The mission of LowellIrish is to collect and preserve the history and cultural materials, which document the presence of the Irish community in Lowell. As the first immigrant group in a city that continues to celebrate its immigrant past, LowellIrish will serve as an advocate to support a better understanding of the historical, political, religious, and social function the Irish played in the formation of the city.
One of the goals of
this blog is to hear from you, whether you are an “Acre”-ite or just someone
passing by on the web highway.The counter
shows over 12,000 viewer;, we sure would like to get your input.We know there are stories out there, and it’s
time they get recorded.Just yesterday a
friend mentioned he had graduated from Keith.I knew that part, but did not know how often
he had been “disciplined” while attending the school.Yet today he is a respected teacher.(I withhold his name to save his
After we researched
the Boys School entry, Walter was able to add a personal note.
My interest in St. Patrick's Boys' School was heightened
when I came across some photos my father had taken just before it was
demolished. Attached is a view of the
Suffolk street facade.
He also took a picture of the rear of the building.
In the course of researching the school, I found a Lowell
SUN article dated May 18, 1900 about the re-opening of the school scheduled for
“The younger pupils
who always make up such a large number of the scholars will be under the charge
of the Sisters of Notre Dame and teachers from the academy will be assigned to
look after the young folks.It is
proposed to make a slight change in the school because of this
arrangement.A new entrance will be made
at the rear of the school building and this will be accessible from Fenwick
The picture to the left
shows the rear of the school with the aforementioned entrance, and I do believe
the figures in black entering are indeed some of the Sisters.
AND SOME NOTES
A few weeks ago I met Eric at
Open Doors.We had quite a few visitors that day, but I
noticed the detail with which he was viewing the art and architecture of St.
Patrick’s.We chatted for a while and
found out he has a particular goal of creating a photographic survey of the
city.Please take a look at this
herculean task he has taken upon himself.Not only do I commend his efforts for helping St Pat’s and other places
to record our stories, but notice the art he creates with his camera.Many thanks, Eric.You use your talents well.Here is where you can see Eric’s work at St
and the wider city http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Emw/gallery
The photo below is a detail of the window of St Patrick teaching the Chieftains at Tara taken by Eric.
have been waiting 12 months for this.My little countdown clock has been ticking away second by second.No, it’s not Santa’s arrival at
Christmas.It’s better than that!THE BIG DIG III is one week away.The four Irish archaeologists will be
arriving Saturday.On Sunday will be a
field trip to see a 10-footer, a house somewhat typical of the 19th
century and reminiscent of what our shanty might have looked like.Then the fun begins!The Dig will commence on Monday and finish up
on Friday.What will be found this
year?What new secrets will be revealed?What will our old house tell us about those Irish