Friars pictured with Keith Duffy, Patron of Irish Autism Action, at a special coffee morning for World Autism Awareness Day in the Mansion House, Dublin on Monday 2 April. The Franciscans have made available a large part of Multyfarnham Abbey in Co Westmeath to Irish Autism Action. A centre of excellence will open at the abbey in June that will employ 30 staff. Keith said: “We are tremendously grateful to the Franciscan friars for giving us this space, particularly after they spent so much in upgrading its facilities.” Minister Provincial, Hugh McKenna, addressed the large gathering of families and friends of Irish Autism Action and concluded with an adapted version of the Peace Prayer of St Francis specially composed for families and those affected by autism.