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Title: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: johnnyjet on December 16, 2008, 09:11:57 PM
Does anyone remember the Christian brothers in oxford street, I went there in 1959 the head master was brother boesang (spelling was,nt my best subject_} he was a hard nut and did,nt take pity on anyone then there was brother finn a nice quiet man with a big leather strap and cane , many a sore hand or back of legs i got from them.  When I was 4 I went to this school and was introduced to Mrs, clarke primary 1 teacher I can still smell her perfume white musk aaaaahhhh, but what a targe she was my first lesson =   LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING. I always remember walking home on a Friday cutting through the cattle marker into the fruit market for some leftover fruit and then into the fish market and asking for some winkles to take home  mmmm,. We did.nt have much in those days but we made the most of what we had
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on December 16, 2008, 10:06:53 PM
Johnnyjet, I went to OxfordStreet as well.  I remember Br Beausang but not Br Finn as it was Br Canton who took over from Beau.  I also remember Mrs Clarke and Mr Shields
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: johnnyjet on December 16, 2008, 10:40:19 PM
mr shields was a good teacher I liked him/. when were you there and what age are you now mitch
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Post by: Mitcher on December 16, 2008, 10:47:11 PM
I left in 1969 and went to St Marys in Barrack Street where St Malachys finished up.  Do you remember the caps "skull caps" that were part of the uniform.  I always used to go in and out of the school by the back door, up thr entry at the back of the mill.  I too went to the different Markets on Fridays and enjoyed dropping into Allams to try and help the drovers.  I always came out of it covered.  There was another teacher called Irvine who was there as well.  He taught P6
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: johnnyjet on December 17, 2008, 07:56:12 PM
I had a friend James devine  and once when we went into alams cattle market he fell of the wall into the manure heap and wedged up to his waist the drovers pulled him out minus a shoe and had to hose him down it was so funny at the time but his dad nearly killed him,. As for going to school we too went in the back way past the r,u,c station and the mill and a garage right at the top end of the entry I think it was called Thompson's do you remember going to the wee shop about 5 doors up from the school I used to bring 3 small bottles of milk to the shop and get a small mix up lol. I also remember once a week going to oxford street bus station and getting a plate of veg soup with 2 rounds of bread yum yum it was heaven then
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on December 17, 2008, 09:40:09 PM
I remember having to go all the way around to the front of the Peeler station to retrieve the ball after it was kicked over the wall.  Is that wall really high or was it just my imagination because we wereyoung.  Was Paul Mc Hugh from Catherne St in your year.  I also remember the pies in the bus station, tasty.  I think that mill was called Mc Aleaveys.  I think your right about the name of the garage.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: johnnyjet on December 18, 2008, 09:26:10 PM
I remember paul many a fight i had with him lol
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on December 18, 2008, 10:18:12 PM
Paul is a singer in the States now.  I think he is coming home for Xmas.  Who else from around there was in your year, Damien Watson? Francis Lannigan from the Elecrical shop in Cromac St?
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on December 26, 2008, 12:04:54 PM
Johnnyjet, can you remember walking once a week from school to the Ormeau baths.  I think the route was out the back door, Musgrave St, Victoria St, May St, Joy St Sussex Place, Alfred St and across Ormeau Ave.  We always visited the pet shop at the top of Cromac St on the way home.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: johnnyjet on December 29, 2008, 01:12:30 PM
yeah i remember the walk and the way back the pet shop was called Eddie Murphy's and was on the corner beside Edgar Lowe's ,.I learned to swim at 5 years old , they told you to hold onto the bar and swim with one hand and then let go , lol, you learned or you drowned.  It was in the old pool I also remember going to the baths for a bath on a Saturday so I was nice and clean for 10 o clock mass on sunday we all had to be there and sat on the right side an you face the alter at the front , anyone late or not there needed a mighty good excuse
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on December 29, 2008, 03:50:03 PM
Johnnyjet do you remember school concerts in the King George the Fifth hall at the corner of Joy Street.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: johnnyjet on December 30, 2008, 06:40:02 PM
nah can,t remember them but do remember singing a song in school at least once a week called green grow the rushes so. I hated music in oxford st school the teachers watched and if you did,nt know the words or sing you got beat with the cane or strap. Do you remember the tiny toilet in the yard with one urinal and one toilet bowl , they used to get us to clean it after lunch time.and in the winter we had to break the ice in the bowl.  I lived at the top end of Joy street and can tell you it was a long walk each day both to and from school
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on December 30, 2008, 06:57:58 PM
I remember the toilets well also having to walk down those steel stairs on freezing winter days, it is a wonder no one was killed on them.  I lived in Seymour Street so my walk was not as long as yours.  Those Christian Brothers always had a thing about getting people to sing especially as none of them could ever sing a note.
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Post by: artibell on February 13, 2009, 07:36:00 PM
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Oxford Street School   Jan. 2009
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: stickyra on February 14, 2009, 09:59:07 AM
Does anyone remember the Christian brothers in oxford street, I went there in 1959 the head master was brother boesang (spelling was,nt my best subject_} he was a hard nut and did,nt take pity on anyone then there was brother finn a nice quiet man with a big leather strap and cane , many a sore hand or back of legs i got from them.  When I was 4 I went to this school and was introduced to Mrs, clarke primary 1 teacher I can still smell her perfume white musk aaaaahhhh, but what a targe she was my first lesson =   LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING. I always remember walking home on a Friday cutting through the cattle marker into the fruit market for some leftover fruit and then into the fish market and asking for some winkles to take home  mmmm,. We did.nt have much in those days but we made the most of what we had

