Archive: November 2016

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Ecology in action at Ard Mhuire

For many years the walled garden at Ard Mhuire was unattended, originally the Kitchen Garden of the Ards Estate the friars now host the Ards Friary Organic Community Garden and Allotments here. Nearly 40 people have taken plots to cultivate, and a program of organic gardening education takes place throughout the year. It is hoped…

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Ard Mhuire marks 50 years

Our beautiful friary and retreat centre in Ards is 50 years old! While the Friars were here since the 1930’s, the new house that you see today was opened on the13th of November 1966. This evening at 5:30 we celebrate a Mass to begin a year of thanksgiving for all of the Friars and people who…

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The International Capuchin Fraternity in Kilkenny

This year saw a new departure for our Friary in Kilkenny. It has been designated as one of a small number of ‘International Fraternities’ by our General Minister, Brother Mauro. What does this mean? Well, in simple terms it means that the fraternity in Kilkenny has been strengthened and enhanced by Friars from other European…

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EWTN in Ard Mhuire Retreat Centre

    Last week the community of Ard Mhuire were delighted to welcome scripture scholar Frances Hogan along with an film crew from EWTN who came to record a five day scriptural retreat due to be broadcast later this year.  Set on over 250 acres of woodland with its own beeches and coves, Ards is…

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