Explore the heritage and magnificent artwork of our Sister M. Concepta Lynch OP at the Dominican Oratory of the Sacred Heart, Library Road, Dún Laoghaire. The Oratory was built during 1919  to mark the end of WWI and to commemorate the many local Irishmen who had fought and died on the Western Front. It was hand-painted by  Sister M. Concepta Lynch OP a member of the Dún Laoghaire community  between the years 1920-36. The stunning result is a highly-regarded masterpiece of the Gaelic Revival style. The windows were provided by the Harry Clarke Studio in Dublin.

Join Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Heritage Events on a Free guided tour to celebrate the centenary of the Oratory of the Sacred Heart this October and November 2019.

(photos:Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council) 

Guided Tours will take place from the 8th of October to the 30th of November 2019.

Tuesday at 10am, 11am and last tour 12md.

Thursday at 4pm, 5pm and last tour 6pm.

Saturday at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and last tour 4pm.
No Booking Required.

GROUP AND SCHOOL BOOKINGS VIA EMAIL: dlrheritageevents@dlrcoco.ie


Environmental activists Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot have helped produce a short film highlighting the need to protect, restore and use nature to tackle the climate crisis. (Guardian News 19th Sept. 2019) 

We invite you to watch this short film and take action. 


Dominican Associates are like-minded lay men and women from across our Mission Areas who are drawn to and live out the charism and continue the mission of the Dominican Order which is to praise, to bless, and to preach.

Our Associates do not take vows, but rather make a commitment to be partners with our Sisters, and strive to extend the Dominican presence across their own lives , with their families and in their churches, workplaces, neighbourhoods. In other words they commit to be a Dominican presence in their day to day lives. 

At present we have Dominican Associates in the Mission Areas of Ireland, South Africa and Argentina.

Below  Elsabe and John  O’ Leary  from Cape Town, South Africa reflect on being Dominican Associates. 

My first connection with Dominican Life began in the 1960’s as a young girl going to St Pauluskloosterskool in Pretoria, South Africa. The courage of the Cabra Dominican Sisters to venture into uncharted waters in the educational world in South Africa shaped my way of being in the world from this  early age.  The Sisters crossed language and cultural borders to open our world as learners to what I would today call a Dominican Way of Life – preaching through courageous action and presence. As a university student my way of thinking about what was happening in South Africa was deeply shaped by Fr Albert Nolan OP who was Student Chaplain at the time.

These Dominican men and women created opportunities for us to encounter others and to get to know people as people regardless of different language, race, religion or status.

Over the years I have continued to enjoy the gifts of Dominican hospitality, friendship, and spiritual formation. As my family and professional life took shape, I realised more and more how I had absorbed the mottos of Veritas and Contemplata aliis tradere and that they have become an embodied way of approaching life.

Being part of the Dominican Associates in Cape Town gives a space and way of connection with the Sisters. Our quarterly meetings keep alive an on-going reflection on the Dominican Way of Life in an ever-changing world.  

Elsabe O’ Leary


Being associated with the Dominican Order means many different and wonderful things to me. It is a relationship which creates space for sharing many things: reflection, friendship, communal discernment, solidarity in caring for each other and for our planet. There is also space at the table for joy, humour, celebration, determination and honesty. The era we live in especially needs to be reminded of the Dominican story: a commitment to truth without borders.

John O’Leary

On Sunday 11 August 2019, Sr Rose McLarnon and Sr Eileen McCarthy celebrated their 70th anniversary of Religious Profession at St Dominic’s Priory. They celebrated their day with a Jubilee Eucharist celebration in the Convent Chapel at the Priory, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  

Fr Max Salsone who was prepared for his First Holy Communion by Sr Eileen was the president of the Eucharist. Max has close connections with Sr Rose as he was her parish priest in Uitenhage.  Fr. Max was joined by Fr Vales Dania, Fr Ashok Brahmane OFM and Fr Matt Gormley OFM friends of the community. 
       Following the Jubilee Eucharist all joined in a  festive lunch and enjoyed jubilee cake with the Dominican crest on it, baked by Sr Immaculata.
May God bless Sr. Rose and Eileen abundantly for their ‘Yes’ which they gave to Him so generously when they accepted God’s call for their lives 70 years ago. Eileen and Rose are both originally from Belfast and have served in the Mission Area of South Africa. 
 We pray that more young women would be attentive to the voice of God and give their lives generously as Dominican Sisters so that the preaching can continue. 
Sr Columbia Fernandez O.P 






May you be blessed by the God of Dreams on this special feast.

May you see as God sees and dream as God dreams for the world around you.

With the eyes of God, may you look upon those who are hurting and be compassion.

Wishing you every blessing on this the feast of St. Dominic.


St Dominic Gospel Man of Prayer

The Dominican tradition has its origin in the life and ministry of St Dominic de Guzman (1172-1221).                          His charismatic vision of a way of responding to the needs of the Church in the thirteenth century led to the establishment of the Order of Preachers, popularly known as the Dominicans.

