Pioneer Association Spared Closure and Launches its 114th Christmas Appeal By Urging People to Avoid Problem Drinking this Festive Season

christmas2011Thanks to the generosity of the people of Ireland to the Pioneers’ 2011 fundraising appeal, the country’s local Pioneer centres remain open and issued their annual Christmas today (21 November 2011) by inviting drinkers to enjoy the forthcoming seasonal festivities by drinking sensibly and moderately this Christmas.

Ordination of Fr. Kevin Heery

frkevinheeryThe Pioneer Association would like to extend its congratulations to Fr. Kevin Heery from Mullingar and the Diocese of Meath on his recent ordination to the priesthood.

Pioneers' National Appeal Hits Over €100k


Public Thanked for Supporting Association

The Pioneer Association looks set to avoid national closure thanks to the generosity of its own members and members of the general public who have donated almost €108,000 to the Association's first ever national Appeal.

Speaking on behalf of the Association, Pioneer CEO Padraig Brady said:

Christmas Cards & 2012 Calendars

Order your Christmas Cards and 2012 Sacred Heart Calendar today!

Contact Central Office - 01 874 9464.


Gradam Awards for 2010

2011gradam1Forty-nine pioneer centres from the four corners of Ireland received their Gradam na Readoiri 2010 award in St. Francis Xavier Church, in Gardiner Street on Saturday 14th May 2011.

Mass was celebrated by Fr. Bernard McGuckian, SJ, Central Spiritual Director of the Pioneer Association and concelebrated by Fr. Seamus Houlihan, Meath Diocesan PTAA Spiritual Director.

PTAA on TV3's The Morning Show

satelliteThe Pioneer Association featured on The Morning Show on TV3 on Friday 6th May 2011. Louise Gallagher, Dermot Fagan and CEO Padraig Brady took part in a discussion on the Pioneer Association. Go to the Morning Show on TV3's website to view -

PTAA 2011 Fundraising Appeal

pioneerappealPlease note that the Board of Management extended the Pioneer Appeal deadline to the 31st December 2011.

Read more about our fundraising appeal to members and friends of the Pioneer Association. Please support our efforts!

Pioneer Fundraising Appeal

Pioneer Association Member's Raffle 2011

2011pioneerraffletakes place on Thursday, 30th June 2011

This year we are offering cash prizes to the winners of the Association's Members' Raffle   


Pioneer Lenten Challenge 2011

2011lentenchallenge1Have you True Grit to take on the Pioneer Challenge 2011!

Now is a good time to get ready to Reduce or Abstain from alcohol for Lent.  In the next few days you can decide how you can do this and be ready for Ash Wednesday 9th March.

Think Before You Drink- Pioneers’ 2011 Lenten Call

Today, Ash Wednesday (9 March 2011)  The Pioneer Association are inviting members of the general public to reflect on their drinking habits during this Lent.

Commenting at the launch of the Pioneers' Lenten message, Pioneer Association CEO, Padraig Brady said: