Where are they? Carlow Museum searching for six families for unveiling of plaque

The families being sought are Warde, Cullen, Reid, Strange, McDarby and O’Briens

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Carlow County Museum on College Street

Carlow Museum is searching for six families – related to seven Mercy nuns who set out from Carlow to Pittsburgh on November 4, 1843 to establish a convent there. 

There are plans to commemorate the seven this year with the County Council, St Leo’s College and the Mercy Sisters. 

The families being sought are Warde, Cullen, Reid, Strange, McDarby and O’Briens.

Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Denis Nulty, will unveil a plaque close to the convent gate on Dublin Road at 1pm on November 4 with representatives of the Mercy order from Carlow and Pittsburgh. 

In St Leo’s College, speakers will outline the background to the 1843 journey and the work of the sisters in the United States including the founding of Mercy Hospitals, schools and Carlow University as well as further convents.

Music at the event will be provided by St Leo’s College students and Carlow artist Justin Kelly, who recorded “The Ballad of Mother Agatha” on his recent CD.

Several presentations will be made to Sr Sheila Carney of Carlow University, Pittsburgh and Carlow convent will accept seven posthumous honorary degrees for the founding seven from Carlow University.

The event will be attended by members of the Mercy Order from Ireland and abroad, family members of the seven sisters, past and current staff and students of St Leo’s, public representatives, members of the public, friends and benefactors of the Mercy sisters. 

Students will exhibit their work in various subjects related to the history, geography, language, travel and lives of the seven sisters.

“We hope to remember them here in Carlow as fondly as they are remembered in Carlow University, Pittsburgh every year on Founder’s Day 21st December,” said Dermot Mulligan of Carlow County Museum.

If you are connected to one of the families, please contact Carlow County Museum on 059 9131554 or as soon as possible.

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