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Celebrating 20 Years of Musical Exchanges  ~   1995/2015

In 1994 the Principal, Sr. Madeleine Ryan, fcj, was asked by Mr. Gearóid Grant, F.C.J. Music Director, if she would contact an F.C.J. School in America and see if they would be interested in getting involved in an exchange between our two schools.    The F.C.J. Sisters in Portland, Rhode Island, had a primary school but didn’t have an orchestra so they marc 2suggested contacting a wonderful man, their words – (Mr. Marc Blanchette) with a marvellous band at the Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket, R.I.  The first trip took place in 1995 and 20 years later the exchange is thriving.  

Of course lots of things have changed since then.   Mr. Dale Hennessy (Mus. Dir.) is in charge here, ably assisted by the logistics organiser (!) Mr. Brendan Daly.  For many years we only talked to Marc about everything to do with the trips like housing etc. but these days we contact Ms. Cheryl Venancio as well.

In the tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.  Mount St. Charles is a private Catholic college,  preparatory junior/senior high school committed to academic excellence, moral values, and well rounded students.

While the Mounties were in Bunclody they had an open-mike session with our orchestra members – refreshments organised and served by the Parents’ Council; visited the Aran Islands, had a Ceili there and played for the children in the local school; they went to Kilkenny, Glendalough, the Guinness Store, saw the Book of Kells in Trinity College, played & sang at Mass in Bunclody, Gave a concert for primary school children, Gave a public concert in the church, had a Sports afternoon in FCJ with lunch beforehand cooked by the 4th Years, and a Farewell Dance in the hotel.

The weather was marvellous, the host families fantastic and the atmosphere in the school was truly one of companionship and friendship. Best of all, FCJ has been invited to visit MSC in March 2016.

MSC building

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  1. My daughter had an amazing time in Ireland last week! She has waited patiently for this opportunity for 2 years now and the incredible relationship Mount has with the FCJ school made for a very memorable week! Thank you to the students & families of FCJ! I don’t doubt for a second that she’ll return to Ireland to study abroad in college! Again Many Thanks!!nn1nn1nn1

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