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Blessing and Formal Opening of New Extension

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The Ceremony of Formal Opening and Blessing of the Extension -17th November 2003

Ladies and Gentlemen,
As we begin this ceremony of Opening and Blessing may I extend a Céad Míle Fáilte to each one of you. First of all, a special welcome to

  • Mr Bertie Ahern, our Taoiseach and neighbour,
  • Fr. Liam Murtagh, our Parish Priest,
  • the Dominican Sisters, Trustees of the College,
  • Members of the Board of Management,
  • Members of Staff and Students, with a special greeting for those who are joined with us by video link and are watching in the Gym,
  • Parents,
  • and to Past Pupils.

I warmly welcome all those who were particularly associated with the design and building of this fine extension:

  • Representatives of the Department of Education and Science,
  • Mr Joe O'Gorman, our Project Manager and each member of the Planning Team together with our Builder, Mr John Plaice, of Arkenvale,
  • Principals of our local schools,
  • Róisín Shortall, Past Pupil and Parent,
  • and all those who have a special association with the school,
  • and all our other friends.

This day has been long awaited and I appreciate very much your taking time out to celebrate with us.

Today gives me a great opportunity to acknowledge and thank each one who has helped to bring this project to fruition. Ten years ago, the decision to apply for funding to the Department of Education was made. In 1998, the Department gave the green light and with the backing of the Trustees and the help of our new Education Officer, Sr. Bríd Roe, the project finally got under way. Joe O'Gorman was appointed Project Manager and soon had the Design Team of Architect, Engineers and Quantity Surveyor, hard at work and since then has guided the work with immense care for every detail.

What was originally, a simple idea of building new specialist and ordinary classrooms soon developed into a larger project which encompassed replacing the roof, giving us extra facilities for staff, and enlarged accommodation for administration. It also provided us with a Computer Room that houses a state of the art computer network, a much needed third Science Laboratory, a Music Room and a Learning Support suite, all of which have greatly enhanced the study of these subjects.

When we briefed Bernard Moloney, our Architect, on our requirements, we asked him to provide a building with plenty of light and space. His success in providing these you can clearly see around you. Together with Jimmy Cullen and Rob Thomas, the engineers on the project, he has created an environment that is truly conducive to learning and very pleasing to the eye. Anthony Leonard, Quantity Surveyor, monitored all costs closely.
We appreciate very much the work of the Builders, Arkenvale and their subcontractors, AJ Clonan & Co. and L. Redmond (Electrical). They were so efficient that they actually finished their work here on schedule.

As the provider of most of the finance the Department of Education and Science also was involved at all stages. Our Design Team worked closely with their counterparts in the Department, represented here today by Eamonn Greville, architect, whose advice was invaluable.

We thus pay tribute to all those who were involved in the provision of this structure which allows us to continue the true work of this school.

Unbelievably, this work continued, uninterrupted, while all this building was going on around us. There were relatively few complaints from staff and students and people were very patient despite the screeching of saws and the grinding of the concrete mixer. I am grateful for this forbearance. However, we were glad when it all stopped in April 2002 and we were able to settle back to the peaceful atmosphere to which we had been accustomed but one now greatly enhanced by more available space and a great reduction in crowded corridors and noise.
The involvement of staff, students and parents in fundraising was crucial to the success of the building as the school had to contribute a considerable sum to the project, We thank them for their efforts in organising walks and bingos and raffles and hope they will continue their efforts as there are still many bills to be paid.

And may I plead with you, Taoiseach, that, having grant aided this fine extension, you will ensure that the Department of Education and Science will provide adequate funding to keep it running, and in particular, that it will cover the enormous cost of insurance; a plea that Principals, throughout the country, will be making to you prior to the Budget.

The completion of the extension and improved facilities marks another milestone in the history of Dominican College. It has come a long way from the first five students admitted in January 1883 in Eccles Street, through a change of location to Griffith Avenue in 1984 to the larger and more suitable facility that we have today and which caters for 690 students. Throughout these 120 years, Dominican College has been widely regarded as one of the finest colleges in Ireland and has been distinguished for its broad educational achievement. In The Search for Truth which is the Dominican Way of Education, year after year, students become rounded, Christian and strong people. These characteristics are the hallmarks of our past and present students.

In this new phase in our history we will continue this rich tradition, making greater use of modern technology to prepare students for future work in science and computer studies and also in the areas of the Arts and so achieve our Dominican Educational aspirations.

Today, as I said, is a day of great joy and celebration and we are very pleased that you, Taoiseach, have been able to come here this morning to formally open the building. We know that you have been associated with this area for many years and, in particular, with the grounds on which the school is built. We hope that you too, will continue to prosper in your life and in your important work for our country for many years to come.

May I now invite you to address us.

Ladies and Gentlemen - An Taoiseach.


