A Day Out to the Heritage Centre, Harold’s Cross

Six members of staff of St Joseph’s Convent together with Sr Jacqueline Doherty spent a wonderful day, Tuesday 16th October, visiting the Mary Aikenhead Heritage Centre in Dublin. The group tells all:
“We felt very privileged to be part of the Mary Aikenhead story. We were warmly welcomed when we arrived at the Heritage Centre by Sr Helen and Sr Agnes Rose – starting with a welcome cup of Barry’s tea and barnbrack.

The diorama story of Mary Aikenhead as a child and then through the history of how the Congregation started, was truly inspiring. From there we went to where Mary Aikenhead spent the last years of her life and where she wrote her letters encouraging her budding congregation. We loved that area, her table, chair, bed, bath-chair, cloak and rosary beads – wonderful!

After an enjoyable lunch in good company we were shown the chapel – so peaceful, beautiful, the altar area depicting the Washing of The Feet, bought by Mary Aikenhead with a generous donation she received.

Later, we were shown the new palliative care unit, immaculate, spacious grounds, wonderfully designed with a lovely still atmosphere. We were unable to see the Anna Gaynor unit, a hundred bed unit for the care of older people, on that particular day.

On our way out we prayed at Our Lady’s Grotto – as we said goodbye we felt like we wanted to take it all back with us!
Then we hit the road to Dublin City Centre – O’Connell, Henry St, Grafton St and, finally, Dunnes Stores.

We finished the day at the airport with a traditional glass of Irish Guinness. Altogether an unforgettable experience!”

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