Asociación Católica San Patricio

Nota en The Southern Cross: "A FOXFORD WELCOME FOR ROSARIO TEACHERS"

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 La siguiente nota fue publicada en el mes de agosto en The Southern Cross:

A FOXFORD WELCOME FOR ROSARIO TEACHERS

Oliver Murphy. Para TSC

The Admiral Brown Society was delighted to host a number of retired teachers from Saint Patrick’s School in Rosario, Argentina on Thursday, the 25th May, Argentina’s National Day. The visit commenced with an early morning reception in the Mayfly Hotel which was attended by Peter Hynes, CEO, Mayo County Council, Neil Sheridan, Community and Enterprise Department, Mayo County Council, Councillor Neil Cruise and members of the Admiral Brown Society, Gus O’Hara, Oliver Murphy, Pat Ruane, Margaret Noone- Reilly, Pat McTigue, and Mary Henry, of the Admiral Brown Museum. In his address, Gus O’Hara welcomed the group to Foxford on this special day for the Argentine nation and expressed the delight of all the members of the Admiral Brown Society that Admiral Brown played in the liberation of Argentina. In his address, Peter Hynes welcomed the group to Foxford and County Mayo. He continued highlighting the close bonds between Foxford, and County Mayo and offered the support of Mayo County Council in any future developments and cultural exchange initiatives that may present themselves in the future. Councillor Neil Cruise also spoke of the excellent relationship that the people of Foxford and County Mayo enjoy with the people of Argentina on account of the role that Admiral William Brown played in the liberation of Argentina and the South Atlantic. Following an invitation from the Admiral Brown Society, the group undertook a tour of the town. During the tour, it was obvious that the ladies were delighted to be in Foxford, to be able to walk in the footsteps of Admiral William Brown, in the town of his birth. A number of places of historical interest were included on the tour such as the site of the first Catholic church and cemetery, (which included famine victims) the Admiral Brown Memorial Hall, the Sisters of Charity Cemetery, the Brown Monument, (which was donated to the people of Foxford by the Argentine nation in 1957, the centenary of Admiral Brown’s death) and the Church of Saint Mary and Saint Michael the Archangel, (which also displays the statue of the Virgin of Lujan,- the original is on display in the Basilica of Lujan, Argentina). Following the tour, the group were invited to Scoil an Croi Naofa, (Sacred Heart School Primary School) where they received a warm welcome from the Principal, John McHugh, the staff and pupils. The Argentine guests, much to their delight were treated to a traditional Irish musical performance, and also included Sean nos Dancing by the young students. Prior to their departure, the ladies were invited by Pat and Martha Guiry to experience some light refreshments in their renowned establishment. The Admiral Brown Society in association with Saint Patrick’s School is exploring the possibility of a school exchange programme between Foxford and Rosario, Argentina, as a future potential international initiative. The ladies issued the following statement at the conclusion of their visit; St Patrick’s School in Rosario, Argentina which was founded in 1969, consisted a group of English teachers who throughout the years, nourished the dream of visiting Ireland. As the school developed, these teachers grew close to Irish history, customs, culture, dances and music, thus learning to love Irish traditions. When we retired, we could make this dream come true. William Brown, born in Foxford, Ireland, is the father of the Argentinean Navy. St Patrick’s School, together with Asociación Browniana in Rosario, honour his memory each anniversary of his birth and death. In the past, the late J.J.O’Hara, mentor of the Admiral Brown project in Foxford, visited our school so as to strengthen the bonds between both communities. It was then that the idea of including Foxford in our trip to Ireland took shape, led by J.J. O’Hara’s enthusiasm and admiration for the Admiral. We arrived in Foxford on May 25th, coinciding with our National Argentine Day and on an unexpectedly sunny day. We were delighted with the warm welcome we were given. Not only were we introduced to the Peter Hynes, CEO of Mayo County Council, Councillor Neil Cruise and the members of the Admiral Brown Society. We were also delighted see the Argentinean flags flying together with the Irish Tricolour throughout the town. Immediately after that beautiful ceremony in the Mayfly Hotel, we visited the Foxford Primary School, one of the highlights of the tour. We were welcomed by a group of students from the school band who sang and danced Irish music to our heart’s delight. A lovely atmosphere could be perceived between teachers and students, which allows us to have a short chat and a look at their classes. After that, we were led to the Admiral Brown Museum, where tour guide, and Admiral Brown Society member, Pat McTigue showed a sound knowledge and admiration for Brown’s exploits in South America. We also walked along the wonderful promenade, especially dedicated to Brown. And to follow the Irish tradition, we ended up our visit at a pub, where our hosts Pat and Martha Guiry, kindly provided us with some light refreshments. The affection, warmth, and gaiety of the Foxford people made our brief sojourn truly memorable. It has definitely proved to be a stepping stone for bringing closer the Irish/Argentinean connections. Our boundless thanks to everyone who made this possible including the Instituto Browniano, Rosario, Argentina, Asociacion Catolica San Patricio, Rosario and the Admiral Brown Society, Foxford. The former teachers of Saint Patrick’s School, Rosario, Argentina were; Marìa del Carmen Bonilla, Laura Boretti, Adriana Puricheli, Mónica Pérez, Mónica Pecoraro, Mariana Casiello, Patsy Gorina, Estela Musso, Susana Nadoti, Vicky Knight, and Ana Harte.