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23 06, 2023

Dominican Sisters visit Galway Museum

2023-11-30T14:09:43+00:00June 23, 2023|Uncategorized|

Galway City museum celebrated the 300th anniversary of the reliquary of St. Ursula, 1723 -2023. It was donated by the Dominican Sisters Taylor’s Hill to the museum in 2022.

Much research has been done on relics and reliquaries in recent years by Mr. Raghnall  Ó Floinn, former director of  the National Museum  of Ireland  and Dr. Dagmar Ó Riain- Raedel, a former member of the  History Dept. Cork University. The fruit of their research was generously shared with  those who gathered at the museum for this occasion.

Eithne Verling, Museum Director, on behalf of the museum thanked the Dominican Sisters of Taylor’s Hill for the donation of the reliquary and other generous donations made to the museum in recent years.

The restored textiles  originally donated to the museum in 2011 will be on display when the extension to the museum is completed. Sr. Margaret Joyce’s altar frontal has been included in two documentaries recorded in the museum by the BBC and by RTE for a programme entitled  Hidden Treasures.  We will get the date of the broadcast.

As this special occasion came to an end all participants at the event were treated to a much appreciated  light lunch, courtesy of the staff of Galway City Museum.

The reliquary contains the reputed remains of the skull of St Ursula, a fourth century martyr. The relic was donated to Sr. Margaret  Rosary Joyce of the Dominican community in Galway. On its arrival in Galway this  beautiful reliquary was made by Mr. Richard Joyce and donated to the community in June 1723.

Mr Joyce is  the same silversmith who made the first Claddagh ring.

Dominican Sisters  gathered in the museum to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the reliquary with the Director of the museum, Eithne Verling and the Collections Officer Helen Birmingham.


10 05, 2023

Happy 105th Birthday

2023-11-30T14:21:09+00:00May 10, 2023|Uncategorized|


One of our Sisters celebrated her 105th birthday today.

She enjoyed the day with a special afternoon tea and said a few words to those assembled which included “ I want to say to everyone, love one another and one day we will all be together, the feeble and the strong.  I want to say thanks for all the good wishes and the show of friendship and love today and in recent day”.



15 04, 2023

Oratory of the Sacred Heart, Dun Laoghaire

2023-12-01T11:39:29+00:00April 15, 2023|Dominican News|

Explore a hidden gem of Celtic revival art this spring.🎨 The Oratory of the Sacred Heart, Dún Laoghaire. ⛪️
Entering the tiny chapel has been described as ‘walking into a three dimensional Book of Kells’.
Join Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Spring into Heritage
free guided tours every Wednesday & Sunday
Until May 7th.

3 03, 2023

Global Strike for Climate 2023

2023-07-12T10:53:33+00:00March 3, 2023|Uncategorized|

On Friday March 3rd 2023 Dominican Sisters and school students from St Dominic’s College Cabra joined together as part of the Global Strike for Climate, calling for urgent climate action under the banner “Tomorrow is too late”. The Eco and Social Justice Committees of St Dominic’s College joined Sisters and staff in the grounds of the Dominican Convent St Mary’s to call on the government to “listen to the cry of the earth” and to “listen to the cry of the poor”. Inspired by the papal encyclical Laudato Si’, this photo action is an act of solidarity with young people across the globe who are calling for change and for care of our common home.


22 07, 2019

Link to the John Bowman broadcast (Sunday 21st July 2019) archival interviews of our Sister Margaret Mac Curtain OP (Sr Ben)

2023-12-01T12:06:22+00:00July 22, 2019|Dominican News, Events, Good News, Ireland, News, Women Preachers|

Click below to listen to the John Bowman broadcast (Sunday 21st July 2019) archival interviews of our Sister Margaret Mac Curtain OP (Sr Ben)

Congratulations Margaret on your life long commitment as a Dominican and inspiration to many!


10 06, 2019

Eucharist celebration and thanksgiving to mark the closing of St. Rose’s Dominican College, Belfast.

2023-12-01T12:09:53+00:00June 10, 2019|Dominican News, Education, Events, Ireland|

Concluding remarks by Sr. Maire McHugh OP, Mission Area Prioress Ireland, at the Thanksgiving Mass to mark the closing of St. Rose’s Dominican College, Belfast. 

