Recalling 1932

Parishioner Kathleen (Kitty) Bunyan was among the veterans attending the International Eucharistic Congress Gathering and Remembering 1932 event in Dublin on Monday 23rd April. In this photograph, Kitty - from Clareville Road - shows the veil she wore at the Congress Procession when she lived in Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary.

Kitty Bunyan

Kitty recalled how her grandfather was convicted in 1867 of being a founder member of the Fenians but escaped before he could be transported to Van Diemen’s Land. She spent half a crown on a mantilla to wear to the Phoenix Park Mass when her first wage was just 10 shillings a week. The manifestation of the faith was what she remembered most about the week. “I want Ireland to remain Gaelic and Catholic and I will fight until I die for that,” she said, to applause.

(from an article in The Irish Times 24/4/12. Photograph: Cyril Byrne)


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