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The following is an outline of the Junior Certificate course:

1st Year

  • Archaeology
  • Ancient Ireland
  • Ancient Civilisation
  • Celts
  • Bronze Age
  • Stone Age
  • Iron Age
  • Monks and Monasteries
  • Norman Ireland
  • Viking Ireland
  • Renaissance

2nd Year

  • Reformation
  • Counter Reformation
  • French Revolution
  • American Revolution
  • Irish Revolution
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Agricultural Revolution
  • The Famine

3rd Year

  • Modern Irish and European History (1870-1970)
  • 1916 Rising
  • The Irish Free State
  • World War 1
  • The Rise of Hitler
  • The Rise of Mussolini
  • World War 2
  • Cold War
  • Setting up of the E.U.

Transition Year History:

In Transition Year you get a chance to do different things than you usually would in the Junior or Leaving certificate course. At the start of the year (October 2002), we all did projects on 'Famous Irish Woman in History'. We also study Jewish History.

Leaving Certfiicate History:

Students study Irish and European History from 1870 to 1970. One of the most exciting parts of the leaving cert course is the research topic, where students get a chance to research a topic in history which interests them most.

History Trips:

The History department organizes several history trips each year. These include trips to The Dáil, Kilmainham Gaol, The Irish Jewish Museum, Glendalough and The National Museum at Collins Barracks.


The Leaving Certificate syllabus for German allows for the following four broad outcomes:

  • A communicatve ability in German.
  • An awareness about language and communication.
  • An awareness of the culture associated with the German language.


The leaving Certificate student is being assessed at three levels :

1. Oral (25 % for honours and 20 % for ordinary level). The following criteria is used to assess oral competence:

  • Range of vocabulary.
  • Range of expression.
  • Awareness and use of grammar.
  • Independence from examiner support.
  • Appropriateness.
  • Fluency.
  • Pronunciation.

2. Aural (20% for honours and 25% for ordinary level)

3. Comprehension and Written sections. The following criteria is used to assess the written production:

At higher level :

  • Range and appropriateness of vocabulary
  • Range and accuracy in use of structures
  • Development and/or manipulation of stimulus
  • Organisation of content

At ordinary level:

  • Intelligibility of message.
  • Development and/or manipulation of stimulus.
  • Awareness and use of grammar.
  • Range of vocabulary.

For further information on Leaving Certificate or Junior Certificate see:

German Exchange

An exchange has been offered every second year to Transition and Fifth Year students. On this exchange, students are accompanied by a German teacher and stay with their exchange family for about 10 days. During this time, they attend school in the mornings and go on trips in the afternoons.

The advantages of this exchange system are:

  • Full immersion in the target language is assured.
  • A greater appreciation of the culture of the country is fostered, by socialising exclusively, or almost exclusively, with German students and their families.
  • Costs are limited to airfare, trip costs, and spending money.

For further information see

German Teachers Visit Dominican College

On 8 September 2016 two visiting teachers, Christina Strube and Bianca Hofmann from Passau, Germany came to visit Dominican College. They are English teachers in the Gymnasium Pfarrkirchen Passau, which is a German secondary school.

They gave us a presentation on the city of Passau and showed us a video on school life in Germany. We learnt many new things and some of the most interesting facts were that when children start school they are given a cone-shaped bag filled with school stationery and delicious treats (we wish we were German!). This cone is called a Schultüte.

Another fact is that in Germany you are only allowed to cut your lawn before 1pm on a Saturday and not at all on a Sunday (thank God we are not German!). This is because Sunday is regarded as a day of rest where people have no disruption (so no lie-ins on a Saturday!). Shops generally remain shut on a Sunday as well.

We also learned that three main German rivers flow through Passau: the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. Each river appears a different colour at their confluence. The world's largest church organ can be found in the catherdral in Passau.

This was a great learning experience for us and we now have a better understanding of German school life and the city of Passau.

By Molly Barrett and Aifric Mangan

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M.F.L. Talk

On Thursday the 29th of September, everyone in 4th and 5th year were lucky enough to listen to a talk about all the opportunities we have to learn languages outside the classroom, and even outside the country.