Brother Beausang or Wee Bo as we called him must have mellowed a lot by the mid seventies.  He was teaching at Park Lodge then and was a gentle old soul.  He was very popular with the lads.  He died about eight years ago.  He was retired and living in Dublin.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on February 14, 2009, 09:13:29 PM
Brother Canton took over when Brother Bo moved on to St MARYS.  He stayed until St Malachys Oxford Street closed and moved to the upstairs in St Marys in Barrack St.  I think around 1971.  He then went to Pim Stret school.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on February 14, 2009, 09:17:36 PM
There are two photos of Oxford Classes on the ' Who do you know from the Market' thread
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: johnnyjet on February 18, 2009, 09:44:37 PM
I remember the youth club in seymore street and a family called leathem,s who lived there,What is your name? I might know you .  p,s do you remember silvertops comunity centre in Hamilton st
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on February 18, 2009, 09:50:29 PM
Johnnyjet, I lived two doors from the Leathems and my mother was the cleaner and held the keys to the youth club, Joe hanretty was the leader.  My name is Murray
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Aidan on June 21, 2009, 12:22:27 PM
My God you fella have brought back some memories for me, Mrs Clark when we were in babies and then on to Mr Shields and after that up the stairs to, I cant remember his name but he was an old bald guy and he had a twin brother who taught at St Matthews, The into next door to Brother Cantons Class, there was also Brother Harning who used to beat the [censored] outa you if you didnt know your work and then into old Baues class, I must admit, looking back on it all none of it really did us any harm and probably made us better men for it.  Do you remember Mr McAdam at the baths used to teach swimming and how to drown respectfully.  Paul McHugh was in my class as was Ken Lennon and Micky O Neil, I often wonder where they are now and how they are doing.  I went back to Belfast in March/April this year, my first trip back from Australia in 41 years. Went to see the old school which is now a Solicitors Office.   Thank you so much for the memories fellas, the pies at the bus station, the wee sweety shop, do you remember the shop in Ann st where we used to get cheap lunches and across the road was Elliottes who sold great fireworks and up on the rise to the Queens bridge, the big old white horse that was kept there to help Harkness carts up and over the bridge? Now from my memory they were the good old days.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on June 23, 2009, 08:36:01 PM
Aiden, Paul is now a singer in Chicargo.  I was a few years below you as I left in 1969.  I actually learnt to swim in the Baths and I alsoloved those Pies in the Bus Station.  The class before Canton's/beausangs was a Mister Irvine, but that was when I was there
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mooney on July 08, 2009, 07:51:18 PM
make sure to also check the postings under "Are you looking for old school friends"
That is where I posted my attendance at Oxford Street from 1942-1946.Yes i am till alive at 73 in California, Santa Barbara
Tony Mooney
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: MICKSTUPP on September 08, 2009, 08:12:09 PM
It was Brother Lynch who took over at "The Upstairs" at Barrack Street. I was in the first group there. I have a class photo somewhere with Mr Shields in attandance. Some names in our class. Pat Lannigan, junior Fitzpatrick, Wilson Henry, Seamus Boyle, Stephen Brown  etc. WIll try to find and post it.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: McNamee on September 08, 2009, 08:13:58 PM
Welcome to the Forum Mick
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: MICKSTUPP on September 08, 2009, 08:16:03 PM

Brother Beausang or Wee Bo as we called him must have mellowed a lot by the mid seventies.  He was teaching at Park Lodge then and was a gentle old soul.  He was very popular with the lads.  He died about eight years ago.  He was retired and living in Dublin.

