On the 19th August 2013, we gathered in the Chapel of the Convent of the Assumption, Gardiner Street, to give thanks and celebrate 183 years of service from St. Martin’s Centre. Sr. Goretti, staff, drivers and helpers, joined with the Provincial, Community and friends of St. Martin’s to mark the closure of the Centre.
Father Farquharson, S.J., celebrated the Eucharist and fittingly the theme of his words was the “Washing of the Feet”. This was followed by a very delicious and enjoyable lunch in the Convent Refectory.
Under the direction of Mary Aikenhead, the Convent of the Assumption, the school and St. Martin’s Centre was opened on the 1st February 1830. For 183 years the Centre has provided hot meals, warm shelter and other basic necessities in a quiet unobtrusive way during good times and bad.
– The Famine Years between 1845 and 1848
– The Outbreak of Cholera
– The Great Lockout 1913
– World War One 1914 – 1918
– The 1916 Rising
– The Civil War 1922
– World War Two
– Periods of recession and great unemployment
In more recent years, St. Martin’s Centre has continued to be a lifeline for many people in the North Inner City of Dublin. Sr. Goretti and her team ensured that all the current recipients of the meals would continue to receive meals from other Centres.
Thanks to Sr. Goretti, Lil, Annette, Teresa and all the drivers and helpers associated with the Centre.
Go Raibh mile maith agaibh agus beannacht De oraibh I gconai.