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Rev. J.J. O'Donnell's Silver Jubilee.

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT. There was a very largo attendance ab the Convent ye-rorday afternoon, when tho pupils of tho'ConvnutTHigh School tendered a musical ontert'iinraont to tho Very Key. X. J. O'Donnoll, S.M., on tlie occasion of th"> Silver Juli:loa of his ministry as a Priest.. Tho st.igo in the Conveut concert room was surmounted by a d'-vico in green and silver, bearing tho legend " Rev. J. J. O'Donndl's Silver Jubilee, 1880-1905." Amongst (hose present were tho Eov. Dr Keruedy, Roy. J. F. O'Douuell, of Qufienitown, and the Rev. Father Creed. The programme opened- with an instrumental quintette, " Hill's March," the performers being Misses Cnllen (first violin), W. B.'iok (second violin), M. Brick (hartroaiuix), and Kerryicaa and Fietoher (pianrs). The item wis rendered with much expression, and was received with graat enthusiasm The pupih o? the j senior class then sang a song and chorus specially composed for this occasion. Miss W. Brick took the solo part, and the goneral effect of the item was extremely pleasing. An address, handsomely illuminated by the Sisters, was then read to the Rev. J. J. O'Dounell by Miss Alberta Shrimpton, eulogising the Dean's services to the Convent High School, and asking his acceptance of a handsome side board in carved walnut, with mirror panels, hand painted by pupils of tho School. The address, together with two handsome bouquet?, was then presented to the Dean by throe 1 ttle girls. Misses Berryman and Fletcher then played a very brilliant and effective twopiano duet—" The Old Folks at Home " (with variations). Mis? W. Brick sang " The Land of Eternal Light," with great sweetness and sympathy. Miss Callon played a violin obligato to this item, greatly enhancing its effectiveness. The nfi'st item was a Sousa march, which his not often be^n heard in A^hburton, " The Gladiators," and played as an instrumental quartette by Misses Brick and Cullen (violins), Miss M. Brick (harmonium), and Miss Fletcher (piano). The item elicited much applause. Miss A. Ktephenson, a little tot about six years' of age, then sang a descriptive song entitled "Tho Dairymaid," which created much amusement. The senior pupils sang a part song and chorus, "JThe tilfin O-ill," which was much appreciated by the audience. The first part of the programme wa3 then brought to an end with a violin duet entitled " Erin's Wreath," very ably parfornred by Misses Cullen (Ist), and W. Brick (2nd). Th 9 second portion of the programme o -insisted of a little musical drama entitled " Dottie's Dream." The parts wore taken by pupils of the school as follows : —School Girls—Nan,Madsje Chapman; May, Margot Muller; Sibbie, LTassie Turner; Eva, Cecily Mu'ller; Nellie, Monica MiiUer; Nellie, Tin:* McCormick; Dottie, Anne Stephenson ; Grace, Vicky Dansey; Florrie, Dorothy Scrint. Fairies— :Queen Mab, Bertha Clarke; Gentle Voice, Freda Burnardj Kind Wye, Monica Turner; Ready ILmd, Alice Burgess; Loving FTeatt, Madge Craighead; Kappy Smile, Eileen Burgess'; Silver Tongue, May Walsh. The performancereflected much credit on the young actors and upon the H ters who trained them. The entertainment was brought to a close by the singing of the appropriate old Irish Air " O'Donnell Aboo."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6609, 30 June 1905

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Rev. J.J. O'Donnell's Silver Jubilee. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6609, 30 June 1905