Welcome to Flaherty Hall!
Flaherty Hall was built in 2016, making it Notre Dame's newest female residence hall. In just 4 years, the residents of Flaherty have already built a welcoming, charitable, and loving community. By creating new signature events, fostering relationships with other dorms, and developing campus-wide initiatives, the Flaherty Bears have already begun to form life-long traditions for this incredible residence hall. Flaherty Hall could not have been constructed without the generous donation from Jay and Mary Flaherty. The new dorm was built to recognize Mary Hesburgh Flaherty, the niece of the late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., and a 1979 Notre Dame graduate in one of the first classes to include women. In her own words, Mary Flaherty has said, “Jay and I, along with our family, are honored to be able to provide a home for Notre Dame women for generations to come.” Flaherty Hall was named the Woman's Hall of the Year for the 2019 - 2020 and 2020 - 2021 Academic Years, which means a banner with Flaherty's two Hall of the Year titles will go up on the side of the building and there will be a Dome Dance during the 2021-2022 Academic Year!
As members of the Flaherty Hall community, we strive to be residents filled with enthusiasm and passion. We wish to be selfless in friendship, thoughtful of those less fortunate than ourselves, and eager to bear the burden of others.
Our official dorm colors are navy and lavender. Dress up to show off your dorm spirit!
Mascot and Motto
We are the Flaherty Bears! Our motto is "Fortune Favors the Brave." Also, featured on the right is our Flaherty Coat of Arms.
Included in the four-story brick structure are rooms occupied by one, two, or four women. The newly built Flaherty Hall has kitchens and study spaces on each floor, and it also has its own chapel.
Flaherty Hall is situated on the beautiful East Quad with Dunne Hall and Johnson Family Hall. It also neighbors Mod Quad and is directly next to Knott Hall and Pasquerilla East Hall. Flaherty is right near the new research building, McCourtney Hall, and is close to the newly renovated Hesburgh Library.
One of the best things about Flaherty is that as a new dorm, there are endless opportunities to create new traditions and experiences for the women of our hall! Over the past few years, we have worked together to start the process of building new traditions, and it’s been so much fun. Check out the Events page of this site for photos of these traditions and more!
Flaherty fights has been held every October since Flaherty’s founding in 2016. The event invites people all across campus to come purchase a small pink hair extension to raise awareness and raise money for breast cancer research.
Project Pumpkin Pie
Originating as a signature event in Pangborn, each November the Flaherty girls work with the campus dining staff to bake 100 pumpkin pies for the Center for the Homeless. This past year, all of the pies were baked in our very own Flaherty kitchens! Friends from other dorms are welcome to stop in and help bake a pie or make a Thanksgiving card.
Flaherty Food Fights
Flaherty Food Fights is a cooking tournament that supports Beacon Children’s Hospital, Flaherty’s Signature Charity. Modeled off the Food Network show Chopped, Food Fights is a cooking competition held in the dining halls. Each dorm is represented by one team, whose allotted competition time depends on the amount of money it raises for Beacon.
Flaherty’s second annual spirit week, aka Honey Week, took place April 2018. Throughout the week, we host events to build our dorm community, from spa nights to section socials; the week concludes with our annual formal. Unfortunately, due to coronavirus, Honey Week 2019 did not occur. We have high hopes for Honey Week 2020!
Flaherty Hall Retreat
The annual Flaherty Hall retreat, usually held second semester, gives Flaherty girls the opportunity to unwind, reflect, and bond before the craziness of finals at the end of the year.