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Fundraising ACTIVITIES OF THE PAST PUPILS' UNION

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Dominican College and Scoil Chaitríona FundRaising Appeal 1992

In April 1992, on behalf of the Dominican Community, the Executive Committee circularised all members of the Union with a letter appealing for funds for our two colleges -  Dominican College Griffith Avenue and Scoil Chaitríona  Mobhi Road. Funds were required by the Dominican Sisters to help maintain the high standard of education that we had all enjoyed in Eccles Street, particularly in the extra-curricular activities of drama, elocution, debating, games, art, languages and music appreciation. Participation in these extra subjects helps develop holistically the whole individual but the costs involved are greater than the funds supplied by the Department of Education under the Free Education Scheme. This Appeal was enclosed with the annual Newsletter and notification of the AGM, and so did not incur any postal charges for the Community. Sr Henry OP distributed donations received, and thanked very sincerely all who had responded.

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Patchwork Quilts of Yesterday and Today Fundraising Evening 1993

On 20 May 1993, past pupil and long time member of the Union Ann Killeen gave a talk and slide presentation of Irish heritage quilts and contemporary patchwork. This talk was followed by a “Show and Tell” where Ann and members of the Irish Patchwork Society displayed their work and described the many techniques used in the execution of the works on display. Afterwords, light refreshments were provided by the executive committee. This was a very enjoyable and interesting evening. Ann and her colleagues very generously gave their time, energy and expertise so that all funds raised were donated to Dominican College Griffith Avenue.

Ann (on the right) showing one of her quilts ‘Aisling’, designed and made using batik and free machine quilting.

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Colour Analysis Evening 1994

The Union’s 1994 fundraising, organised by past pupil Carmel O’Connor, was ‘An Evening of Colour Analysis’ and was very well attended and most enjoyable. Held in the college hall Dominican College Griffith Avenue,  Alma Cullivan and her team from Creative Colour Consultancy gave expert advice to all on choosing colours to suit our skin tones, and personalised skin care techniques. Refreshments served by the executive committee rounded off a great evening which everyone enjoyed. Thanks to Alma and her colleagues all funds raised were donated to Dominican College Griffith Avenue.

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Gardening for the Summer Fundraising 1995

A Gardening For The Summer Fundraising evening was held on 4th May 1995 in the college hall. Past pupil Margaret O’Connor (nee Coll) from the Malahide Gardening Centre gave a talk, illustrated with many beautiful slides, on all aspects of preparing the garden for summer  -  hanging baskets, herbaceous borders, bedding, etc.  Margaret and her colleague Ann Nutty later answered many questions and had available for sale a large range of plants and shrubs.  Refreshments were served by the executive committee, which rounded off a very enjoyable and informative evening.  Margaret and Ann very generously gave their time and expertise so all the funds raised were donated to Dominican College Griffith Avenue.

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Mulled Wine and Mince Pies Fundraiser 2001

On 15 December 2001, President of the Union, Myra Schutte (nee Power) organised a Mulled Wine and Mince Pies Evening at home. This was a very enjoyable evening, with past pupils, neighbours and friends having a glass or two of mulled wine, coffee and a chat. This was a very successful event and all funds raised were donated to the Dominican Missions.

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School Building Fund Debt Fundraising Bridge Night 2003

The Executive Committee held a fundraising Bridge Night in the college hall in Griffith Avenue on 27 November 2003, to help allay the School Building Fund Debt. Tríona Rogan and May Grills, both past pupils and long time members of the Union, together with the Whitehall Bridge Club, organised this very successful Bridge Night, enjoyed by all who attended.  Refreshments were served by the Executive Committee while the scores were being worked out, followed by prize-giving and a bumper raffle. Prizes were donated by committee members and local businesses. Thanks to Tríona, May and their colleagues, all funds raised were donated to Dominican College Griffith Avenue.

Poster advertising the Bridge Night, November 2003

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Mini-Marathon Fundraising 2005

Over several years the executive committee organised an annual fundraising event for Dominican College Griffith Avenue by taking part in the Evening Herald/Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon, which takes place on the June Bank Holiday every year. Members of the Union were encouraged to support this venture either by joining with the committee on the walk, or by getting sponsorship for those taking part. Sponsorship cards were available to all on request. This has proved to be a very enjoyable and exhilarating day out for those taking part in the event, and the committee would like to thank our sponsors who made it all worthwhile. Funds raised for the college from sponsorship were presented to Sr Chanel, Principal Dominican College Griffith Avenue by the DCPPU committee at the Annual Lunch in the Beaufield Mews, Stillorgan.

DCPPU committee members present Sr Chanel, with the funds raised.
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L to R)  Mary Galligan, President DCPPU,  Myra Power,  Sr Chanel OP, and Carmel O’Connor

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Oblates Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes

A number of past pupils volunteered as ‘Handmaids’ on the annual Oblates  Pilgrimage to Lourdes over many years. To support this pilgrimage, an annual collection for the Lourdes Invalid Fund was taken up at the DCPPU executive committee meeting each September. Nancy McManamly and Maureen Cleary, both committee members of the DCPPU, went each year. They helped out in the kitchens where they were assigned individual invalids to support who had special dietary needs. For the duration of the pilgrimage, the helpers would ensure that each patient had their correct food requirements. The ladies wore a blue uniform and blue stockings. However, as can be seen in the photo, as the years went by, not everyone continued to wear the blue stockings. Nancy is in the centre of this photo, taken in Lourdes 1998 or 1999. In the year 2000, Nancy herself went on the pilgrimage.

Nancy McManamly (Centre) helping out in the kitchen at Lourdes

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