A newspaper MD’s daughter gets married in style and 14 Benedictine nuns return home
1916/2016: a miscellany
John Redmond: his niece, Dame Teresa, had been a nun in the convent in Ypres from which 14 Benedictine nuns had to flee.
March 3rd, 1916The Irish Times Victoria ArnottJohn ArnottThe Irish TimesDe FreyneFrenchpark
They included among their number Field Marshal John French who had been the commander-in-chief of the British expeditionary force in France at the start of the first World War. The ceremony was conducted by the Rev Edward Pereira and the Rev John Talbot while Fr Brendan Vaughan gave an “eloquent address” to the newly married couple. Miss Arnott’s dress was of rich ivory satin with drapery of old Honiton lace. The bride carried a sheaf of lilies.
The nuns at Ypres returned to Ireland via Euston Station in London. The 14 Irish Benedictine nuns had to flee their convent when fighting spread to Flanders in late 1914. They narrowly escaped German shells and were swiftly evacuated to London where they remained throughout 1915 and early 1916. They became something of a cause célèbre at the time following the publication of a bestselling book, The Nuns at Ypres, in 1915, which told of how their 250-year sojourn in Ypres came to an end the previous year.
It included a foreword from John Redmond (inset), whose niece, Dame Teresa, had been a nun in the convent. The Irish Times reported that the nuns were on their way to Co Wexford where they were establishing a convent. It also reported that Redmond had set up a fund to enable the sisters “to re-establish themselves in London”.