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The Friendly Word edition Nov-Dec 2014 is now available

Quaker Bi-Monthly publication November - December 2014 issueThe latest edition of The Friendly Word November – December Volume 31, Issue 6 is now available in pdf by email and in printed form.

The Friendly Word is an independent bi-monthly Quaker journal providing news and views within The Religious Society of Friends in Ireland and abroad.  Articles express the views of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editor or of The Religious Society of Friends in Ireland.  The editor reserves the right to withhold publication and to shorten copy.


The Friendly Word is available as a pdf by email and in printed form.  You are encouraged to save forests and reduce costs by subscribing to the electronic form.  Back issues of The Friendly Word, if available, may be obtained from the manager.

Subscription: €20.00 or £15.00 per annum.

Please find details for the manager, Valerie Howard here.

IYM Public Lecture 2014

On principle, not consequence

A Quaker life in broadcasting


Ian Kirk-Smith

On Saturday 4 March 1972 I had lunch with a friend in a restaurant/cafe in Belfast. In the morning we had played hockey for our school team.

We left the restaurant just after two o’clock. Two hours later a bomb exploded in it. Two women were killed.  130 people were horribly injured: mostly women and children.  One young woman – who was about to be married – lost both her legs, her right arm and an eye. The restaurant was The Abercorn.

I was eighteen. Continue reading IYM Public Lecture 2014

Quaker Discussion Weekend 26th – 28th Sept 2014

What is Quaker Simplicity?  How can I embrace it today?

Venue: Mount St Anne’s, Killenard, Portarlington, Co Laois

Quakers have long advocated “living simply”, and this has been manifest in a variety of ways through the centuries. So what does it mean to live simply? We will explore the true meaning of simplicity, and the challenges of living simply in today’s busy, technological world.

The weekend will start with an evening meal on Friday at 6pm and end after lunch on Sunday at about 2.30pm.

For further details contact your PM Clerk or Quaker House. Alternatively bookings and payments can be made directly through Eventbrite the link is:

Eventbrite  Quaker Simplicity Weekend



National Heritage Week Event Wed 27th Aug

When:    Wednesday 27th August 2014

Where:   Former Quaker Burial Ground, Baltyboys                                                  near Blessington, Co Wicklow

Time:      7.20 pm (note time)

The local heritage group has done a massive clearance of the former Quaker Burial Ground at Baltyboys and has installed a new gate which will be unveiled by Maureen McCaw. There will be a talk by John Hussey, Local Historian, followed by refreshments in the adjacent golf club.

Everyone welcome.