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Castlebar meeting will establish local branch of new grandparents organisation

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Castlebar meeting will establish local branch of new grandparents organisation

Media release issued by:                Sli Nua Communications
On behalf of:                                  National Grandparents Pilgrimage
Date:                                              October 27th, 2009
Available for interview:                   Catherine Wiley, Founder – details below

Grandparents in Castlebar will tonight (TUESDAY) come together to establish a branch of the newly-formed Catholic Grandparents Association in the town.
This follows an historic meeting in Westport two weeks ago which led to the formation of the first-ever branch of the Association anywhere in Ireland.

The Association, which has grown out of the popular National Grandparents Pilgrimages in Knock Shrine over the last three years, is now beginning the task of building branches around the country.

“The Catholic Grandparents Association seeks to support grandparents in every way it can, and also assist them in their very important role of passing on the faith to their grandchildren,” said Association founder Catherine Wiley, who lives in nearby Murrisk.

“I have been getting a strong feeling of renewed hope from grandparents. They have been fearful about how the faith will be transmitted, but see hope in what is being done now with the Catholic Grandparents Association.”
The Castlebar branch of the Catholic Grandparents Association will be formed at a meeting in the Traveller’s Friend Hotel, Castlebar, tonight, at 7pm. All are welcome.

Further details are available on

CATHERINE WILEY, Founder, National Grandparents Pilgrimage,
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LIAM HORAN, Sli Nua Communications,

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Written by Catholic Grandparents Association

October 27, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Grandparents Celebrate Historic Pilgrimage

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Grandparents of Jesus

Grandparents of Jesus

Over 5,000 turned up to honour grandmothers and grandfathers at the first-ever National Grandparents Pilgrimage in Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo, at the weekend – and the gathering included a 103 year-old great-grandmother who attributes her long life to “no stress, and a regular drop of brandy.”

Bridget O’Malley from Westport, Co. Mayo, was a special guest at the celebrations that attracted grandparents, their children and grandchildren from all over Ireland.

Mrs O’Malley has one daughter (Catherine O’Reilly) and one adopted daughter (Bernadette Grimes), who, between them, have provided Mrs O’Malley with 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

“She was delighted to be invited to attend the Pilgrimage because of her great age, and she really enjoyed the day. She reads the newspaper every day, bakes brown bread every week, and she puts her good health down to no stress, and a regular drop of brandy,” said her grandson, RTE broadcaster Piaras O’Raghallaigh.

“She has always enjoyed life to the full.”

Former MEP and Eurovision winner Dana was the guest speaker at the event, which is set to become an annual event. “It was a very moving day for grandparents and their grandchildren. It was just one of saying thank you to our grandparents, and also to help them as they continue to transmit the faith from generation to generation,” said Pilgrimage organiser Catherine Wiley.

“I got the idea for the pilgrimage when I started to realise just how important a part grandmothers and grandfathers play in so many families. In many cases, they hold the family together.”

Download & Read the write-up on our Pilgrimage’s Success in The IRISH CATHOLIC NEWS

Author: Liam Horan

Written by Catholic Grandparents Association

September 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm