Saturday, 31 December 2016


After their arrival in St John’s, the pioneer Sisters lived at the Bishop’s residence where a section had been set aside for them. A month later they moved to ‘The Rising Sun’, a former tavern which the Bishop had renovated for their use.  This accommodation proved to be most unsuitable so Bishop Fleming rented the former residence of Archdeacon Wix.  It promised to be a happy New Year for the Sisters as, on New Year’s Eve, 31st December 1833, the Sisters moved into this larger, more comfortable property situated near King’s Road. The Sisters remained there for about nine years and the area became known as Nunnery Hill, a name it bears to this day.

Next time you are in the Prescott St, Gower St area of downtown, spare a thought for the valiant Irish ladies whose presence gave rise to the name of Nunnery Hill.


Saturday, 24 December 2016


On Christmas Eve, 1775, in a cottage in Cove Lane, Cork, Nano Nagle founded the Sisters of Charitable Instruction of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Later, the name was changed to the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM).
Venerable Nano Nagle,
Foundress of the Presentation Sisters
We wish all Presentation Sisters, pupils and former pupils, a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2017. (Special Christmas greetings to former St Patrick's teachers and pupils.) 

Monday, 19 December 2016


This is a nice little Christmas video. It will probably set us straight on some Christmas "facts". Enjoy the video and a very Happy Christmas to everyone.

Thursday, 15 December 2016


It's Hockey Season again (it seems to get longer every year!) so we dipped into the 1961 Holy Cross Yearbook to see what we could find.  We came up with this wonderful photo of the Crusaders Hockey Team,  High School Champs for that year! How many of you can remember those thrilling games? I am delighted that we have all the names of the players and the coach. Where are they now?  

Holy Cross Crusaders, High School Hockey Champs 1961
Row 1:  Ed Colford, Peter Densmore, Gerry Holden, Pat Densmore, Pat Hearn, John Murphy

Row 2:  Brother H B French (coach), Jim Finlay, Roger Maunder, John McCormack, Jim Casey, Nick Antle, Larry Dillon

Row 3:  Robert Wells, Cyril Kane, Jim Squires, Ron Baird, Ed Kennedy, Paul Labonte