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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #285 on: August 07, 2018, 11:19:19 AM »
I agree I used to take my tie off once I hit the city centre as many of us did. I am surprised the school didn't take more steps to safeguard the pupils going to and from school.

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« Reply #286 on: September 05, 2018, 06:13:01 PM »
Hi all. I've just read through all the posts and lots of memories came back. I was at St Pat's for only 2 years 70 to 72. I went to St Matthew's primary the same year as David McCrory - he was much more clever than the rest of us. I travell3d from Bangor also for part of the time so i remember attacks on the bus frequently - that's why I left. I only remember John Heenan from Andytown as I stayed in his house. Sorry - Nicky McAlorum also. I'm sure more names will come back. Age lol.

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« Reply #287 on: September 05, 2018, 10:13:10 PM »

Recently found this information and photo from "The Troubles" which a detailed account of all the atrocities we all (or most of us) lived through in the 1970s.
I remember looking in horror out the window of our Ormeau Road school-bus, which arrived on this scene about 30 minutes after the grenade attack.




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« Reply #288 on: September 05, 2018, 10:25:19 PM »

Sadly, guys, [/size]
Paul Palmer "Arnie" passed away only about a year ago. Hed been very generous working with and for disadvantaged folk in the Himalaya amongst other places. A good guy all round.[/size]
What memories of Arnie do any of you have ?[/size]

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Paul Palmer "Arnie" RIP [/size]

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(This photo is taken from the big 1971 school photo...way too big a file to post the complete photo on this forum)[/size]


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« Reply #289 on: September 06, 2018, 09:41:34 AM »
Colum, Is there any site I could access the big photo? I remember Joe Boss fussing round getting everybody in rows for the picture and the way it was taken was like something out of the 1920s, the camera panned across the massed rows of "happy" pupils. Were the teachers included in the photo?

irishcolum

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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #290 on: September 06, 2018, 03:07:49 PM »
Homer,
The file-size for the big group photo is too large to post here, but if you give me your e-mail ( private message me), Id be happy to send it.

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« Reply #291 on: September 06, 2018, 07:17:12 PM »
Colum,
I remember the morning of the attack on the workmen's bus well; I was on the Ormeau special as well and remember we were diverted away from the street normally turned into.

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« Reply #292 on: September 11, 2018, 01:51:52 PM »
If you upload the image file into Dropbox (www.dropbox.com) then you can send the link via PM to people who you want to see it. Registration and use is free. It will take any size of file.

David McCrory was in my year. What became of him?

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« Reply #293 on: September 11, 2018, 04:32:07 PM »
The last time I saw David he was a surgeon at Whiteabbey Hospital. That was 20 years ago though.

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« Reply #294 on: September 16, 2018, 04:48:42 PM »

Does anyone know how Arnie (Paul Palmer, above) got on after he left QUB? Or any thoughts on him at St Pats?
I was in the same year as Arnie (69 to 76). We both went to QUB (76 to 79/80). As far as I remember he did mechanical engineering.
I lost touch with him when we finished at Queens.
He was a very decent guy. Very sad news.

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« Reply #295 on: October 15, 2018, 01:09:06 PM »
Just been looking on Google Maps & Streetview at the old school.....boy has it changed.

This is the view from the Kingsland Drive entrance....



This is the view from Kingsway Gardens - the large grey "new building" as it was known has gone!



An overhead view showing how the site has changed.



I think everything we knew, apart from the grass pitch, has gone! No point going back to visit it these days, there's nothing left!

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« Reply #296 on: January 07, 2019, 08:05:20 PM »
Great nostalgia. I can remember a lot of the names(although all considerably older than me)and nearly all of the teachers who were largely excellent,on mature reflection. It is hard to believe that the school survived through the 70s. I can remember the UW strike with some fondness. I was in first year and we got nearly 3 weeks off school in may 74.
Does anyone remember the trip to Rome in 74? There were 70 of us on that expedition with only a handful of semi-sober Latin teachers and Arthur McCrory who posed as Brutus. I can remember going to see Lazio v Verona on Easter Sunday,after mass in St Peters Sq,at the Olympic Stadium. It was 4-2 and this was at a time when Italian football was very sterile. Lazio won Serie A that year. We also had a great shoplifting team with us so all the folks back home got some high quality Knick knacks which had been liberated by some stickyfingered alumni from tourist stalls outside the Forum. Great memories.
I was there until 1980. The new school was finally completed at the start of our upper 6th year. We played 5-a-side in the new gym every day in upper 6th with the new PE teacher John Sullivan who was a top man. He married Rosie the Spanish teacher who was an equally brilliant person.
Lovely memories. Sad that 67-87 has been written out of history.

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« Reply #297 on: January 30, 2019, 05:05:36 PM »
I remember the school trip to Madrid & Paris in 1973! Supervised by Pat Doris and I think Henry Magee we flew from Dublin to Madrid. Somehow, and i still can't believe we did, we ended up at the semi-final of the European Cup when Real Madrid played Ajax of Amsterdam (Ajax wont 3-1 on aggregate but 1-0 on the night) at the Bernabeu Stadium! Awesome! Our city centre hotel meant we saw lots including the spectacular Easter parades, trips to Toledo and the Valley of The Fallen before an overnight trip to Paris before coming back to Dublin and home. It was a magical trip although Henry got very angry when we all met up with girls school from Bilbao in he boating lake at El Retiro! Were you there?

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« Reply #298 on: January 30, 2019, 07:24:37 PM »
I was on that Madrid trip - got my first hangover! :bad:
I remember we went from Madrid to Paris on an overnight train which was to include a meal. Whatever happened, the meal never materialised and I remember the three teachers Paddy Doris, Ghosty Marron and Harry Magee coughing up a lot of dough to get us sandwiches.
I ended up in a couchette with the three teachers, Stanley Black and Terry Kearney. Being knackered and hungry, I slept practically the whole trip!
Apparently during the night, some mad Dutchman came into the couchette  and was talking to the three teachers and he said to Ghosty "you know the way Dutch girls are fast" to which Ghosty replied "Yeah" :D
I didn't know Ghosty had it in him!

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« Reply #299 on: February 02, 2019, 11:34:45 AM »
Homer, you must have been tired! When the train got to the French border at Irun, they jacked it up and changed the wheel gauge as SNCF and Renfe operated on different gauges! I think we all hated Paris because of the food experience!

Suddenly into my mind comes memories of Paddy Doris's old audio visual Spanish course "El tren para Fuentefria va a salir!"

Some years later when I was doing Spanish A-level, Paddy suggested we all joined the Christian Movement For Peace and go off to work camps in Spain to improve conversational Spanish. The guys were all over the place in all parts of Spain. When I was notified where I was going, I couldn't believe my luck - a summer digging up the old Roman city of Ampurias. Slap bang on a beach in  the middle of the Costa Brava and it was the summer of '76! Absolutely awesome time! Paddy could not believe how much my Spanish had improved! We worked two hours a day between 9am and 11am because it got too hot otherwise! All expenses paid! With a crew from all over the world which included an American guy who persuaded the local police chief to let us have a beach party (the local cops were really uptight about smuggling back then) to celebrate the American bi-centennial by inviting all the local Police to the party!

It made up for all the crap we endured back home.