He made a public apology in the Irish News for all the boys he had "leathered" over the years.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on December 17, 2009, 10:35:19 PM
There are a few photos of classes in Oxford Street on the " who do you know from the Market " thread
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Sean Connolly on November 28, 2010, 06:19:23 AM
New to the site how do I find the class photos from oxford street that you mentioned. I was at Oxford Street and Barrack Street before moving to Hardinge street
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on November 28, 2010, 11:27:59 AM
Sean did you originally live in Joy street, the fruit shop as I think you were a class or two below me.
 
The photos are on the Market thread but I am not sure what page number.  I have two but I do not know how to put them on here
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Post by: citybloke on November 28, 2010, 01:29:59 PM
I attended Oxford Street School [1954- 1960]. I remember being in Mr. Shield's class and then in Brother Finn's for the 11 plus. Does anyone remember Br. Finn and where he went after Oxford Street?
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on November 28, 2010, 01:56:46 PM
I remember Mr Shields in Primary 3/4 and I think he went to St Aidans on the Whiterock Road.  The only two Brothers I remember are Br Beausang and Br Canton.  The first went to St Marys and the latter to Edmund Rice in Pim Street.  I left Oxford Street in 1969 after my 11+
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Post by: citybloke on November 28, 2010, 02:19:04 PM
Hi Mitcher, I remember Mr. Shields quite well. Once meet him the Spanish Rooms [ after I left school of course!]. Br. Finn taught us in the 11 plus class. For a Christian Brother he was quite a kind teacher! There weren't that many of them! Went to St. Mary's Grammar after leaving Oxford Street in 1960.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on November 28, 2010, 03:43:30 PM
I went to St Marys in Barrack St as well after my 11+.  Oxford St ended up in that school as well around 1971/72
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Post by: citybloke on November 28, 2010, 03:59:41 PM
Really enjoyed my time at Oxford Street. Remembering playing football in the old entry at the back of the school [usually about 50 a side!] Also remember the old iron fire escape up to the first floor and the outside toilets that would freeze up in the winter! No health and safety regulations in those days.
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Post by: Mitcher on November 28, 2010, 04:06:49 PM
The staircase and the toilets were still there in my time also the football matches.  There was also a large open fire up the stairs that was used to heat the place.  Our ball used to be kicked over the wall and someone always had to go and get it.  The wall was of Musgrave St Barracks and I was never out of it. I could have drew a map of that place and now there is it getting closed.  I also remember that very few used the front door of the school but normally walked up that back yard and in the back door
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Post by: citybloke on November 28, 2010, 06:19:52 PM
I also remember going round to the Barracks to get the ball back. Forgot about the fireplace until you mentioned it. There was also a fire station round the corner and I can remember going there to have first aid to cut knees after one of our dinner time football matches. Happy days!!!
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Post by: Mitcher on November 28, 2010, 06:27:49 PM
Yes the Fire Station was handy.  It has now relocated to Bankmore Street. At least the old Oxford St school is still there but I think it is a solicitors now.  I don't think there is any St malachys Christian Brothers Primary school now.
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Post by: citybloke on November 28, 2010, 07:13:05 PM
No I think the School no longer exists.
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Post by: Mitcher on November 28, 2010, 07:18:46 PM
It is a pity as it was a good school and I have fond memories of being there.  There were Plays, Sports and other activities that always kept your interest after school was finished for the day.  I learnt how to swim by going with the shool one day a week to the Ormeau Baths in Ormeau Avenue
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: barry on November 28, 2010, 07:21:01 PM
Hi Citybloke,  nice to to  see  you  on  here,  how's  it  been  going, Barry.
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Post by: Mitcher on November 28, 2010, 07:49:31 PM
Hello Barry, are you an ex Oxford Street man as well?
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Post by: citybloke on November 28, 2010, 08:31:27 PM
Hi Barry,  nice to hear from you again. I was over in Ireland in August and September and had a nice pint of Guinness on your behalf. Didn't make to Belfast this time unfortunately.
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Post by: Sean Connolly on November 29, 2010, 08:05:02 AM
Mitcher, I have just twigged to who you are, did your da work in Millfield tech and yes we did have the fruit shop in Joy Street on the corner of Little May Street, I remember those games of football in the back enty and walking through the law courts on the way home.
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Post by: bealfeirste on November 29, 2010, 01:58:14 PM
        1945 + 1950
        Ground Floor
         Junior + Senior infants.      Mr Colligan
         First + second classes.       Bro. Sullivan
        First Floor
         Third + Fourth classes        Mr Tom Bradley
         Fifth class                           Mr. Dickie Morton
         Sixth and qualifing class      Bro Burns  [Principal]
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Post by: joes on November 29, 2010, 07:57:23 PM
        1945 + 1950
        Ground Floor
         Junior + Senior infants.      Mr Colligan
         First + second classes.       Bro. Sullivan
        First Floor
         Third + Fourth classes        Mr Tom Bradley
         Fifth class                           Mr. Dickie Morton
         Sixth and qualifing class      Bro Burns  [Principal]
remember them all they were not to bad
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: barry on November 29, 2010, 09:35:28 PM
Hello Barry, are you an ex Oxford Street man as well?
 
