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New book on Samplers, Sewing and Simplicty

We are delighted to bring you news of a recently published book written by Clodagh Grubb of Monkstown Meeting.

Clodagh, a history graduate from Trinity College Dublin who has curated the collection of samplers and other textiles in Friends House Historical Library in Dublin since 2011, has spent the past seven years researching and compiling her book, ‘Samplers, Sewing and Simplicity in Quaker Ireland’.

The book grew out of the author’s love for textiles and design, her interest in history and the discovery of the rich and varied collection of needlework and textiles in the Friends Historical Library. With over 150 illustrations, the book looks both at this work, produced for the most part in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and at the social and historical context in which it was made.

Samplers, Sewing and SimplicityThe Quaker belief in the equality of all and the consequent importance given to the education of girls meant that Quaker women were often better equipped than most to deal with running a household and dealing with much of the business and accounts. They might have to do everything, from spinning to making clothing, bed linen and other soft furnishings.  At a period when employment for women could be difficult to obtain, their sewing skills were a considerable advantage.

The Quaker ethos of simplicity in everything from clothing to furnishings to social life coloured most activity. Where unnecessary ornamentation was frowned on, surviving dresses show a definite awareness of fashion in their cut.

Making a sampler was a form of recreation for girls, some as young as six years of age, which allowed them to use more creatively the skills that they had spent many hours practising in the schoolroom. A love of colour and a diversity of scripts and motifs, many drawn from a broader European tradition, and the way in which they are arranged gives many of the Irish Quaker samplers a character of their own.

Clodagh is from a Quaker family who came to Ireland in the late seventeenth century.

‘Samplers, Sewing and Simplicity in Quaker Ireland’ by Clodagh Grubb is  published by Friends’ Historical Committee and copies are available from Friends Historical Library, Stocking Lane,  Dublin 16  at a price including postage of €30 for paperback or casebound at €40.  Email Library@quakers.ie to purchase a copy or for further information.

‘Re-imagining Society Sustainably’ – EcoQuakers’ online conference

Almost 100 people signed up for EcoQuakers’ ‘Re-imagining Society Sustainably’ online conference, which took place on 18th July 2020.

It was a wonderfully stimulating session considering how we can rebuild society post Covid19 with the three speakers providing plenty of food for thought.

Denise Gabuzda, Ireland Yearly Meeting Clerk and physics and astronomy lecturer at University College Cork, painted a wonderful picture of a more equal society with more renewable energy, more locally grown food, stronger communities, protection of biodiversity and a more peaceful earth.

She said imagining a future like this was the first step to it becoming a reality. “As our planet heals, so will we as we appreciate the inter-connectedness of all living things,” she said.

You can read Denise’s full script here.

Romanian-born and US-raised Oana Sariana Marian, an artist and writer and Co-founder of the Active Hope Network who is pursuing a PhD in Theology at Trinity College Dublin, spoke about the need for climate grief and imagination as we work towards a sustainable future. She also encouraged each of us to self-audit how we spend our money and to educate ourselves about how our society is functioning within the wider global economy.

You can read Oana’s talk here.

Féidhlim Harty of Cork and Limerick Meetings and founder of FH Wetland Systems said there were five things we could do to help create a more sustainable future:
– spend our money consciously
– live more simply
– advocate for change
– build and strengthen connections
– remain optimistic and ‘hold the vision’

He encouraged us to nurture a clear vision of a beautiful earth and to anchor this in our minds through prayer and meditation.

You can read the full script of Féidhlim’s talk here.

The entire event was recorded and you can watch it on our You Tube channel.

Brummana High School Lebanon – bursary appeal 2020-2021

Continuing and deepening difficulties in Lebanon make life for the staff, the pupils and the whole community of Brummana High School, a real and daily challenge.

The Quaker International Educational Trust’s (QuIET) responsibilities are twofold. Firstly to support the local Governors of the school; the Principal David Gray and his team; but most importantly the continuing education of the 1,250 children who study there. Secondly we are pledged to uphold the Quaker values upon which the school was founded nearly 150 years ago.


David’s letter inside sets out what the problems are and how the school is meeting the challenges. We, as QuIET trustees, invite Quakers everywhere to join us in supporting the school by donating to the 2020-21 Bursary Appeal.

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/

Contact Info for Quaker House Dublin

During the current Covid-19 pandemic, Quaker House Dublin is closed to Friends and visitors.  Please see the following information on how best to maintain contact with the office during this time.

 *REVISED* Contact Details from Monday 21st October 2020

The Historical Library is now CLOSED to visitors.  Please contact Christopher Moriarty (cmoriarty4@gmail.com – temporary email contact) for any inquiries for the Library.

CONTACTING THE OFFICE:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – 9am to 5pm –
Valerie Howard is contactable in the office +353 (0)1 499 8003. (closed for lunch from 1 – 2pm)

Valerie is also contactable on the mobile
+ 353 (0)87 406 2972.  

Wednesday (9am to 1pm) & Thursday, Friday – 9am to 5pm
(closed for lunch from 1 – 2pm)
Mary McNeilly is contactable on the office mobile on Wednesdays + 353 (0)87 408 6399 and in the office Thursday and Friday +353 (0)1 499 8003.

 FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:

 To arrange a funeral, please contact Christopher Nuzum on:
+ 353 86 3845738

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding during these difficult times.  May you all stay safe and well.

 

'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?