The Tobin family from Newbridge will meet the Pope in Rome tomorrow

Presentation of official World Meeting of Families 2018 icon

Leinster Leader reporter


Leinster Leader reporter


Newbridge family to meet Pope at official World Meeting of Families 2018 in Rome tomorrow

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A Newbridge family will be one of two families to present the official World Meeting of Families 2018 ‘Icon of the Holy Family’  to Pope Francis in Rome during his weekly General Audience with the faithful in Rome tomorrow, Wednesday 21 March. 

The Tobin family comprises mum and dad, Brenda and Bryan and their two children Emma (20) and Cathal (13) and Grandmother Maureen Tobin from Cobh Co Cork. 

Brenda is originally from Belturbet, Co Cavan and Bryan is from Cobh in County Cork. The couple have been married for 22 years and have two children: Emma (20) and Cathal (13).

Bryan is a former member of the Irish Defence Forces and is currently working with Storyful in Dublin. Brenda has been working as Communications Officer with the Catholic Communications Office for the past 17 years and is currently on secondment to the World Meeting of Families 2018.

Emma is a final year student of English and Philosophy in University College Dublin. Cathal is in his first year of second level education at the Patrician Secondary School in Newbridge.  Grandmother Maureen Tobin has six children; sixteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She has been a widow for the past eight years.

The World Meeting of Families delegation will be led by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, President of WMOF2018 and includes Father Tim Bartlett, Secretary General of WMOF2018 and the iconographer Mr Mihai Cucu.

Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018, guided by the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”. 

Held every three years, this major international event brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church.  Whilst WMOF2018 will include exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances, events around the city, and gestures of solidarity.

See  for more information and you can follow @wmof2018 on Twitter and Instagram as well as ‘World Meeting of Families 2018’ on Facebook.