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Calling all Past Pupils, Teachers, Parents and Friends of Dominican College!

The history of Dominican College is something to be celebrated and passed on. The most interesting and important history of the College is the experience of the people who have been, and are, part of it. It is important to bring together some of the memories/experiences of these people and that is what this project is about. Each person's individual experience is very valuable and worth sharing and that is precisely what we are hoping to do.

Would you like to share your memories of your time in Dominican College?
Would you like to browse through the experiences of others on our school website?
Would you like to know how to make this all happen?

With well over one hundred years of history, Dominican College has been home to many cherished memories and has influenced the lives of many. The coming online of our school website at, has provided us with the opportunity to share some of our most treasured and perhaps humorous experiences of our days in Dominican College with all those interested in our history and traditions.

Please submit your experiences, preferably by e-mail, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject 'Memories'. If necessary, typed submissions may be sent to Memories of Dominican College, c/o Siobhain Grogan, Dominican College, 204 Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9, on A4 white pages with 1.5 line spacing. Your memory could be of a particular event or of particular people, or a general observation on your days at the College.

Photographs or newspaper cuttings would make wonderful additions and will be returned once they have been scanned for the computer; please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for this purpose. Written submissions will not be returned so please keep copies of them.

Genre and Word Length

Your contribution may be as short as you like and in any genre: poem, short story, photo with comment... as long as it draws on a genuine memory!
Maximum length: 3,000 words.

Spread the Word!

If you know anyone who may be interested in contributing to this project, please pass on the information. The more diverse the material and age profile, the more gems will emerge.


More detailed guidelines can be found on our school website under 'Upcoming Events' or may be obtained in print by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Memories of Dominican College, c/o Siobhain Grogan, Dominican College, 204 Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.

We look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy the memories!



Detailed Guidelines for Submissions

Submissions should be received before 1st June, 2004.

Writing Style

It is not intended that the following recommendations should intimidate anyone; they will simply facilitate the editing process.

Genre and Word Length

Your contribution may be as short as you like and in any genre: poem, short story, photo with comment... as long as it draws on a genuine memory!

Maximum length: 3,000 words.

Abbreviations such as e.g. and etc. are generally not acceptable. The word should be written in full…. for example, not e.g.
Dates should be written in the following format: 1st September 1984
All attempts should be made to avoid spelling and grammatical errors. Spelling/grammar checkers and proofreading should ensure a high level of accuracy.
A thesaurus is useful in helping you find just the right word for a sentence.
Good punctuation enhances the clarity and readability of your submission.
Paragraphing organises a piece of writing into sections and helps the reader to understand your meaning. A new point usually requires a new paragraph.
Paragraphs should be neither too long (check to see if you have more than one point) nor too short (one or two sentences).

Drafting and re-drafting is an essential part of any writing and helps to tighten the structure and content of your writing. You may need to add or delete material as well as re-order material. It is best to leave some time between reading drafts to ensure you will look at the work with a fresh eye. Proofreading the final draft should include checking for spelling, grammatical and other minor errors. The spelling should be that of the Oxford English Dictionary.


Submissions should include the following information:

Name of Author (please include your name as it was in school so that your peers recognise you!)
Years spent in Dominican College, as a Student, Teacher or Parent e.g. 1946-1951
Word Count
Title of Submission

Submissions should be e-mailed or typed on A4 paper according to the following guidelines:

Style and Font: Times New Roman, Font size 12 are recommended
Spacing: The body of text should be 1.5.
Punctuation: No space before a full stop. Text resumes two spaces after a full stop. No space before commas, colons or semi-colons. Text resumes one space after commas, colons and semi-colons.
Justification: The text should be fully justified (straight edges on both left and right sides of the text).
Margins: The usual margins recommended are 2.5 cm at the top, bottom and right side of the page and 4cm at the left of the page
Paragraphs: There should be additional spacing between paragraphs; indents may be included later, during the editing process.


Referencing format for the text
When quoting from an author's work or when basing a paragraph substantially on someone else's work, you must acknowledge your source. In the Harvard system, this is done by inserting the author's surname, the date of publication and the actual page number(s) in brackets.

A quotation:
It was noted that, "the bridge night was a tremendous success" (O'Reilly, 2003, p. 12).

If referencing from a newspaper, follow the same format. If there is no identifiable author, use the name of the newspaper, the date and page number if required:
(The Irish Times, 22nd May 1983, p. 6)

Referencing format (in the Bibliography)

Book entries should be listed as follows: author, date of publication, title, edition (if not the first), publisher, place. The title of the publication should be in italics.
O'Reilly, Z., 2003, From Eccles Street to Griffith Avenue, 3rd edition, Dominican Press, Dublin.


It is hoped that editing can be kept to a minimum but obviously all material included on our school website must adhere to high ethical and grammatical standards. Thank you for your support.

Submissions should be received before 1st June, 2004.


