Story: Irish

Building a Catholic school

Building a Catholic school

The Catholic Church became the strongest vehicle for expressing Irish heritage in New Zealand. Here Ryan Brothers, building contractors of Irish background, have begun clearing the grounds of Our Lady of Fatima, a Catholic parochial school in Mairehau, Christchurch, which opened in 1952.

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Canterbury Museum
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Jock Phillips, 'Irish - The Catholic Church', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

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