Category Archives: News and Events

Back our Bloomfield Heroes

In this time of Covid 19 crisis,  we are thinking of  the residents and  the wonderful staff working in Bloomfield Health Services.  Founded in 1812 by The Religious Society of Friends,  Bloomfield today consists of New Lodge Nursing Home with 36  beds and a Mental Health facility of 114 beds with a staff complement of over 200, from all around the world.

Bloomfield will need an  Emergency Fund to help them all through lockdown, isolation and infection.   Their immediate need is for iPads/tablets to help residents connect with and talk to their families remotely but  they will have to face and cope with other unexpected consequences for both residents and staff.   We ask Friends all over Ireland to Back Our Bloomfield Heroes.

We appreciate that many of you are already coping with job losses and other personal and financial difficulties so our appeal is to those who can help to please donate to our own Quaker charity.

Donations can be made on line by clicking on the following link
https://www.bloomfield.ie/support-us/donate/

'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.