Presentation Sisters Celebrate 200 Years in Carlow

A celebration Mass for the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Presentation Sisters in Carlow took place last Saturday, 29th January in Carlow Cathedral.

A choir made up of past pupils, teachers, and friends of Presentation, together with some members of the Carlow Cathedral Choir sang under the direction of Mrs Marion Landy.

The music for the Mass was composed especially for the occasion by Sr. Cecilia Molloy PBVM.

Sr. Elizabeth Maxwell, Provincial Leader, told the story of the Sisters early days in Carlow and up to the present day, while pupils from Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, conducted by principal Bernie Murphy, led the final hymn, the Presentation anthem, 'Who Will Light the Lantern?'.

Sr. Anna Hyland, who has been part of the Presentation community in Carlow for 44 years, welcomed all those present, while Sr. Peggy Campion read the reflection after Communion and Sr. Anne Marie Farragher thanked all those who had joined the Sisters for this celebration, pointing out that on 29th January 1811 three Presentation Sisters had arrived in Carlow, and today, in January 2011, once again, there are three Presentation Sisters in Carlow. "The rest" she said, "is in God's hands".

A magnificent 'tapestry', depicting Nano Nagle and the journey of Presentation to Carlow, was made by the teachers and pupils of Presentation College, Askea, to commemorate the occasion, and was displayed close to the altar.

After the Mass all were invited to a celebration meal in the Seven Oaks Hotel. Later in the afternoon a commemorative plaque was unveiled outside the Carlow Library - and, soon to be opened, museum - situated in the old Presentation Convent on Tullow Street.

The Presentation Sisters were honoured by a Civic Reception on the Friday night before the Saturday celebrations.

Photos from the 200th Celebration Mass










Presentation School band welcomes guests at 200 year celebrations for Presentation Sisters in Carlow.











Pictured above Sr. Anne Marie Farragher and Sr. Anna Hyland with the Annals and original chalice.











Sr. Yvonne Jennings and Sr. Concepta O'Brien greet the day!











Tapestry conveying history of the sisters in Carlow.











Pictured above Sr. Anne Marie Farragher, Sr. Anna Hyland  and Anne Kelleher, CEO, CEIST.

Celebration Mass Leaflet