The Diocese of Kerry will celebrate The Gathering 2013 with an open air mass in the historic Ardfert Cathedral this Thursday evening, May 16 - the Feast of St Brendan.
The prelude and mass will be broadcast live on the internet throughout the world on The Gathering TV Channel. http://www.thegatheringireland.com/The-Gathering-Channel
Former Bishop of Kerry, Bill Murphy, will be the principal concelebrant, while the Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe, Rt Rev Trevor Williams will read the First Lesson. Fr Pat Ahern, founding artistic director of Siamsa Tíre, will direct singers and musicians from Siamsóirí na Ríochta in their first performance of his composition of 'Aifreann Na nDaoine' during the ceremony.
The television broadcast is an initiative of the Kerry Gathering Steering Committee and the Ardfert Development Association in conjunction with the FÁS TV and Media Centre, Tralee and Kerry Broadband.
Transmission from Ardfert will begin at 7.50pm with a short video on Ardfert and its association with St Brendan. Children from the local schools dressed as monks will participate in the ceremony as will members of the Ardfert Community and Professor Joseph Nagy, Los Angeles, one the world's leading Early Christian scholars.