Sunday, 29 December 2013


Sr M Luke, taken at St Patrick's Convent, about 1962
“Passed peacefully away at Presentation Motherhouse, St. John's, on Friday, December 27, 2013, Sister Mary Luke, daughter of William and Mary Parsley of Harbour Main, aged 94 years. Predeceased by her sisters - Sister Mary Nano, PBVM, Sister Mary Mark, RSM, Catherine Ford and Ursula Kavanagh; her brothers Samuel, John, James, Edward and William. Left to mourn and celebrate her life are the Presentation Sisters, many devoted nephews and nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces. The wake will be held at Presentation Convent, Cathedral Square with visiting hours on Saturday, December 28th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; on Sunday, December 29th from noon - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. with a vigil at 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist on Monday, December 30 at 11:30 a.m. with interment at Presentation Cemetery, Cathedral Square.”

I am posting this notice, which appeared in today’s newspaper, because I think many of you will want to know the times of visitation and the time of the funeral.  I know that there will be a lot of people who will feel sad to hear this news but who will also feel very blessed to have known Sr Luke.

Sr Luke came to St Patrick’s Convent, St John’s, in 1959.  She taught Grade 8 for some years and eventually became Principal.  Sr Luke was an exceptional teacher and proved to be an excellent leader in the role of Principal.  She was loved and respected by pupils and staff alike. 

St Patrick’s girls will not be the only ones remembering Sr Luke today.  Nuns go where they are sent and so after many years at St Patrick’s Sr Luke moved on to other schools and parishes.  Such places as Cape St George, Trepassey & Holy Heart of Mary were graced with her gentle presence. 

So, on 27th December, after a long and faithful life of service, Sr Mary Luke passed away at Presentation Motherhouse, Cathedral Square.  A true daughter of Nano Nagle, Sr Luke will be remembered with love and gratitude by those of us who have had the great privilege of knowing her.  For myself, I will certainly miss my visits with Sr Luke but I will always treasure the memory of them. 

Sr Mary Luke, 2009
"But they that are learned shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that instruct many to justice, as stars for all eternity"   Daniel 12:3
Rest in peace, Sr Mary Luke.

Sunday, 22 December 2013


This post comes courtesy of Lulu Tucker.  Lulu, better known to most of you as Marylou Mallard, is a St Patrick's girl with a talent for writing poetry.  Lulu's lovely Christmas poem puts the emphasis where it belongs - on the birth of Jesus and the message of love which He brought.  Thank you Lulu and may you all have a very Happy CHRISTmas.

As willow white snowflakes fall to the ground
With a cool breeze blowing all around
The only skin showing is rosy red cheeks
Christmas will be coming to our town.
The beauty of this wondrous season,
Pretty colours peeking through the snow,
Many tired shoppers rushing all around
With perfect Christmas parcels all in tow.
As this Holy Season approaches we have to reflect
On the blessings that's presented to us
From a little child named Jesus placed in a MANGER
He is trying to teach us we really should not fuss.
The presents He wants us all to give
Come from our beautiful hearts within
Faith, Hope and Love as we all help each other
Then forever we'll stay closer to him.

Friday, 20 December 2013


Once again it is almost Christmas and I have a very special Christmas picture to post.  Some of you will have no recollection of the wonderful living Nativity scenes that were re-enacted at Midnight Mass in St Patrick's Church long ago. 
However, I have no doubt that many of us not only remember but have very fond memories of those Christmases of our childhood.   If my memory serves me correctly, the children from Kindergarten and grade 1  were chosen to play the parts of Mary, Joseph and the Angels.  At the beginning of Midnight Mass (and it actually was MIDNIGHT Mass in those days!) priests, altar boys, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus and all the Heavenly Host processed into the church.  The crib was blessed and the Holy Babe lovingly placed in the waiting manger.  It was a simple yet beautiful and moving ceremony.  Despite the years and the miles between now and that very happy childhood experience, the memory of it still adds  a warm and happy feeling to my Christmas Mass.
Are you ready for this?  As promised, here is that very special picture.  It was taken at Christmas 1948 and in it we see Mary and the Heavenly Host.
FRONT ROW:   Carol Ann Maddigan, Constance Jackman, Judy Murphy, Bernice Everard, Judy Whiffen
BACK ROW:  Roseann Bulger, K Jardine, Catherine Simms, Peggy Bradbury
A very big "THANK YOU" to two wonderful St Patrick's girls, Cathy and Betty Simms, for this beautiful picture.   Cathy is the proud owner of the picture and Betty obtained the picture and Cathy's permission to post it here.  Thank you both for sharing it.  I think it will provide a very pleasant walk down Memory Lane for a lot of people this Christmas.

