2014 is the Year of the Holy Name of Jesus in Ireland for the Franciscans and the Poor Clare Federation and the wider Franciscan family. The aim of the Year is simple – to foster a renewed reverence and devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, and in so doing to deepen personal love for the Lord Jesus and faithfulness to His Gospel among all people.
The Year commemorates the centenary of the renewal in Ireland of devotion to the Holy Name initiated by Fr Francis Donnelly, OFM. At the end of 1913, he gave a retreat to the Poor Clare Nuns in Galway. The retreat focused on the power of the Holy Name of Jesus and on the devotion and zeal of St. Bernardine of Siena. At the end of the retreat a monogram of the Holy Name, painted by one of the sisters, was hung in the chapel. Around 1918 he got a supply of IHS plaques from Italy and began to promote their use in Ireland. Even today these can be seen over the doors of old houses in those towns associated with Franciscan friaries, especially in the West of Ireland.
As part of the centenary celebrations the local Secular Franciscan Fraternity presented to the parish of Clonoe in Tyrone an IHS plaque.