 
  No  Mitcher,  but  i  once  had  a  pair  of  oxfords,  does  that  count ?   :yahoo: :yahoo: :haha:
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Post by: Mitcher on November 30, 2010, 08:43:41 AM
Mitcher, I have just twigged to who you are, did your da work in Millfield tech and yes we did have the fruit shop in Joy Street on the corner of Little May Street, I remember those games of football in the back enty and walking through the law courts on the way home.

Yes Sean you are right about my Dad teaching the Painting and Decorating in Millfield Tech.  How are you keeping?  The last I heard you were in Austrailia or somewhere.  Oxford St seems a long time ago now.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Sean Connolly on November 30, 2010, 09:40:44 AM
Still living in Melbourne, was back in Belfast for a couple of weeks earlier on this year. Yes in some ways oxford st seems like a million years ago and then someone mentions something you forgot and it jogs the memory and some of it seems like yesterday. When I was in Belfast I took a walk round Joy street and needless to say my old house was gone, ah well thats progress.
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Post by: Paddy Go Go on November 30, 2010, 06:20:33 PM
Hi I know two people who went to christian bros. oxford st. Patrick King ( junior king) and his brother Jim they lived in East Street.
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Post by: Mitcher on November 30, 2010, 08:30:59 PM
Hi I know two people who went to christian bros. oxford st. Patrick King ( junior king) and his brother Jim they lived in East Street.

Was their Father Paddy, and Mother Rosie Watson as I only knew them
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on November 30, 2010, 08:35:06 PM
Still living in Melbourne, was back in Belfast for a couple of weeks earlier on this year. Yes in some ways oxford st seems like a million years ago and then someone mentions something you forgot and it jogs the memory and some of it seems like yesterday. When I was in Belfast I took a walk round Joy street and needless to say my old house was gone, ah well thats progress.
Yes Sean Progress?  When I am down that way and often walk around Seymour St and around there, mostly everything gone.  At least the convent is still there as a building.  I often have a drink with one of the Donnellys from down the street from you also one of the Hobans from Little May St.
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Post by: cossie5252 on December 03, 2010, 08:14:12 AM
was asked to post this photo on this page also....
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Post by: Mitcher on December 07, 2010, 10:28:02 PM
was asked to post this photo on this page also....
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Brother Beausang
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Post by: Mitcher on December 09, 2010, 10:59:04 PM
Has anybody any class photos of Oxford Street School?
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Post by: maggiemay on May 07, 2011, 06:04:28 PM
My two brothers ,Brian and Jim went to St Malachys.We lived in Bangor at the time.Quite a few of the pupils from Bangor travelled up to Belfast,as thier parents tpupils moved on to the nexthought they would get a better education.There was a teacher called Mr Kerr in St Comgalls.He was a great teacher,but when the pupils
went on to the next master,that was a different matter!!!
Maggiemay
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Margana on May 07, 2011, 09:55:09 PM
Haven't been here in a while but saw this thread and couldn't resist replying.
I went to Oxford Street from 59 to 65.
Classes were P1, P2 and P3 Mrs Clarke who lived in Carryduff and drove a Ford Anglia car. I have met and spoken with her son Bernard who was in my class.
P4 was Mr Shields, nice man.
Up the iron fire escape was P5 Brother Finn who went to the Missions in Africa before I left.
Next door in the big room was P6 Bradley who had a brother in St Matthew's Short Strand.
P7 was Br Beausang or wee Bo. I know that he went to Hardinge Street when it moved to the Hightown Road? in Glengormley as my nephew went there. He then moved to the Abbey Grammar School in Newry.
I also remember a Brother Sullivan at one stage.
When I was in P7, there were "big boys" in the class who were about 14 or 15. I think it was something to do with Secondary Schools not being available at the time.
I remember the shop and the garage and going to the baths in Ormeau Avenue on a Monday afternoon.
The building is still there but it's now an art gallery.
I failed the 11+ first time round so I was in two P7 classes.
People I remember - Michael Cosgrove (I have met him a few times in the Civil Service), Roy Bates, The Craig twins, Paul Bell (deceased), Desmond Barfoot who lived at the Bridge End and went on to Hardinge Street, like me, Hugh (Huggy) McComb, Jim Daly, the Gardiner brothers who went on to the grammar school on the Antrim Road, Linus McCloskey (how could I forget the name?), Jim? Brown who went on to St Mary's.
Bernard Clarke told me that Dr Eamonn Phonenix who is a historian at Queens and regularly features in the press and on TV was in our class but I don't remember him.
My brothers and I were sent to Oxford Street because my mother believed that the Christian Brothers were great on discipline and education. She was right!
Sorry to ramble but I hope that this has jogged a few memories.
 