Thursday, 21 November 2013


Today, 21st November, is Presentation Day.  Because St Patrick's Convent School was founded by the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM) I thought a post about Presentation Day and the founding of the Presentation Sisters in Newfoundland would be appropriate.  The Newfoundland Convent has the distinction of being the first Presentation House outside Ireland and also the first in North America. 
Painting of the Presentation of Mary into the Temple.  This
painting is the work of a member of the Presentation
Community at the Motherhouse, Cathedral Square.

Just in case we may have forgotten what 'Presentation Day' actually is, I am posting an excerpt from "The Church's Year of Grace" by Pius Parsch. 
"Presentation of Mary
Sacred Scripture contains no text concerning the event commemorated in today's liturgy. For something of a historical background one may consult the apocryphal works, particularly the Protoevangel of St. James (ch. 4:1ff). After an angel had revealed her pregnancy, Anna is said to have vowed her future child Mary to the Lord. Soon after birth the infant was brought to the sacred precincts at which only the best of Israel's daughters were admitted. At the age of three she was transferred to the temple proper (7:2). According to legend, here she was reared like a dove and received her nourishment from the hand of an angel (8:1)."In the East, where the feast, celebrated since the eighth century, is kept as a public holiday, it bears the name, 'The Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple'. It was introduced at Rome by a Cypriotic legate to the papal court of Avignon in 1371. In 1472, Sixtus IV extended its observance to the whole Church. Abolished by Pius V, it was reintroduced some years later (1585)."
The following video is another of the excellent videos by my friend Ed O'Neill.  It is a very interesting video about Mother Bernard Kirwan and the founding of the Presentation Sisters in Newfoundland.  In the video, Ed interviews the late Sr Perpetua Kennedy, visits the Presentation Convent in Galway from where Mother Bernard and her little band of pioneers set out, and also visits Mother Bernard's grave in Port Kirwan, Fermeuse, on the beautiful Southern Shore of Newfoundland.  Please take the time to watch the video.  You will be glad you did!

Thanks again, Ed, for allowing me to repost your video.  And a very Happy Presentation Day to everyone.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013


This is an e-mail I received from Doreen Walsh Noseworthy.    Unfortunately, I can’t be there but all you lucky ladies who are able to attend should get in touch with DOREEN BY FRIDAY, 15TH NOVEMBER.  I wish I could be there and I send “hello” & “love” & “best wishes” to all my St Patrick’s friends.  Have a great time, everyone!

The original School, Convent Square,  & part of the 'new' Convent

Doreen's e-mail:
“Hi everyone! A few of us got together last week and thought it would be nice if we could get some of the crowd together for lunch someday soon. I know this will not include those of you who are at a great distance, but it's easier to send the email to everyone on the list.....we may be getting older, but still not too stunned (ha!).

We have decided on lunch at PAPA'S RESTAURANT, ROWAN ST., CHURCHILL SQUARE, AT NOON, ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH. We have a dining area all to ourselves - The Red Room. However, I WILL NEED THE EXACT NUMBER OF THOSE ATTENDING NOT LATER THAN FRIDAY, NOV. 15TH. We have been getting a lot of requests for an event like this so we're hoping to see many of you there. IF YOU ARE AWARE OF ANYONE WHO IS NOT ON THE MAILING LIST BUT WOULD LIKE TO GO, PLEASE CONTACT THEM AND PASS ALONG THE INVITATION.

Hope this message finds all of you well. Looking forward to seeing many of you next week.

Cheers to all,

Contact Doreen at;  <>

Monday, 11 November 2013


In 1921, the new St Patrick's Convent School opened on Deanery Avenue.  The school was dedicated to the memory of the men and boys of St Patrick's Parish who had lost their lives in WWI.  Today, as Remembrance Day dawns once again, we dedicate this post to all those who have paid the supreme sacrifice, not only in WWI, but in all the wars and conflicts that have cursed the earth ever since. 
The Plaque from  the Deanery Avenue School
This little newspaper clipping found in a very old scrapbook tells of one parishioner of St Patrick's who gave his young life in WWI. 

