Grandparents nationwide to be celebrated

It is said that the greeting card people Hallmark invented ‘Mother’s Day’ and ‘Father’s Day’ as a money-spinner. Seems like they never thought of the possibilities of a ‘Grandparent’s Day’ though. The first-ever National Grandparents Pilgrimage will take place on Saturday, September 22nd, at Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo this year. The unique event was inspired by a similar event that has been taking place in England at the National Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham for the past four years. The historic event will see grandparents from all over the country converge on Our Lady’s Shrine on Saturday, September 22nd….

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Dana Statement

I am delighted to have been asked to be a part of the first National Grandparents Pilgrimage. I am not a grandmother myself yet but I had a very close relationship with my own grandmother Nellie Sheerin. She came to Amsterdam with me, and my mother, when I travelled to Amsterdam for the Eurovision in 1970. She had a very big influence on me – the things she told me, the little pearls of wisdom she passed onto me. Although she died over 15 years ago, at the age of 96, she is still very vivid in my memory and…

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Irish grandparents to be honoured with new pilgrimage

Ireland already has a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day, but now a Co. Mayo grandmother has launched a campaign to honour grannies and grand-dads and grandfathers – and the goal is to gather the largest collection of prayers ever assembled in the country. Catherine Wiley, who left Castlebar for London in her teenage years and built up a successful holiday business, has announced the first ever National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage, and she expects over 3,000 grandparents to turn up. The pilgrimage will take place in Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo, on Saturday, September 22nd, and the keynote speaker will be former…

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