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Students' Council

The voice of our present students


1. To enhance the sense of school spirit within our school.
2. To give the students of our school a channel through which they can express their thoughts and options on matters concerning them, while realising that certain limits must be observed.
3. To make students more at ease in revealing their fears of bullying, etc to people of their own viewpoint and age.
4. To provide a link between and to liaise with the pupils, staff and parents of our school.
5. To help develop a mature and responsible attitude towards all aspects of school among the students of our school.


Ordinary membership of the student council will be open to all pupils of Dominican College. One representative and one vice- representative will be democratically elected from each class in the school. Their membership will last for the duration of that school year, subject to compliance with Council rules and directives.


The business affairs of the Student Council shall be under the management of the Executive Committee. A general meeting shall be held once a week and is to be attended by all class Representatives and the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee shall meet with the Year Representatives once monthly (or as often as deemed necessary). The management and teaching staff shall be kept informed of all proposals put forward and decisions made within the council.


1. Elections to the Executive Committee shall take place before the Christmas break each year.
2. The Executive Committee shall consist of a group six members. Ideally, both seniors and juniors will be represented.
3. The Council shall elect a chairperson, Secretary and the four-member Executive Committee.
4. Should a vacancy arise during the year on the Executive Committee, nominations from the council will be taken and an election will then take place.
5. Outgoing members of the Executive Committee may be eligible for re-election to the committee.
6. The status and role of the Executive Committee will be reviewed and amended (if deemed necessary) each year by the outgoing Committee.


Alterations to the constitution may be proposed at the weekly Council meetings. No changes shall be deemed carried unless with the approval of a simple majority of the members present. The above constitution should be made available to all pupils of Dominican College, Griffith Avenue through class representatives and notice board.


The following students were selected to represent their classes.


Ashley Carroll
Laura Brennan
Gillian Murtagh
Elizabeth Gleeson
Keira Lynch
Niamh Keogh
Rachel Dunne
Orna Hennesy
Amanda Dempsey
Aisling Ferir
Aoife Rice-Murphy
Alice Murphy
Laura Booth
Celia Robinson
Rebecca McMullan
Caoimhe O’Connor
Jo Woods
Holly Rafter
Aoibheann Mahon
Stephenie O’Brien
Sorcha Nolan
Laura Hoey
Shannon McCarthy
Katie Rose Dunne
Ailbhe Casey

Julie Donohue
Rebecca Murray
Martha Daly
Emma Coyle
Emer Toale
Grace Geoghegan
Helen Broderick
Emer Sutcliffe
Grace Donnellan
Kirsty Egan
Rebecca Doyle
Catherine Caulfield
Shauna Barker-Tobin

Aoife Doherty
Jessica Sheekey
Emma McMullan
Aoife Maher
Jennifer Hyland
Jade Kelly
Gillian Gormley
Maeve Tannam
Stacey Stack
Jenny Hughes
Caroline McNamara

Vice Representative
Eva O'Leary Jade Kearns
Megan Reilly Shauna Donnelly
Karen Mc Manus Danielle Hoey
Katie-Rose Dunne Sinéad Leonard
Ailbhe Casey Emma Teeling
Melissa Lyons Leonota McGovern
Laura Brennan Laura Nolan
Emma Hanley Lena Kelly
Jennifer Maguire Niamh O'Brien
Rosi Leonard Sarah O'Reilly
Saoirse Ní Bhaoill Louise Keogh
Laura Anne Kelly Phillipa Daly
Adele Dooley Aoife Corwell
Ailbhe Ní Mhaolgáin Jessica Sheekey
Clare Duffy Aileen Bohan
Gillian Gormley Phoebe Carley
Stacey Stack Ciara Tuohy
Shona Hanley Tara Mc Manus
Denise Walsh Caroline Scully
Emma Jane Mooney Meadbh Bolger
Eleanor Crowe Dairine Mc Cafferty
Éabha Lankford  


Current Student Council Executives 2008.

Junior Representatives: Rosemary Seary, Megan Cronin
Secretary: Dawn Lonergan
Chairperson: Alissa Karpick
Senior Representatives: Hannah McInerney, Aoife Corwell

Past Student Council Executives 2007.