From a 1918 newspaper
Private Jack Pynn was the son of Daniel and Margaret Pynn of 329 Water Street West. Private Pynn was only 17 years old when he died of wounds on 31st October 1918, just eleven days before the Armistice was signed.  Far from his home in the shadow of St Patrick's, young Private Jack Pynn rests in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France.

"They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them."
(Robert Laurence Binyon)

Wednesday, 16 October 2013


1st St Patrick's Cub Pack on Parade in 1953

This lovely picture, courtesy of Doreen (McAllister) Heffernan, was taken in 1953, probably on 1st July.  It is the 1st St Patrick's Cub Pack on parade and it shows the leaders, Mrs Rose McCormack and Miss Doreen McAllister.  Following close behind are John McCormack, Tommy Greene and Gerry Meaney.  Behind Gerry is another Meaney, (Basil perhaps?). 

Tommy Greene's creation for the 2010 St Patrick's Reunion
Sadly, Mrs McCormack and John McCormack have passed away.  I think Gerry still lives in St John's and I don't know about the other Meaney boy.  (If you know, please let me know.)  Little Tommy Green grew up to be a very talented maker of beautiful cakes!  He also had the good sense to marry a St Patrick's Convent Girl, Florence Furey.  The above photo shows one of Tom's delicious cakes, made by him for the 2010 St Patrick's Convent School Reunion.   
Thanks for this photo, Doreen.  It gave me much pleasure and I am sure it will do the same for many other readers of this blog.

Saturday, 12 October 2013


This post will bring back some memories for a lot of people.  I am posting a  sketch of St Patrick's Convent School, Deanery Avenue.  Many of us were pupils at this school, which was built as a memorial to the boys and men of St Patrick's Parish who gave their lives in WWI.     This beautiful drawing was done, from memory,  by a former pupil of St Patrick's, Kay Simms McCormack .
One of eleven children, Kay Simms was born in 1932 to Bill and Louise Simms, prominent and well respected members of St Patrick's Parish.  Many will recall the concerts at which the dancers and singers were accompanied on the piano by Mrs  Simms.  In the 1930s and 1940s Kay and her three sisters, Dot, Betty and Jennie, all attended St Patrick's Convent School.  One of Kay's brothers, Ray, also attended St Patrick's where he took Commercial.  It seems the norm that friendships forged as children at St Patrick's last a lifetime. Kay is no exception as she still cherishes the friendships and keeps in contact with some of her school friends. 

Kay loves to sketch but her niece, Betty Simms,  tells me that she is also a very talented painter.  For this lovely additiion to our School Blog I am very grateful to my good friend Betty Simms and to her amazing Aunt, Kay Simms McCormack.  Long may you continue to paint and sketch, Kay, and we would be delighted to see more of your work.  Thanks very much and may God bless you.

Monday, 16 September 2013


OK Friends, I need your help on this one so please put your thinking caps on.  I have received the following e-mail from Wanita and I am wondering if any of you have any information on "MISS" Lee?  I remember a Miss Howard who married a man named Lee but I am not sure if she continued teaching at St Patrick's after her marriage.  So any scrap of information you can contribute would be very welcome. 
Miss Howard (Mrs Lee) is on the right of this photo, which was taken in 2010.  Could this be Wanita's "MISS" Lee?

Wanita's e-mail:
"Your blog is wicked and I have to get back and spend some time on it. There is always more new (old) information on it.
I am wondering if you might be able to help me with this. Do you or any of your readers remember a Miss Lee who taught 1957-1959. Would anyone know if she is still alive or if she married or where to find her? Or what her first name was?
Any information on her would be greatly appreciated.
Let me know if you can help with this request?
Thanks girls,
I leave this with all of you St Patrick's Girls out there and I hope someone will come up with some information for Wanita.  Thanks everyone.

