Address by Bishop Colm O’Reilly at Cura’s Annual Conference 2002

22 Feb 2002

Address by Bishop Colm O’Reilly, President of Cura at Cura’s Annual Conference 2002

The President of Cura Most Rev Colm O’Reilly, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, will address the Cura Annual Conference this evening at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. “Competence in Pregnancy Counselling: Cura’s Responsibility” is the theme of the Conference this year, which runs from the 22nd – 24th February.

Ms. Mary Coughlan, T.D., Minister of State, Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, will officially open the Conference. Other speakers at the Conference include Mr. Peter Dorai – Raj, Clinical Psychologist, and Dr. Philip Boyce, Bishop of Raphoe.

Cura was established by the Irish Bishop’s Conference in 1977 and from it’s modest beginnings 25 years ago, has met with many challenges and has responded to the changing needs of our society. Nonetheless, Cura remains true to the purposes for which it was established – “to ensure that every woman who is unhappily pregnant has immediate and easy access to the help which she needs”.

This year Cura celebrates the 25th anniversary of its foundation as a pregnancy counselling organisation. Since its inception in 1977, Cura has grown and developed and today more than 400 volunteer counsellors in 17 regional centres provide the Cura service nationwide.

The Cura Helpline, 1850 622 626 is open from 9.30am to 9.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 5.00pm on Saturdays.


Further information:
Mairead Curran
087 243 9340

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Bishop Colm O’Reilly’s address which is strictly embargoed until 9:00pm on Friday 22nd February 2002.

Minister Mary Coughlan’s Opening Address will be available on the News Page of the Catholic Communications Office Website ( at 9:00pm tonight.