Jasper Coyle, past pupil of Monkstown, on the occasion of his daughter's recent wedding, and as a young boy in Montessori (left).
He remembers vividly his first day at school in January 1954, dressed in brown trousers from his sister's large teddy bear. He realised there was something wrong seeing the other boys in uniform (grey trousers) and protested entering the school. Jasper’s sisters Sarah, Elizabeth, Brigid and Catherine all joined the school. He made his first communion in the school chapel on 8th December 1954.
Sr Eveleen Coyle rscj, aunt to the five children, entered the order in Roehampton in 1916 after her degree at UCD. Sr Coyle was professed in 1925 in Rome and was in all the Irish schools during her lifetime. She passed away in Mount Anville 17th November 1969. RIP
Large books of records, handwritten by the nuns, are in the archives of the Sacred Heart based in Mount Anville. Fascinating to anyone who attended, are lists and dates of entries to the school where you are reminded of many familiar names from the past, among them boys who started in the Montessori. Jasper is today close friends with some of those pupils.
There are photographs and diary entries reminding us of the events making up the school year: raising money for building fund, hockey teams, the yearly bazaar, debating, arrival and departures of the nuns between the schools.
Sacred Heart Monkstown, from the Archives