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Sophie Smyth and Caoimhe Breen are crowned Irish Rowing Champions!


On the 13th of July one of our current Dominican pupils Sophie Smyth (Year 12) and one past pupil, Caoimhe Breen, competed in the prestigious Irish rowing Championships held in Cork from the 12th to the 14th of July.

The girls were representing Bann Rowing Club in the Women’s junior 8+ competition (age 18 and under is classified as junior). The race was 2km long. Going into the race the Bann team were seen as the “under dogs”, something they were able to use to their advantage on the day.

Over the first 150/250 metres everybody was in a line until the Bann and Enniskillen teams broke away from the rest of the field. The race was a tough battle between both crews giving their all but in the end Bann won with a convincing lead of about a 1 ¼ lengths.

This was an amazing achievement and the first time Bann Rowing Club have ever won this women’s junior event since it was formed in 1842.

Well done to both girls from all here in DCP and we look forward to watching the future success of Sophie and Caoimhe.

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Things going swimmingly for Charlie!


Charlie Eatwell, Year 10, offers this reflection on a season’s achievements in his swimming career.

“My goal for the 2018/19 season was getting the Swim Ireland Regional (Ulster) Squad times. I only had once chance to get these times which was in the Irish Nationals in Dublin as it’s the only bench mark meeting to qualify.

I trained all summer early mornings in Coleraine with my coach and in Magherafelt in the evenings I also completed strength and conditioning training in the gym.

To motivate myself I put my target times on my wardrobe and looked at them every day as these were the times I needed to achieve.
I went to Irish nationals in July and got exactly what I needed in my 50M free long course (27.40 seconds) and my 100M free (59.90 seconds) I also had knocked 4.5 seconds off my previous personal best in my 100M fly.

And now the 2019-20 season beckons! I start my first training day with the Ulster Squad on Saturday and I’m so excited. I know that I have a long way to go for sure but I have made my first goal and look forward to achieving all my others.

I have now joined Bangor Swimming Club so I can have more pool time in one of the best swimming centres in Northern Ireland. This involves lengthy daily travelling in order to help fulfil my goals.

I swim in Bangor 5:30am -7:30am and 6:30-8:30 P.M on Mondays and I attend further evening sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays 6:30-8:30 P.M and further early morning sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Attached are photos from the Irish Nationals this summer.

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Information Morning for Entrance Assessment 2020


The school will hold a Familiarisation Morning on Saturday 7th September for parents and P7 pupils interested in sitting the GL Entrance Assessment for entry to Dominican College in 2020-21.

The principal will speak to parents at 9.00 A.M.

Registration for the GL Assessment will close on Friday 20th September.

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June Sports Update


Camogie and Athletics success for Dominican pupils.

Our year 8 and 9 girls both won the NEBSSA Camogie Blitz on Thursday 20th June. They played a range of matches against local schools. The Dominican team were unbeaten throughout the day and went on to win the Blitz overall.

Two of our Year 11 pupils, Aoife Loughrey and Millie Marshall, helped out on the day and worked with our pupils from Year 8 and 9.

Well done to Miss McCoy and Mrs Park for working with these pupils.

A special thank-you also to North Coast Integrated for organising a fantastic day full of great developmental skills, games and the promotion of Camogie for all schools involved. . 

More Success for Oliver!

Oliver Swinney, a Year 11 student, capped off an excellent year in Athletics by competing in The Interprovinical Athletics Championships in Morton Stadium, Dublin on Saturday.

Oliver won Gold in the 100m event in a new personal best time of 10.94 and followed this up by anchoring the 100M relay team to victory for his second Gold of the day.

Very well done from all in Dominican College, Oliver. We look forward to see you develop as an athlete over the coming years.

Sports Awards 2019

This Thursday the school will celebrate the sporting achievements of all our pupils in our annual Sports Awards ceremony hosted by the PE department. Well done to all pupils who have taken part in Sports in school this year.

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Surfing DCP


Surfing DCP!

This term saw the establishment of our first ever surf school organised by Mr Coils.

Pupils from Years 8, 9 and 10 took part and the club was a great success. Such was the demand that two groups were necessary. Mr Coils was delighted by the skills developed by the pupils , some of whom had never surfed before.

He is very much looking forward to repeating this activity in the 2019-20 school year.

A special thank you to Surf Alive for helping to facilitate this event.

Well done, everyone involved.

View a video clip of DCP Surf Club click here

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DCP Delighted to support Air Ambulance NI


Today Mr Tony Osborne, a past Dominican parent, came to school to collect a cheque for 500 pounds for the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance. The school are delighted to be able to support this most worth cause and the money donated will go a small way towards the average daily cost of 5500 pounds to run the Air Ambulance Service.

Tony, an ex- fireman and keen motorcyclist, was inspired to become a fundraiser for the NI Air Ambulance following a motorbike accident involving his son Simon. At the beginning of this year Simon was involved in a very serious accident just outside Bushmills and, due to the speedy intervention of the air ambulance team who arrived on the scene in less than 20 minutes, was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast and brought to the team of surgeons who would save his life.

Realising the vital role played by the Air Ambulance team, Tony was inspired to fundraise to help support this valuable service and set himself a target of 100,000. Tony plans to return to DCP later this year to tell pupils Simon’s story and to pass on vital road safety messages and the school hopes to continue to promote and support the work of the NI Air Ambulance
Mr Tony Osborne is pictured receiving a cheque from Dominican Principal, Ms Ronan and three Year 8 pupils:
Sorcha, Lea and Holly.

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