Wednesday, 27 July 2016

ST PATRICK'S SPRING GET TOGETHER

Thanks to the organisational skills of Doreen Walsh Noseworthy, a group of St Patrick's Girls held their Spring Get-together in May. On Friday, 27th May, nineteen ladies met at noon for lunch at the St John's Fish Exchange on Water St.

Nancy Stanley, Alice Prim, Mary Hamlyn, Lila Mercer, Madonna Mercer, Carol Cromwell, Margie Power, Elaine Collins, Marina Grace, Jenny Finley, Alice Hennessey, Bernadette Grouchy, Betty Simms, Sheila Bulger, Cynthia Murphy, Doreen McAllister, Beth Anne McAllister and Doreen Walsh were able to attend.  It was a lovely afternoon with lots of hugs, stories, and laughter.  

We have two photographs which were taken there by an obliging member of staff.
AFTER LUNCH AT THE ST JOHN'S FISH EXCHANGE RESTAURANT, WATER STREET
Unfortunately, the girls at the top of the stairs are lost a bit in the back.  I have cropped the picture in an attempt to show them better. Here's hoping it works!
THE LADIES AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS!

Elizabeth Meaney was due to join her friends at the Fish Exchange. Sadly, at the last minute, circumstances prevented it. However, thanks to the thoughtfulness of Betty Simms, she was able to enjoy a sort of mini get-together  a few days later. Elizabeth, Doreen McAllister, Betty Simms and Beth Anne McAllister spent a very pleasurable couple of hours chatting and reminiscing over a leisurely lunch at Swiss Chalet, Mount Pearl. 
ELIZABETH, DOREEN AND BETTY












THE "MINI" GET-TOGETHER!




Friendship surely is a precious gift and it is truly wonderful to be able to spend time with the friends we made so many years ago. Long may it be so!  

Saturday, 23 July 2016

"WE'LL MEET AGAIN"

A note from Pat HURLEY McDonald brings news of a visit home by Sheelah HURLEY Martin-McArthur and a lunch held in honour of her visit. It seems to me that we St Patrick's folk need no excuse for a get together but when a wanderer returns home for even a brief time it is a wonderful reason to meet up again.  Pat and friends did just that!  

During Sheelah's recent visit, they met for a meal at Pat's Place in Mount Pearl.  Pat has also enclosed a photo of the lovely ladies. 
Pat, Cathy, Sheelah, Judy, Lila, Sheila, Cynthia
The friends who met for lunch are Pat HURLEY McDonald, Cathy TOBIN Healy, Sheelah HURLEY Martin-McArthur, Judy COMERFORD Newton, Lila MERCER Young, Sheila MOYST O'Neill and Cynthia MURPHY Downey.

Thank you once again to Pat for keeping us up to date with her group and for all the help she gives to this Blog.  Sheelah, I am pretty certain that your friends are already looking forward to your next trip home and another chance to meet. Good luck and very best wishes to all of you. 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

THIRD ANNUAL GATHERING

Thanks to Christine Mary Butler, we have news of a recent gathering of St Patrick’s Girls. 

On 29th May the ladies held their third annual gathering of Mrs Ann Coady’s Grade 3 Class of 1967/68.  Judy Ann hosted the event, which began at 2 pm, at her home on Waterford Bridge Road.

These girls are well organised as they have already set the date for their next gathering, which will take place on 27th May 2017 Not only that, they have confirmed dates for their 50th Anniversary!  This very special event will take place on 7-8th June 2018.  They also warmly invite ANY St Patrick’s Grade 9 Graduates of 1973/74.  ANYONE who was a Grade 3 pupil of St Patrick’s Convent in 1967/68 is also very welcome to attend. 

Watch out for more details to emerge but Christine says that she can be reached via email at butlerchristine @nl.rogers.com.
THIRD ANNUAL GATHERING

Thanks Christine, for sharing the news and the photo.  Are you able to name everyone in the photo for us?  If you can, please send it along to us at mcallistersmith@gmail.com.

