Story: Irish

Athletics team, Villa Maria School

Athletics team, Villa Maria School

The Catholic convent schools were very important in keeping alive some aspects of Irish culture and identity – although increasingly the commitment to a Catholic faith and moral values was more important than Irish traditions. As the image shows, the convent schools also took up activities like athletics, which were originally the product of English public schools. Villa Maria girls’ school is in Christchurch.

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Jock Phillips, 'Irish - The Catholic Church', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015