Foundress of the Religious Sisters of Charity
Born Cork 1787 - Died Dublin 1858
Mary Aikenhead Walk
Our walk began in St. Vincent’s Secondary School on a beautiful sunny morning, we set out with our Transition year group to commence the Mary Aikenhead Walk. We had an inspirational and informative morning. This walk took us on the following route to: St Anne’s Church Shandon where Mary was baptised, just a short walk from our school. We saw the baptismal font where Mary was baptised. Then we headed to Eason’s Hill to a small house where Mary spent the first six years of her life with the Rourke family as her health was weak in early childhood and this was better for her. Our next place to visit was Mary’s parents’ house in Daunt's Square, Grand Parade, Mary was born here on January 19th 1787, her father was a doctor and he owned a pharmacy. Then we walked to Christ Church on Cork's South Main Street, this is where Mary’s parents were married. We were able to visit the church which has been renamed the Triskle Centre. Then our route took us to Rutland Street, this is where the family moved to after they left Daunt Square. The last stop on our Cork City Walk was to St Finbarr’s South Chapel, there is a special shrine to Mary Aikenhead in this church, Mary began her relationship with the Catholic faith and mass here in this church. We prayed here. Our next journey is to Dublin on April 26th to the Mary Aikenhead Heritage Centre.
Ms. S. Connolly & Ms. C.Boyle