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Post by: Mitcher on May 11, 2011, 05:36:53 PM
Haven't been here in a while but saw this thread and couldn't resist replying.
I went to Oxford Street from 59 to 65.
Classes were P1, P2 and P3 Mrs Clarke who lived in Carryduff and drove a Ford Anglia car. I have met and spoken with her son Bernard who was in my class.
P4 was Mr Shields, nice man.
Up the iron fire escape was P5 Brother Finn who went to the Missions in Africa before I left.
Next door in the big room was P6 Bradley who had a brother in St Matthew's Short Strand.
P7 was Br Beausang or wee Bo. I know that he went to Hardinge Street when it moved to the Hightown Road? in Glengormley as my nephew went there. He then moved to the Abbey Grammar School in Newry.
I also remember a Brother Sullivan at one stage.
When I was in P7, there were "big boys" in the class who were about 14 or 15. I think it was something to do with Secondary Schools not being available at the time.
I remember the shop and the garage and going to the baths in Ormeau Avenue on a Monday afternoon.
The building is still there but it's now an art gallery.
I failed the 11+ first time round so I was in two P7 classes.
People I remember - Michael Cosgrove (I have met him a few times in the Civil Service), Roy Bates, The Craig twins, Paul Bell (deceased), Desmond Barfoot who lived at the Bridge End and went on to Hardinge Street, like me, Hugh (Huggy) McComb, Jim Daly, the Gardiner brothers who went on to the grammar school on the Antrim Road, Linus McCloskey (how could I forget the name?), Jim? Brown who went on to St Mary's.
Bernard Clarke told me that Dr Eamonn Phonenix who is a historian at Queens and regularly features in the press and on TV was in our class but I don't remember him.
My brothers and I were sent to Oxford Street because my mother believed that the Christian Brothers were great on discipline and education. She was right!
Sorry to ramble but I hope that this has jogged a few memories.
I remember Mrs Clark and Mr Shields along with wee Bo as I left in 69.  There was a Phillip Gardener from the Ormeau Road who was a class or two above me.  I too learned to swim in the Ormeau Baths
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Post by: OLD ST.MALS GAL on May 13, 2011, 12:06:02 AM
To Sean Connolly.
Just saw your postings and obviously you are son of Sean & Josie.  Knew your family well when I was younger.
I am one of the Boyle family from Andersonstown, family originally from Markets.
Hope you are well....have you been on the Markets Forum, its very interesting even though I wasn't born there but know of  lots of the names mentioned.

OSMG
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Post by: citybloke on September 09, 2011, 02:56:24 PM
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St. Malachy’s [Oxford Street] School – First Holy Communion Class [circa 1953]

Back Row,

----------, ---------, V.McKeown, T.Birch, --------, T. Morrow, -------- ,---------, H. McCallum

Third Row,   ?

Second Row,

E. Hannratty, G. Hadley, -----------, R. Dalziel?   P.Fallon, ---------, ---------, F. Kelly   

Front Row,

T. Murray, ----------, -----------, ? McCann, ---------, G.Dalton,----------, ? McCann

Any help in identifying the missing names from this photo would br appreciated.
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Post by: GurnyGub on April 05, 2013, 06:36:55 PM
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St. Malachy’s [Oxford Street] School – First Holy Communion Class [circa 1953]

Back Row,

----------, ---------, V.McKeown, T.Birch, --------, T. Morrow, -------- ,---------, H. McCallum

Third Row,   ?

Second Row,

E. Hannratty, G. Hadley, -----------, R. Dalziel?   P.Fallon, ---------, ---------, F. Kelly   

Front Row,

T. Murray, ----------, -----------, ? McCann, ---------, G.Dalton,----------, ? McCann

Any help in identifying the missing names from this photo would br appreciated.

