St Josephs School Reunion

Here’s some great photos.

The older one is a St Joseph’s School trip to the Forth Rail Bridge around 1960.

St Josephs School Trip to Forth Road Bridge, around 1960

The other photos were taken in 1994 when a St Joseph’s class reunion took place in Blantyre. All the people featured were in the class of Gerard McGarry who left Blantyre for the United States in 1962. The boys were in one class, girls separated in another. The reunion even had the priest coming along too.

It is thought the man who threw the party was named Jimmy Meekin possibly featured in the reunion picture at the back, top right.

Was this in a bar in Blantyre? I’m not sure. Do you recognise the pub or any of the people who came along to that reunion a quarter Century ago?


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  1. Photos are fantastic, would love to hear from anyone that remembers some of the photos taken,
    My name is JOHN MEECHAN and it was me that arranged the reunion party in the knights club,

    1. Monica McGarry Chizmadia

      John! I’m so glad to see you wrote on here. I hope you find this. I am Gerard McGarry’s daughter Monica. I met you at the reunion. I remember you were a fantastic dancer. You were so thoughtful and had a cake for my mom, dad and me. I made comments about you somewhere on Blantyre Project Facebook but I wasn’t sure how to spell your name. It should be under this post. My sister wrote it for me because I don’t have Facebook. She is RB Smith in the comments. My dad thought you were such an amazing person! I found your letters you sent each other when going through his stuff. I even found the invitation to the reunion! My dad saved everything! I do have some more pictures from that night if you want to see them. My dad cherished your friendship and enjoyed hearing from you throughout the years. Let me know if you see this and I’ll send you my information. I’m so happy to find this tonight! Keep in touch – Monica McGarry Chizmadia

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