**** I am delighted that we now have the names of all in this happy photo and we have Marilyn Melay to thank for it!  

The ladies are, L-R;
Ellen (Stone) Wright, Patsy (O'Reilly) Slaney, Janice Fagan, Ann O'Driscoll, Sharon (Murphy) Traverse, Linda Griffiths, Marilyn (Maher) Melay, Charlene (Whalen) Pike, Colette (Beaudoin) Murphy, Christine (Rossiter) Butler, Cathy (Bishop) Dicks, Debbie (Barron) Anderson, Judy (Kavanagh) Morgan, Donna (Constantine) Walsh, Karen (Mugford) Fitzgerald

Thank you very much, Christine and Marilyn, for all your help.  It is much nicer to have the names so your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Friday, 1 July 2016

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO TODAY

Distance Marker on Monument at
Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont Hamel
Pte E J Murphy
During WWI, the Newfoundland Regiment served bravely and with distinction in Turkey, Egypt, France, Belgium, Greece, Germany and Great Britain.   Despite its many courageous battles, it is Beaumont Hamel and the first day of the Battle of the Somme that was the most devastating for the Regiment and for Newfoundland.   

Pte F P Woodford
The Battle of the Somme lasted an horrific 141 days, from July to November 1916.  The Somme offensive, which began one hundred years ago today, on 1st July 1916, was a terrible failure.  By the time it ended in November, about 400,000 lives had been lost and the Allies had succeeded in moving the front line just 10 kilometres or about 6 miles.


Lieut R Shortall
As they left their trenches on July 1st, the Allied Forces were mowed down by a barrage of enemy fire.  Of the approximately 800 Newfoundlanders who went into battle on the morning of July 1st, only 68 answered roll call the next day.  More than 700 were dead, wounded or missing.  It has been said that, as they walked into the hell of No Man’s Land that morning, the Newfoundlanders tucked their chins in, as if they were walking into the teeth of a blizzard back home in Newfoundland, and marched on!  The courage of the Newfoundlanders did
Pte J Breen
not go unnoticed on the front lines.  The Divisional Commander, Major General Beauvoir de Lisle, said of their sacrifice, “It was a magnificent display of trained and disciplined valour, and its assault only failed of success because dead men can advance no further.”  
 
Plaque from St Patrick's Convent School, 
Deanery Ave & portrait of Padre Nangle

Pte M F Kennedy
Among those who died that July 1st, or from wounds sustained that day, were many young men of St Patrick’s Parish.  In 1921, a new St Patrick’s Convent School opened on Deanery Avenue.  This School was erected as a memorial to the men and boys of St Patrick’s Parish who paid the supreme sacrifice in World War I.  The school has long gone but, thanks to Fr Wayne Dohey, the plaque which once adorned the front entrance of the school has been preserved.  Alongside a portrait of WWI Chaplain, Padre Thomas Nangle, it is proudly displayed on the wall of St Patrick’s Church.  Thank you, Fr Dohey, for saving this important part of our School and Parish History.

Pte F J Galgay


We have the names of some of our gallant parishioners but if you know of one who lost his life as a consequence of the Battle of July 1st 1916, please send the information to us at mcallistersmith@gmail.com and we will gladly add it to this post. 


Forget-Me-Nots
We remember and pay grateful tribute to all who gave their lives in WWI but we pay special tribute to these members of St Patrick’s Parish:

PTE JOHN BREEN, AGE
PTE LEO MICHAEL BURKE, AGE 18
PTE JOHN JOSEPH CAREW, AGE 26
PTE LAURENCE JOSEPH CORCORAN, AGE 33
PTE FRANCIS JOSEPH GALGAY, AGE 19
PTE JOSEPH HOLLAHAN, AGE 26
PTE BERT JACKMAN, AGE 27
SGT MICHAEL FRANCIS KELLY, AGE 26
PTE MICHAEL FRANCIS KENNEDY, AGE 22
PTE RICHARD JOSEPH MADDIGAN, AGE 19
PTE JOSEPH MARTRET, AGE 20
PTE THOMAS MELEE, AGE 19
PTE EDWARD JOSEPH MURPHY, AGE 24
CPL WILLIAM JOSEPH RYAN, AGE 25
LIEUT RICHARD A SHORTALL, AGE 25
PTE FRANCIS PATRICK WOODFORD, AGE 24
Beaumont Hamel at night
"BETTER THAN THE BEST"

THE BANKS OF NEWFOUNDLAND, R N R BAND