Fourth from the right, front row, is possibly Micky McNamee, had a brother somewhere too. It's very easy to misremember after so long! Third from the right in the second row is, I believe Bernard Kearns, and third row, second from the left might be Cush. Sorry for being so vague, but in mitigation, I'm not even in the photo!!
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Post by: johnnypipes on December 12, 2013, 09:45:35 PM
I know he wrote a Irish song, dont know the correct spelling but (Is glanting Glass Gweedore ) wee BO
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: GerryBrown on July 11, 2014, 09:19:03 PM
I was in Brother Beausang's class for two years. Left in 1964 to go to Barrack Street. I remember Bernard Clarke and his mother. Eamonn Phoenix was there and Terry George who wrote film scripts (he may have won an Oscar). Three Gardner brothers. McAleer (or McAteer) who is a TV actor (went on to Hardinge Street). Gerry O'Keefe from Castlereagh Road. Joe Herron ? A Carson whose family had a shop in Joy Street
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: semathi on June 14, 2015, 03:21:35 PM
Hello all, here are some photos from 2014 and some history:

http://www.dia.ie/works/view/46116/building/CO.+ANTRIM,+BELFAST,+OXFORD+STREET,+NO.+021,+ST+MALACHY%27S+SCHOOL (http://www.dia.ie/works/view/46116/building/CO.+ANTRIM,+BELFAST,+OXFORD+STREET,+NO.+021,+ST+MALACHY%27S+SCHOOL)

https://theroamingmind.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/st-malachys-christian-brothers-school-oxford-street-belfast/

Hello Market Friends,

I was in Belfast a few weeks back and took a walk to the old St. Malachy's School on Oxford Street.  In case you need a tattoo, the Skinworks staff can fix you up.

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Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: irishcolum on August 16, 2015, 12:48:00 AM

Hello,[/b]
Just saw this in the Irish News...I'm wondering if this is the Gerry Hunt who attended Christian Bros primary school, Oxford St in the 1960s ? If it is, he was a good football player. May he rest in peace[/b]


DEATH NOTICE[/color] 11th Aug 2015[/color]
HUNT Gerard, died August 7, 2015, peacefully at hospital. Deeply regretted by Peter, Joanne and staff at the Parador.[/color][/font][/size]

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DEATH NOTICE 7th Aug 2015[/color]
HUNT Gerard (Gerry) (Ormeau Road) died August 7, 2015 peacefully after a short illness. Will be sadly missed by family and friends. Funeral arrangements to follow. St Gerard Majella pray for him.

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Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: bjay on August 16, 2015, 07:07:53 AM
The same man, I believe.  Lived Ailesbury area , up from the Parador , although the family lived in Fernwood Street off the Ormeau Rd.when he was at Oxford Street school.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Mitcher on August 30, 2015, 02:59:46 PM
Yeah really sad to hear about him.  I was good friends with him at school. RIP
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: bjay on August 30, 2015, 05:27:42 PM
Gerard worked in the NIHE for some years, in the technical end, an architect I think. A very nice guy I don't recall him doing anyone a bad turn.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: irishcolum on August 30, 2015, 05:45:31 PM
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Standing (L to R) Damian McCloskey, Adrian McAuley, Philip Gardner, Colm Coney, Declan Mulvenna, John Magill, Francis Lannigan, Eugene Keegan, Paul Hopley, John O'Hare

Kneeling (L to R) Nigel Duffy, Eddie McSorley, Eddie Savage, Malachy Conlon, Sean Ashe, Gerry Hunt, Bobby Brown, Damien Watson, Gerard Murray, Sean Cassidy.
Teacher: Brother Canton

Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: bjay on August 31, 2015, 07:57:22 PM
A few Ormeau Road boys in that photo - Philip Gardner, Declan Mulvenna, Sean Ashe, Gerry Hunt, Damien ( Winker) Watson. and Sean Cassidy. Stephen McRandal from Ava St. was also in that year at Oxford Street.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: hungry homer on September 01, 2015, 04:54:42 PM
A few Ormeau Road boys in that photo - Philip Gardner, Declan Mulvenna, Sean Ashe, Gerry Hunt, Damien ( Winker) Watson. and Sean Cassidy. Stephen McRandal from Ava St. was also in that year at Oxford Street.