St Dominic completed his theological studies at Palencia in 1196 and became a Canon Regular, a member of a community of priests following the Rule of St Augustine.  Pope Innocent III enlisted Dominic to be part of a preaching mission against the Albigensians.  The nine years that he spent preaching served as the germinating period for the development of a charismatic vision of a way of living the Gospel in accordance with the Christian faith that would appeal to the deepest ideals and needs of the men and women of his time.

Lumen is a place of encounter, dialogue and learning in the heart of Blackrock on the south side of Dublin. Inspired by the Dominican ethos, we offer a broad range of morning and evening courses for adults of all ages. Gain from the experience and expertise of our tutors and lecturers in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Lumen is easily accessible by car and public transport. Free parking is available in front of the centre.

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Lumen · Dominican Centre
Sion Hill Campus, Blackrock
Co. Dublin, A94 A3C7

Tel: 01-288 2075, Email: info@lumenop.ie

OFFICE HOURS: (a) During term: Monday-Friday, 9.30-12.30 noon;
(b) Outside term, the office is attended irregularly. Please leave a message on the answering machine.


Click below to listen to  President Higgins message to Sr. Margaret MacCurtain OP (Sr. Ben) on the occasion of her 90th birthday and launch of her book Metaphors for change – Essays on State and Society


Sr. Margaret MacCurtain OP (Sr. Ben) and friends at the book launch to celebrate Margaret’s 90th birthday.


Bom Sucesso Archives in Torre do Tombo

The 22 July, Feast of Saint Mary Magdalen Patroness of the Order of Preachers saw the delivery of two hundred and twenty-four boxes of Bom Sucesso archives to the National Archives at Torre do Tombo in Lisbon.  It is difficult to believe that the work of years has finally come to an end.  Archives dating from 1642 to 2016 are now housed safe and sound in a secure place.

The archives were signed over to Sylvestre Lacerda, General Manager of Torre do Tombo by Sister Elisabeth Healy,  Congregation Prioress on the afternoon of 17 July.  Hovering nearby were some archivists who were eager to show us papers referring to Bom Sucesso which were already there.  It was very impressive to see documents in old handwriting referring to the Irish Sisters who were now living in the Convent of Our Lady of Good Success.  It gave one a great idea of the history of the place and also legal proof of the generosity of Countess Iria de Brito who signed over all her property to Fr Dominic O’Daly for religious purposes.  We were also shown scanning and conservation techniques and how many of the archivists are doing two jobs at the one time, such as scanning pages and putting them on the internet in the same operation.  Conservation work was fascinating as we saw archivists reassembling sentences where the ink used had cut through the pages rendering the content almost unintelligible.

The news that Torre do Tombo would possibly accept the archives came last spring.  This sparked off the necessity of checking the description against the documents.  This work was begun during a visit in March.  The entire holding had to be presented as one, not as three, Bom Sucesso, Region of Portugal and Confraternity of the Holy Rosary.  This meant altering numbers on quite a few documents and boxes.  With the help of Irene Claro from the Fundação, that job, though somewhat rushed, got done in time.

The Friday before the removal saw both Irene and myself fitting archive boxes into vegetable crates for easier transport to vans waiting down below.  We got roughly halfway through as we had no more crates.  On Monday morning early we found that Viking boxes had been delivered to the door of the archives strong room,  These boxes had to be made up as they came in Flat pack.  Alice Tomada of the Fundação, armed with huge rolls of masking tape did a very precise job is a very short time.  Almost as soon as a box was made up, it was filled with archival boxes and numbered. Then it was ready to begin its journey.  Those of us who know Bom Sucesso will be aware of the challenge presented by steps, stairs and corridors before reaching the back gateway where the vans were parked.  Luckily we had some excellent help which was very welcome.

The morning was warm and sunny as João Sales Luís, President of the Fundaçõa, drove leading the way to the two vans behind towards Torre do Tombo carrying nearly four hundred years of history.  A few phone calls, a few turns of the car around a very modern building and there we were met by Ana Lópes and a team prepared to receive our precious boxes.  The unloading began and the two hundred and twenty-four boxes were whisked away  on trolleys around a corner in the twinkling of an eye.  The delivery was done very speedily, leaving us with numerous empty crates and Viking boxes.  We were back at Bom Sucesso before 11.30 a.m.  In fact one had the feeling of an anti-climax.  We were later sent some photos of the boxes in their new home.  It is still hard to believe that the work is over,  that we no longer have any responsibility for the papers.  In many ways that is a relief, but in another way, it is like bidding farewell to friends whom you had got to know exceedingly well over a long period of intense interaction.

Sr. Mary O’ Byrne OP
Congregation Archivist                                                                                                                                                      (e.mail: cartlannop@gmail.com)


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!