Patricia Cronin, Cappagh 1947-1949

Patricia Cronin 1947-1949

I attended St Mary’s from 1947-1949. I was very happy there and have good memories of my time there.

My mum wanted to send me to the convent in Rathkeale but dad knew Polly Jones as her aunt lived and had a shop in Tarbert.

The one drawback was my lack of a Irish as we had a poor foundation in Cappagh at that time and Miss Duggan was a fluent speaker!! However when it came to maths it was just as bad!

My first year there, Paddy Shaughnessy and Colm Walsh joined me. The neighbours said Mrs Shaughnessy was a very foolish woman to be sending him to secondary school instead of helping her on the farm. But, like my mam, she believed learning was no burden to anyone.

Colm and I used to do our homework on the steps of Cappagh chapel, and one day Miss a Duggan said to us “great minds think alike and fools seldom differ!!’, so we took more care after that.

The second year my brother Jerry joined me and can still recite some French we learned.