Glenstal Boys Arrive in Delbarton

DSC_0173The following is an article on the Delbarton School Website announcing the arrival of the Glenstal boys there. Enjoy.

We will be getting regular updates on their experiences in Delbarton which we will share with you as they occur.

After an uneventful flight from Shannon (other than the door sticking when they landed — sor-ry), five Irish lads from Glenstal Abbey School, Jim Fehily, Ben Geary, Padraic Mulligan, Timothy O’Grady Walshe and Andrew Walsharrived from Glenstal Abbey School, our Benedictine brother school in Limerick, Ireland. Remember last year’s infamous Ice Bucket Challenge? These fellows made us do it.

They were accompanied by Fr. Martin Browne, OSB, who coordinates the annual exchange with Delbarton exchange moderator Fr. Edward Seton Fittin, OSB. Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB, was there to greet them, and so was Director of Global Programs Dan Pieraccini.

First step at Delbarton: lowering the Delbarton flag and raising the Irish tri-color, which thankfully includes some green, in its place.

Tuesday’s weather was suitably damp, similar to the clime in Shannon where, lo and behold, it was 53 degrees and (gasp) raining. Just another Delbarton grace note where our Benedictine hospitality occasionally extends even to weather.

Pieraccini recommends we make our guests feel at home by asking “How’s she cuttin’?” meaning, loosely “Hi, how are you today?” a rural Irish greeting according to the Urban Dictionary. Of course, these gents strike us as perhaps a bit more urbane — one boy was born in Boston and traveled on his American passport — so don’t be shocked if your welcome is met with a polite smile (bordering on grimace) as the Glenstal boys continue to maintain their reputation for impeccable manners well-established by previous Glenstal guests.

Trips to NYC and Washington are on the agenda during a jam-packed visit which is light on academics and heavy on culture, good times and, of course, malls. Thank you to the Delbarton families who have opened their homes to the boys from Ireland, and a warm welcome to Fr. Martin and our five Irish guests.

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