History


Welcome to our history section. Being the longest-surviving group of women religious in Ireland, there is a growing interest in the history of our Community. We intend over time to build up this section of the website by adding more information and digitised documents which will be of interest to casual readers and scholars alike.  For now the PDF's which are attached to this section provide a large amount of information on various aspects of our history 

 We are grateful to the copyright holders of articles republished here for granting permission to use them on this website. Website readers should be aware that articles are published here for information only and a separate permission must be sought from the copyright holders to use the articles for any other purpose. 

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Galway Poor Clare History by Celsus O' Brien OFM




A short article by Dr. Bronagh A. McShane

Our Lady of Bethlehem (Athlone Madonna)
Seventeenth Century translations of Poor Clare Documents


Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!
Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance
And transform your whole being into the image of the Godhead Itself
through contemplation!
So that you too may feel what His friends feel
as they taste the hidden sweetness
which God Himself has reserved from the
beginning for those who love Him'.


From Third letter of St. Clare