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 Jacko 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 Mc Auley  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!

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”.