We heard from two fantastic speakers. Firstly, Neasa Candon, who graduated from Dominican's only three years ago, told us all about her gap year in Konstanz in Germany before beginning her time at Trinity College. She shared a lot of valuable advice and addressed a lot of the apprehensions we could have about going abroad, from fluency to leaving behind our friends and family. She told us all about how she improved her German, and also met some of her closest friends during her time in Germany and how the time away from school helped her to grow.

Then next we heard from Conor from Stein Study, an organisation for learning languages abroad. He told us about all the opportunities they offer for transition year and fifth year students to do group trips and leaving cert prep courses across Europe to develop their fluency. He also gave us some really useful leaflets so we can look over all that Stein Study offer.

There were so many opportunities that I'd never thought about before, such as being a teaching assistant in English classes and doing an Erasmus year. Everyone really enjoyed listening to the stories and advice and I think we all benefited from it. (Jessica Dunne, 5.3)



Fáilte Isteach Go hIonad Ghaeilge Coláiste San Dominic.

Sa scoil seo bíonn seans iomlán ag gach duine ard-chaigdeán Ghaeilge a bhaint amach. Cuirtear béim ar na scileanna go léir - ar an dteanga labhartha,ar éisteacht agus ar scríobh na Gaeilge. Is é meon na múinteoirí anseo ná gur cuid tábhachtach den chúltúr í an Ghaeilge. Déantar an-iarracht grá don Ghaeilge a chóthú sna daltaí.

Tugtar spreagadh do dháltaí féachaint ar TG4 agus éisteacht le Raidio na Gaeltachta chomh maith le nuachtáin Gaeilge a léamh. Cothaítear an tuiscint gur féidir dhátheangachas a bheith ag daoine óga agus gur cuid den todhchaí í an Ghaeilge. Mar a deir an seanfhocal "Tír gan teanga, Tír gan anam".

Tugtar spreagadh do dhaltaí páirt a ghlacadh I gnéithe éagsúla den chúltúr, mar shampla, ceol traidisiúnta, céilithe, díospóireachtaí, tráthanna na gceist, dramaíocht, scríbhneoireacht agus imeachtaí éagsúla mar Seachtain na Gaeilge. Sa bhliain d'éirigh leis an bhfoireann sóirearach an Craobh Réigiúnach a shroichint igComórtas Díospóireachta Gael-Linn. Bhí Aoife Cooke, Louise Ní Bhrádaigh, Aisling Ní Chuinn agus Jessica Treacy ar an bhfoireann. 'Sé an rún a bhí againn ná "Tuigeann tuismitheoirí in lae inniu fadhbanna nu hóige". Bhí muidne I bhfábhar an rúin. I mbliana ghlacamar páirt sna díospóireachtaí Gael-Linn freisin.

Le tuilleadh scríobh chuig Roinn na Gaeilge, Coláiste San Dominic, Ascal Uí Ghríofa, B.A.C.-9

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Suíomhanna áisiúla:


Only one Earth
The Study of Geography: The study of the elements that constitute the delicate balance of our Planet  

Junior Certificate - Aims to give students knowledge of their immediate environment, concentrating on Weather and climate, rock structures and formation of our landscape, rivers and coastline. The modern day problems and patterns that are emerging are also studied, for example Acid rain, pollution, river and coastal management.
The second part of the course focuses on the broader world, looking at patterns of life in other countries, studying the historical background, world economic patterns, with case studies of some Third World economies.
Skills of map reading and photograph interpretation are on going skills being taught in all of the Junior Certificate years.

Leaving Certificate - Is an in depth study of the physical world and the development of mapping skills. Students study the economic and social criteria that aims to give an understanding of the current world economic dynamic. Europe is studied on a thematic basis, with the emphasis on the changing pattern of today's economies in relation to their historic past.

Trip to Iceland:

Dominican College Geography Fieldtrip to Iceland from Mick Moriarty on Vimeo.


Dominican College Geography Fieldtrip to Iceland on Vimeo.

