Messages – Oxford St

Michael McEntee: I remember Bro. Finn and many of the teachers mentioned. It was a great school but conditions in immediate environment were something else.

Paddy Linden: My Father attended the school from 1933 – 41, they lived in the Market. He left school at 13 and was apprenticed to a blacksmith, then he became a merchant seaman at 18.

Sean McKenna: My old school. Walked across the Albert Bridge and along the Laganbank Road ( also known as the Sand Quay) every day. Remember Bro Finn being there before he took off for India. Mr Shiels was also there and used to see him on a Saturday afternoon heading to the Oval to watch Glentoran play. Bro Beausang (wee Beau) was the headmaster and brought us in on a Saturday morning during P7 year to practice for the 11plus. The walk to the Ormeau baths was always something to look forward to and like many others where I learned to swim. Great memories!

Brendan Jack Jackson:  My dad’s old school.

John McKenna: I lived just over the Queen’s bridge, on the Bridge End. Brother Finn was the best teacher anyone could wish for.

Kevin Brennan:  Br O’Connell became my headmaster in Gort na Móna.

Tom McAuley:   I was taught by Miss Clarke then Mr Shiels. Wee Beau left for St. Mary’s the same year as me. A cracking good school!

James McCreesh:  My brother and i went to oxford st school and some cousins

Adrian McCreesh:  I was in the last class that closed the school in Barrack Street.  The head then was Bro Lynch. We had two classrooms on the top floor.

 Owen Turlough Birch: I too remember Brother Finn, a dedicated talented and kind teacher.

This is myself leading the Band of Brothers out of the “bathroom”.

Jim Monaghan: Myself and two brothers Robert and Francie were pupils