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Presentation Sisters Remembered

In Cromane by Chris Grayson


In the 1983 yearbook, we got a potted history of the early days of Pres. Listowel


A Nice War Story

During World War II, Steinway & Sons air-dropped pianos with large parachutes and complete tuning instructions into the battle for the American troops. Called the Victory Vertical or G.I. Steinway, the pianos were to provide a bit of relaxation/morale booster. The pianos came in olive, blue, and gray drab.By the end of the war, Steinway & Sons had provided about 5,000 pianos to the U.S. military around the world. They had 4 sons and a few cousins who served. (Source: Love Classical Music)



Dress Dance in 1956


Aprons and Whiskey Jars


  1. Eileen O Sullivan

    That’s nice to read the history of the convent where my Aunt Sister Mary de Pazzi Lane spent many years teaching there and yourself also Mary thank you.

    • listowelconnection

      Sr. de Pazzi was an innovative teacher, a great principal and an all round lovely lady. My first encounter with de Pazzi was when I came to Listowel to examine Leaving Cert. oral Irish. She taught an adult class and she was like a mother hen with them, most anxious that they would do well and reminding me how much more difficult it was for them to present for examination to someone young enough to be their daughter. I have nothing but happy memories of your kind aunt.

  2. Colette Daly

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Presentation Sisters and the history of both schools. It was very informative
    Well done Catherine!
    Indeed all the posts on the Connections are so entertaining and informative .
    Thank you!

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