One of the most celebrated modern female writers, both nationally and internationally, was at UCD last week and the English department of Dominican College accepted an invitation to attend a poetry reading in celebration of her upcoming term of residence. Ireland Professor of Poetry, Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin, has featured on the Leaving Certificate English syllabus for a number of years now, so it was a fantastic opportunity to hear her speak about, and read from, a selection her work.
Her poems in their complex yet accessible form, present to us a way to register life in its fullness, including its darkness and emptiness. They seem to call out to readers, to urge us to practice insight, a task that involves the true discipline of empathy - very much in keeping with our ‘Veritas’ motto here in Dominican College, Griffith Avenue. Ireland’s story is not complete; it continues to grow and develop in richness and diversity. As we race into 2018 - a world that too often celebrates technological advancement over all else - it is more important than ever to remember that our national heritage deserves to be an integral part of our future, indeed it is fundamental to our ongoing narrative as a country.
Poetry is alive and well, and has a great deal to teach us. Looking forward to bringing the works of this fantastic scholar to our senior English students. (Ms. Donohoe, English Department)
Thursday the 8th of February saw Dominican College’s debaters march into to next round of the UCD L&H Junior Schools competition. The start of this competition saw over two-hundred schools compete, the octo-finals reduced that to a mere thirty-two teams, three of which were from Dominican College, Griffith Avenue. What a wonderful achievement!
Faced with the complex motion,‘This House believes that important decisions about a minor’s health should be made by medical professionals only and not left up to the minor or their parents.’ it was all hands on deck as the girls came together to prepare. Late nights, hours of research and careful construction of points took its toll as D-Day approached. Things were made a lot easier however with the much appreciated pizza lunch on the afternoon of the competition, thank you again to the Senior Management Team for providing this.
After a gruelling three hours the adjudicators made their announcement and three members of the team have made it through to the quarter-finals, due to take place on February 22nd. This competition represents the very best of Leinster’s speakers. And now, moving into the next round, Dominican College represents ten percent of that total.
Thank you to all the teachers involved, to the Senior Management Team, to the girls themselves and especially to their parents. This is indeed a team effort and I am truly grateful to all members of this team for your support, dedication and commitment. Ms. Donohoe (Debating coach)
Transition Year students were delighted to welcome broadcasters and journalists, Carole Coleman and Olivia O’Leary to Dominican College in recent weeks. Both spoke eloquently about how they progressed in their careers. Recalling a time before mobile phones and electronic print, they explained that when they began writing articles they would have to read out their written pieces over the phone so that a typist could type their articles in the newspaper office.
Both speakers vividly described memorable moments from their careers. Carole showed a clip of the famous interview she conducted with American president, President George W. Bush in 2004. And Olivia described the scene in BBC studios as she hosted Newsnight and news broke about the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
Olivia and Carole finished up by taking questions from students and concluded with some inspirational words for those considering venturing into the world of communications or politics.
Many thanks to the students of 4.1 who organised the day and welcomed our esteemed visitors.
Class 4.1 along with Mr Curry and Mrs Kealy paid a visit to the Dáil for a tour at 3.30pm last Tuesday 23rd January. Dáil Eireann is the primary legislative body in the Republic. There are 158 directly elected TDs representing 40 constituencies while there are 60 members in Seanad Éireann - 43 are elected and 11 nominated by the Taoiseach.
Security was tight on the way in from Kildare Street and all our bags were scanned, before we were allowed entry. We had a lovely guide who was giving his first tour that day. He was really enthusiastic. We were brought in to the public gallery and were lucky enough to hear the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speak followed by Micheál Martin at the Leaders’ Questions.
We were then brought to the Seanad where we heard Senator David Norris speak about cyclists on footpaths and how he was nearly knocked over. He suggested more legislation should be brought in, similar to what is in the UK. He was congratulated by the chairperson on winning the best house tv competition.
We then had a meeting with Jack Chambers TD who is the youngest TD in the Dáil. He was elected in 2015 for the Dublin West constituency. He gave all the students information leaflets about the Dáil and Seanad and answered any questions the students had.
It was most enjoyable visit and exceeded everyone’s expectations.