Ascension Sunday 2nd June 2019,

St. Paul’s Parish Church, Falls Road, Belfast

How often have we found when looking through the lens of the Gospel that we can always see our own lives. For me today is one of those times, as I listen to the Gospel story of the Ascension. It is a Gospel about change, about transition. No one likes change! yet for the disciples the departure of Jesus was an important point of growth for them. Jesus was to be with them in a very different way. Yet for them his leaving was very painful indeed. Letting go of the physical presence of Jesus and adjusting to the new reality that was unfolding for the disciples did not sit comfortably with them.

This is a time of transition and change for those of you who have been so loyal to St Rose’s College.  Like all endings, it can leave you disturbed and bereft. And yet, very often too the very idea of endings can be a time of inspiration and the promise of new possibilities.

Though St Rose’s, Dominican College, is closing, each of you, members of the Staff, the Board of Governance, Past Pupils, have embodied the values of Dominican Education, that search for the Truth, the source of inspiration that guides you in your efforts to respond to a rapidly changing world…or as Sr Catherine of Siena said, “Preach the Truth as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world.”

None of us can underestimate how over the last number of years, the reduction of budgets, the years of uncertainty and the amalgamation with two other schools, has affected you the staff and board members. However, as Grace Mc Callion said in her invitation letter, “we have come to the end of an era which evokes mixed emotions, so it is important that the achievement of all are honoured and commemorated.”

There is no doubt that since 1961 – 2019, the Staff in St Rose’s has provided the very best for each individual child and has appreciated the varying gifts and talents of every student. This could only have come about as the result of the total commitment of all the members of staff to the welfare of the students and the support of the Board of Governors, who always had the needs of the students to the forefront. Those needs were many as most of the students came from very disadvantaged backgrounds, from different faiths and cultures and many for whom English is not their first language. You faced those challenges courageously. With the advancing technology of the 21st C and new means of conveying information and knowledge, the staff has always shown great resilience, constantly adjusting to rapidly changing needs. This has demanded on-going professional development, so that you could provide new courses for your students and be constantly innovative in response to syllabi change. Also, to deal with a population downturn and its effect on St Rose’s school from 1000 to 200 students, the staff have needed the ability to be proactive.

Sound leadership has been displayed on the part of the Principals and the Board Of Governors throughout the last 58 years, with the introduction of theoretically applied courses which provided the pathway for so many students into University. There is no doubt that the focus has been on meeting the needs of the students, encouraging them to believe in themselves and to always remain true to themselves.  Again, I quote St Catherine of Siena, “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

No one likes to remember the years of the “Troubles” here in Belfast, but we are grateful that St Rose’s staff who provided a safe place for the students, going to extreme lengths to ensure their safety and well-being.

Always alert to the signs of the times and showing a willingness to adapt to changing conditions, over the last number of years, despite the difficulties, the Board of Governors and the Staff have fully embraced collaboration with Corpus Christi College and Christian Brothers School, Glen Rd, to provide the very best for the students and to form a new co-educational school, All Saints.

On behalf of all the Dominican Sisters, I would like to say a sincere thank you to the present Board of Governors and its chair Mr James Mc Kerrow, who with gentle negotiating power and endless courtesy has steered St Rose’s into amalgamation.

We are very sad indeed that St Rose’s, as a Dominican College, will no longer exist. However, we are reassured, knowing that the students of St Rose’s, have been endowed with rich, positive educational experiences in keeping with the Dominican ethos.

A very special word of acknowledgment and appreciation to Dr Bob Cummins, who has represented the Dominican Sisters through the long negotiation of the amalgamation under the guidance of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS).

Recalling again the Ascension story today, Jesus instructs the disciples to “stay in the city” – to wait patiently for the moment of grace. May this time of waiting be a moment of grace for you too.

“May you be blessed with constant hope, with confidence in what awaits you, and a strong trust that all shall be well. May you be blessed with graced surrender to let go of what keeps you from growing, to learn from the obstacles that arise, and to live each day with a spirit of openness.” (Joyce Rupp)

And from all the Dominican Sisters we say, may each of you go with courage and trust. And may our love support you as you go in peace with our deep gratitude alive in you as you depart from St Rose’s.

Following the Eucharist celebration guests were invited to return to the school for refreshments and an opportunity to visit the school and chat with friends and colleagues.



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