Views of St. Malachy’s

I recently found a few photos of St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf.


The first one is mounted on cardboard, like the old studio photographs from around 1900. I don’t think this is that old. Any ideas? Maybe you can tell by how old the trees look?

St. Malachy Catholic Church – Clontarf, MN


The next photo is from the mid-1930s. It is a small snap-shot and is the same size and photo paper as other photos I have from that time. My mom thought it could have been taken from the old rectory yard. What do you think?

St. Malachy Catholic Church – Clontarf, MN – 1930s


And finally, this one was probably taken in the late 1940s or 1950s.

St. Malachy Catholic Church – Clontarf, MN – 1950s




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13 responses to “Views of St. Malachy’s

  1. Anne Schirmer

    First, look at the “cupola” at the far end of the photo. I believe that “access” would let light come in to illuminate the stained glass of The Agony in the Garden. From inside, looking up, a person can see the newer lumber that was used to close up that access.
    Second, look at the front entry. It was “reworked” when the newer siding was put on the church. (Look at other photos of mass servers.) The trees – hmm. I think those trees didn’t last/survive…Also, look at the shrubbery in front. They flanked the steps. And the steps had to be redone at some point. There are trees – 2 – that exist (I’d like to see them “go” because they block my view oa good “shot of the church.

    • Anne Schirmer

      Third, the bell tower was enclosed.
      Fourth, the full “rosette” (circle stained glass w/no storm window) changes it appearence when a storm window is installed that has only 12 rounded “petal” edges.

  2. Anne Schirmer

    Fifth, that grove of trees!! They’ve been gone probably 50 years and only full-grown evergreens are there plus a flowering crabapple tree. I can see the evergreens in the view from the old rectory (looking north)…

  3. Eileen Doherty Bliss

    The car in the third picture looks like early ’60s, couldn’t be ’40s or ’50s.

  4. Anne Schirmer

    Today I received a photo album of black & white pictures taken by Kathryn Regan, given to Zelda Reynolds by Kathryn’s mother Julia Regan in 1965!
    (Kathryn had passed away in 1962. She had M.S.). Julia’s special note was “Please say a prayer for her.” Zelda lived one block from Julia. Kathryn had written in white ink on the black paper, and the negatives are behind each (most) photos. What a gift!

  5. Anne Schirmer

    The first photo is the same photo that is in the Sept. 2010 entry that was part of the story of the Roll family of Clontarf…

  6. Anne Schirmer

    That last comment was in regard to the photos of the church at Clontarf. Sorry it is out of sequence..

  7. Anne Schirmer

    The photos in the book of photos from Julia and Catherine/Kathrine Regan have a lot of locals people of her era. I want to enlarge many of them because they are small photos. Say a Clontarf name from the 40s & 50s and they are in there.

  8. Five days (7/21/2013) ago I turned 70 yrs old. I had my first communion in St. Malachy Catholic Church – Clontarf, MN in the ’40’s. I come from a long line of Byrne’s.

    • Anne Schirmer

      You are related to the Byrne families that still inhabit this area then? I know several. My 30 yr. old son was best man at the wedding of one 3 yrs. ago! Do you have pictures of yourself at Clontarf/St. Malachy? Where did your family live?

  9. Mary (Amlin) Roberts

    I was baptized at St. Malachy in 1966. My grandparents lived in Clontarf. Raymond and Alyce Amlin. Does anyone know where would I find the names of the Priests who served at St. Malachy from the 50’s through the 60’s?

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