Taking note of youth achievements

Around 300 students attended the Brandon for Céiliúradh na nÓg

Brian Devane, Jeaic Maher and George Loughlin from Tralee . All photos by Domnick Walsh
Brian Devane, Jeaic Maher and George Loughlin from Tralee . All photos by Domnick Walsh
Joan Buckley, Diocese of Kerry, Guest Speaker Brother Richard Hendrick and Frances Rowland, Diocese of Kerry
Conor Lawlor from Rathmore and Jack Power from Causeway
Eoin O'Hagan and Liam Butler, Killorglin
Rebecca Portney and Jasmin Ghorge from Tralee
Sophie Cregor, Praise Titus and Lucy Clifford from Intermediate School Killorglin

Tadhg Evans

It was a day of music, workshops, reflection and prayer amongst the county's youth last week (March 29), as some 300 post-primary students from around the Diocese of Kerry visited the Brandon Hotel for the Ceiliúradh na nÓg day of celebration.

Under the theme 'Let your Light Shine, Capuchin Franciscan Order priest-friar Brother Richard Hendrick was the guest speaker, having worked extensively at both secondary and third level as a retreat-giver and chaplain.

All of the Diocese's post-primaries received invites to the day's events, which aimed to develop the 'faith life' of students through school or parish-based initiatives like outreach programmes, liturgy groups, or school choirs.

Students gave three-minute presentation of their projects, and received certificates of achievement from Bishop Ray Browne.

The day also included a number of faith-based workshops, which were presented by NUA Film Series Ireland, Mir Retreat Centre in Cork, and Trócaire. There will also Drama and movement workshops co-ordinated by Siamsa Tire.

'Young people should be given the opportunity to let their light shine, in their schools, parish communities and in their wider community," Post-Primary Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education and event organiser Tomás Kenny said.

"People always ask 'what can the Church do for young people?', but we rarely take note of what young people are already doing for the Church and within communities.

"This event provides an opportunity to express this talent and joy within a faith context. It also provides an opportunity for the students to put their faith into action in a practical and worthwhile way," he said.