You missed a few others - Paul Hopley was from Delhi Street, John O'Hare was from South Parade, Nigel Duffy from St. Jude's Avenue, Eddie McSorley and Bobby Brown both lived on the front of the Ormeau Road; Eddie lived in one of the detached houses opposite Knockbreda Park and Bobby lived facing Whitehall.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Margana on September 04, 2015, 05:18:57 PM
I was in Brother Beausang's class for two years. Left in 1964 to go to Barrack Street. I remember Bernard Clarke and his mother. Eamonn Phoenix was there and Terry George who wrote film scripts (he may have won an Oscar). Three Gardner brothers. McAleer (or McAteer) who is a TV actor (went on to Hardinge Street). Gerry O'Keefe from Castlereagh Road. Joe Herron ? A Carson whose family had a shop in Joy Street

I'm Robert Monaghan and I was in your class. I remember you as tall and thin from the Ormeau Road? I failed the 11+ first time round and stayed back a year to re-sit it. After passing it, I went on to Hardinge St, Millfield, Jordanstown and Dundee University for Civil Engineering. Eventually I worked for 35 years with Roads Service in Downpatrick where I live.
As part of my work, I had meetings with Translink and met Bernard Clarke a few years ago who seemed to be fairly high up in the organisation. He mentioned Eamon Phoenix but I don't remember him. I do remember Terry George, the Gardner brothers and Gerry (Christopher?) O'Keefe. I also met John Cosgrove at Jordanstown and later in the Civil Service. He used to live in Fitzroy Avenue.
Others were the Craig twins from South Parade, Desmond Barfoot (went to Hardinge St), Roy Bates and Jim Daly both from the Short Strand, Francie? Rainey from Rainey St behind the Ormeau Baths, David Acheson from River Terrace and a guy called Glover.
I also remember that in 1964, there were some older boys (around 14/15 years old) in the class who should have been at Secondary School but for some reason, weren't.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Gerard Mcg on September 05, 2015, 12:17:30 AM
I was in Brother Beausang's class for two years. Left in 1964 to go to Barrack Street. I remember Bernard Clarke and his mother. Eamonn Phoenix was there and Terry George who wrote film scripts (he may have won an Oscar). Three Gardner brothers. McAleer (or McAteer) who is a TV actor (went on to Hardinge Street). Gerry O'Keefe from Castlereagh Road. Joe Herron ? A Carson whose family had a shop in Joy Street

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Terry George was born on December 20, 1952 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is a writer and producer, known for Hotel Rwanda (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395169?ref_=nmbio_mbio) (2004), In the Name of the Father (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107207?ref_=nmbio_mbio) (1993) and Hart's War (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0251114?ref_=nmbio_mbio) (2002). He has been married to Margaret Higgins since 1978. They have two children.

Terry George has done really well.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: trish on September 14, 2015, 09:50:41 PM
I have just seen photo of boys from Oxford st Christian brothers. John Magill in the back row is my brother. Sadly he died March 15 2014 in South Africa. He lived there for over 30 years and was married with two daughters. I must try and get them to see this photo.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: irishcolum on September 14, 2015, 10:34:55 PM
Hello Trish,
So sorry about your brother's death. My brother, John O'Hare was in your brother's class and, as you can see they played on the football team together. My brother died in 1992 in England. So now the two of them are probably up there having a good laugh about old times !
Colum
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: trish on September 15, 2015, 07:31:29 AM
Hi Colin
Thanks for your response. It's a pity I can't tell John to have a look at this site. He loved all these old memories.
They both died too young but your brother was very young. John lived life to the full. He had retired at 42 after working in computers before anyone even knew what they were. After Oxford street he went on to St. Malachy's college. He then went to jordanstown.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: trish on September 15, 2015, 04:55:55 PM
Colum
How can I send this photo to my niece by email. I tried to save it to iPad but then can't find it there. Any suggestions.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: irishcolum on September 15, 2015, 05:01:20 PM
Trish,

You should be able to drag the image on to your desktop, or in to an e-mail...
But I'd be happy to send it to you directly in an e-mail if you give me your e-mail address

Colum
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Astor on September 15, 2015, 05:05:50 PM
Colum
How can I send this photo to my niece by email. I tried to save it to iPad but then can't find it there. Any suggestions.

