Wife of late Irish and Munster rugby star to speak in Portlaoise

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

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Olive Foley with Jamie Heaslip's Ireland jersey from the summer tour game with Argentina and a Munster jumper, both of which will be among the many items worn by Mnster and Ireland players that will g

Olive Foley, the wife of the late Irish rugby international Anthony 'Axel Foley', is among the guest speakers at the upcoming Portlaoise Parish Novena.

Ms Foley credited her faith in God to her to cope with the sudden death in Paris of the former Irish and Munster star in 2016. She will speak on the second last night of the Novena on Saturday, March 30.

She donated €30,000 from the sales of a commemorative match day programme to the charity the Children’s Grief Centre. Olive is now an official ambassador of the centre run by Sr Helen Culhane.

The Novena, which takes place from March 23 to 31, features a number of lay and religious speakers.

Another lay speaker is Maria Steen. Ms Steen was among the high profile campaigners for no votes in the same-sex marriage and abortion referendums in Ireland.

Among the speakers from the clergy are Fr Richard Gibbons, Parish Priest of Knock, and Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.

Portlaoise Parish says the Novena is an important part of the Lenten journey.

The speakers are as follows:

Fr John Harris, Prior of Newbridge College - Saturday 23, Julie Kavanagh - Sunday 24, Bishop Denis Nulty Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin - Monday 25, David Walsh founder of Netwatch - Tuesday 26, Fr Patrick Cahill, the Holy Family Mission - Wednesday 27, Maria Steen Thursday 28, Fr Conor McDonagh praying for the sick - Friday 29, Olive Foley -Saturday 30, Fr Richard Gibbons Knock PP - Sunday 31.