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IYM Belfast April 16th – 19th 2020 – Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for IYM2020 in Belfast from the 16th-19th April in Stranmillis University College. Below are links to general information and various booking forms. Please note the deadline for Accommodation bookings is the 16th of March and Meal bookings the 1st of April. Late requests after these dates cannot be facilitated by the office.

The Preliminary Programme is available on this link. This programme is subject to change at any time prior to IYM2020 taking place.

Information on the Junior Programme is available on this link. The Parental Consent Form (pdf only) is available on this link. This form must be returned by the 1st April.

Friends have two options how they wish to register this year.

Option 1 : Download and print this pdf file which contains General Information on the event as well as all forms for Accommodation, Meals and Volunteering bookings. Complete relevant forms by hand and post back to Mary McNeilly at Quaker House Dublin.

Option 2: Download and save this Word document which contains which contain General Information on the event as well as all forms for Accommodation, Meals and Volunteering bookings. These forms can be typed in, saved and then emailed to office@quakers.ie for Mary McNeilly’s attention.

'Pilgrim Verses' book to raise funds for AVP

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) has produced a poetry book, Pilgrim Verses, with all profits from sales going to the work of AVP.

Pilgrim Verses contains a collection of beautiful and simple poems about travels, religion, family and life by Padraic Murray, who is one of the AVP directors and who attends Monkstown Meeting. 

The poems are accompanied by calligraphies by Vincent Daniau.   

Padraic says, “I have had the pleasure of walking parts of the Camino de Santiago on four separate occasions between 2006 and 2013. It was a vivid reminder, if needed, that life indeed is a pilgrimage.

“For reasons of health and climate concern, I am now discovering the pilgrim paths of my native Ireland. The pilgrimages marked my journey from spiritual certainty to questioning. Many of these concerns are reflected in the verses, which for the most part were composed ‘on the spot’ with the help of a series of now defunct iPhones. The verses of varying quality were herded into a single document and with the help of family and friends we narrowed them down.”

The book costs €15 and can be ordered directly from Padraic by emailing padraicmartinmurray@gmail.com

The book will also be available for purchase at various Quaker Meetings and AVP events. 

Padraic is happy to visit Meetings around Ireland to share a couple of his poems and to talk about the work of AVP. Why not invite him?

Help Us Raise Funds for IQFA!

Would you like to see the IQFA Sale up and running again? We are hoping to resurrect the annual IQFA fundraiser and plans are underway to hold an event in Rathfarnham Meeting House on 10/10/20.

Please SAVE THE DATE and let us know how you might be able to help! We won’t be able to do it without a band of volunteers.

The sale has been run for decades by a dedicated crew and it is time for new volunteers to come forward to ensure this important fundraiser for Irish Quaker Faith in Action (IQFA) continues.

We are considering a different kind of event than previous years and are brainstorming various possibilities at the moment.

How can you help? Put the date in your diary and let Simon Bewley know your ideas and how you might be able to help by emailing him at simon@aliveoutside.ie.

Meeting for Worship for Brexit, 31st January 2020

A Meeting for Worship for Brexit will take place in Eustace Street Meeting House, Dublin 2, on Friday 31st January 2020 between 9.45pm and 10.45pm to hold all in the light as the UK exits the EU.

All are welcome, either in person or in the comfort of your own home/Meeting House.

This marks a significant date in our history and we hope holding a Meeting for Worship at this time will allow Friends and Attenders to reflect on our shared future.