(Feb 27, 2014 The Herald)
MARY Cronin was the star performer at Mobhi Road yesterday afternoon, as Dominican College booked their place in O'Neill's Senior 'D' All-Ireland Championship decider courtesy of a gutsy victory over Loreto College, Mullingar.
DOMINICAN COLLEGE 1-12
LORETO MULLINGAR 1-6
Loreto captain Julie McLoughlin was a thorn in the side of the Dominican rearguard throughout the contest, and with the exception of a long-range pointed free by half-back Fiona Glynn, contributed all of the Westmeath school's final tally.
This wasn't enough to give Róisín Scally's outfit the triumph that they desired, however, and with corner-forward Claire Byrne finding the back of the Loreto net in the 46th minute, Dominican's were able to push on for a memorable success.
The Griffith Avenue outfit had secured the Dublin title with a thrilling 6-2 to 3-5 win over Loreto Beaufort last month, but it was their Lake County opponents who drew first blood in this outing.
Just three minutes into the action, the dynamic McLoughlin split the posts under the pressure, and even though Dominicans responded with impressive scores from half-forward duo Aoife Wade and the aforementioned Cronin, a subsequent brace by McLoughlin offered Loreto a slender advantage.
Rachel Egan levelled matters for a third time courtesy of a 12th minute point, but following a scrappy spell for both teams, the increasingly elusive McLoughlin sparked fresh impetus into the game when she shot brilliantly past Dominican's netminder Ciara Tierney from a right-hand angle eight minutes before the interval.
This was a hammer blow for the north Dubliners so close to the mid-way point, but they quickly restored parity thanks to a trio of successful placed-ball scores by reliable midfielder Niamh Rock.
Indeed, Cronin's second point of the day ensured that they brought a 0-7 to 1-3 cushion into the second period, and although the outstanding McLoughlin immediately cancelled out this buffer after the restart, the pacey Cronin was once again on target from a distance of 40 metres in the 38th minute.
Glynn's terrific pointed free from distance had set-up a nerve-wracking final-quarter, but when Loreto's Meadbh Scally failed to deal with a speculative effort on goal by the industrious Byrne 14 minutes from the end, Dominican suddenly found themselves in the ascendancy.
Thanks to strong defensive work by Niamh Gleeson and Ashley O'Sullivan, Dominicans were able to keep Loreto at bay as the final-whistle approached, and fine scores from Byrne, Wade and Cronin provided significant daylight between the sides.
Loreto finally added their third point of the half via the tireless McLoughlin five into time added on, but thanks to a fifth point for the magnificent Cronin, Dominican's passage to the final was emphatically sealed.
Scorers – Dominican College: M Cronin 0-5, C Byrne 1-1, N Rock 0-3 (3f), A Wade 0-2, R Egan 0-1. Loreto Mullingar: J McLoughlin 1-5 (0-1f), F Glynn 0-1 (f).
DOMINICAN COLLEGE: C Tierney; C Ellis, N Gleeson, H Brunton; A O'Sullivan, R O'Donoghue, B Hennessy; C Murphy, N Rock; A Wade, M Cronin, N Witter; R Egan, N Murphy, C Byrne. Subs: K O'Neill for Hennessy (36), Hennessy for Egan (58), H Carty for C Murphy (60).
LORETO MULLINGAR: M Scally; S Kearney, L Dunne, S McGrath; F Glynn, N Horan, S Coughlan; S McLoughlin, K Heffernan; A Ruane, J McLoughlin, C Kenny; S Maher, O Kelleghan, L Gavigan.
Subs: R Kelly for Maher (h-t), G O'Connor for Kearney (50).
Referee: M Ward (Laois).
On Friday 18th of January 2019 the Dominican Senior Camogie team took on Loreto Beaufort in the final of the Division A Dublin School’s Championship. It was an intense match throughout but the Dominican girls persevered and there were great battles all over the pitch. With outstanding performances from each of the six backs, the Beaufort forwards found it difficult to score following some brilliant saves by Karen O’Connell. Zara Ryan and Eva Ahern were a strong pairing in midfield helping Dominican College keep a strong attack. It was a very close first half and we were only a point up at half time.
The Dominican forwards were relentless in the second half with some brilliant scores from Eile O’Ceallaigh and Saibh Mangan. The game ended 4-7 to 1-9 to Dominican College. Both the team and the huge group of supporters were delighted to bring the trophy back to Dominican College Griffith Avenue for the first timesince Eccles Street dominated the competition.
By Caoimhe Walshe and Saibh Mangan
There's a lovely festive atmosphere in the Library this year. The library door has a paper wreath, so simple and yet so elegant, made by one last year’s 6th Year students. Alex, made a book tree (a Christmas tree made out of books, lights and decorations) and we also have two beautiful Christmas wreaths on display from the science department.
Regarding games, we have some new chess boards and pieces and have had a beginner’s class already in chess. After Christmas we will have chess games and competitions for the 1st Years. We also have available Playing Cards Drafts, and Scrabble.
We are getting into the festive spirit!! Ho Ho Ho
The Shoebox Appeal is all about giving gifts to very vulnerable children who have so little in different parts of the world such as countries in Eastern Europe and Africa. With the help of Ms. N Murray, a team of TY students were picked to help carry out the Shoebox Appeal in Dominican College. Students on the committee were assigned classes from each year group to help them prepare their shoe boxes.
We explained the 4 W's that they would have to include for their shoebox; Write, Wash, Wear and Wow! Many items that we take for granted had to be included in the boxes such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, school copies, colouring pencils, hat, gloves, small toys and sweets.
On Friday the 9th of November, the Shoebox committee team spent 2 hours going through all of the shoe boxes that were donated by students and made sure that they were ready to be sent of to many eagerily awaiting children. For the majority of these children it will be the only gift that they will get all year.
We wish to thank all students and staff who helped with the appeal. Thanks to you, 264 shoeboxes were sent from Dominican College this year.