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Welcome to the Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue

Named in honour of Margaret Aylward, the founder of the Holy Faith Sisters, in whose grounds the centre sits.

I am not a poet, though Glasnevin might make one a poet.
Margaret Aylward

Inaugurated in February 2014, this modern building is situated in a breathtaking environment infused with a profound historical heritage in a location renowned for its spiritual significance. From the era of St. Mobhi in the 6th century to the Holy Faith Sisters, the place has long been intertwined with the pursuit of spirituality. Step into this inviting sanctuary where individuals from diverse religious backgrounds or none at all can discover tranquility and engage in meaningful conversations. #CityOasis.

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Reconnecting with the Enneagram With Therese Ryan

This workshop is for those who have previously used the Enneagram and would like to deepen their understanding. Saturday, 25 May 2024 | 9.30am - 3.30pm | Cost: €35 | Booking Essential | Max: 25 | Packed lunch required I am a certified Enneagram trainer in...

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Spring Book Folding

Unfold the Art of Book Folding: Transform Pages into Treasures! 📚✨ Book folding, also known as book art or book sculpture, is a craft technique that involves manipulating the pages of a book to create a three-dimensional object or design. This can be done by...

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Creation: A Sacred gift #5 – WORLD OCEANS DAY 

With Brenda Farrell – WORLD OCEANS DAY  06.06.2024 | 11.00am -1.00pm | Max: 25 Donations welcome. The final in a series of Centre-run events celebrating the gift of creation and the importance of our oceans

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Friday Morning Film Club #6 – Singing in the Rain

Friday, 7 June 2024 | 11.00am – 1.00pm Max 25 | Booking Essential | Donations welcome You are warmly invited to our next meeting of the Friday morning Film Club in the Margaret Aylward Centre. This month we will be showing the film “Singing in...

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Embroidering Hope: Building Peace Across Communities

Below is an account of a project which has its origins in an event held in the Centre in March 2022, and has since gone from strength to strength. The photographs provide some outline of the beautiful work which the group has produced. Myra Noonan,…

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2024 Newsletter “Awakening” – Issue 4

Immerse yourself in the latest edition of our Newsletter “Awakening” – Issue 4, available for you to read here (Click the page turner on bottom right corner of cover) Click on an image of a flyer to be redirected to the website booking page for…

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A Musical Evening at the Margaret Aylward Centre

On Wednesday 17th April, the Margaret Aylward Centre was filled with music and song, courtesy of the Holy Faith Past Pupils Choir under the direction of Marie Dunne CHF. Ciaran Coll, a staff member from St Mary’s Girls Holy Faith Secondary School and friend of…

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Happy St Patrick’s Day 2024

As we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’re reminded of his remarkable journey, filled with challenges that still resonate today. From captivity to freedom, his story teaches us about resilience and faith. Just as Patrick shared hope in a land unfamiliar with Christianity, we’re encouraged to…

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10 Year Anniversary at The Centre

  10 year Anniversary of the Margaret Aylward Centre: This special occasion coincided with the feast of St Brigid. Brigid became a woman of special significance to Margaret Aylward and the Holy Faith sisters, bringing light and hope to many in darkness and dedicating her…

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Feast of St. Brigid

Today, on the feast of St. Brigid, we reflect on the legacy of this renowned female saint who passed away 1500 years ago. Born near Faughart in Co Louth, Brigid’s deep commitment to her Christian faith is closely tied to her association with Kildare, where…

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2024 Spring Summer at the Centre

Click on the link below to view some of the events coming up this Autumn at the Margaret Aylward Centre. 2024 Spring – Summer Brochure You can book here on our website – or call us on 01 7979364 or email info@macfd.ie    

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Happy Christmas 2023

Wishing each one Hope, Peace and Joy. Read our Newsletter – Awakening 10 here Events at the centre click here

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Empowered by Faith: Honouring Margaret Aylward’s Legacy

“We can do but little but we will strive to do that little, trusting in God for a better future.” Margaret Aylward.   23rd November is the 213th anniversary of the birth of Margaret Aylward, (1810-1889) foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Faith and…

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Celebrating Laudate Deum – Pope Francis

October 4th marks the end of the Season of Creation but this year, it also marks the publication by Pope Francis of a sequel to Laudato Si’, the title of which is Laudate Deum.  The timing of this publication might be interpreted as a signal…

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Culture Night at the Margaret Aylward Centre

Theme: “Glasnevin – Looking Back, Looking Forward.” Experience a brief visit to Glasnevin House, a guided walk in the grounds, music from St Mary’s Holy Faith Secondary School and some Telescope Time with the Irish Astronomical Society. 22.09.2023 | Session 1:  5.15 – 7.00pm | Session…

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Christmas Craft Fair

The Margaret Aylward Centre will be hosting our annual Christmas Craft Fair in the Centre on Saturday, 18th November 2023 | 10am-1pm. To book a table at the craft fair, please email info@macfd.ie or call the Centre on 017979364.

