Faith Fest 2013
St Kieran’s College was awash with colour and activities on the weekend of the 10th-12th May as the Ossory Adult Faith Development group, hosted its Faith Fest 2013: Celebrating Faith in Ossory in the grounds of the College. The group undertook the staging of this weekend in response to an invitation by Pope Benedict XVI who asked that Catholics throughout the world would mark this year, (October 2012 – November 2013) as a “Year of Faith”.
The weekend began with a concert by Liam Lawton and special guests the Unity Singers on the Friday night in St Mary’s Cathedral. The Cathedral provided a wonderful setting for this evening and over five hundred people were there to enjoy the concert. Then from early Saturday morning through to Sunday evening the grounds of St Kieran’s College was buzzing with activities.
Many of the Parishes, Religious Congregations and Organisations in Ossory were represented at over seventy display stands located along the glasshall. And while the packed glasshall hummed with people many others took part in some of the nearly forty workshops, talks and lectures that were offered. Speakers such as John Waters, Julie Kavanagh, Dermot McCarthy, Suzanne Mulligan, Mgr Jim Cassin and a host of others offered insights, guidance and entertaining talks to mainly packed lecture rooms all weekend.
The entire weekend was built around families and the on-site catering, activities and games for families, bouncy castles, slides, face painting, clowns for the children all ensured that all who came had an enjoyable day out. The Senior pitch was also full for the weekend as young people were given the opportunity to hurl for the pride of their parishes thanks to a hurling and a camogie blitz for the u8s. Great excitement was ensured by the arrival of many of the county senior players to ref the matches and present the medals. The children were delighted to have the opportunity to show their skills in front of greats such as Tommy Walsh, Jackie Tyrrell, Michael Rice, Lester Ryan, Conor Forgarty, Richie Hogan, and on Sunday Angela Downey was on hand to watch the camogie unfold and to present medals to all who took part.
In all nearly 5000 people came through the grounds of the College during the weekend for a festival that was, by any standards, a massive success and a wonderful opportunity for people to celebrate together the rich tradition and future of the diocese.