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The Oddfellows' Hall was packed laet eveniug with a large gathering representative of the. Catholic elemont throughout, the County, together with a fair sprinkling of non-Catholics, the occasion being the celebration of the silver Jubilee of Dean O'Donnell's ministration as a Priest. Amongst those present were His Lordship Bishop Grimes, of Christchurch, Deaa Bowars (tferaldine), Eev. Fathers O'Donnell (Queenstown), Aherne (Darfield), Kennedy (Akaroa), O'Connell (Chriscchurch), Kyland (Rangiora), and Creed (Asbburton). Representing the nonCatholics of the community wore His Worship the Mayor (Mr H. Davis), ex Mayors Messrs D. Thomas, E, Fri-d lander, and W. H. Collins, and Or A. B. Boyd. The proceedings were organised by the following committee : -Messrs BJ. J. Burgess (Chairman), !'. O'Carcol!, L.H'inrahan, VV. Fouhy, <). P. M^Qaiikin, i\ Hinrahan, D. McDonnell, J. A. Carney, M. Lagan, R. D. Johnston, 8. Madden, Donis McKendry, and A. J. Miiller (Eon. Soc). The hall was arranged for the occasion in conversazione style, with numbers of [little tables, allowing those present to engage in friendly games of cards, etc., during the intervals between the musical items. The stage, which was handsomely furnished, was surmounted by a device in green and silver, bearing the legend " Silver Jubilee of the Rev. J. J. O'Donnell, 1880-1905." The concert programme was opened with, an orchestral selection " Ovid Ireland," the performers being Misses Elsie Fletcher (piano), M. Brick (harmonium), E. Oullen (first violin), and VV. Brick (second violin), the item being much appreciated by those present. Mr Joseph Healy sang Petrie's well-known song " Asleep in The Deep " in excellent style. Misa M. G-. O'Connor was exceptionally successful in her rendering of " The Last Rose of Summer." Mr F. Healy, always a favourite, sang " The Storytellers' Club," a humorous song which greatly delighted the audience. Misses E. Cullen and M. Brick played " Erin's Wreath " as a violin duet, eliciting much applause. Mr M. J. Burgess, who was in splendid voice, sang with great spirit Wallace's " Let Me Like a Soldier Fall." Mr P. Wilson danced an Irish Jig, which was received with much heartiness. Miss Winnie Brick sang one of Adams' later song's, " Galilee,"^ with much expression, and was accorded an emphatic encore, to which she responded with the evergreen Irish melody, " The Vale of Avoca." Messrs P. and J. Healy were asi usual a tremendous success in their duet "Thin Mick and Fat Dan,"and for an en ;ore sang " Two New Micks in Town."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6607, 28 June 1905

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CONVERSAZIONE AT THE ODDFELLOWS' HALL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6607, 28 June 1905