We look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy the memories!

Camp Rainbow - Cernavoda, Romania - Your Questions Answered

What is the latest project being undertaken by Camp Rainbow?

Christmas cards, designed by the Romanian children at the Camp Rainbow Summer camp in July 2003, are on sale. Each pack of cards contains 10 cards and costs €5.

How did the school become involved in the Camp Rainbow project?

In 2000, two teachers from the school went to Cernavoda to do some charity work with a charity called United Christian Aid. When the charity moved to another area, Ms. K. Reilly decided to bring students to the town and continue helping the people of the community.

When did students from Dominican College first go to Cernavoda?

In 2001, two students went to see first-hand what needed to be done and indeed what could be done.
In 2002, 12 students went and ran a Summer Camp and named it Camp Rainbow.
In 2003, 18 students were involved in running the camp and painting and decorating the Montessori school and community centre.

How many children come to the Camp Rainbow?

Each year, approximately 200 Romanian children have benefited from the fun and learning experience that is Camp Rainbow.

Where will the proceeds of the Christmas cards go?

All of the profits of the sale of the cards will go directly to the Camp Rainbow Fund in order to build a new education centre for adults. This centre will facilitate the teaching of hygiene, cookery, life skills and will provide a recreational facility for adults, particularly women.

How much are the Christmas cards?

A pack of 10 cards costs €5.

Who designed the Christmas cards?

A competition was held amongst the children, who attended the Camp Rainbow Summer Camp during July, 2003. A panel of judges selected the four best entries. In other words, the people we are helping, designed the cards.

How much will the selling of the Christmas cards make?

If all of the Christmas cards are sold, we will make just over €25,000.

How much will the building cost?

It is expected that the building will cost in the region of €100,000.

When will the Education Centre be up and running?

It is hoped that the building work will be completed in 2005 and that it will be used as soon as possible.
What will happen in the Education Centre?
It is hoped that the centre will facilitate the teaching of life skills, hygiene and cookery and that it will provide a recreational facility for adults, particularly women.

How much did the Grand Prize Draw raise?

Over €36,000 profit was made. This was divided between Dominican College and the Camp Rainbow Fund.

How were the proceeds of the Grand Prize Draw spent?

As well as helping with the ongoing development of Dominican College, the money raised funded:

  • a Summer Camp for over 200 Romanian children,
  • the salaries of two Romanian teachers to run a homework club,
  • sewage and electrical facilities for a Montessori School, Community Centre and Church
  • painting and decorating of the Montessori school and Community Centre
  • the purchase of some local land
  • financial support for some families in crisis.

Why are you helping out Romania; aren't there plenty of deserving causes at home in Ireland?

The Dominican College community - students and teachers - are involved in a large amount of fundraising for a variety of charities, most of which are at home. We need to attempt to understand and help with difficulties both at home and abroad.

The Romanian Government should build this centre, not us. Why aren't they doing enough?

The Communist regime came to its end just over ten years ago and countries often have a lot of difficulty during a time of transition. As with many countries, there is corruption and the wealth is not evenly distributed. The same question could be asked of virtually every country in the world, including Ireland. It could be argued that if the Irish Government was doing its job properly, there shouldn't be any need for charities; but as we all know, there is always more to be done. The authorities are helping to pay for some of the running costs of our other projects - see below.

Who pays for running of the Montessori school?

The Government pays for the teachers and the Parish pays for the electricity.

How many children pay attend the new Montessori school?

Thirty children attend. Two teachers and one cleaner are employed there.

Rome 2004

by Niamh Daly, Claire Timon, Rachel Corrigan, Sinead Geoghegan and Aoife Lattin.

Well what can we say? Rome has been a fantastic experience. It was much better than we expected. The people and the places were wonderful not to mention the handsome Italian boys. Ciao bello!

There were many great laughs-including Ms. McCool sticking her head out the window only to hear our private conversation with Carlos and his crew. On another occasion Ms. Reilly, showing admirable diligence, paid us a visit at 2.30am just to check that all was in order in room 306. It was!
We all got dressed up for dinner at the Chef Express at the Termini Station. It seems that the 'mini' has not quite hit the Termini fashion scene yet. Ms.Murray was looking particularly trendy in her dolly shoes. This was not the poshest of restaurants, although it did serve its purpose. We were not very impressed at the beginning but it seemed to 'grow' on us as the week went on.
Everyone got along like 'a house on fire'. The teachers were 'sound as a pound'. We could not have picked a better bunch ourselves. Valentina, our guide, was so interesting! She made every story come to life and even went so far as to make some insightful observations on the social habits of the young Italian male. Fascinating!

Sister Christina was the very best group leader anyone could ask for. She took such great care of everyone. Thanks to all the teachers for creating such a terrific atmosphere throughout the whole trip. We will never forget it. Ciao for now.

Rome 2004
by Karina Dooley and Emma Regan.