I think everyone would agree that the Fifth Year geography trip to Iceland (April 2014) was an unforgettable experience. To see so many of the places we learn about in geography class in real life gave us a better understanding of the physical forces at work.

Walking out into the snow in a swimsuit was very weird but the Blue Lagoon was amazing! For many girls this was the highlight of the five days. It was a nice way to relax after being in the airport and a fun way to start the trip. The snow and hail showers made it even more memorable.

Friday was very busy. We went on the Golden Circle tour visiting many places including Gulfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Thingvellir National Park (where the Eurasian and North American plates are separating) and an earthquake simulator. It was great to experience the simulation, but I think we would all agree that we wouldn't like to be in a real earthquake – it's quite scary! The sulphur in the geysers smelled absolutely awful (like rotten eggs) but it was definitely worth it to see them explode. The weather was very changeable and the day was exhausting so we all slept well that night!

Saturday was more relaxing with swimming and a city tour of Reykjavik. Reykjavik is very small and only really had two streets to shop on. Even then there was not a great selection of shops, but we still managed to get our souvenirs. As beautiful as Reykjavik is, we wouldn't recommend it for a shopping trip!

On Sunday we visited Hellisheidi Geothermal Powerplant, two waterfalls, a small village called Vík and a volcanic beach. At one of the waterfalls, Stógafoss, a rainbow appeared beside us! The only time we've ever seen the end of the rainbow and there was no pot of gold – legend is a troll who lives behind the waterfall stole it. Hellisheidi geothermal power plant is run by only two people as it is so efficient which we couldn't believe! In fact energy is so efficient and cheap in the capital of Reykjavik, foot paths are heated in winter to prevent them freezing over!

We were able to walk in behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall and follow a trail right down to the plunge pool at the bottom. It was amazing, but the spray meant that we were all completely soaked for the two hour bus journey back to the hotel! We gained so much from the tour and this knowledge was tested in the final night quiz. It was a fun way to finish off the trip.

Everyone had a fantastic time and we will always have great memories of Iceland. We definitely recommend people go if they ever have the chance. Bring plenty of warm clothes and waterproofs

Niamh Conneely 5.1

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Le français, c’est une langue sonore et musicale ! Profitez J

Our aim in all years is to develop skills in all four French competencies; Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

We wish to foster a love of the French language and culture and hope that all our students will be able to communicate to a high standard.

Junior Certificate

Students learn to communicate through French within the classroom, and practice scenarios and role plays for basic communication through French. For example, we look at going shopping, using public transport, talking to penpals, going on holidays. These are your French survival skills!

Leaving Certificate

Students study French across a broad range of themes, and equip themselves with knowledge in order to discuss themselves and their interests, current affairs, social issues, and to read journalistic and literary texts.

All students undertake Oral Exams at Senior Cycle.

Des liens utiles / Useful websites and links


Listen to their podcasts, each centred around a Leaving Cert theme.

Easy site with great videos.

Great practice for oral work.

Some great songs, and a film of the month

Planning Exchanges - En Irlande  European   Language Colleges run highly reputable courses at schools in Dublin, Clane,   Roscrea and Limerick for students looking to have a fantastic time while   improving their French. Expensive, but guaranteed to improve your French! Ideally   located in Dublin City Centre, the Allicance   runs courses for French speakers at all levels, all year round. French Camps   in July run at a youth hostel in Achill, Co. Mayo. More suited to Junior   students. Innovative   teaching in Co.Cork for Senior Students running mid-term and summer   curriculum focussed courses. The French   Institute in Galway runs exam preparation courses for L.C. students, and exam   focussed summer courses.

Sans aucun doute, la meilleure chose pour améliorer votre niveau de francais, c’est d’aller en France !

Planning Exchanges - En France A site to   facilitate exchanges between Irish students and students from France, Germany   and Spain Popular   language courses and summer camps in Biarritz, Montpellier and elsewhere Arranges   placements in French schools for TY and 5th Year students, and   organises summer camps for Irish students to study abroad. Similar to   Living Language, experienced at organising TY exchanges to partner schools in   France. French   company organising supervised French stays.