Author Topic: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk  (Read 59223 times)

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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #315 on: August 15, 2019, 09:32:31 AM »
Thanks Homer. That probably is him. Hope you have returned to full health.

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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #316 on: August 15, 2019, 12:08:06 PM »
No problem, City Hall.
Thankfully the health is holding up. :)

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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #317 on: August 23, 2019, 04:04:51 PM »
The wee Tart was my brother in law and he was taking me to school that morning. We were around the corner when we heard the transfer going off.  A car flew off down the road as we pulled up in front of the bus. The bus was wrecked and blood flowing down the step. I remember spewing over the hedge of the house next to it. Ends up Albert Ginger Baker and a guy called McCreary were part of the USA unit that did the job. Paddy Heeney threw himself in the Mills grande, fragmentation grande and it blew him over the bus. I think he had 5 kids or so I was told. The two kids were shot in the all weather pitch during a football match. They were 2nd years from my memory and luckily survived, sniper from Tullycarnet. The school bus, 75 Gilnahirk had an RUC and army escort from school to the city. The RUC Landrover stopped on a red light at the intersection of the Newtonards Road and the Holywood Road intersection. The Newton Tartans attacked the bus and I remember a bin lorry pulled up and one of the binmen threw a length of pipe through a top window and landed about 4 or 5 seats being me. A Brit soldier came up the stairs and told a 2nd year kid to pick it up and then told him he would be charged with being in procession of an offensive weapon. The bus was taken up to Strandtowm Police Barrick's and we were going to be charged with starting a riot until Gerry Fitt jumped in and we were all released. Magic stuff. There lots of other incidents I could tell you about but like I might just write a book.

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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #318 on: August 24, 2019, 04:05:51 PM »
The old 76 was regularly attacked, usually around Holywood Arches or along the Albertbridge Road.
I was on the bus the day it was attacked at the arches and then when the bus turned on to the Albertbridge Road, the road was blocked by  a crowd and a mob emerged out of the side streets and pelted the bus with nuts, bolts and God knows what else.
I had the "pleasure" of being right at th front of the bus on the upstairs and just kept my head down. I remember another guy sitting across the aisle from me spotted a young woman standing in the doorway of the shop where she worked giving us the fingers. He picked up a lump of a brick which had been thrown through and said "if we get out of this, I'm going to smash that  's window". The bus eventually moved off and he kept his word.
I remember the bus pulled in to the Short Strand depot and the conductor blamed us for the state of the bus.
Even the "Ormeau special" used to get stoned going across the knock carriageway.

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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #319 on: September 01, 2019, 09:25:06 AM »
hi it is Gerard Holden intake 70 to 71  i left for Canada in 74 back on holiday staying in new castle i would love to connect with anyone from my class or year

i was in downtown Belfast last week with my daughter and i swear i seen Pascal is he still in Belfast

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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #320 on: September 01, 2019, 03:27:26 PM »
I haven't seen Pascal in a while, but as far as I know he is still alive and kicking.

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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #321 on: September 02, 2019, 08:24:37 AM »
i have not seen him since i left in 74  but seen him on videos posted from the school so i am sure it was him

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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #322 on: October 03, 2019, 10:06:32 PM »
It probably was him, I would have bumped into him quite regularly usually in a pub ! He hasnít changed a bit and looks exactly the same.

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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #323 on: December 26, 2019, 05:32:30 PM »
I've been reading this thread for a few years  but mention of the Spanish trip in April 1973 prompts me to write now. As a second year at the time I, alas, have no memories of girls on the boating lake but I do remember going with Doris to collect the tickets for the Real/Ajax semi-final. Somehow he managed to persuade the authorities to let us out onto the pitch, so we were running around, jumping up to touch the cross bar, 24 hrs before a European Cup semi-final.
Re Pascal, I met him for first time in 40 years, just over a year ago and can confirm he hasn't changed one iota. Fr. O'Sullivan, as of August 2018, was in Nazareth Lodge nursing home, just turned 94 and fully in possession of his faculties

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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #324 on: December 26, 2019, 08:10:43 PM »
HI MJ, Glad is to hear Fr. O'Sullivan is still with us. He taught my three brothers at St. Malachy's but I never had the pleasure of his teaching at Knock. i believe he is now the oldest living priest in the diocese of Down & Conor.

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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #325 on: December 26, 2019, 08:31:18 PM »
As I say, my information is only up to August last year. He is my father's cousin. Interesting to hear him talk about his life. As a boy he recalled watching, from a pub my grandfather owned, a visit of the Prince of Wales to Belfast

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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #326 on: January 29, 2020, 12:26:21 PM »
RIP Maura Kiely, born 27th January 1929, who died 24th January
Her funeral was this morning at St Colmcille's in Ballyhackamore

"Behold I am sending an Angel before you,
to protect you along the way, and to bring you
to the place I have prepared"


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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #327 on: February 20, 2020, 07:08:45 PM »
Hi Jaybee
              I'm from the '68 year. I remember a lot of the People mentioned here and often thought about them during that terrible time they call the Troubles. I remember we were sent Home early one day because there was a Loyalist march to Stormont and the feeling was 'Great' hope this keeps up! Little did we know!

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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #328 on: February 20, 2020, 07:35:34 PM »
A few names I remember were Davy Clinton, Paul Woods, Winker Watson, Mickey McAvoy, Anthony McIntyre, Tony Mc Mullan, John Caulfield, John Rollo (RIP) and and a chap called David Carson who was known as 'Here a day there a Week' cos he was always Mitchin'. Anyone know what became of him as he seemed to have no stability at Home and precious little in School. There was only another Year above us then so it wasn't too bad but it was like a Building Site way out in the Country and I notice there's no mention of us all when anything is written about St Patricks now. It's as if we never existed. I remember someone hokin' around that old Farm and Graveyard that was unearthed looking for Ancient Artifacts and they found a 'Sprazzy' (6d) obviously someone at some point had been turned upside down and shook until their Dinner Money bounced out all over the place. Would be nice to think everyone I knew is doing alright. Cheers for now.

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Re: St Patricks College Knock Gilnahirk
« Reply #329 on: February 20, 2020, 08:10:34 PM »
Hey there Bangorbus! Sorry to hear about Michael Duffy. Do you have any info on his passing? I seem to remember he was in charge of all you Hooligans on that Ulsterbus.