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Fáilte & Welcome

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

Céad Míle Fáilte to all our readers, whether parent, student, teacher, past student or friend. The website is designed to give you an insight into the aims and activities of our highly regarded College.

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Mission Statement & Ethos

Here at Dominican College, we strive to support, develop and realise each individual's full potential in a Catholic environment.

Our Roman Catholic traditional motto - Veritas - permeates and imbues all aspects of school life - academic and personal.

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125th Anniversary Celebrations

Welcome to our 125th Anniversary Year Celebrations
Calendar of Events for 2008

January 10th The anniversary of Domininican College opening

May 11th Past Pupils Mass Marino Church Griffith Avenue
May 11th Open Day Dominican College 204 Griffith Avenue. 
Photos and Memorabilia
Book on the Story of Dominican College on sale
Registration for Past Pupils Union / Alumni

October7th:  Start of School Year Mass in Marino Church Griffith Avenue
for Present Staff & Students

OctoberPresentation of Leaving Certificate Bursaries to the successful Dominican College graduates of 2008

Late Nov / Early Dec Annual School Show

TCD Entrance Exhibition Awards - 2007

Congratulations to  Ailish Beakey and Claire Murphy, who due to their high performance levels achieved in the School Leaving Certificate Examinations, have been selected for an Entrance Exhibition Awards in Trinity College Dublin.

StricTlY Ballroom – Reflections from the Producers

Dominican College’s Transition Year (2007) show StricTlY Ballroom performed in The Helix in DCU was a huge success as an audience of over 1,000 clapped and cheered their way through an evening of entertainment which focused on Ballroom Dancing. The show on December 10 was one of the biggest gatherings in the 125 years of distinguished history enjoyed by Dominican College, as students, teachers, management, trustees, past students, parents and friends of our school gathered together to perform and enjoy a very special night of entertainment and education.

StricTlY Ballroom provided an opportunity for our TY students to not only learn about dance, but to develop in a wide variety of ways which we hope will benefit them as they mature and develop in the future. All students, both on stage and back stage, learned important lessons for their future lives like teamwork, commitment, organisation, dedication, volunteering, innovation and creativity.

Since it opened in 1883, Dominican College has maintained a proud record of producing shows. Nowadays the annual show forms a major part of the school’s very successful Transition Year Programme. This year the school’s brave ambition in producing a show on the scale of StricTlY Ballroom was justified by the tremendous level of support received. To parents, thank you again for trusting us to involve your children in a Transition Year programme which we believe ranks with the best available. Nights like Demember 10th in The Helix highlight the quality of our TY programme for us all.

Wherever we turned for help we found great goodwill towards the idea of the show. Our MC, RTÉ news journalist Niamh Sweeney, was the consummate professional. Our Style and Fashion Judge, Caroline Morahan brought star quality to the evening. Our dance judges Kathy McGuinness, April Coady, Tara Treacy, Michael O’Connor and Peter O’Driscoll performed one of the most difficult tasks on the night.

StricTlY Ballroom has been a real learning experience for students, teachers and all others involved. Tremendous credit must be given to all who have helped make this show possible. To all who supported StricTlY Ballroom, thanks for your encouragement and assistance. StricTlY Ballroom was also the first show to be hosted outside of the school. The show’s success also stemmed from great teamwork and co-operation between the staff and students of partner schools St. Aidan’s CBS, Belvedere College and Dominican College.

Finally to the students, thanks for making StricTlY Ballroom happen, best of luck in the future.

Bláithín Roche & Joe Curry (Producers - Strictly Ballroom) 
TY Ballroom Dancers on The Once A Week Show with Dustin and Caroline Morahan.

Strictly Ballroom Prize Winners

Congratulations to all the TY students who participated in the TY event in The Helix.  It was a most enjoyable night for the dancers, stage crew and audience.  A night to remember!

The winners of the various categories are listed below:
1st: Fiona Barry & Adrian Dimla (4.1)
2nd: Ciara Sherlock & David Maguiness (4.3)
3rd: Evelyn Spellacy & Adam Casey (4.4)
Beginners Latin American:
1st: Hannah McInerney & David Maguiness (4.2)
2nd: Jennifer O Connor & Fintan Murphy (4.1)
3rd: Jennifer Maguire & Jordan Logue (4.3)
Advanced Latin American:
1st: Fiona Barry & Adrian Dimla (4.1)
2nd: Emma Hanley & Stephen Traynor (4.4)
3rd: Ciara Sherlock & David Maguiness (4.3)
1st: Emma Hanley & Stephen Traynor (4.4)
2nd: Victoria McCormac & Declan Patton (4.2)
3rd: Deidre Woods & Stephen Power (4.2)
1st: Jennifer Maguire & Jordan Logue (4.3)
2nd: Sarah Clinton & Aidan McDonald (4.2)
3rd: Emma Flynn & Sean Lynch (4.1) Fiona Barry & Niamh O Brien (4.1)

Temple Street Fundraising

The Transition Year students on behalf of Temple Street Children’s Hospital’s Trick or Treat campaign braved the cold and the rain to raise money for a very worthy cause. The girls managed to raise a staggering €1,651.25 for Temple Street. This money will go towards the development of a Cystic Fibrosis and Respiratory Unit for the hospital. The scanner will cost €2.7m, and although the money raised sounds small in comparison to such a vast sum, the Transition Years have helped to change the lives of the thousands of children that Temple Street cares for by contributing to this campaign.