Thursday, 29 August 2013


Sincere Congratulations to Sister  Mary Mark Kennedy who recently celebrated her 100th Birthday.    Sr Mark will be remembered with affection by the many girls who knew her in the late 1950s early 1960s  when she was Principal of St Patrick's. 
Sr Marie Furey (a St Patrick's Girl) 
and Sr Mark Kennedy, 2009

Monday, 12 August 2013


I post here an interesting note that I received some time ago from Brenda Murphy Sheir. 

Brenda said:
"How about Miss Hayes, God love her! She used to sell the scribblers with the holy pictures on them and also the holy picture cards. She was a very kind lady to my family and I am sure to other families. I started St. Patrick's I believe in 1958 as I was born in Oct. 1953. I graduated in1966. Spent 67, 68, 69 and finally Business Course at Holy Heart in 1970. I was the oldest of 6 girls who all went to St. Patrick's, Brenda, Allison, Karen, Mary Lou, Connie and Geraldine Murphy. We grew up at 554 Water St, just below Patrick St. What a wonderful neighbourhood to grow up in. My first girlfriend was Patricia Lee from Deanery Avenue and later we were joined by Isabelle Fleet who grew up on Plank Road. The families were all united and I am so blessed to have grown up where I did and have been educated at St. Patrick's and brought up in the Catholic faith at St. Patrick's. Some of my school chums were Brenda Peddle, Diane Darcy, Sharon Dinn, Marilyn Murphy, Janet Bradbury, Cookie Martin, Theresa Prim, Mary Graham, Regina Whelan, Pamela Mulcahy, Allison Wakeham just to quickly name a few. God bless each and every one of the girls and teachers that I spent kindergarten to grade 8 with.
Love to you all.
Brenda Murphy Sheir"
It is a lovely e-mail and I am sure most of us, if not all, remember Miss Jenny Hayes.  She operated the little shop on Water St and she was so kind and patient with all the girls and boys who crowded into her shop.  She was often assisted in the shop by her friend, Marian Fitzpatrick, who was also very nice.  At lunchtime the shop was full of Holy Cross boys and St Patrick's girls who lived too far away to go home for dinner.  (The schools had no cafeterias in those days.) There the girls and boys all sat, on chairs or upturned Coke boxes, and ate their lunches from brown paper bags. Miss Hayes would be busy serving the children who called in for their two cents or five cents worth of candies.  Remember thos big glass jars, full of all kinds of delicious candies, some two for a cent.  Some were even more than TWO for a cent.  And who could forget those delicious snowballs that you could get for just five cents?
The white car is coming out of Patrick St and the
little shop operated by Miss Jenny Hayes was about
the third building up from there. 
Sorry I don't have a better picture but if
anyone has one to share, I'd be grateful
The Bus Stop was just up a little from the shop and, in bad weather, Miss Hayes allowed the bus-riding school children to wait inside her shop until their bus came.  Miss Jenny Hayes truly was a good and kind lady. 

Thank you Brenda for reminding us of Miss Hayes.  If anyone has any memories of Miss Hayes, we would love for you to share them with us.  Also, if any of the friends that Brenda mentioned are reading this, please get in touch.

Sunday, 4 August 2013


Cindy Stone has sent me this lovely picture on behalf of her mother-in-law, Lillian Hynes Stone.  Lillian said that it is her grade six class picture and it was taken about 1950.  Lillian has also given us the names of the girls in the picture.  Notice that the girls are all wearing white tams.  Some are wearing or holding white gloves also.  Does anyone know if this was the full school uniform or would this have been a special occasion?  The only school hat I ever remember wearing  was that brown and blue beanie at Holy Heart so  I would appreciate anything you can tell me about the white tams and gloves.
B Mason, B Broderick, L Lavigne, J Murphy, F Murphy, H O'Brien, M O'Brien
C Dwyer, A Cahill, B Curvin, C Dawe, M O'Brien, S Howell, F Cook, A Green, J Connolly, C Walsh, A Kavanagh, M Lou Ryan, H Doran
J Snow, C Breene, H Hearn, D Ryan, M McDonald, M Voisey, R Whelan, L Hynes, N Collins, M Antle, J Kilfoy
M O'Brien, B Nugent, T Robinson, G Adams, C Nolan, C Hearn, M Crane, C Whelan, M Healey 
Lillian, thank you very much for sharing this  picture with us.  Please know that your support is greatly appreciated.   Thanks also to Cindy for sending the picture.


Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Tuesday, 30 July 2013


I am really pleased to be able to post this picture of an original St Patrick's School Ring.  This one belongs to Doreen Heffernan and she tells me that it was bought about 1948.  I had a St Patrick's School ring but mine was the newer version.  Unfortunately, I lost mine.   Some of you will remember the updated ring.  You may even have one.  If you do, I'd love to see a picture of it.  If you would like to share a picture of it, please send it to me at 

An original St Patrick's Convent School Ring,
circa 1948

Many thanks to Doreen for letting us photograph her ring and thanks to Lynn for modelling it!

Friday, 26 July 2013


I hope you have all read Parts 1 and 2 of this post.  If not you can do so by clicking here and here. Today's post features pictures from the final day of the 50th Anniversary Reunion for the class of 1958.
On Sunday 3rd August 2008, the 50th Anniversary Reunion celebrations drew to a close.  As they had done so often in their school days, the girls gathered once again at St Patrick's Church for Sunday Mass.  Joan said that the 11 o'clock Mass was celebrated by Fr Wayne Dohey who, in his lovely homily, acknowledged and welcomed them.  After Mass the school friends regrouped for Brunch at  Cabot Club, The Newfoundland Fairmont.
In the foreground;
Patricia McCarthy Philpott, Rita Kielly
and Joan Connolly Alston
Joan Predham Janes, Carmel Madden O'Mara
and Emily Bishop Monahan
(Sadly, these ladies have since passed away)
Madeline Adams Thomson, Eleanor Sears Vatcher,
Patricia McCarthy Philpott and Mary Morey Matheson

Most of the Class of 1958, at The Fairmont Newfoundland
Joan Reynolds Fogarty, the lovely lady
who has made this post possible
Thanks to Joan Reynolds Fogarty, we have this  wonderful pictorial record of the happy 50th Anniversary Reunion of the Class of 1958.  Friendship is a powerful thing. Its pull brought Yvonne Stephenson Meissner home from Claremont, Ontario, Mary Morey Matheson from Rothesay, New Brunswick and Irene Viscount McCrate from Maple Ridge, British Columbia.  I am sure it seems like only yesterday you were all sitting in the desks at dear old St Patrick's.    Although they loomed large at the time, Mother John, Sr Immaculata,  Homework and Rubber Bags were really only minor worries. Now they provide grist for the mill of nostalgia. 
Do any of you remember the School Song?  I have never heard it sung but I think the refrain is a fitting way to conclude this post.
"St Patrick's, St Patrick's,
You're Home away from Home.
St Patrick's, St Patrick's,
No matter where we roam,
You teach us and reach us
And down across the years
We'll think of you with happy smiles,
Only sometimes with tears.
We'll think of you with happy smiles
And sometimes with tears."
Joan Reynolds Fogarty, thank you very much for sharing this lovely celebration with us.

Thursday, 25 July 2013


Following an exciting night of renewing old acquaintances and meandering down Memory Lane, the Class of 1958 met again the next evening, Saturday 2nd August.  This time the venue was the B I S where the celebrations continued with dinner and entertainment.  Dinner was an excellent hot and cold buffet and the first-rate entertainment was provided by the ladies themselves.  (If anyone reading this post has the grave misfortune of  being  unacquainted with any St Patrick's Girls, I hasten to inform you that St Patrick's Girls are multi-talented!)  

Catherine Corbett Stanley and Yvonne Stephenson Meissner
The late Carmel Madden O'Mara as Sr Immaculata
(note the infamous Rubber Bag)
Madeline Adams Thomson
Brenda Casey Grouchy, Carmel Madden O'Mara (deceased), Mary Bulger Corcoran, Mary Morey Matheson,
Irene Viscount McCrate, Joan Predham Janes (deceased)
Betty Fitzgerald Pye and Judy Fitzgerald Squires
For Part 1 see yesterday's post at this link.  For Part 3 of this Reunion, remember to look in again tomorrow.   Once again, thank you Joan for these great pictures.  I would guess that the entertainment provided much hilarity! 

