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COMBINED DOMINICANS UNION (CDU)

Dominican College Past Pupils Union has been a member of the Combined Dominican Union since it was formed in 1963, and actively participated in all its functions both charitable and social. The Combined Dominican Union included Muckross Park, Dún Laoghaire, Sion Hill and Newbridge College Unions.  The Union was organised by a committee chaired by its President who rotated between the different Unions on a regular basis.  Whichever Union was in the chair took on the responsibility of the annual events which the Combined Union organised  eg  dance, cake sale, retreat and fork supper.  Any profits from the fundraising events were divided out between all the Unions. A number of societies and activities were also organised, and Inter-Union tournaments took place in the Golf, Hockey, Tennis and Swimming Clubs. For a few years debutantes from each of the schools were presented to the President of the Combined Union at the Annual Dance.   In 1965, a very successful dance was held in the Intercontinental Hotel, with over 720 attending.  Thirty debutantes from Eccles Street were presented to the President of the Combined Dominican Union, Ms E Monahan, on that occasion. Two annual events are still ongoing  -  the Combined Dominican Golf Outing, held in Naas Golf Club, and the Combined Dominican Union Mass for Deceased Past Pupils.  Originally, the venue for this Mass was rotated between the different Colleges, but is now celebrated in October each year at Muckross Park Convent.

Combined Union Dance 1968

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Debutants Ball & Other Events

The Combined Dominican Union (formed in 1963) organised an Annual Dance, and for a few years debutantes from the different schools were presented to the President of the Combined Unions. In 1965 Eccles Street presented 30 debutantes.

The Combined Dominican Unions formed a committee and the Chair was rotated between the different Unions. Whichever Union was in the chair took on the responsibility of the annual events eg Dance, Cake Sale,  Retreat and the Fork Supper. Any profits from the fundraising events were divided out between all the Unions. Two annual events are still ongoing – the Combined Dominican Golf Outing held normally in Naas Golf Club, and the Combined Dominican Unions Mass for Deceased Past Pupils. Originally the venue for this Mass was rotated between the different Colleges, but is now held annually in October at Muckross Park Convent.

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COMBINED DOMINICAN UNIONS MASS

The venue for the Combined Dominican Schools Unions’ Mass originally rotated among the different Unions, but for many years now it is celebrated in October each year in the beautiful Convent Chapel of Muckross Park. Muckross Park Past Pupils’ Union welcome past pupils from Ballyfermot, Cabra, Dún Laoghaire, Eccles St and Griffith Avenue,  Scoil Chaitríona, Falls Road, Forwilliam, Portstewart, Santa Sabina, Sion Hill, Taylor’s Hill or Wicklow, or any other Dominican School, to the annual celebration of Mass. The Muckross Committee members invite all to light refreshments and chat afterwards, which is always welcome. Click here for current details.

Thérese Considine, Falls Road, Carmel O’Connor and Ann Killeen, President DCPPU,
at the Combined Dominican Union Mass in Muckross, October 2011 (left). Collette Mhic Giolla Eoin (Eccles St) and Gay Rodgers (Muckross), October 2014 (right).

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COMBINED DOMINICAN UNIONS GOLF

In 1963 Joan Priestman (nee Horne), a past pupil of Muckross and Wicklow, founded a golf society for Dominican girls. Our Golf Society members participate in this Combined Dominican Unions’ Golf Society and Outing where teams from the different Dominican schools compete for the Waterford Cut Glass Trophy which was presented to the Society by Waterford Glass. The trophy is Waterford Glass on a mahogany plinth with silver plates on all sides on which is engraved the name of the winning school and the year. The team with the best three scores wins the trophy and the team from our union is very well represented on this trophy. 71 ladies played in the first outing and to make you envious again, the green fees were ten shillings and the cost of the supper was four shillings. In 2008, 65 ladies played with 24 golfers from DCPPU. In 2014, the Centenary year of the DCPPU, the Combined Dominican Golf Society will hold its 51st Outing on Monday 7th July in Naas Golf Club

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SISTER DOMINICAN UNIONS

It has become the custom for some Dominican Unions to invite the presidents of other Dominican Unions to one of their annual functions, usually a Lunch or Dinner. The president of DCPPU invited the presidents of Dún Laoghaire, Sion Hill and Muckross Park past pupils’ Unions to the Annual Dinner each year, and since 2004 to the Annual Luncheon, and these invitations have always been reciprocated. These are very enjoyable occasions for the visiting presidents and great friendships have developed over the years. This has engendered the sharing of information and experiences between the Unions which has been mutually beneficial.

Dervila Keane (President Sion Hill), Clare Wardell (President Dún Laoghaire)
and Carmel O’Connor (President DCPPU)in 2007

Niamh Gourlay (President Muckross), Rita Finan (President Dún Laoghaire) and Pauline Coakley (President DCPPU) at Dún Laoghaire PPU Annual Lunch 2013

Jenny Keating (President Sion Hill), Ann Killeen (President DCPPU), Beatrice Doran (President Muckross) and Rita Finan (President Dún Laoghaire) at Muckross Park PPU Annual Dinner 2012

Dervila Keane (President Sion Hill) Carmel O’Connor (President DCPPU), Gay Rodgers (President Muckross), Rita Finan (President Dún Laoghaire) and Teresa Lowth (President Cabra) at Muckross Park PPU Annual Dinner 2008

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