School Children c 1938/39

Convent of Mercy, Ballinrobe, County Mayo

By Helen Ward

This photo was taken round about 1938-9 in Ballinrobe at the Convent of Mercy and was given to me by my mother Mary Meehan, who is in the second row in the photo.

She grew up in Cloongowla West. She has a remarkable memory and has named most of the girls (listed below) but there are a few mysteries. It would be great if anyone could fill the gaps.

Just scroll to bottom of page after list of names to see image:

Convent School Ballinrobe c. 1938

Back row L to R: 

  1. Julia Groonell
  2. Delma O’Neil
  3. Peggy Sheridan
  4. Greta Burke
  5.  Patsy Mellot?
  6. Mary Wilkinson
  7. Teresa Hancock
  8. Claire Murphy

 3rd row

  1. Teresa Laffey
  2. Joan O’Neil
  3. ?
  4. Brid Feerick
  5. Mary McDermott
  6. Moira Mulligan
  7. Kitty? Wilkinson
  8. ?

2nd row

  1. Una Morgan
  2. Ethel Glyn
  3. Bridie? Jennings
  4. Ruth Findley
  5. Kathleen? Cleary
  6. Grace O’Malley
  7. Ronnie Mellot
  8. Bridie Walsh?
  9. Mary Meehan

Front row

  1. Phyllis Quinn
  2. ? Riley?
  3. Kathleen Curran
  4. Phil O’Hare

Two girls on left of photo:

Mary O’Rourke and Mary Finn

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'School Children c 1938/39' page
This page was added by Averil Staunton on 10/02/2017.
Comments about this page

My grandmothers name is Christina Burke; her married name is Moffat. Her husband, my grandfather, is named Michael.

I would be so grateful if anybody knows anything. All I want is to see a photograph of my grandmother I have no idea what she looks like and my mother had no photographs of her nor has my aunt. Christina worked in a store before she became ill.

Thank you.

Name & e-mail with the Editor @ ballinrobehistorysite@gmail.com

By Dale Smith
On 18/04/2017

My mother and her two sisters lived at the Convent of Mercy.

I'm not sure what year they first arrived but I'm guessing 1939 - 1940. Their mother, my Grandmother sadly lost her life at 33 to TB in 1944, I know she suffered for 4 1/2 years before passing.

Their names are Mary, Kathleen and Delia Moffatt. Does anybody remember them or my Grandmother. Delia was born Bridget.

Thank you.

By Dale Smith
On 07/04/2017

Judy Groonell RIP was my aunty. 

By anne groonell
On 31/03/2017

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