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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.


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

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!

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.

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.