Search

16 Aug 2022

Event to celebrate 50 years of Accord Newbridge in Kildare

Event to celebrate 50 years of Accord Newbridge in Kildare

Fr Denis Harrington, Ms Kay Dunne, Francis Monahan, Bishop Denis Nulty, Mary Johnston, Anne Halpin and Father Joe Mc Dermott

Current and former members of Accord Newbridge gathered in the Hotel Keadeen, Newbridge on Friday to celebrate, and reminisce on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Accord (formerly CMAC) Newbridge and their work supporting marriages and relationships in the parish and wider hinterland since 1972.

Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin and President of Accord Catholic Marriage Care CLG celebrated Mass for the 50th anniversary during which he congratulated members past and present, on their commitment, dedication and their valuable and important contribution to the quality of relationships and family life.

Accord Newbridge was established in 1972 when Bishop Lennon of Kildare and Leighlin requested Fr Denis Harrington, Newbridge Parish, to set up an Accord Centre in Newbridge. 

The Centre was initially based in St Anne’s Station Rd, which was a second-level school. Subsequently this building was renovated and became the home base for Accord to this day.  Mrs Breda Parker (deceased) was one of the founding members of the Centre in Newbridge in terms of recruiting members and supporting the Newbridge team, through encouragement, and support of members’ work in both Marriage Preparation and Counselling. There were many other committed, dedicated and long-serving members from the early days, too numerous to mention here,  Pat Mulcahy (deceased) who was also a tutor and Georg Murphy, a supervisor, were key contributors to the Newbridge Centre, team spirit, and work. 

 Priest Directors are also key members of Accord Centres and from Fr Denis Harrington the first Priest Director in 1972 to Fr Joe McDermott , the current Priest Director, Accord Newbridge has been extremely well served over years.  Both Father Fr Harrington and Father McDermott were in attendance at the celebrations. Fr Harrington addressed members past and present acknowledging and thanking them for their commitment and contribution to supporting marriages and relationships over 50 years.

 

Newbridge was always and continues to be a very vibrant centre with very committed members. A number of members who joined the centre in the 1980s and 1990s are still part of the team and there are also newer members, some who joined as recently as 2019 and 2021.

 Contact 

Accord Newbridge can be contacted by phone on 045 431695 and by email ataccordnewbridge@gmail.com. Those seeking online counselling can email onlinecounselling@ accord.ie

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.


Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.