Seven Old Boy priests concelebrated, including chief celebrant Fr Jo Dirks SSS and Fr Gerry Healy SJ who delivered the homily. Fr Healy spoke about the circumstances in which the stone was laid. The government had offered a grant of land to each of the 4 main religious denominations if they would set up a school and Bishop Gould received 2 acres next to the cathedral. The Eureka Stockade had occurred on Sunday 3 December 1854 and some of the participants were present on the Tuesday for the laying of the foundation stone. Peter Lalor was present and subsequently found an accommodation with the authorities and went on to become a member of parliament, He also sent his two sons to St Pats.
Note: By Gavin Wayland