SOURCE: THE TUAM HERALD, 5th SEPTEMBER 1868
Sr. Dominic’s Day at Esker – On Tuesday, 4th August, the good and pious Catholics at Esker, and for miles around it – some even from our own town attended – had the happiness of witnessing the grand religious ceremonies with which the good Friars of Esker Convent have from time immemorial solemnised St. Dominick’s day.
At an early hour Masses were celebrated by the Rev. Father Hughes and Rev. Father Blake, and afterwards by Rev. Father Pelly, P.P., Kiltulla and Rev. Father Coen, C.C., Carrabane and Kilconieran. It was truly edifying to see the large number of communicants whose happiness it was to participate in the spiritual events of the day. The Most Rev. Dr. Derry, Lord Bishop of Clonfert, and several of his clergy attended.
The handsome Chapel and the beautiful pieces of stuccowork executed with artistic taste by Mr. Bodkin, are much to be admired.
The college and schools which the Very Rev. Dr. Smyth – eternal rest to his soul – established show how greatly the education and enlightenment of the people attended by the Fathers of the Convent. The college, we regret, is not in operation, but the schools under the patronage of Father Blake, and conducted respectively by Miss Bodkin and Mr. John Matthew O’Connor are affording to the children of the locality the incomparable blessings of education
Correspondent of the Loughrea Journal.