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Thursday 2 October 2014

Nuns seek €3m to cover cost of retirement home

Brian Byrne

Published 29/08/2014 | 02:30

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Papal Nuncio Charles Brown and Former Taoiseach John Bruton with Sister Maureen O'Malley
Sister Conchita McDonnell, Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Browne, Bishop Leo Reilly and Sister Monica Devine at the opening of the new building at the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of The Holy Rosary in Artane, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Sister Noirin Walsh

FORMER Taoiseach John Bruton was on hand to officially open an extension to a nuns' retirement home in Co Dublin. Mr Bruton's first cousin, Sister Elizabeth Barry, is among the nuns living at the facility.

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Shanahan House will become a home to 23 Sisters of the Holy Rosary who have spent their lives helping some of the world's poorest people in countries such as Nigeria and Mexico.

Among them are Sisters Conchita McDonnell and Monica Devine, who worked with two groups of farmers and traders in Nigeria who were once at war with one another.

The sisters are now campaigning to raise €3m to cover the cost of the home, built using the congregation's emergency funds, which must now be replaced.

Sister Noirin Walsh, who returned from Mexico almost five years ago, said she would have had nowhere else to go if it wasn't for the home.

Irish Independent

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