‘Daring to Hope–Irish Religious Sisters Embracing the Unknown, 1923-2023’

LAUNCH: October 2nd 2023 in Iveagh House, Department of Foreign Affairs hosted by Minister Sean Fleming, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs with special responsibility for International Development and Diaspora. Caoimhe de Barra, CEO of Trocaire launched the exhibition with an excellent address, which reflected her work with Irish Sisters overseas and in Ireland. Guests included among others AMRI Leaders, Donors and Marjolie Nunes-Smith, the graphic designer.

Exhibition has been viewed in the following Locations:

1. Tullamore at the AMRI AGM: 27th – 28th September

2. Kylemore Abbey: 5th – 12th October

3. Cuan Mhuire Treatment Centre, Athy: 13th – 15th October

4. Nano Nagle Centre, Cork: 24th – 30th November

5. SMA Parish Centre, Wilton, Cork: 1st – 6th December

6. Medical Missionaries of Mary, Drogheda: Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th January.

7. St. Isidore’s Franciscan Friary, Rome: Thursday February 1st for St. Brigid’s Day celebration hosted by Frances Collins, Irish Ambassador to the Vatican

8. UISG, Rome during ‘Vatican Dicastery for Consecrated Life’, 2nd to 3rd February


9. For exhibiting purposes three to five days seems the best option.

10. The setting up of the exhibition and dismantling of same, is best done by members of the co-ordinating group, as the banners are quite fragile.

11. Those viewing the exhibition prefer to walk around it first and then speak to one of the hosts, rather than to listen to a talk/briefing beforehand.

12. For youth groups an introductory talk is essential.

13. Members of the co-ordinating group or a delegate, should be present throughout the entire time that the exhibition is on view. This is important for those viewers who may want to speak about the exhibition and also to ensure the safety of the banners.

Upcoming Venues and dates:

  • Wed 21st to Sun 25th February: Church of the Most Precious Blood Parish Centre, Fassaugh Ave, Cabra, Dublin 7
  • Dominican Sisters, Cabra Resource Centre, Cabra. April 29-May 2, 2024Columban Sisters, Magharamore, Co. Wicklow. June 5-9, 2024

    Sisters St. John of God, Heritage Centre, Co. Wexford. 19 to 25 August, 2024

    St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Armagh. 16- 22 October, 2024


If you would like to host the exhibition in 2024 Email contact:


Denise Boyle fmdm, on behalf of the Co-ordinating Group.

February 8th 2024

Daring to Hope Launch

Irish Religious Sisters’ Photographic Exhibition 

Below Exhibition at UISG and St Isidores