Maryfield College

Maryfield College took part in the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Another September, and once again

Four sixth year students – Holly Clarke, Ciara Gill, Grainne Murray, Rebecca Maguire along with Ms. Seery volunteered looking after the sick and elderly pilgrims.

Due to all their hard work and efforts, many pilgrims had a very memorable and meaningful experience at Lourdes. The Maryfield girls along with their peers “The Blueshirts” and all the other helpers involved in the pilgrimage worked above and beyond their duties, taking on extra duties due to flight delays etc.

The Maryfield girls were mainly involved in the duties of ward support and refectory. They were full of enthusiasm for every task they were involved in.  They showed great kindness and compassion to those in their care, and work well as the Lourdes Maryfield Team, within the great big team that is the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. On one evening the girls were stewarding at the Torch Light Procession which is a very beautiful act of prayer. They also sang in the Folk Group at Lourdes during the many liturgies and ceremonies that take place during the pilgrimage.

They also attended the medal ceremony, where Ms. Seery was awarded the silver medal for completing five years of service to the pilgrimage. Many volunteers are awarded each year by the Archbishop of Dublin for their various lengths of service to the pilgrimage.

On their last night in Lourdes, the Maryfield Team headed to the Grotto to light their special large pilgrim candle for all the intentions of the Maryfield Community and for anyone who asked for us to remember them in our prayers. The girls also lit four candles for last year’s volunteers and wished them every success in their new endeavours.

Lourdes is an amazing sacred place. We ask for the guidance of Our Lady and the courage of St. Bernadette to bless us all in this coming academic year ahead. May we take this opportunity to thank all those who supported us and help us to fundraise. We remembered you all in our prayers at the Grotto. This was a life-changing opportunity for our girls, one that they will remember forever.

Walk to School Competition- European Mobility Week

Irish secondary schools have been invited to take part in a Walk to School competition as part of European Mobility Week, which takes place from 16th to 22nd September.

Dublin City Council is partnering with An Taisce’s Green-Schools Travel Programme to encourage as many students, parents and staff to walk to school any day during European Mobility Week.

They are inviting schools across Dublin City to, where possible, walk some of part of their way to school if they can during this week, and to submit entries to their EMW Walk to School competition. Participating schools will be in with a chance to win a €200 voucher for PE gear or an opportunity to take part in a promotional video!

More information can be found here.

Do you walk to school or will you walk during European Mobility Week? How does it make you feel? What do you see on your journey? Who do you meet along the way? Do your friends join you on your walk or is it a solo adventure?

Secondary school students are invited to create a poster focused on the positive aspects of walking to school. This isn’t just a normal poster, we want you to get creative! Posters should display the most fun fact or that highlight the benefits of walking to school in the most imaginative way.

Green Schools have a number of Fun Facts on Walking that can be used as inspiration for your poster!

The school with the best poster will win!

Why participate?

  • Exploring your local area through this activity will help students develop a better understanding of their surrounding environment.
  • To provide an insight of student experiences on the way to school
  • Participating in this competition is the perfect way to gear up for the Green-Schools National Walk to School Week 2023 where schools all over Ireland will be celebrating walking to school with Green-Schools during National Walk to School Week from October 2nd to 6th.

How to Enter

To take part in the competition send in your school’s worksheets and / or posters by Friday 29th September.

Send a photo of each entry from your school to