Faith to its fullest at largest Catholic youth event

Faith to its fullest at largest Catholic youth event


Over the weekend Youth 2000 hosted its annual Summer Festival in Clongowes Wood College.

The four-day festival was a celebration of faith, friendship and fun and was attended by 1000 young people from every county and diocese in Ireland and beyond!

The four days included celebrations of Mass, Confession, a Praise and Worship Concert led by Elation Ministries, processions, workshops delivered by many renowned and international speakers, games, music and much more.


The keynote speaker for the Youth 2000 Summer Festival was Fr Shane Sullivan from Castlebar, who led all these young in prayer and teaching and towards a personal encounter with Jesus.

The festival was also joined by Kildare and Leighlin’s Bishop Denis Nulty, Raphoe’s Bishop Alan McGuckian and Waterford and Lismore’s Bishop Phonsie Cullinan who celebrated Mass at the festival and led workshops.

“This was the largest Catholic youth event in Ireland this year! Youth 2000 would like to say thank you to its family of amazing volunteers, from all around Ireland, who made this happen and a special thank you to its benefactors who continue to bring young people to the heart of the Church through the work of Youth 2000 by their kindness and generosity,” a national co-ordinator for the festival said.

“Youth 2000 would like to invite all the young people of Ireland to come along and experience their faith in its fullness, and make lots of new friends at the same time, so come along to our autumn retreats in your home province or our next national event at the Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat in Newbridge College, Kildare.”