Pioneer Association in Trinidad


I was on holidays in Trinidad recently and had the opportunity to promote the Pioneer Association on Trinity TV. Trinity TV is the caribbean equivalent of EWTN Television. The interview lasts for approximately 30 minutes and highlights the purpose and motivation for being a pioneer. Enjoy!

2014 Rose of Tralee

Maria Walsh

Congratulations to 27-year-old Maria Walsh, the 2014 winner of the Rose of Tralee competition. Maria, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in the village of Shrule, County Mayo.  She studied Journalism and Visual Media at Griffith College in Dublin, graduating in 2009.  As a committed Pioneer, she spoke eloquently of her membership of the Association at the annual Festival, held in Tralee, County Kerry, which reaches an audience of over a million viewers.  Prior to her moving to Philadelphia in 2011, where she works as a Studio Manager for a clothing brand, Maria was involved in promoting the Association in Ireland and organising various youth activities with the National Youth Committee of the Pioneer Association for several years.  We wish her well in her role as the 56th Rose of Tralee.  

Maureen Manning - RIP

maureenmanning2Maureen Manning, a member of the staff at the Pioneer Office from 1958 – 2002, died peacefully in the hospice, Harold’s Cross on Wednesday 25th June 2014.

Once described by the late Fr. Daniel Dargan as the sweetheart of the Pioneer Association she was universally loved.

Her funeral arrangements are as follows:

Reposing at home tomorrow, Thursday, form 4pm to 7pm. Removal on Friday to the Guardian Angels Church, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock arriving at 9.50am for 10am Funeral Mass followed by burial in Deans Grange Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.

May she rest in peace.

Prayers for Fr. Joseph Terra

Fr. Joseph TerraOne priest was killed and a second remains in critical condition after a deadly attack on a downtown Phoenix Catholic church June 11.

Fr. Kenneth Walker, F.S.S.P., a 29-year-old priest,  was murdered during a reported burglary at Mater Misericordiae Mission and  Fr. Joseph Terra, F.S.S.P. sustained serious injuries in the attack.

Fr. Joseph Terra, F.S.S.P. is a member of the Pioneer Association and we wish him a speedy and full recovery. Please keep him and Fr. Walker in your prayers!

For more details on what happened -

Pioneers - Interceding for the Addicted

I appeared on the iWitness programme on RTE 1 on Sunday 8th June 2014 explaining my reason for becoming a pioneer. 

For those of you who may not have seen it, I enclose the following link if you wish to view it….


Pioneer Golf Classic 2014

Are you interested in organising a four-ball team to participate in the Pioneer Golf Classic on Friday 4th July 2014?


Golf Classic Booking Form

Please return to:
Raymond O'Connor, Pioneer Association, 27 Upper Sherrard Street, Dublin 1
or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: 01 874 9464

2014 Lenten Challenge

Could You Do the Pioneers' Lenten Challenge?


(And if not why not?)

The Pioneer Association is making its annual appeal to Irish people, asking them to take a short-term pledge for the Lenten season which begins on Ash Wednesday 5 March, 2014.

National Ball 2014