Junior Representative: Alissa Karpick
Chairperson: Aisling Fitzgerald
Secretay: Rachael Biddulph
Senior Representatives: Carol-Anne Canning, Claire Duffy, Michelle O'Brien

Past Student Council Executives 2006.
Chairperson: Aisling Fitzgerald
Secretary: Rachael Biddulph
Senior Representatives: Michelle O'Brien, Carol-Anne Canning
Junior Representatives: Emma McMullin, Alissa Karpick


Click below for our latest Past-Pupils Newsletter

Dominican College Past Pupils

As part of the Dominican College 125 Celebrations the school is trying to reach out and make contact with as many past pupils as possible. On Sunday May 11th 2008 the school hosted a 'Back to School Day' for past pupils from both the Eccles Street and Griffith Avenue traditions. The Eccles Street tradition is well served by the existing Past Pupils Union. Therefore the 125 celebrations are being used as an obvious opportunity to link up again with those who attended the school in Griffith Avenue.

On that day a special Mass took place at 2.00pm in Marino Church with readings, music and singing being provided by past students. After the Mass past pupils were invited back to the school on Griffith Avenue to meet up with old school mates, former teachers and staff. Past students were be able to visit the old and new facilities in the school. Newer developments include the major extension opened in 2003 and the new Home Economics kitchens completed just last summer.

On May 11th we gathered contact details from the past pupils who attended so that better school and past pupil relations can be fostered into the future. In the meantime if you wish to be added to our email list contact us at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. In your email let us know the year you graduated so that we can plan for past student events in the future.
We hope to start an on-line newsletter for past pupils in the Autumn. Also if you have any photographs or interesting memorabilia from your school days email us pictures of them for display on this website.

Following on from this day it is the school's intention to foster and develop better relations and communications with its past pupils. Simple ideas like an on-line newsletter updating past pupils on developments and news from the school will be put in place. We also hope to develop the past pupils section of our website. We also hope to provide past pupils with ways to play more active roles in the life of school. Please feel free to email us your ideas too.

We are also in the early stages of planning for a gala event to conclude the 125celebrations - watch this website for more details.

RTE RADIO ONE Bowman Sunday Morning April 27th: features famous Dominican Past Pupil Margaret Burke Sheridan

John Bowman will be presenting three programmes on our distinguished past pupil and famous opera singer, Margaret Burke Sheridan at 8.10 am starting this Sunday April 27th. The programme will include rare recordings that have previously been unreleased. Dominican College and her music teacher will be mentioned in programme 1.

La Sheridan, as she became known to enthusiastic opera fans throughout Europe, was born Margaret Burke Sheridan in the town of Castlebar in Ireland . From 1918 until her sudden retirement from the stage of grand opera in 1930, she gave legendary performances in the great opera houses of La Scala, San Carlo, Rome Opera House, Covent Garden and Monte Carlo.The young Irish soprano captured the ears and hearts of Italian and British audiences and the acclaim of such giants of the operatic world as Puccini and Toscanini. Her artistry was complimented by a vibrant personality which gave her performances a unique quality remarked upon by critics and patrons alike. She was a pupil in Dominican College,
Eccles Street around the turn of the century
For Your Diary
National Concert Hall
A Tribute to Margaret Burke Sheridan
14 May 2008 08:00 PM - John Field Room
Celine Byrne & Suzanne Murphy, sopranos

Bill Golding, compere Anne Chambers, author


Our School Policies

  1. Anti-Bullying Policy
  2. Admissions Policy
  3. Code of Behaviour
  4. Career Guidance Plan
  5. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  6. Privacy Notice

The following is a list of policies currently being updated: 20th August, 2010

  1. 1. Safety Policy
  2. 2. Environmental Policy



A journey through time

On the 10th of January 1882, two weeks after the arrival of the sisters, Dominican College opened in 18/19 Eccles Street with a small number of pupils. Both houses were fine examples of Georgian architecture. House number 18, was reorganised as a new school while house number 19 became the convent.

The latter part of the nineteenth century was particularly important for the education of young women in Ireland. The Irish Intermediate Act, passed in 1879, enabled the setting up of a system of secondary education for both girls and boys, while the establishment of the Royal Colleges encouraged women to pursue higher education.

The Dominican Sisters, with their enlightened approach to the education of young women, prepared the pupils for the Intermediate Board Examination. High standards were achieved. Numbers increased so rapidly that very soon the original accommodation became inadequate. New buildings were added, and as the years went by, adjacent houses were bought and adapted for school use. The foundation stone of the new block was blessed and laid on May 31st 1888. Another stone, of white marble, blessed by Pope Leo XIII was brought to Ireland and set inside the building. This stone can still be seen today in Dominican College, Griffith Avenue.

