The day started with mass in St. Malachy’s Church in Coleraine, which boasts a beautiful icon of the Madonna and child, which belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots, and when St Malachy’s church was built it was donated to the Church by the family who had kept it for centuries. After the mass we met Bridie, a lady who had worked for over 60 years as Bursar at Loreto College, Coleraine and who knew Sr. Consiglio.
Coffee was at Osborne Park house and afterwards Mary Jo took Jane and Noelle to the convent cemetery where Jane’s great-aunt, Sr. Consiglio, is buried. Then we visited St. John’s Parish church. Maura Hamill opened the church for us. Sr. Consiglio had been the choir mistress and organist here and in fact died, in October 1982, while playing the organ at mass. In the quiet of the empty church they sat in silence in the Organ Gallery and remembered this great lady and her sisters. May they rest in peace.
After another delicious lunch with the Osborne Park community they drove to Letterkenny in County Donegal and met with Srs. Eveleen, Marian and Gerardine. Here they visited the grave of Jane’s third Great-Aunt, Sr. Carmella, who is buried in the convent cemetery at Loreto Convent Letterkenny. May she rest in peace.
As they left Letterkenny, part of the purpose of their visit complete, the three graves had been visited, Jane and Noelle had a great sense of appreciation of the many memories shared with them on the journey by the members of the IBVM Irish Province, and of the many tales and memories of the three Glynn sisters: Carmella, Consiglio and Claude. Tonight they head to Bundoran, before going to Galway tomorrow to visit the Poor Clare Convent, a convent founded from Mary Ward’s Poor Clare convent in Gravelines circa 1640.