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Funeral of nun killed in Dublin road traffic accident

By Sarah Mac Donald - 10 August, 2013

N81 Tallaght Bypass at the Old Bawn Road junction. Image courtesy: thejournal.ie

N81 Tallaght Bypass at the Old Bawn Road junction. Image courtesy: thejournal.ie

The funeral and burial of the nun killed in a road accident in Dublin last Wednesday will take place on Monday.

Sr Helen Power, a Sister of St Louis, was killed at the junction of the N81 Tallaght Bypass and the Old Bawn Road on Wednesday afternoon.

She was struck by a van at 2.45pm.

The 70-year-old nun was taken to Tallaght Hospital, but she was subsequently moved to Beaumont Hospital where she passed away.

So far this year there have been 117 fatalities on Irish roads. 

Ahead of this August bank holiday weekend, Bishop Liam MacDaid of Clogher appealed to all road users to take special care.
In his statement, Bishop MacDaid said “As individuals we have an obligation to exercise a duty of care to other road users by improving our driver behaviour and, at a public policy level, this improved behaviour needs to be matched by effective strategic planning and greater resourcing.”
“Care for one another in our community is a basic human value which travels across different faiths and cultures.  This duty of care also applies to our road use and it is fundamental to the common good of all in society.”
Sr Helen SSL was a member of the Tallaght and Rathmines communities of her Order and she was also a long-time member of the Anamcharadas movement.

There are about 200 Sisters of St Louis in the Irish region, which includes sisters living in France and Nigeria and also encompasses Northern Ireland.

Most sisters in the Irish region have reached official retirement age. However, apart from sisters who are ill or very frail, most sisters continue in part time or full time ministry. 

Many are involved in pastoral and prayer ministries, retreat work, chaplaincy and spirituality.  Many others are active in a broad range of community and educational commitments.

At least 100 sisters who are currently members of the Irish Region have lived and been in ministry in Belgium, Brazil, California, England, France, Ghana, Liberia, or Nigeria.

The St Louis Order in Ireland has traditionally been involved in education in schools such as the St Louis Secondary School in Monaghan, which was founded by the Sisters in 1859. 

The school is now a Le Chéile school, while continuing to belong to the St Louis international family of schools.
By Sarah Mac Donald 

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