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Fenwick Goes to Ireland!


Fenwick High School is proud to announce a trip to Dublin in August 2020 that will celebrate the Dominican heritage in Ireland, Fenwick’s special and historical relationship with two of our nation’s greatest universities and its own storied football tradition!  

Only eight years after the Order of Preachers was founded in France in 1216, the Dominicans established a presence in Dublin, Ireland. The Dominicans have been a near-constant presence in Ireland since. St. Saviour’s remains the Dominican Priory and House of Studies in Dublin today.

Next August, Fenwick will play a varsity football game in Dublin the day before Navy and Notre Dame kickoff another classic match-up in their long rivalry.  Following the weekend of football festivities, Fenwick President Fr. Richard Peddicord, O.P will lead a four-day pilgrimage of Dominican sites in Ireland beginning at St. Saviour’s in Dublin. Fenwick invites you to join us on this trip!

This provides a rare opportunity for Fenwick to exhibit its 90-year history of excellence, leadership and tradition in education and athletics on a global stage, while providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of our student-athletes, family members, alumni and other Fenwick community members.

By many accounts, in its 90 years, Fenwick has sent more students to the University of Notre Dame than any other high school in America. Similarly, in the past 15 years no other high school in the country has sent more students to the U.S. Naval Academy than Fenwick. 
These two institutions of higher learning represent the best of the Dominican spiritual value of study, and Fenwick prepares more students for their academic rigor than any other high school in the United States. That is cause for celebration.  

As St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P. did, Fenwick also values physical rigor, the education of the body. This unique combination at the highest levels of educating the mind and body at Navy and Notre Dame, and Fenwick’s incomparable contribution to it, is why Fenwick is so proud to have this opportunity and to be associated with this game between these two great academic institutions.

Sightsee in Dublin for a couple days while the Fenwick football and cheer teams tour and prepare for their game. Join the Fenwick players, cheerleader and other U.S. high school teams for a parade through Dublin, followed by a pep rally, then dinner with the Fenwick community. Cheer the Friars to victory during their game.  Enjoy an always entertaining and hard-fought battle between Navy and Notre Dame. If you choose to, stay on for a few more days to discover the wonderful works of the Irish Dominicans today and their nearly 800-year-old history on the island.

Details and registration for all aspects of the trip – a “family and friends’ package” that will overlap with Fenwick’s team travel and a “pilgrimage package” that will extend for several more days – are now available! 


As Fenwick marches toward its centennial in 2029, this 2020 trip to Dublin will be looked upon as a milestone achievement in Fenwick’s first 100 years:  demonstrating our excellence on a global stage, watching a rivalry football game between two high-achieving universities that Fenwick has intimate connections with, and experiencing the great Dominican legacy in Ireland.

We hope you can join us! 

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