I was interested in reading the comments that people have written about St James. I attended there from 1962 to 1967 and yes, I can confirm that everything that has been said is quite definitely true. Unlike many others it did not affect my life, I am still a practicing Catholic and although I don't feel it added much to my education I have got through life quite successfully.
I have often told my children stories of my time at school and I can see from their faces they think I exaggerate, so at least I can now show them the old man isn't completely off his head.
I also attended St Thomas at Stanmore and was taught by Mr Vaulkenberg, his love of poetry and the works of John Buchan are a good memory of those times.
I made some good friends at school, who I have lost touch with and although many of the teachers were a little on the sadistic side, I also know that I was no saint. As well as Mr Cronolly and Mr Kilraine, does anyone remember Mr Mc Dermott, Mr Carney, Mr Simpson, Mr Benham, Mr Mc Nicholas, all of whom had a hand in my education, no wonder although I am not Irish, I have always had a soft spot for the Paddies!!
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