Wednesday, 24 July 2013


In August 2008 St Patrick's girls from the class of 1958 held a 50th Anniversary Reunion.  The Reunion was a weekend event, beginning on Friday 1st August with a Meet and Greet with Wine and Cheese at the Botanical Gardens.  Joan Reynolds Fogarty attended the three day event and she has very kindly shared photos of that celebration with us.  As I said, it was a three day event and today I am posting the pictures from the first day, the Friday night Meet and Greet.  I think you will enjoy these pictures as much as I have so be sure to look in again tomorrow for more photos of the 2008 Reunion. 
Betty Antle Coffen, Kathleen Dobbin Benson,
Yvonne Stephenson Meissener, Mary Morey Matheson
Rosemary Ashley Healy, Carmel Madden O'Mara (deceased), and  Patricia Connolly Leonard
Mary Bulger Corcoran, Joan Connolly Alston,
Joan Predham Janes (deceased), Joan Ryan Cobb,
Mary Fitzgerald
Mary Fitzgerald, Bonnie Beck Byrne,
Rita Kielly, Catherine Corbett Stanley

Barbara Parsons Macleod

Madeline Adams Thomson

Thank you, Joan. Without the help of people like you I could not keep this blog going so I am very grateful to you for your help and support.

Monday, 15 July 2013


Did you know that the very first Sodality of the Children of Mary in Newfoundland was established at St Patrick's?   It was established there in 1876 by two Sisters from the Riverhead Convent, Sr M Patrick Kielly and Sr M Aloysius Caulfield, and the Parish Priest, Rev John Ryan.  
This beautiful certificate, signed by Fr Bradshaw, belonged to Rosemary Stanford.  In 1954, seventy-eight years after its establishment, Rosemary was received into the Sodality of the Children of Mary.      
Rosemary Stanford's Certificate
The Act of Consecration on Rosemary's Certificate

The beautiful picture on Rosemary's Certificate
Many thanks to Enid Stanford O'Brien for sending us her sister's certificate.   It is a lovely reminder of life as a pupil of St Patrick's Convent, Riverhead. 

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


This is a comment left on a post by Doreen Walsh Noseworthy.  I thought it should be used as a post so that everyone can see it.  Doreen has put names to all the staff in this picture, which was posted a while ago.  Thanks, Doreen, it is so good to hear from you.  Perhaps, if you haven't already done so, you could have a look at the blog's facebook page and give it a LIKE.  It all helps to get the word out. 
St Patrick's Convent School Faculty, 1979

Doreen wrote;
"I, too, was a former student and went on to become a very proud member of staff at St. Patrick's Convent School. I remember the names of each of these former colleagues and friends because we were more than all of that. We were family. I am very pleased to present:

1st row (L-R): Patricia Laidley, Sharon Reddy, Sister Anne, Anna (Croft) Meaney, Sister M. Luke, Ewald Hajek, Kathy (Croke) Warren, Patricia (McCarthy) Philpott

2nd row (L-R): Doreen (Walsh) Noseworthy, Susan (Poole) Wade, Eleanor Lawton, Dianne O'Brien, Ann Broderick, Denise (Power) Barbour, Angela Greene

3rd row (L-R): Marilyn McGrath, Sister M. Brendan, Roseanne (Wakeham) Linehan, Helen Hannon, Mary McGrath, Anne (Ball) Pennell

I hope this will be of some help in recalling other wonderful memories of school days for many of you. This site, thanks to Beth Anne, is such a great way to reconnect. Keep passing it on and watch it grow.

All the best to all former students and teachers of St. Patrick's Convent School, both living and deceased.

Doreen (Walsh) Noseworthy"
Thank you Doreen.  Now that everyone has seen Doreen "the teacher" in the above picture, I am re-posting Sr Immaculata's Grade 6 Class from 1957.  In this photo, you will be able to see Doreen "the pupil". 

Sr Immaculata' Grade 6 Class, 1957. 
Doreen is in the very centre of the front row.

Saturday, 6 July 2013


For this lovely photograph, I owe Frances(Walsh) Noseworthy a sincere "Thank You".  Frances originally posted this on our facebook page.  So that those of you who aren't on facebook could see this picture, Frances has very kindly given me permission to re-post it here on the blog.  Frances did an excellent job of remembering the names too.  Are you on this picture or do you know anyone here?  Do you have a story to share?  Post a comment & let us know.   


