IMPERO Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

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Teresa and Pauline Merrigan

Photo: Sean Crudden

Annual General Meeting 2019

The annual general meeting of IMPERO for 2019 took place in the meeting room of Our Lady of The Wayside Church on Saturday 12 October 2019.  The meeting started at 14:00 and concluded at 15:15.

Seán Crudden said thanks were due to Fr. Stephen Duffy PP, Lordship and Ravensdale, for permission granted to use the meeting room in the church for IMPERO’s AGM.

The chairperson Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD welcomed everyone to the meeting and read The Pope’s Prayer for The Earth to kick off.

A Prayer for our Earth By Pope Francis

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace​.

Present at the meeting were: Archbishop M D Hynes, Sean Crudden, Liam Kieran, Geraldine Kieran, Teresa Merrigan, Pauline Merrigan.

Apologies were received from: Leonard Hatrick, Stephen McGorrin, Anne Muldowney, Kevin McGeough, Don Johnston

Sean said the June meeting had been let slide.

The meeting wished Leonard Hatrick well.  He is in hospital undergoing a procedure.

The following officers were elected for 2019/2020

  • President: Leonard Hatrick
  • Chairperson: Archbishop Michael Desmond Hynes
  • Vice-Chairperson: Mrs. Anne M. Muldowney
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Sean Crudden

Francis McCormack was confirmed as Mentor of IMPERO for another year, at least

Sean read out his thread in the recent on-line consultation on the Global Development Hub powered by UNDP (United Nations Development Program).  The theme of the consultation was Digitalisation and Development.

The following are some of the phrases recorded during the subsequent discussion:  Simplification.  Adjust vision to the current state.  Organise mental patients.  40% mental ill-health.  Entire population.  Mental Health —-> Fear.  Society deals in euphemisms.  People feel threatened by it.  Used as a term of abuse.  Good friend.  Somebody there.  We are all delicate.  Change was brought about by the bomb and the bullet.  Cause alarm.  Elitist government.  Show respect for people of different views.  Environment, power, money.  Nobody visited her.  Medical profession has neglected mental health.  Suicide has a lot to do with mental health.  Life is lonelier.  Constant talk years ago.  Solution is not medicine; it’s society.  Isolation —-> Mental Illness.  Affection.  Get out and talk to strangers.  Affection for children.  Too much fear.

Seán read out a paragraph he published on the Hub a few months ago.  On the topic of technology and the equality of women.  Liam Kieran asserted, “The obsession with beauty has to go.”

Further meetings were fixed for 22 February 2020 and 20 June 2020.  Meetings start at 14:00 on the Saturday afternoons.  Hopefully we will be allowed to use the meeting room in OLOTW


Our Lady of The Wayside Church

Photo: Sean Crudden


Copper/bronze representation of The Burning Bush over the entrance to Jenkinstown Church

Photo: Sean Crudden


October Blooms

Picture: Sean Crudden

Today’s meeting was the first meeting since IMPERO celebrated on 1 April 2019 the 30th anniversary of its foundation on 1 April 1989.






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