News in Brief

News in Brief
Meath composer writes hymn for papal visit

A musician from the Diocese of Meath has been selected to write the lead hymn for the World Meeting of Families.

Entitled ‘A Joy for all the World’, the hymn was composed by Ephrem Feeley, one of Ireland’s most established composers of liturgical music, with over 200 pieces of music suitable for use in Catholic worship. His wife Giovanna Feeley is also an occasional composer of liturgical music.

“We aim to write music that is Scripture-inspired, music that has dignity and beauty, accessible to choirs and assemblies, and worthy of use in liturgy,” the couple explained.

Ephrem and Giovanna Feeley conduct the choir in their local parish in Ashbourne while Ephrem is a music teacher at Mercy Secondary School in Navan.


Clogher launches new youth festival

The Clogher Diocesan Youth Ministry team ‘Clogher don Óige’ has launched a brand new summer event to take place in Lough Derg in August.

FaithFest LoughDerg is a three full-day (two overnight) festival for 14-17 year olds featuring live music, workshops and inspiring speakers.

Youth Ministry Coordinator, Helena Connolly said: “We are so blessed to have Lough Derg in our diocese so we decided to bring young people to the island to experience all it has to offer.”

The festival takes place from August 15-17. See website


Trócaire wins silver at Bloom

Trócaire has won a silver medal for its show garden at this year’s Bloom festival in Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Trócaire’s garden, which featured a live art installation, highlighted its work with communities fighting for their land rights in Central America. It will now be installed near the Trócaire office in Maynooth, Co. Kildare.