Widows organisation proves big support
THE Drogheda Widows Association not only provides practical advice and support for those who have lost sposes, it is also an invaluable social outlet for its 20 plus members.
The group meets once a month in the Barbican and also holds a number of social outings throughout the year, travelling all over Ireland.
‘IT is a great support network to have,’ said Chairperson Anne Campbell. ‘You can come along and get information on practical things, like social welfare and entitlements which you’re not told about, you have to go and find out about, but it’s also a great social outlet.’
Anne said most of those involved in the group would join after taking some time to grieve for their lost loved one.
‘It usually takes about a year, not always, some come along earlier some might be years down the line, everyone is at different stages but we can all empathise with each other. It definitely helps you to move on, it’s such a massive life change, your whole life changes overnight,’ said Anne, who lost her husband Michael very suddenly some years ago.
There is a nominal fee of €10 annually to join the group, who meet the last Thursday of every month at 3.30pm except in June and July.
The members, who number between 20 and 30, go on three outings each year in February, April and October.
Indeed, the group are all looking forward to their upcoming trip on October 15th when they will travel to Kilkenny for the Executive AGM to meet up with all the Widows Association members from all over Ireland. This will be a four day trip leaving on Sunday and coming home again on Thursday.
Anne said the group are always open to new members and would love to see some new faces at their meetings.
‘I didn’t know anyone when I joined. I used to see the notice about the meeting in the paper but I never did anything about it. Then when I stopped working I decided to take courage in my hands and come along. I got a great welcome and I’ve been coming ever since, that was seven years ago,’ she explained.
Bernie Cooney, Betty Clarke and Ann Campbell of the Drogheda Widows Association.
Una O’Connell and Patsy Hoey of the Drogheda Widows Association.