1st Row (L-R): Mary Lou Murphy, Karen Murphy, Madeline ?, Betty Cooper, Catherine Burton, Patricia Emberley (who sadly passed away in Grade 5), Frances Walsh (me), Shirley Johnson

2nd Row (L-R):  Rhonda Gollop, Deborah Whelan, Gina Kielly, Catherine Cromwell, Janet Burton, Barbara Learning, Sheila Tobin, Miss  Mary Hamlyn

3rd Row (L-R): Perpetua Locke, Gladys Dalton, Cecelia Sinnott, Karen Mercer, Judy Howell, Margaret Donovan, Patricia Osmond, Bernadette Christopher

Back Row (L-R): Cathy O'Leary, Cynthia Doyle, Gloria Cooper, Charmaine Wiseman, Sharon Roy, Barbara Dillon, Paulette Cromwell, Mae Doyle

Again, a very sincere "Thank You" to Frances for sharing this photo.  If anyone else has a photo or a story to share, we would be more than happy to post it on this blog .  Don't forget we are also on facebook so have a look and give us a like.

Sunday, 23 June 2013


Today's post is a great photo of Miss Carew's Grade 8 class of 1950.  It was very kindly loaned by Doreen Heffernan.  The photo was taken in the convent garden and, as usual, the photographer was Sr M Immaculata.  The pupils were able to purchase copies of the pictures for the princely sum of 10 cents!  We can smile at that I suppose but I am very grateful to the parents who scraped up the 10 cents and to the girls who have shared their photos with us.  I think an immense debt is owed to Sr Immaculata for the wonderful photographic record she has left us.   I just wish the teachers had joined the girls on these photographs!
Anyway, with thanks to Doreen, here is Miss Carew's Grade 8 class of 1950.  Anyone here you know?  Does anyone know anything about Miss Carew? 
Miss Carew's Grade 8 class, 1950

Front Row: Shirley Walsh, Lorraine Nugent
2nd Row: Joan Turner, Cecelia Byrne, Mary Tobin, Anna Tobin, Helen Power, Doreen McAllister, Patsy Picco, Joan Kerrivan, Pauline McDonald, Anne Buckingham
3rd Row: Margie Kavanagh, Blanche Green, Margie Stafford, Tess Dunphy, Madeline Kavanagh, Lorraine Holden, Dorothy Nugent, Lorraine Doran, Marie Cunningham, Helen Hickey,
4th Row: Joan Skinner, Joan Tobin, Shirley McDonald, Pauline Corbett, Mary Hawco, Betty Hayes

Wednesday, 5 June 2013


This is a picture sent to me by Enid O'Brien and her sister, Joan (Stanford) Dutile. It is Joan's Grade 4 picture from about 1950.  It is a great picture and I only wish that Mother John was on it.  Have you noticed that in  the class pictures from the 50s and 60s the teachers were seldom in the photo?   I wonder why?  Perhaps they were just shy!  On that thought, if anyone has  pictures of any of the teachers, they would make great posts here.  You could send them to me at

I love the background to this picture too.  I am no expert on architecture but I know what I like and I love the look of the Convent in the background.  It is a really beautiful building.  Also, note the washing on the line.  By the way it is blowing, I would say it was an ideal day for drying clothes!
Mother John's Grade 4 Class, circa 1950
Front Row L-R:
Kathleen Dobbin, Emily Bishop, Lorraine Sheehan, Rosemary Ashley, Joan Abbass, Yvonne Beck, Margaret Miller, Mary Bulger, Brenda Casey, Brenda Molloy, Andrea Martin, Eleanor Sears and Joan Predham.
2nd Row:
Mary Whelan, Catherine Corbett, Rita Kielly, Joan Reynolds, Joan Ryan, Joan Connolly, Irene Viscount, Barbara Ryan, Joan Byrne, Ruth Howell, Patricia McCarthy, Marie Madden, Barbara Mahoney
3rd Row:
Joan O'Dwyer, Margaret Hynes, Marie Fitzgerald, Gertrude Cleary, Betty Antle, Joan Stanford, Mary English and Mary Farrell
Many thanks to Joan & Enid.  I could not keep this blog going without the help of people like you so I am very grateful to you for your support.