• Dominicans Ireland.

    Welcome to the Irish branch of the Dominican Family. The Dominicans are a world-wide religious Order founded by St Dominic in 1216, made up of : Friars (priests and Brothers), Contemplative Nuns, Apostolic Sisters, and Laity.  From this website, which is that of the friars of the Irish Province, you can navigate to the other branches of the Order in Ireland and beyond. Read More
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    Safeguarding and Protecting Children & Vulnerable Adults

    Welcome to the Child Safeguarding Services of the Irish Dominican province. The Order aims to provide children and young people involved in church related activities with a safe environment. It also endeavours to ensure that adults who work with children and young people follow the best practice guidelines.

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The Irish Dominican friars have a community in Rome, based near the Coliseum and the heart of ancient Rome. Located in the priory of San Clemente (Saint Clement) on the Via Labicana, the brethren have the care of the basilica of San Clemente, a major tourist attraction in the city. The priory and church in which the friars live and work, sit on top of a major historical and archaeological site, which is open to the public all year round.

Because of the proximity of this Irish Dominican community to the Dominican University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum), many of the friars assigned to the community are involved in teaching and research at this university. The church is home to a varied apostolate too, with the brethren providing a liturgical service to the local Italian community – particularly the celebration of the Eucharist and the provision of the sacrament of reconciliation. Many visiting groups of pilgrims and tourists also use the basilica for the celebration of the Eucharist in the diverse rites of the Church and other liturgical celebrations.

The Irish Dominicans in Rome have also extended their hospitality to many friars from other Dominican provinces, giving the San Clemente community an international flavour.


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    Tallaght and the Dominican Retreat Centre, http://goodnews.ie/tallaghthome.htm, click 'Read More' to load Retreat Dates. Read More
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    Ennismore Retreat Centre, http://ennismore.ie, click 'Read More' to load Retreat Dates. Read More
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    Vocation Weekends Whom do you seek? We seek God, Who alone gives meaning to our lives. Communion with Christ and Read More
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    Journeying with the Gospel of Luke Sr Celine Mangan O.P The Gospel of Luke is the gospel we will be Read More
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Who We Are


We are members of the Order of Preachers (OP), better known as Dominicans. The Order was founded by St Dominic de Guzmán in 1216, in response to an urgent need for informed preaching. The Albigensian cult was gaining ground to an alarming extent, because most Christians at the time were very poorly instructed.

The cult saw the material world as evil, and escape from it the only route to salvation. Dominic’s sermons have not survived, but he must have placed a strong emphasis on the goodness of creation and of the human body: today we might use the word ‘holistic’ to describe this.

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We do a great many different things as we try to respond to the needs of the Christian community in our time and place. We run churches and parishes; we work as chaplains and teachers in second- and third level colleges; we preach in retreat houses and at parish missions – indeed anywhere the opportunity arises; we write and publish books and articles, in print and digital form; we are involved in Scriptural and theological research; we are chaplains to hospitals and convents; we are missionaries in several parts of the world. Every talent can be used in the great work of proclaiming God’s word.
Fr Gregory Carroll OP has been elected Provincial of the Irish Dominicans for the period 2012-2016.  He succeeds Fr Pat Lucey OP who was Provincial since 2004.A native of Naas, County Kildare, fr Gregory entered the Dominican novitiate in Cork in 1966. He was ordained priest in Tallaght in 1973.

Fr Gregory has been prior of the Dominican student house in Dominick St, Dublin since 2010.  Before that he gained broad experience in pastoral and administrative roles in Cork, Drogheda and Tallaght, as well as the Irish Dominican mission in Trinidad and Tobago.  He has lectured in canon law and homiletics in the regional seminary in Trinidad.

His pastoral experience includes the roles of novice master, student master, of parish priest, vicar for the enclosed Dominican nuns in Trinidad, and a long commitment to the Marriage Encounter movement.He has been involved in financial and other administration in the Provincial office, Dominican Volunteers International, Priory Institute in Tallaght, and the Dominican Biblical Institute in Limerick.  
The Dominican friars came to Ireland in 1224.  They now number 175, distributed through 25 houses in Ireland and on missions abroad. In recent years a remarkable number of men have been attracted to their way of life, and this has led to a renewal throughout the province.

(Photograph attached, taken by fr Gerard Dunne OP)
Safeguarding and Protecting Children & Vulnerable Adults. Welcome to the Child Safeguarding Services of the Irish Dominican province.The Order aims to provide children and young people involved in church related activities with a safe environment.  It also endeavours to ensure that adults who work with children and young people follow the best practice guidelines.

Designated person for the Dominican Province is:

Fr Vincent Travers OP
 or Fr. Tom Monahan OP 

Fr. Vincent Travers OP

Designated Person: 
01-404 8121 (+353-1-404 8121)

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fr. Tom Monahan OP

01-404 8112 (+353-1-404 8112) 

Mobile: 087-177 9578

• Further documents on Safeguarding and Protecting Children & Vulnerable Adults can be found here... Read More
On the 24th of January last year, Pope Benedict XVI released his message for the 45th World Communications Day. In it, he reminds all Catholics of the need to witness to the truth in this new digital age of internet communication and social networking.  He reminds us that, "there exists a Christian way of being present in the digital world: this takes the form of a communication which is honest and open, responsible and respectful of others." 

The new iDoms Portal is a way of continuing to respond to the Pope's call for evangelization in the digital age. The iDoms portal provides access to articles, videos and audio files aggregated from the various websites of the Dominican Order. Future updates of the application will provide access to a wider variety of content and will introduce extra functionality.

The new app was created jointly by Friars from St. Joseph Province and the Province of Ireland and is suitable for both the iPhone/iTouch and the iPad.

So, if you have an iPhone/iTouch or iPad read more on the iDoms Portal App page or download the iDoms Portal app from iTunes.

We have also created an App which can be used as a Vocabulary/Flashcard training tool for Greek, Latin and Hebrew, the iDoms Vocab. You can read more about it here: the iTunes store. 

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