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Religious Education

Religious Education is an integral part of the school curriculum and is, therefore, the concern of everyone in the school, while being a special responsibility for those who teach the RE classes.

The Religious Education teachers of Dominican College see their role as complementary to that of the home and the parish. This is apparent in the effort put into liturgy and community service by the religious educators.

In Dominican College, it is hoped that God's loving concern for the uniqueness of each individual and God's creative power in the development of community will be experienced by the students during their years in this school. We believe that Christian formation takes place within the course of human formation.

The following subjects are explored and studied at different levels between first and sixth year:

The life of Christ, Bible Studies (special attention is given to the Gospels),
The Sacraments, Morality, Justice, World Religions, The Church Year, Prayer and Meditation.

The spiritual development of students is a fundamental part of the Religious Programme and works alongside classroom studies. Great emphasis is placed on liturgical and prayer services during the school year. The school Oratory is a special place within the school. It is used during class time by teachers, but is regularly used outside of formal class periods.

A special Community Care Programme is followed in Transition Year, when students are given the opportunity to work in an assigned placement once a week. Thus they see Christian values alive and at work in their local community. Placements include hospitals, childcare groups, meals on wheels and charity shops.

In Sixth Year, students participate in a programme based on the Ballygall programme. Various speakers are invited into the school each week to give a talk to the students.

A retreat programme is provided for each year group.

Textbooks: Communities of Faith by Linda Quigley and All About Faith 2 by Anne and Niall Boyle.

Moral Questions by John McKenna.
The Challenge of God by Niall Boyle.
World Religions and Beliefs by Ellen Fleming and Brigid O'Hara.
Reason to Believe by Ann Walsh.

Useful Web Addresses An Tobar - Religious Education Resources and Courses.

Students' Corner

We are proud to display a selection of work by Jagoda Spyrczynska (Leaving Certificate 2010).
Click Here for Jadoga's Artwork

Transition Year 2009-10
The mini-med programme run by The Royal College of Surgeons and Beaumont Hospital gives two lucky students the chance to partake in lectures, see operations and talk to doctors and surgeons for a week during Transition Year.  Here is an account from Laura O'Brien.

Mizz Dominican is a students' newletter created originally by Class 1:2 (2002-2003) as part of their computer studies programme and subsequently formed part of the Gaisce tasks undertaken by two Transition Year students (Aoife Mooney and Andrea Ormond) for the remainder of the academic year.

Choose from the list of newsletters below:

October 2002
November 2002
December 2002
January 2003
February 2003
March 2003
April 2003
May 2003

Mr. Hurley's Second Year English class, as part of their creative writing, have written a number of Fairy Tales. Here is a selection. We hope that you enjoy them.

Choose from the list of Fairy Tales below:

Parents' Association

Parents' Association Corner 

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The role of the Parents’ Association is to:

  • Support the school as we work together towards our common goal of providing a safe, nurturing, inclusive school environment for all our students, enabling them to receive the best possible education.

  • Provide opportunities for discussion, information and consultation about matters of common interest to parents, teachers and students of Dominican College.

  • Promote the role of parents and guardians as the primary educators of their children.

  • Provide support for school activities as needed and initiate activities which advance the aims and objectives of Dominican College.

All parents / guardians of current students of Dominican College are member of the Parents’ Association.

The members are represented by a committee, with elected officers of Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.

Our annual general meeting is held in September or October each year.   At the AGM we invite parents to volunteer to become members of the Parents Association committee.   We always welcome new members and new ideas.

The committee usually meets once a month and the meetings are also attended by Dr. Laffoy (principal).  Being a member of the Parents’ Association is a good way to meet other parents and to demonstrate your interest in your child’s education.   It gives you a better understanding of what is going on in our school.

During the 2015-2016 school year the Parents’ Association

  • Organised a study smart programme

  • Helped with the TY musical and the 6th year graduation ceremony

  • Changed the supplier of the school uniform

  • Our main fundraising events were the annual plant sale & raffle and the school walk

Upcoming events

  • Guest Speaker – Tuesday 25th April at 7.30pm

  • All parents will be invited to attend a talk by Dr. Fergus Heffernan who will talk to us on the subject of promoting positive mental health and understanding the emotional well-being of teenagers, children and the family.

  • Easter Raffle

  • Annual Plant Sale – Sunday 7th May.


The introduction of free education in the 1960's created financial difficulties for many secondary schools. However three pioneering parents namely Eileen Caff, Brendan Murphy and Bernie Ryan founded the Dominican College Parents' Association and were responsible for setting up the voluntary contribution scheme in order to maintain the high standard of education enjoyed by its pupils. Although these parents addressed some of the financial difficulties at that time, the principal aims of the Association still remain as:

  • To promote the School, its image, aims and philosophies by encouraging active participation of all parents.

  • To promote better understanding, liase and maintain a working relationship between the management, teachers and parents.

  • To support the management, teachers and pupils in any areas where they require help concerning the school or its activities.

In 1966, Brendan Murphy became the first chairperson of Dominican College's Parents Association and its dynamic committee paved the way for the committees to come.

Today the working committee comprises of twenty-seven members with a supplementary committee of ten people. The committee organised a quiz night in the school recently and also a very informative and successful talk for parents dealing with adolescent development. A school fundraising walk is currently being organised for the last term of this school year.

The Annual General Meeting takes place in late September. The first meeting of the Association is the first Monday in October and we would welcome any new members who wish to join. 

Parents' Newsletters

DCGA news is a newspaper for the parents by the parents of students in Dominican College.  Click below to keep up to date with what is happening in our community.

