December 2018

We want to say thank you to all who have shared their gifts with us here in the Margaret Aylward Centre.  To speakers, volunteers, participants, staff and facilitators: Thank you.  To schools, businesses, parishes, holistic and faith groups and to community development gatherings: Thank you.  To caterers, cleaners, florists, maintenance and emergency support: Thank you.  May Advent be a blessed time for you all.

September 2018

Culture Night 2018 – Ancient Ground

Culture Night is celebrated every September, when free cultural events are held in towns and cities all over the country. Wherever and however you celebrated Culture Night 2018, we hope you had as nice a time as we had here in the Margaret Aylward Centre. We walked, talked, sang and celebrated thanks to the enthusiasm of botanists, the experience of historians and the joy of youthful singers! Maria Cullen and Howard Fox started the evening with the very popular Botanical Walk, providing our new brochure [...]

August 2018

New developments in the Margaret Aylward Centre

For the past three years Sr Brenda Quinn has been Director of our centre. Her warm, kind and creative leadership has seen it blossom. As Brenda steps into a new role on the Generalate (international leadership team); the Holy Faith Sisters have taken the generous step of opening up the post of Director to the wider community. We want to take this opportunity to thank Brenda for her dedication and wish her well in her new roles.    In May 2018, Noirin [...]

February 2018

Happy St Brigid’s Day!

Today, February 1 – marks the first day of spring,  also known as Lá Fhéile Bhríde, Saint Brigid’s Feast Day. The cold, dark winter days will give way to long, bright, warmer Spring days. St Brigid’s Day may brings back childhood memories of making the ‘Brigid Cross’ at school. This small cross is usually woven from rushes and has four arms tied at the ends and a woven square in the middle.        

December 2017

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October 2017

2017 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”   Father Joseph Wresinski– founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World  Remembering people who struggle with the violence of poverty –  Tuesday, 17 February 2017 marked the 30th anniversary of the first Human Rights and Poverty stone having been laid in Paris. The Lord Mayor Mícheál MacDonnch addressed the gathering held at the Social Justice and Poverty [...]

January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day

January 27 is Holocaust Memorial Day. Dr Melanie Brown joined us in the Margaret Aylward Centre for a memorial service on the eve of this special day. She brought us through a brief history of the Jewish Community in Ireland, highlighting the relative ease with which they became part of life here, particularly in Dublin. (more…)

December 2016

The Gift and Challenge of the Migrant and Refugee to the Soul of Ireland

The Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue is located on the lawn at the front of the Holy Faith Sister’s convent in Glasnevin, a beautiful setting surrounded by well-cared for gardens and mature trees. The focus on dialogue is of particular significance to the work of the centre. The cedar of Lebanon which stands in the space between the convent grounds and the Botanic Gardens is a symbol that resonates with Judaism, Christianity and Islam and reminds us of the [...]