Right click with your mouse on the picture, then click on "Save As", call it whatever you like eg. St Malachy's photo then go into where your pictures are stored and it should be there, I just did it as a trial and it worked.   I think I vaguely remember John Magill from Fruithill and his brother Pat, if its the same guy.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: trish on September 15, 2015, 05:35:32 PM
Hi Astor
Problem is I'm using an iPad. It doesn't have a mouse. We are from Fitzroy ave Ormeau rd. my mum and dad has shop in Lagan St in markets. I've another brother called martin. John was the eldest
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: trish on September 15, 2015, 05:50:40 PM
Hi Astor
Just played about a bit and have been able to save photo. I've emailed it to my niece. I think she will be delighted with it. Many thanks
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: bjay on September 15, 2015, 09:31:03 PM
I remember Willie Magill's shop when it was in Verner Street, before it moved  around the corner to Lagan Street.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: trish on September 15, 2015, 09:39:17 PM
Hi bjay
I posted an old photo of dad on "who do you know from the markets" thread page 62. I have been looking for a photo of dads shop when he owned it but to no avail. There's a photo on page 57 of the shop in the early 1900s. I vaguely remember the shop in Berber street. It was on the cor we with Kagan st. Dad has late stage Alzheimer's and isn't aware of anything at all. It's hard now to imagine him as the person he was then. I always think of him as a successful Delboy.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Franco58 on August 01, 2016, 05:38:10 PM
Just found this many years too late, I was in Oxford Street and one of the last to leave it when it closed. Our P7 class together with P6 & P5 then went to the upstairs in St Mary's in Barrack St, where I then went from 1970 - 1973 and then up to the Glen Road until 1977. Remember all the teachers and the experiences you all mention, seems like yesterday. Remember the class photo with Mr Shields in it, where could I get a copy, been years since I last saw it. Remeber always having to go over to the bus station to buy his cigarettes which no doubt he smoked in class !

Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: kptz on September 09, 2016, 05:02:43 PM
Does anyone know if school records from the 1930s are available? I have relatives who attended. 

Thanks, kptz
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Margana on September 09, 2016, 08:43:22 PM
If the records were available, I would say that they are in the Public Records Office. I found records there relating to the Convent School in Catherine Street where my mother attended in the 1920's.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: mikey on October 30, 2016, 07:05:23 PM
Hi all I went to Oxford st school,left in 71 when I went to st Augustine's, I was from the Lisburn road but I stayed with my grandfather in little may street, to Sean Connolly do remember me Michael Kelly lived with the Carey's little may street. Can't remember any classmates have a bit of blank remember the teachers
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: keewelly on June 29, 2018, 03:03:15 PM
My late father, James Kerr, taught at St. Malachy's, Oxford St., from 1932 to 1942. He then he moved to St. Comgall's PS in Bangor. He became principal in 1954, and retired in 1975. I still have quite a few photos that were taken in Oxford St. from '32 to '42.
I attended St. Mary's, Barrack St. from '65 to '68, then the new school on the Glen Rd., from '68 to '72. I remember Bro. Beausang well, although he never taught me.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Margana on June 29, 2018, 05:21:45 PM
My late father, James Kerr, taught at St. Malachy's, Oxford St., from 1932 to 1942. He then he moved to St. Comgall's PS in Bangor. He became principal in 1954, and retired in 1975. I still have quite a few photos that were taken in Oxford St. from '32 to '42.
I attended St. Mary's, Barrack St. from '65 to '68, then the new school on the Glen Rd., from '68 to '72. I remember Bro. Beausang well, although he never taught me.


If you left Oxford St in '65, you must have been in the same class as me as I left that year also. Can you remember a few names from your class? I remember Jim Daly, Steven Gardiner, Roy Bates. I think that Bro Finn taught us that last year and I think that he was also going abroad.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: keewelly on June 30, 2018, 10:56:48 AM
Sorry, I didn't go to Oxford St, I was at St. Comgall's Primary School in Bangor, before going to St. Mary's.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: hungry homer on April 15, 2019, 12:10:23 PM
I met an old friend today who gave me the sad news that Philip Gardner who was in my year at Oxford Street, died a couple of weeks ago. He had emigrated to Canada after he got married over 40 years ago.
R.I.P. Philip.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: Margana on April 15, 2019, 07:42:05 PM
I met an old friend today who gave me the sad news that Philip Gardner who was in my year at Oxford Street, died a couple of weeks ago. He had emigrated to Canada after he got married over 40 years ago.
R.I.P. Philip.


Sad to hear this. I remember him as a nice person. I was originally in a class with his brother Bill but I failed the 11+ first time round and stayed back a year to do it again and I ended up in the same class as him. Unfortunately, we are all at that age when some of us start to check out.
Title: Re: saint malachys christian bros. oxford street
Post by: irishcolum on April 16, 2019, 08:52:07 PM
Nice fellow. May he RIP...here he is 1n 1968

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