal Welfare Committee has had many successful campaigns. Last summer the Animal Welfare Committee had a collection for the Kildare Animal Foundation and Dogs Aid of old blankets and towels, dog and cat food and play toys. We received a lot of donations and split it between the two organisations.

At the beginning of the school year we had a petition against fur farming in
Ireland . Many may not know but fur farms are allowed in Ireland , there is no rule against them. We got a total of 357 signatures. We sent off our petition to Minister for the Environment, John Gormley and Mary Coughlan, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. We are still awaiting a reply from both.

At Christmas we had a poster campaign “An Ethical Christmas.” We tried to encourage people to buy Christmas gifts with products by companies that don’t test on animals.
E.g.:
L’Oréal
Sara Lee
Elida Faberge
TRESemme

In February we took on the task of decorating the courtyard at the centre of our school to make it tidier and more bird-friendly. We put out plants and set out a bird table and bath and generally tidied it up. Many birds came to visit afterwards and our work was the topic in the staff room for long after it!

After a year and a half of organising we got speaker from the DSPCA to visit our school and to give a talk on Pet Care to the 1st Years. She brought one of the DSPCA’s dogs - Beckham. The 2nd Years of the committee were allowed to come to the talk also. We had a great time, learned a lot about animals and Beckham did a few tricks for us. After the talk we gave a donation to the DSPCA on behalf of the Animal Welfare Committee.

The Animal Welfare Committee is a place where you can make friends, have fun and help save the animals!  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Dominican Students Win "Debates Nine" Competition!

 Over the past number of weeks, 1st and 2nd year students have been participating in a debating competition held in Our Lady of Mercy, Beaumont. Altogether, 17 students took part - many of whom were getting their first taste of public speaking. The standard shown by these students was extremely high, and with a massive team effort, Dominican College managed to defeat a number of other schools to attain first place. The future of public speaking and debating in Dominican in certainly safe in the hands of these girls!
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The Business 2000 Quiz 23rd April 2008

The Quiz
Students were grouped in teams of four for 9 rounds. There were 10 questions in each round. At least four questions in each round were based on the business curriculum. Other questions were based on general knowledge, pop culture, history, geography, science and sport. There was picture question in each round. While we thought these questions were tough, every team scored well.

The Prizes
Cash prizes were also awarded to the top three winning teams in each region. €400 was awarded for 1st place, €200 for 2nd place and €100 for 3rd place. These generous cash prizes were given by AIB. We would like to extend our thanks to AIB for the continued support of the BSTAI/ Irish Times Business 2000 quizzes. Musgrave Group also sponsored a special Individual Round. The winner of this Bonus Round won a brand new ipod Nano.

We would also like to thank Musgrave for their continued support. Refreshments for the students were provided courtesy of Musgraves. We would like to thank them for their sponsorship.

The Financial Regulator also generously provided pens and notepads for the students. Thank you.

Well done to all who took part…

The Winners
DCGA!
The first Prize winners were Dominican College, Griffith Avenue.
Teachers: U. Concannon, D. Mohan & M. Norris.
Students: Rachel Cleary, Rebecca Doyle, Laura Ann Kelly and Edel Shannon.
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The second prize winners were Loreto College, Beaufort.
Teacher: Marina Taylor
Students: Niamh Mc Dermod, Aisling Tobin, Dayna McHugh and Jennifer Duffy

The third prize winners were from St Colmcilles, Knocklyon.
Teacher: Margaret McDonnell
Students: Cillian Walsh, Daniel Matthews, Niall Wallace and Oisín Cannon

The individual prize winner was Ronan O'Reilly, from St. Colmcilles.
Teacher: Margaret McDonnell

Staff Beat Students Once Again!

The staff-student soccer match was revived this year by Mr. Ferriter and under a glorious sunny lunchtime, the staff had an easy two-nil victory over the students.

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Dominican Junior Gaelic Footballers are Leinster Leaders!

Dominican College Junior Gaelic footballers produced a monumental display against Grennan College to be crowned Leinster champions on a sun drenched day in Ballitore, Co Kildare. In front of a large support from both sides this game turned into a real thriller! Early in the game both side showed signs of nerves and scores were at a premium. Hannah McInerney with 0-2 and Kate Mulvey with a colossal point meant Dominican edged into an early lead. Dominican then got the lucky breaks you need to win a final as Grennan twice came close to goals, hitting the crossbar on both occasions. Shortly afterwards Niamh O Brien got onto a breaking ball and drove it into the net. Two minutes later the energetic McInerney lobbed in a high ball which deceived the keeper and found the Grennan net. Grennan applied more pressure but were kept scoreless thanks to excellent defending from the athletic pairing of Lorna Meleady and Sinead Leonard. Jenny Maguire was full of determination at full back. At the interval Dominican led by 2-3 to 0-2.

If they were slow to start the first half then the second was quite the opposite. Dominican came storming out of the blocks with fantastic points from Dayna McDonald, Kate Mulvey and the magnificent Lucy Collins who stormed forward from centre back to bisect the posts with a brilliant shot. Then followed some more brilliant defending from Dominican. Aisling Freir was reading the game brilliantly and seemed to be getting in the way of every Grennan attack. On the one occasion they broke through Katie O Shea produced a superb save. Grannie Field, who played through the pain barrier after sustaining a pre-game injury, was as brilliant as she was brave, tigerish in her tackling. Grennan managed to get two points back but Dominican responded with another two from the free-scoring McInerney and Mulvey,whose enthusiasm was infectious. In midfield Roisin Murphy was getting on the ball as much as anyone, totally unselfish, she was the origin of many Dominican attacks. The same could be said of the energetic Irene Dempsey who played her part in a smashing goal from the hard working full foward Nuala O Donavon. Jenny Nulty was at the centre of nearly every Dominican attack and unlucky not to score. Just as Dominican had one eye on the trophy Grennan came again and scored two goals near the end, but Dominican held out with Grace Geogheogan also doing very well when she came on.

The final whistle was met with scenes reminiscent to Croke Parke in late September. The pitch was invaded by the hoards of Dominican followers as the celebrations began. Captain fantastic Dayna McDonald received the trophy from Leinster chairman Bill Daly and her emotional speech will live long in the memory. Altogether this will going down as one of the greatest achievements in the history of Dominican Gaelic Football and is a day the girls will cherish into the future.