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Where: Mount Saint Joseph, Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

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Group, Children of Mary. : commissioned by Rev. Mother, Convent of Holy Faith, Mullinavat.

Today we will see the living rather than the dead, this fine group of young ladies in their regalia from the Poole Collection!

"These Children of Mary Sodalities first embraced the pupils and orphans of the schools and institutions of the Sisters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.....The badge adopted by the Children of Mary Immaculate is the miraculous medal, suspended from a blue ribbon.

The Children of Mary organization flourished in the mid 20th century. Young women went through a period of aspirancy of six months prior to acceptance as a fully fledged child of Mary, who had the right to wear the distinctive blue cape and carry the blue cape of a Child of Mary. When a Child of Mary married, she was embraced on arrival on the Church steps by other Children of Mary who removed the blue cape from over her wedding gown."


Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio

Date: Circa 13th June 1915

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 2613a

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Carol Maddock

    • 23/Jul/2015 07:34:07

    Photo taken around 13 June 1915. (From the catalogue record: "Creation date based on date photographic order was placed; recorded in Index Book of the A. H. Poole Studio as: 13 June 1915.") Wonder if the Reverend Mother is in this photo taken same location, same day...

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    sharon.corbet

    • 23/Jul/2015 07:39:14

    "These Children of Mary Sodalities first embraced the pupils and orphans of the schools and institutions of the Sisters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.....The badge adopted by the Children of Mary Immaculate is the miraculous medal, suspended from a blue ribbon. The Children of Mary organization flourished in the mid 20th century. Young women went through a period of aspirancy of six months prior to acceptance as a fully fledged child of Mary, who had the right to wear the distinctive blue cape and carry the blue cape of a Child of Mary. When a Child of Mary married, she was embraced on arrival on the Church steps by other Children of Mary who removed the blue cape from over her wedding gown." From Wikipedia.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 23/Jul/2015 08:09:59

    In the 1911 Census there were 5 nuns, with Sr. Mary O'Donnell as "Supervisor".

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    Carol Maddock

    • 23/Jul/2015 08:21:44

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I was on the same hunt, Sharon. The Presentation reverend mother was a lot less egalitarian. While our Holy Faith Mary O'Donnell describes herself as Supervisor and her sisters as Sisters in Religion. Winifred Molloy of the Presentation nuns is "Head of Family" which is fair enough, I suppose, but all of her sisters are described as "Boarders"!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 23/Jul/2015 08:21:54

    Here is the convent on the 25" OSI map.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 23/Jul/2015 08:24:39

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] What I found just as interesting was the lack of continuity - not one of the nuns from 1901 are still there in 1911. (Superioress is a great title though.)

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    Carol Maddock

    • 23/Jul/2015 08:36:44

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] From page 226 of the 1920 Irish Catholic Directory: Sisters of the Holy Faith, Mount St. Joseph, Mullinavat—Founded 1880. Local Directress, Sister M. Michael. Community, 6. Two Primary Schools, one for little boys, one for girls; attendance, 60. Private Day School; attendance, 35. Is Mary O’Donnell from the 1911 census Sister Mary Michael? And they’ve gained a nun since the community of 5 in 1911.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 23/Jul/2015 09:09:03

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] From a couple of pages earlier in that link (p223), one of the priests in the photo is probably Fr. Coghlan as he was already there in 1907 (see e.g. this photo and the 1911 Census.) The other could be Madden or James Raftice.

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 23/Jul/2015 09:17:22

    Interesting in that there is no "obvious" Nun on display? There are a couple of ladies of a certain age but no nun in a habit which is strange. For a relatively small town there are a lot of members in this sodality but then again all the secondary school girls were probably press ganged into it:-)

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    eyelightfilms

    • 23/Jul/2015 09:25:11

    They don't look happy, do they. I can only see two nervous smiles in the whole group.

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    john durrant

    • 23/Jul/2015 10:52:01

    Not a smile among them, that must tell us something.

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    La Belle Province

    • 23/Jul/2015 11:01:41

    But they have great hats.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/Jul/2015 18:36:36

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/la_belle_province] Too true Liza!

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    Carol Maddock

    • 23/Jul/2015 20:26:27

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] Oooh, look at all of you with your PRO badges! Is Flickr tinkering under the bonnet again?

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    Carol Maddock

    • 23/Jul/2015 21:47:07

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Pro accounts, rather than us common or garden amateurs! ;)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/Jul/2015 22:18:47

    Us Mary's have a PRO account too, so there!!!!

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    La Belle Province

    • 23/Jul/2015 23:56:07

    PRO, pfft, sorry. I had a pro account for many years, but now it costs twice as much, so I let mine expire. So I suppose that makes me a mere rank amateur. And so nice to see comments from *you*, Our Carol! Now that I'd pay twice for!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Jul/2015 07:33:49

    I had a Provisional account, but then there was the split, and now I'm actually a member of Continuity Flickr.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 24/Jul/2015 08:20:24

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/la_belle_province] Ha, thought of you immediately when I saw all these lovely hats! :)

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    Carol Maddock

    • 24/Jul/2015 10:00:31

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Ye're like the Four Marys in the Bunty, rather than the Children of Mary!

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 24/Jul/2015 16:17:26

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] We, the Marys of the NLI Flickeroonie Room resemble that comment Ms Maddock! We come from a good West Cork Convent school with none of that hanky panky at all at all!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 25/Jul/2015 08:41:50

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/la_belle_province] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] The Stats section has been "Improved" beyond belief.

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    La Belle Province

    • 29/Jul/2015 00:57:08

    You know what I would pay a Pro membership for? To get the Notes back! That so beloved and useful feature, well-used by the Flickeroonies. This ends my rant. For now.

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    secret vest

    • 31/Aug/2015 11:45:29

    Yes, all rather wth fixed dour expressions. I'm sure it was the photo stage of the period. In the other photos there are not a lot of men smiling... as a matter of fact, I don't recall one with a smile. Also keep in mind the Irish Dance: hands and arms fixed to the side and head erect and ... not a smile... I love this stuff... and I'm not Irish...

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    O Mac

    • 13/Mar/2016 23:31:22

    Same priest ...Fr. Laurence Coghlan CC Mullinavat later PP Rosbercon, New Ross www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/5727931300/in/album-72157...