From the Archives
Easter Rising 1916 - From the Loreto Annals


Witness the 1916 Rising through the eyes & ears of the Sisters and pupils of 53 St Stephen's Green and Loreto Abbey Rathfarnham....

In 1916, there were 3 Loreto convents & schools in Dublin city centre at 43 North Great George’s Street, 77 St Stephen’s Green and 53 St Stephen’s Green. The Generalate, or Mother House, known as Loreto Abbey, was located in Rathfarnham.

Within each community an Annalist was appointed to record the happening and daily life of the community.

The Annalists in 53 St Stephen’s Green and Loreto Abbey Rathfarnham, kept a daily account of Easter 1916, and the Rising as it unfolded.

Read these gripping accounts of Sisters & pupils caught in the midst of the Rising here 

Below:  Loreto Abbey Rathfarnham Annals, entry dated 24 April 1916

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Photographs from the Archives


From the Camera of M. Michael Corcoran

The rich photographic collection in the Central & Irish Province Archives, captures celebratory events, community life, Sisters and pupils, and provides a unique insight into Loreto life, past and present.

Over the next number of months we will share some aspects of the life and work of M. Michael Corcoran IBVM 1846 - 1927), 4th Superior General, 1888 – 1918.

M. Michael was a keen, self taught photographer, and delighted in capturing the everyday and the unusual with her camera.


We have selected some of her photographs to share here:


Sister Carpentery p19

The Sister Carpenter

M. Michael delighted in capturing the everyday and the realities of community life. This photograph captures the resourcefulness of the Sisters, who quickly acquired the skills necessary to make their new missions a success, including brickmaking, cobbling, brewing beer and even carpentry!


Click here to see more of M. Michael's wonderful photographic collection


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