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14 July – Feast Day of St Kateri Tekakwitha

Friday, 14 July is the feast of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha is the patron saint of traditional ecology, Indigenous Peoples, and care for creation. Born into the Mohawk in Upstate New York in the middle of the 17th Century, she lost her family when she was…

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Laudato Si’ Week: 21 – 28 May 2023

Laudato Si’ Week 2023 runs from Sunday, 21 – 28 May and this year the theme is “Hope for the Earth, Hope for Humanity.” In the past week it has been widely reported that we will reach the critical tipping point of 1.5⁰C increase in…

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Newsletter – Awakening Issue 5

Grab a cup of tea, find a cozy spot, and immerse yourself in the latest edition of Awakening –  Issue 5, available for you to read here (Click the page turner on bottom right corner of cover) Click on an image of a flyer to…

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Earth Day

Image: `Earthrise` was taken on Christmas Eve 1968 from Apollo 8 by William Anders. Saturday, 22 April is World Earth Day – a day when we especially reflect on the precious gift of the Creator and on our call to be stewards of it. We…

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Happy Eid Mubarak!

A time for celebration, reflection, and gratitude marking the end of and the beginning of a new month. Appreciate blessings and pray for those who are less fortunate. May this Eid bring peace, happiness, and prosperity to all. #eidmubarak #Ramadan

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2023 Newsletter – Awakening 4

As April arrives, we feel the arrival of Spring. Life is re-emerging and it’s hard not to feel the positive effects of this season. Be inspired to embrace the energy, beauty, sounds and colour around us! Read our Newsletter “Awakening – Issue 4” here 

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Embrace Equity – International Women’s Day 2023

Wednesday, 8 March is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity. Most people have some understanding and awareness of the issue of gender equality, of the various forms of discrimination which can disadvantage women in terms of their social, economic, political, educational and…

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A Spiritual Journey

The Margaret Aylward Centre is proud to share a new addition to our Centre in the form of “A Spiritual Journey”. This beautiful piece of artwork is on long-term loan to the Centre from Josette Vasallo, a Maltese artist who has been living in Ireland…

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Beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Bríghid Oraibh go Léir!

Today is the feast of our most famous female saint, Brigid who died 1500 years ago. Born around Faughart in Co Louth and the daughter of a chieftain, Brigid was deeply committed to her Christian faith and is most closely associated with Kildare where she…

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2023 – Ordinary People

The Holocaust was a horrific event in history in which six million Jews and millions of others were systematically murdered by the Nazi regime during World War II. By remembering the Holocaust we honor the victims and ensure that such atrocities are never repeated. The…

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2023 Newsletter – Awakening 1

Happy New Year to all our friends and collaborators. We hope you had a peaceful and restful break over Christmas and are looking towards 2023 with real hope. It has been a remarkably mild winter so far, apart from a few days of frost and…

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New Book: Responding to Child Poverty in Dublin: John Gowan CM, 1817-1897

Promotor of Young Ireland, organiser of famine relief in Wicklow, co-founder of the Holy Faith Sisters, Irish speaker, pilgrim, and a mean handball player: this was John Gowan, Skerries-born, Dublin diocesan, and then Vincentian priest who made such an impact in inner-city Dublin in the mid…

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Happy Christmas

May your hearts and homes be filled with the Light of God With Us this Christmas. May you and yours be blessed with peace, love and hope. Read more here Events at the centre click here

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Happy Hanukkah – Festival of Lights

Happy Hanukkah – Wishing abundant blessings of this special season to the Jewish community. Hanukkah, or the Festival of Rededication, celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its defilement by the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE. Although it is a late addition to the Jewish liturgical…

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Newsletter – Awakening 9

Another liturgical year has ended. Advent and the month of December are all that stands between us and the celebration of Christmas and the end of the calendar year.   Click here to read our Newsletter – Awakening 9 Events at the centre click here

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112th Anniversary of Margaret Aylward’s Birthday

Today we celebrate the 112th anniversary of Margaret Aylward’s birthday. The foundress of the Holy Faith Sisters demonstrated a lifelong commitment to social justice and advocating for those on the margins of society, with a special care for women and children. Living and working throughout…

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Christmas Craft Fair at the Margaret Aylward Centre

We are excited to be hosting our first ever Christmas Craft fair in the Centre on Saturday 12th November from 10am-1pm.  Ideas for gifts or items to bring some festive spirit to your homes can be found in the selection of crafts such as knitwear,…

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Newsletter – Awakening 8

As we celebrate the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, we take time to reflect on those who have gone before us. We remember their lives and their part in our lives and we entrust them to God. We hold those whose hearts are…

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Thoughts of the week

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)