Audio interviews with One Family founders

As part of our 40th celebrations, we interviewed some of the original founder members of One Family – listen to their moving memories and insights into parenting alone 40 years ago, and how things have and haven’t changed….Evelyn Forde, Annette Hunter-EvansMargaret Murphy, Gráinne Farren  and one of the first staff members, Nuala Feric .

President Michael D. Higgins congratulates One Family

We are so appreciative and thankful for all the good wishes which we’ve been getting for our 40th – many thanks. We thought we’d share the message of support sent to us by President Michael D. Higgins which was read out on the night of our celebrations:

I would like to send my best wishes to Cherish as you celebrate your 40th anniversary. For many years single mothers in our society were an excluded group, a people without a voice. I thank you for all you have done in promoting an inclusive citizenship by ensuring that lone parents and their children are treated with respect and are valued as a family within our society. Your contribution to changing the landscape for lone parents in this county has been a significant one. I congratulate you for your dedication and commitment and I wish you every success in the future.
Michael D. Higgins
Uachtarán na hÉireann
President of Ireland
You can also read the message from our founder Maura Richards O’Dea here

To celebrate our 40th, we’ve been collected experiences from some of our clients over the years. These stories form a precious and informative archive – thanks so much to Christine, Kiva and Melissa for adding to those stories.

Irish Independent features One Family founder’s story

The Irish Independent did a great interview with Maura Richards O’Dea, one of the orignal founders of One Family,

More clients’ stories for our 40th


Thanks to Katherine and Joanna for sharing their One Family experiences with us. We will be posting more stories from clients over the next week, to mark our 40th anniversary year.