What the GFS Means to me

I come home from boarding school every Friday evening, worn out by a head-wrecking week of algebra, french vocab and irregular irish verbs.

Obviously, I’m not gonna dive straight into that riveting comparative english essay, due next Monday. What takes my fancy instead?

Here’s a clue- it’s not the re-runs of Friends and it’s not the ‘net (as appealing as they are to a typical teen).

That’s right, folks-you’ve guessed it- The Girls’ Friendly Society!

At my local GFS branch in Tullow I get to hang out with friends from home- aged 5, 15 or 45! Personally, I have found that it just allows me to de-stress; a miracle for the parents!

Groggy school blues disappear by the first ‘Grand old Duke of York’.

As well as keeping my local connections alive, GFS gives me the opportunity to make links with other girls across the country, in different dioceses.

Camps and outings present the chances to make life-long friends and, also, to come closer to the ones I already have. It’s Girls’ FRIENDLY Society, and that’s how I’ve always known it to be – friendly.

GFS can be whatever you make of it. For me, it’s fun! I also have found myself learning valuable life lessons there – like how to make a good chicken stir fry for Flat Land! As there are no boys to’distract us’ we girls can focus on better things.

Basically, it’s really a social thing- and I know that when I’m sixty four, I’ll still have my GFS friends. Yay for Girls’ Friendly Society!

Rachael – Age 15 – Cashel & Ossory Diocese

I am now a Junior Leaders in Julianstown Branch and I have been in GFS for 11 years. Over my many years, I have learnt plenty of cooking, sewing, craft making and new games but what strikes me most is the sense of comradery that exists among the girls. GFS has always been a happy, friendly, fun place for me to be and I am sure it has helped me in life. Being a Junior Leaders is just as enjoyable and keeping GFS branches alive is very important. GFS has really meant a lot to me.

Jane – Age 16 – Meath & Kildare Diocese

I look on GFS as a family. Like all family units its strength comes from its nucleus. The nucleus of the GFS is in the branch at parish level. As such it acts as a cohesive and ecumenical unit within the Diocese. When we witness splintered Church allegiance the GFS acts as a positive and cohesive force. Increasingly GFS will be an ecumenical instrument particularly in rural areas

Ann – GFS Leader

GFS means that I can meet with my friends at night, play games and do

handcraft and bible study. It is lots of fun. I love Tuesday nights because

I can go to GFS.

Katie – Age 7 – Armagh Diocese

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