 Volume 1, Oct. 2010          Volume 2, Feb. 2011   



Careers Guidance

Careers advice and information

All girls Voluntary Secondary Catholic Schoolof approximately 700 pupils, with a broad spectrum of needs and aspirations.


The role of the Guidance Counsellor is to provide for, and support, the Personal, Social, Educational and Vocational development of the student.

Guidance is a range of processes designed to enable individuals to make informed choices and transitions related to their personal, education and career development.

Counselling may be defined as the skilled and principled use of relationship to facilitate self -knowledge, emotional acceptance, growth and the optimal development of personal resources. The overall aim is to provide an opportunity to work towards living more satisfyingly and resourcefully.

The Guidance Counsellor assists students with their personal, social, educational and career choices by providing counselling, support, assessment, information , referrals and classroom guidance activities. Click Here For The Full Document


UCD Science Careers and Open Evening:
01/11/2011.  Click on the link below for further information

Useful Websites:

Irish Organisations:

An Bord Altanrais: The Irish Nursing Board
Central Applications Office (CAO)
CERT - The State Tourism Trading Agency
Irish Defence Forces
National Adult Literacy Agency
National Centre for Technology in Education
National Council for Vocational Awards

Irish resources:

CAO On-line Application System
Careers World
Irish Jobs Page
Orange Jobs

International Organisations:

Careers Research and Advisory Centre
European Employment Services (EURES)
National Association of Careers and Guidance
Teachers (UK)
UCAS - UK College Applications

International Resources:

British University Information
Career Perfect
Career Resource Centre
Ecctis - UK Course Discover
Guideline Career Services
My Future - US Online Career Advice site
US Careers Resource Centre


The list of new  links on the site.

  1. Bardic Database –    The Bardic Poetry Project in TCD
  2. Careers   using the Irish language – Career options using Irish
  3. Chemical Database –    ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database providing fast text and   structure search access to over 28 million structures
  4. Chemistry – This   site is compulsive reading even for non scientists.
  5. Chemistry – Discover Chemistry careers posters
  6. Chemistry Crosswords – A fun way to learn Chemistry
  7. College Board – USA   College and course selection site
  8. College Board USA – The   place for search for courses in America
  9. Courses listing in Irish –    Interest profiler with and career and course matching (CAO and PLC)
  10. Courses on Irish –    List of Courses in TCD
  11. Drink Aware – The leading   information portal on alcohol and drinking for consumers in Ireland
  12. Education in Germany – Basic information on the structure of   the German education system and on how it works.
  13. Educational   Games – We strive to push the envelope of traditional game design while   demonstrating the power of games to lead to new ways of thinking.
  14. EUNICAS – EUNiCAS is the   European Universities Central Application Support Service.
  15. Europass –    Opening doors to learning and working in Europe
  16. Exemption   from Irish or Third Language – NUI Application form for exemption –    PDF
  17. Genetics   for everyone – A fun introduction to the basics of Genetics
  18. Guide to UCAS – This is a must read for anyone thinking of   applying to UCAS
  19. Ipad Quick Reference Card – All you need to know to get your   iPad working – PDF
  20. Irish and Celtic Studies TCD   – Introduction to the Department
  21. Irish Grammar – Learn   Irish grammar
  22. Irish Language Jobs   – offers a comprehensive database of Irish language jobs and   career opportunities
  23. Irish   Studies – An Interdisciplinary Course in Irish Civilisation in TCD
  24. Irish Studies, Celtic Studies,   Folklore and Linguistics – Irish department in UCD
  25. Languages Tutor Site – An   online workbook for your Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Latin   language students.
  26. Learning Chemistry –    Resources for those teaching or learning Chemistry
  27. Music Generation –    Music Generation is Ireland’s new National Music Education Programme
  28. Music Tuition Site –    Offers fun, interactive music lessons for music/instrument learners of all   ages
  29. Music   videos in Irish – Music Videos by Colaiste Lurgan
  30. Nano technology – The impact of this science area in our   economy – PDF
  31. Online Language Games –    Have fun playing while learning languages with online   games!
  32. Study in Australia or New   Zealand – Free, independent, expert service for people looking to study in   Australia and New Zealand.
  33. Study in Sweden – This   is a comprehensive resource for information about higher education in   Sweden.
  34. Study in the UK – For anyone living in Ireland and thinking   of doing a third-level course in Northern Ireland or elsewhere in the United   Kingdom
  35. Studying Commerce in Irish – Video in Irish
  36. Studying Irish – Video in studying Irish in NUIG
  37. Studying Irish – List of CAO courses on Irish in   Qualifax
  38. Why   Study Down Under – Why go all the way to Australia or New Zealand to study   at university ? Here are a few things to consider


Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff:

Please find below, new and comprehensive guidance and career links plus information for parents, teachers and all (first to sixth year) students . It is envisaged that these will be updated regularly to provide an invaluable research tool for everyone.

Guidance link          Careers Link

Topics include aptitude tests, study skills, subject choice, college/course career choice, CAO, UCAS, PLC, bullying, transition to second level/third level and many more topics of interest. Some of this information has been compiled by students themselves.

Please note that Dominican College does not accept any responsibilty for any misinformation/inaccuracies that may aoccur on the sites/links.

All Sixth Year parents and daughters applying to UCD please note an information session on CAO and choosing a course at UCD will be held on 12th January 2013. Check UCD website for further details.

Also check CAO website for any new recently introduced course.

Thank you and Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone from the guidance dept.

Eva Hempenstall (Guidance Counsellor)