Dick Maume arrived in Blackrock in September 1933 according to the wishes of his mother who was related to Fr Hugh Murray Gunn Evans CSSp who had been an exceptionally brilliant student at the college in the 1870s and a cultured and popular Spiritan teacher and novice-master – “Daddy Evans” – during his life, as well as a period as bursar in Blackrock. Another relative, his uncle, William Nugent, had been a student in the Castle when it was a University College which led to his career in the Indian Civil Service.
So, with such, credentials, there was no choice and Dick became a day student for a year, then he and his brother Eddie became boarders.
He made good friends at school and his 6th Year was the first in the Castle where they were allowed more independence and leeway than their juniors, a ‘measure of controlled freedom’ introduced by the President of the College, Dr John Charles McQuaid who felt this year should be a preparation for the wider world. All classes were held there and they could study in their own rooms without any supervision. There was a smoking room where playing Bridge became popular.
Like his earlier family members, Dick was a gifted student and he was a member of the Galaxy (the highest achievers) more than once.
His three younger brothers also attended the College, Edward (Class of 1940), Henry (Class of 1944) and the youngest, John (Class of 1953)
Like his father before him, Dick joined the bank.
See below a selection of photos from life in Blackrock College when Dick was a student from 1933 - 1939.
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