Clare, December 1864

A most happy day was spent on Thursday, the 8th instant, when four schools, chiefly in connection with the Catholic Church, met, with their parents and friends, for the purpose of uniting in forming one large picnic party. The spot chosen was a very pretty glen adjoining the vineyard of Mr. Weikert. Although an unfavourable morning, towards noon the weather became pleasant, and after an abundant supply of tea and cake the children went into fun and frolic most heartily, making the valleys echo their merry laughter. The unbounded generosity of Mrs. Weikert and Mrs. Meyers was shown in their invitation to all visitors gratis to partake of a good dinner, after which music, dancing, and singing were joined in more or less by all. The following were the schools present—Miss Dillon’s, Clare; Mr. Crosby’s, Armagh; Dennis Horan’s, Farrell’s Flat; and Miss McDonald’s, Mintaro. After a day of joyous fun three loyal cheers were given, and friends took leave of one another with the pleasing recollection of a happy day in life not soon to be forgotten.
The bazaar in connection with the Scotch Church here for the erection of a manse for the minister has been a great success. It closed last evening, and I believe over £200 has been taken during the three days it was open.