Dominican Ethos

In Search of Truth

A Living Tradition

The network of Dominican Schools and Colleges in Ireland has inherited a rich tradition in Education. Each succeeding generation has found new ways of passing on Christian values. Now at the beginning of another millennium with its advanced technology and new means of conveying information and knowledge, we discern how these resources can assist us to continue to build a community centred on Christ. In our search for Truth we:-

  • Work together
  • Learn to make informed judgements
  • Pray together
  • Forgive each other
  • Develop individual gifts and talents

The School And The Family

We aim to establish a real partnership which will:-

  • Enable parents to feel at ease within the school community
  • Involve them in their child's education
  • Help staff and parent's to work in harmony to provide the very best for each individual child

Faith And Culture - A Synthesis

'Fill your minds with everything that is good' (St. Paul, Phil 4:8). Inspired by these words and by the Parable of the Talents (Matt 25:14-30), we provide a broad curriculum which involves:-

  • An appreciation of the varying gifts of each student
  • Striving for academic excellence, aware that this will not be the same for each one
  • A considered approach to competition
  • A constant effort to synthesises faith and culture so that intellectual development and growth as a Christian go hand in hand

Religious Education

Formation in the specifically Catholic tradition of our schools will involve:-

  • A programme of Religious Education as specified by the Diocese
  • A liturgical programme which makes available to students the liturgical and sacramental life of the church
  • Involvement in and sensitivity to ecumenism through knowledge and activities

Pastoral Care

We proclaim the essential goodness of all creation and of the human person made in the image of God. Reflecting on the Parable of the Sower, we foster a pastoral approach which is embedded in the daily life of the school and is characterised by:-

  • Eliciting the co-operation of the students
  • Forming good relationships between staff, parents and students

The School And The Environment

We seek:-

  • To create surroundings which promote refinement of thought and care for God's gifts
  • To promote an awareness of care of the earth
  • To make our schools inviting places of learning

Our Schools And Colleges

St. Dominic's, Ballyfermot; St. Dominic's, St. Catherine's, Casa Catherina, Cabra; Dominican Primary School, Dun Laoghaire; St. Catherine's, St. Dominic's, St. Rose's, Falls Road; Dominican College, Fortwilliam; Dominican College, Griffith Avenue; Dominican College, Scoil Rois, Taylor's Hill, Galway; Scoil Chatriona, Scoil Mobhi, Mobhi Road; Dominican College, Muckross Park; Dominican College, Portstewart; St. Catherine's College, Froebel College, Dominican College, Beninicasa, Sion Hill; St. Dominic's, Sutton; Holy Rosary Primary School, Dominican College, Wicklow.


D eveloped in a spirit of trust and freedom, linked with responsibility
O pen to the wider community - local, national, European and global
M indful of Justice issues
I nclusive rather than exclusive
N eeds of the individual supported
I mmersed in Gospel values
C atholic in focus, daily practice, liturgy and prayer
A lways gentle, reverent towards others
N ourishes the gifts of each student - all made in the image of God

E licits the co-operation of students
D irects its efforts towards integrating faith and culture
U nited as a Staff with a common vision
C ommunity based with Christ as centre
A lert to the signs of the times and willing to adapt to changing conditions
T ruth pursued in every area and seen as a life-long search
I nvolves parents in a meaningful way
O pposed to unhealthy competition, academic cramming
N eed for pastoral care essential

Source: In Search of Truth - The Dominican Way

Board of Management 2014 - 2017

 

 
2014 - 2017
Trustee Nominees:

Mr. Stephen Jordan (Chairperson)

Sr. Laura Looby O.P.

Mrs. Caroline Renehan.

Mrs. Cecilia Roche

Staff Nominees:

Ms. Catherine Corry

Ms. Finola Doyle (2014 -2016)

Mr. Cillian Giblin (2016-2017)

Parent Nominees:

Ms. Tara Emery

Mr. Noel Murphy

 

2011 - 2014 
Trustee Nominees:

Mr. Stephen Jordan, Chairperson.

Ms. Betty Baker (2011-2013).

Sr. Laura Looby O.P.

Mrs. Caroline Renehan.

Mrs. Cecilia Roche (2013-2014)

Staff Nominees:

Ms. Lauren Johnston (2012-14).

Ms. Sharon Karpick (2011-12).

Mr. Michael Moriarty.

Parent Nominees:

Ms. Tara Emery (2013-2014).

Mr. Noel Murphy.

Mrs. Cecelia Roche (2011-2013).

 
2008 - 2011
Trustee Nominees:

Mr. Stephen Jordan, Chairperson.

Sr. Laura Looby O.P.

Mrs. Mary O' Malley.

 Mrs. Caroline Renehan.

Staff Nominees:

Mr. Joe Curry.

Ms. Bernadette Murray.

Parent Nominees:

Mr. Noel Murphy.

Mrs. Cecelia Roche.

 
2005 - 2008 
Trustee Nominees:

Ms. Margaret Walsh. Chairperson.

Sr. Maurice O'Donoghue O.P.

Mrs. Mary O'Malley.

Mr. Frank Stacey.

Staff Nominees:

Mr. Joe Curry (2007-08).

Ms. Breda Murphy (2005-07).

Ms. Marguerite Norris.

Parent Nominees:

Mrs. Théresa O'Farrell.

Mr. Derek Teeling.

 

Trustees' Goals

Dominican College aims to provide forward looking education of the highest quality based on a tradition that goes back over seven hundred years of committment to education.

Our school seeks to care for the whole person in order to develop

  • a love of learning
  • an enthusiasm for truth
  • an appreciation of others
  • respect for the culture and religious values of all
  • an awareness of the sacredness and fragility of the world in which we live
  • a willingness to serve in a spirit of healing and reconciliation flowing from an understanding of the Word of God and a deep committment to Christ.