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Irish Vice-Province of the Society of Jesus, 1830-

Gonzaga College SJ

In 1947, the decision to open a Jesuit school on the south side of Dublin was taken. The purchase in 1949 of Sandford Lodge and Sandford Hill belonging to the Bewley Estate consisted of 15 acres in Ranelagh, two miles south of Dublin city centre. The college opened on 8 September 1950, with 52 boys registering. The founding Jesuit Superior (and later first Rector) was Fr Charles O'Conor SJ (The O' Conor Don) (1906-1981), and the first Prefect of Studies was Fr Bill White SJ (1912-1988).

The papers of Gonzaga College consist mainly of letters relating to: the foundation of the College (1950); prospectus and rules (1950); annual financial statements and accounts of the school and community (1958-1979); correspondence between the Rectors of Gonzaga College and Irish Jesuit Provincials concerning school and community matters, such as finance, staffing and building (1960-1980); school administration (1970-1988); planning and development (1972-1977); building and renovations (1963-1981); educational affairs such as the teaching of physics, chemistry and religious education (1966-1975). There are only a few early photographs of Gonzaga College (1950-1970).

Gonzaga College SJ, Dublin, 1950-

An Timire

Box 15, 2
Documents relating to An Timire and FAS (1990-2005), including letter from Fr Alan McGuckian SJ, Belfast to Irish Fr Provincial John Dardis SJ outlining the current situation with the Irish language apostolate, An Timire and FAS (3pp, 04 October 2010), finance and budgets re: and An Timire and FAS letters from Eilis Ni Tharnaigh, Editor, FAS (2005).

St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin

The papers of St Francis Xavier’s, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin concentrate on the history and work of the church and community, domestic and spiritual matters, penny dinners, benefactors, general administration, finances, retreats, lectures, novenas, missions, sodalities, relics, the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association and St. Francis Xavier's Hall.

The material is mainly in the form of letters, ledgers, plans, maps and photographs.

St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin, 1832-

Servant of God Willie Doyle SJ

William Joseph Gabriel Doyle was born (1873) at Melrose, Dalkey Avenue, Dalkey, county Dublin. Known as Willie, Billie or Sloper (a comic book hero of the time), he was the youngest of seven children of Hugh Doyle, registrar of the insolvency court, and Christine Doyle (née Byrne). Growing up, Willie was devout, caring and cheerful. Educated at Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire, in 1891 Willie followed his older brother Charles into the Jesuits. After two years as a novice, he taught at Clongowes Wood College, where he produced The Mikado and founded the school magazine, The Clongownian. His Jesuit formation included periods in Belgium and England, and further teaching at Clongowes and Belvedere Colleges. After ordination at Milltown Park on 28th July 1907, Willie began work as an urban missionary and retreat giver in Ireland. His positive attitude made him a great success, and he travelled all around the British Isles. He was also the author of best-selling pamphlets on retreats and vocations.

Volunteering as a military chaplain in First World War, Fr Doyle was sent to France with the Royal Irish Fusiliers in early 1916. Within days of his arrival at the Front, he showed himself outstanding in the work of a chaplain. Lt Col HR Stirke noted that Fr Doyle was ‘one of the finest fellows that I ever met, utterly fearless, always with a cheery word on his lips and ever ready to go out and attend the wounded and the dying under the heaviest fire’. Present at the battles of the Somme and Messines, Fr Doyle was killed during the third battle of Ypres on 16th August 1917, while going to the aid of a wounded man near Frezenberg. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial, Belgium. Fr Doyle was awarded the Military Cross, and he was put forward for the Victoria Cross posthumously but did not receive it. Writing to Willie’s father, Hugh, in December 1917, Major General WB Hickie remarks that: ‘I could not say too much about your son. He was loved and reverenced by us all. His gallantry, self sacrifice and devotion to duty were all so well known and recognized. I think that his was the most wonderful character that I have ever known.’

Doyle, Willie, 1873-1917, Servant of God, Jesuit priest and chaplain

Fr Patrick Tighe SJ

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Tighe, Patrick, 1866-1920, Jesuit, priest, chaplain and missionary

Fr James Walsh SJ

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Walsh, James, 1824-1881, Jesuit priest

Fr John Warner SJ

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Warner, John, 1628-1692, Jesuit priest

Mr Henry White SJ

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White, Henry, 1825-1855, Jesuit scholastic

Fr John White SJ

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White, John, 1608-1642, Jesuit priest

Fr David Wolfe SJ

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Wolfe, David, 1528-1578, Jesuit priest

Fr James Wulfe SJ

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Wulfe, James, 1724-1783, Jesuit priest

Fr John Baker SJ

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Baker, John, 1644-1719, Jesuit priest

Mr Thomas Cavell SJ

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Cavell, Thomas, d 1718, Jesuit priest novice

Fr John Grungo SJ

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Grungo, John Grungo, d 1730, Jesuit priest

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