Grandparents to address weekend Masses in Achill

Mass-goers at four Achill churches will next weekend (July 3rd/4th) hear speakers from the newly-formed Catholic Grandparents Association, as part of an effort to establish a branch of the organisation in the parish.

The Catholic Grandparents Association has grown out of the popular National Grandparents Pilgrimages in Knock Shrine over the last three years, and is now building branches around the country.

Catherine Wiley and Máire Printer from the Catholic Grandparents Association will address Masses in Dookinella, Bunacurry, Pollagh, and Achill Sound, and Curraun next weekend, and a follow-up meeting to establish a branch locally will be held in the coming weeks.

“The Catholic Grandparents Association seeks to support grandparents in every way it can, and also assist them in their very important role of passing on the faith to their grandchildren,” said Association founder Catherine Wiley.

“I have been getting a strong feeling of renewed hope from grandparents. They have been fearful about how the faith will be transmitted, but see hope in what is being done now with the Catholic Grandparents Association.”

This year’s National Grandparents Pilgrimage will take place in Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo, on Sunday, September 12th, at 2pm.

Further details are available on

About the Catholic Grandparents Association

  • Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam is Patron
  • The Association was born out of the National Grandparents Pilgrimage, established by grandmother Catherine Wiley in 2007.
  • One of the aims of the Catholic Grandparents Association is to celebrate the important role grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren.
  • In 2009, over 14,000 people attended the formation of the Catholic Grandparents Association
  • Further information on the National Grandparents Pilgrimage is available on
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