Big event for Poor Clares

IN CARLOW 119 YEARS

Published 17/04/2012 | 11:57

A CIVIC reception took place in Graiguecullen on Saturday celebrating the 800th anniversary of the founding of Poor Clare's and 119 years in County Carlow.

The civic reception which took place in Graiguecullen Parish Centre was preceded by a celebratory mass in St. Clare's Church at noon.

The Poor Clare Sisters have been an integral part of Carlow's fabric for 119 years since they first established their community in Graiguecullen.

A source of great comfort to many in both Carlow and beyond the Poor Clare's way of life is to observe the Holy Gospel of Jesus ' by living in obedience, without anything of one's own, in chastity and in enclosure'.

Prayer is a central to the lives of the nine nuns in Graiguecullen and in addition to private prayer several of the community answer letters throughout the day.

At certain times it's possible to speak to the Sisters in the reception rooms.

The civic reception was hosted by Carlow Town Council and attended by members of both Carlow Town Council, Carlow County Council and a number of clergy as well as a large turnout from the local community who were thrilled to celebrate the Sisters and the role they play in Carlow and Graiguecullen.

Chairman of Carlow Town Council Cllr. Tom O'neill said the event had been 'one of the highlights of my year as chair. It was just a brilliant day.'

Cllr. O'neill addressed the crowd, wishing the Clare's best of luck and thanked them for their work on behalf of the Carlow people and leading by example.

'Hopefully they will be here for another 119 years.'

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