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Celebrating a Century of Service: Limerick Honours Christian Brothers

In the heart of Limerick, the Christian Brothers have been embraced by the community, marking a century of their esteemed presence in the city. A dedicated committee, formed some time ago, set out to organise a fitting celebration to commemorate this milestone, aiming to raise funds for additional accommodation at the Sexton Street Schools.

One of the highlights of the commemoration was a stirring hymn competition, organised with the generous support of Mr S., an ex-High Sheriff who presented a Cup for the winners. Saturday saw a bustling Flag Day, where flags and flowers were sold in abundance by numerous volunteers, including ladies and schoolboys, all rallying behind the cause. Generous gifts poured in for the Fairy Lawn Fete, scheduled to take place in the Sexton Street School grounds over the following days, promising a joyous continuation of the festivities.

Yesterday, the focus shifted to religious ceremonies honouring the centenary. A solemn procession, led by the Mayor and members of the Corporation, made its way through the streets of Limerick, predominantly comprised of past pupils of the Christian Brothers’ Schools, alongside members of the Arch-Confraternity of the Holy. Accompanied by the stirring melodies of St. John’s Temperance Band and the Boherbuoy Band, the procession culminated at St. John’s Cathedral, where the Very Rev. Dr Keene, O.P., from Drogheda, delivered a sermon lauding the remarkable contributions of the Christian Brothers to Limerick.

Following the religious observances, the attention turned to the Sexton Street Schools, where addresses were presented by various public bodies to the Reverend Brother Stapleton, Superior, representing the Order in Limerick. The Limerick Corporation extended their congratulations to the Christian Brothers, acknowledging a century of invaluable service and expressing profound gratitude for the immeasurable social, moral, and intellectual benefits bestowed upon the city and its surrounding areas.

The Corporation’s address underscored the belief that the local initiative to celebrate the centenary would resonate with past pupils of the Christian Brothers worldwide. It is hoped that this celebration will not only serve as a testament to Limerick’s profound appreciation for the Order but also provide tangible support for their ongoing mission. Indeed, it is a tribute that will empower the Christian Brothers to continue their noble work and uphold the finest traditions of their Order in Limerick and beyond.

Weekly Freeman’s Journal – Saturday 22 July 1916

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