On Wednesday, September 26, Mrs Helen Bracken, Chairperson of Durrow High Cross Committee, will give a talk to Tullamore Business & Professional Women’s Association (BPW) on the history of Durrow High Cross & Durrow Abbey monastic site and the involvement of the local community with that famous place. The event will take place at 8pm in The Bridge House, Tullamore.
This is an opportunity for women to come along to this informative event and network informally with new and established members of a very active club in the region.
BPW locally, nationally and internationally develops the professional, leadership and business potential of women on all levels through networking, advocacy, mentoring, skills building and sharing of information and knowledge. Now more than ever it is important to be part of a growing and effective organisation and the benefits of becoming a member of BPW include meeting and networking with other women with a variety of backgrounds and experiences, forge new friendships, an opportunity to share your experiences with others and make a difference to other women and receive support from women who have been there’.
Here in Ireland there are a number of vibrant BPW clubs dotted around the country including Tullamore, Howth, Galway and Sligo and the clubs hold various events during the year including business, health and information talks, social outings and general meetings encouraging established and new members to become involved in this organisation. Its members around the country include professional & career women, business owners, entrepreneurs, business owners and executives.
This talk on the history of the High Cross and Durrow Abbey will be informative in nature - Minister Brian Hayes officially opened St Columba’s Church & High Cross at Durrow Abbey to the public on Monday 30th April this year and there has been a steady stream of visitors to the site since then. The church is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm.
St Colmcille (Columba) founded a monastery at Durrow in the 6th century and the foundation became one of the most important in the group of Columban foundations which include Derry, Kells, Sword , Iona. The High Cross attracts visitors from all over the world.
In 2003 the Office of Public Works purchased approximately 70 acres of land enclosing Durrow Abbey House, St Columba’s Church & graveyard and St. Colmcille’s Well. Conservation works have taken place on the Church and the High Cross has been taken into the church. Further work is scheduled to take place soon on the Gate Lodge and around St. Colmcille’s Well.
BPW Tullamore would like to welcome both members and non-members to this event and anyone interested in joining the club can talk to Marie Neville and other club members on that evening. Small cover charge (e10) for non-members - BPW Tullamore look forward to meeting you there.