Sixteen-years-old Joanne O'Riordan was the first speaker last night in this year's series of four Lenten talks to celebrate the Year of Faith in Charleville at the St. Vincent de Paul meeting room at Bank Lane, Charleville.
Ms O'Riordan, who is a spokeswoman for people with disabilities, gave the keynote address at the U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union in New York last April, and to her fell the honour of opening this year's series of talks in Charleville.
Ms Mary Kearns, a lecturer and journalist with the Catholic Voice newspaper will be the featured speaker at the second talk on next Wednesday night, while John Waters, journalist with the Irish Times and Irish Catholic newspapers, and TV panellist will speak on Wednesday the 6th March.
The fourth and final talk will be delivered by David Quinn, who is a director of the Iona Institute in Dublin, a journalist and a commentator on social and religious affairs, and a TV panellist. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.