On the first day, having deposited our luggage at Hotel Lazio, we went to the Trevi Fountain. It gets its name from the three roads (the tre vie) that meet in the middle of the 'piazza'. This is one of the main tourist attractions in Rome. The entire wall of a palace has been turned into a baroque fantasy of gods and goddesses set among rocks and a rushing cascade of water. There is a giant statue of Neptune the sea god, in the centre. The plentiful water supply comes from Agrippa's Aquaduct, the Aqua Vergine which was built in 19 B.C. In1762 the Trevi was completed in its present form.

When we first saw it, we thought that it was strange to have so decorative and detailed a fountain tucked into such a small space among back streets. Now we think that this aspect actually adds to the overall effect.

We all made wishes by firstly throwing a small coin over our right shoulder in the hope that we will return to Rome someday. Secondly, we threw a coin over our left shoulder and made a secret wish. The Trevi Fountain is really spectacular and very well worth a visit!


Rome 2004
by Aoife MacIntyre

The world famous Colosseum was my first taste of Rome. As I entered, I found my mind wandering, imagining what it was like for the gladiators who fought with their lives on the tip of a sword! The Latin word for sword is gladius. Although ruins are all that are left of the magnificent first century B.C. amphitheatre, you must challenge your mind to picture what actually went on there all those centuries ago. I was helped to do just that by the movie 'Gladiator'. Only ruins remain of the 70,000 original seats. From the outside it looks quite impressive. It is a gem in this beautiful ancient city. Rome is a city of many stories and each building tells its own. Just like the Colosseum, the Roman Empire fell into ruins. Having lasted from 752B.C. to the 5th century A.D. it went from one of the greatest empires the world has seen to nothing. Of course, Rome's influence is still seen today in the history, architecture, literature and art of Europe.

Roma 2004 by Aimee Travers, Eimear O'Rourke and Rachel Byrne.

So…..Italy. What's that all about? Well, in our experience, over friendly Italians, fascinating history buildings art and sculpure, extensive walking and good ice-cream.

Our journey begins at the Trevi fountain. We were already wishing we'd be back. We threw coins into the fountain which was really beautiful; and interesting with Valentina's running commentary. However we were grossly misled (yes, you Ms.Murray) about transport back to the hotel; there was none, but it gave us the opportunity to work off all the ice cream we had just eaten.

The following day, we were up bright and early for a tour of ancient Rome. We began at the Colosseum, where all the Latin students knew lots having spent three enlightening years in Ms. Murray's class where we learned most of what we were supposed to know, were highly interested and listened all the time.
We continued to the Palatine Hill, which involved far too many steps for our liking, but was worth it when we got to the top. From the summit, there was a clear view of the Circus Maximus, while wandering amongst the ruins of the Imperial palace.

After lunch (with a very amusing Italian) we headed for the Forum. We walked along the Via Sacra and finally saw all the temples and buildings we had written about for the past three years! The Temple of Vesta, the Arch of Titus, the Rostrum, the rebuilt Senate and the Temple of Romulus. It was amazing to finally see it, and fascinating to think that we were wondering about the ruins which formed the power centre of one of the greatest and most influential empires the world has known.

Then we returned to the Colosseum, where queues were infinitely shorter, largely because we skipped them. Again, we were highly impressed.
We visited the 'Wedding Cake' and sat on the steps while everyone got their photos taken. Exhausted, we went back to the hotel where the crazy Italians were still screaming 'Bellissima'.

Unperturbed, we arose the following morning to visit the Vatican. However, the queue was huge, every time we got to a corner we hoped it was the last but to no avail. We were in within an hour.

We sat in the gardens and listened to Valentina, then continued through Gallery Museums to the Sistine Chapel. The Chapel was phenomonal. It was divine. Everyone has seen pictures, but they can't possibly do it justice. It's really amazing. You can't possibly see it in ten minutes (ahem!) but we tried.
After lunch, we visited St. Peter's Bascilica, the biggest in the world. We also visited St. Peter's Crypt, the Vatican Grotto. On our way out, people tried to get photos with the Swiss guards ( yes, you Paula!) but to no avail. We dropped by the Pantheon, without being robbed, though we had a near fatal run in with some psychotic bus driver.

Rachel was terrified (it's a real fear) when pigeons flew into the Pantheon, and the teachers were very concerned about Mass if it rained.
That evening, we went to see La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi in the Chiesa All Saints, Anglican Church, on the Via del Babuino. The orchestra were superb, particularly the percussionist. The more elderly tenor was exceptionally good, with perfect pitch and control. The soprano had a beautiful vibratto, and control rivalled only by the mezzo-soprano, who was brilliant. It was a fabulous performance and the acoustics of the Church only added to it. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and an excellent evening.

The night concluded with some teachers seeing us in our jammiis- AGAIN! So not the professional image we were trying to project!!!
Thank you, it was a great trip!