As the secondary school developed and flourished, a university education for women emerged in Eccles Street. Women-students, prepared by the Dominican Sisters, presented themselves for the Degree examinations of the Royal University. Eccles Street became a true university centre. St. Mary's University Centre, already under the auspices of the Dominican Nuns, transferred to Eccles Street in 1902.

A Training College for secondary teacher training for women was established in 1908. It became known as St Dominic's Training College. It fulfilled its duty until Diploma Courses in Education were begun in University College Dublin in 1911.

A Junior Boys' School, known as St. Thomas' Academy, was opened in 1898. It continued to flourish until 1965, when it was closed down to create much needed extra accommodation for the secondary school. A new junior school for both girls and boys was opened in 1965.

In 1928 Scoil Chaitríona opened and prospered. Again increasing needs for more space resulted in the transfer of Scoil Chaitríona in 1972, to new school buildings at Mobhí Road, Glasnevin.

A residential Commercial College was set up in 1931 to cater for women pursuing careers in business. It remained opened until 1978 when again, the Secondary school needed further space.

From 1882, the diverse educational pursuits of Dominican College, Eccles Street, educated young women in preparation for their role in a rapidly changing society. Dominican College always responded to the significant changes taking place in Irish society. Almost one hundred years later in 1983, Dominican College had almost 800 pupils on roll, and more on the waiting lists - attracted by the ethos and academic success of the College.

Then a new chapter was opened when the Mater Hospital wished to acquire the entire block of buildings in Eccles Street to provide for its expansion. After some months of negotiation it was decided to transfer the school to a new site in the grounds of All Hallows College, Drumcondra.

In September 1984, staff and pupils moved to their new modern school, catering for almost 650 pupils. Today, Dominican College, Griffith Avenue is a flourishing and successful secondary school, carrying on the Dominican ethos in pleasant landscaped surroundings. It continues the tradition begun over one hundred and twenty years ago.

Dominican College is concerned with the development of the whole person, and through its educational activities strives to encourage student self-confidence, self-esteem and self-understanding as they experience the essence of Dominican education in a modern world. New programmes have been added over the last eighteen years in order that students experience a balanced curriculum that caters for their individual needs. Veritas, the school motto, infuses all aspects of Dominican College school life.

Dominican College has entered the 21st century, assured in its confidence that it will carry on and develop the traditions of Eccles Street and Griffith Avenue by providing a Christian education for those who attend it.

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Principal's Welcome


Dominican College
Secondary School for Girls
Established 1883 


A message from the Principal

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

In this new academic year, I look forward to many opportunities to acknowledge and celebrate the numerous achievements and events that make our school community a very special one. For our new first year students this is a very special time, a time of new beginnings and many opportunities. Likewise, as your new principal, this a new beginning for me, one full of great prospects and exciting times ahead. As some of you are aware I am not new to Dominican College. Many years ago I began my teaching career here and I feel most fortunate to have this wonderful opportunity to return to you. My first priority has always been the care and educational needs of my students, this ethos was one I learned and developed in this very school and this ethos is one that will continue in my role as principal.

I have had the pleasure of working with many of your current teachers and their professionalism and dedication to all students is commendable and in many ways unique. I feel particularly fortunate to work with such a professional team and I know you as students also appreciate the special commitment and enthusiasm of
your teachers. Such enthusiasm is indeed reflected in the exceptional results achieved by the Leaving Certificate
students this year. They have a very bright future ahead of them and, in accordance with our mission statement, are well on their way to reaching their full potential.

Partnership is at the centre of all we achieve and I look forward to meeting with the parents and guardians of our students throughout the year. I have already had the pleasure of meeting many past pupils this week who were enrolling their daughter as students for future years. Undoubtedly, the Dominican ethos is one that has stood to them throughout the years and one that they clearly wish to pass on to their own children. I look forward to meeting and working with the parents' association, students' council and past pupils' union as we work in partnership to continue in the fine traditions of Dominican education.

As we enter our one hundred and thirty second year of educating young women, my wish is that this will be a truly happy and productive year for all in our school community.

Olive Laffoy


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