The Covid-19 outbreak and its many societal effects has been a source of great worry for all involved with Kylemore Abbey, including the Benedictine community. Reflecting on the current situation, the Abbess of Kylemore Abbey, Mother Máire Hickey OSB, said:
‘During these difficult times for the world, our first thoughts are with all those who are anxious, sick or who have been bereaved by this terrible illness. We pray for them and for all those who are working so hard and in so many ways to help our society to cope at this time.
‘Our thoughts too are with our loyal colleagues and friends in Connemara who are feeling the social and economic impact of this crisis. With our country closed and the tourism sector severely affected, many Kylemore staff are isolated, lonely and worried about their livelihoods at this time. We think of them and remember them in our daily prayers.
‘For the Benedictine community of nuns here in Kylemore, this year was a very special one, marking 100 years of our presence in Connemara. In June we were looking forward to welcoming hundreds of past pupils for a Reunion of Kylemore Abbey School, which closed in 2010. This and other events and aspects of our centenary will be deferred until the storm of coronavirus has passed and we can celebrate with joy together.
‘Throughout the past century, Ireland has faced world wars, political upheaval, global recession and social change. From our tranquil place on the edge of Europe, the Benedictine nuns have prayed and prevailed in the face of adversity. In this season of Easter, we pray again for all who are fearful and dejected as we cherish the Paschal message of hope, of renewal and a new dawn.’
For details of postponed events in Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens, see here.