25 Sept 2022

Bishop to unveil plaque at Mercy Convent gate in memory of 1843 journey of seven Carlow nuns

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Mercy Convent

Bishop Denis Nulty will unveil a plaque at 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 including Msgr Caoimhín Ó Néill and Sr Sheila Carney (Pittsburgh) will outline the background to the 1843 journey of seven Carlow nuns 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. 

All are welcome.

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.

The Annual Catherine McAuley lecture will be delivered by Dr Eimear Cotter past pupil and current Director of the Office of Environmental Sustainability.

The day concludes with a free concert in St. Clare’s Church, Graiguecullen with Justin Kelly. 

MC will be Patrick Bergin and musicians and performers will include Padraigín Caesar (Harp), David Doyle (Cello), Pádraig Whelan (Keyboard), St. Fiacc’s NS Choir and Fr. Liam Lawton.

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