Next week will see the return of Spiritfest to Killeagh, which will take place at Killeagh Church from Friday, 22 September through Sunday, 24 September.
The first Spiritfest was originally held in 2015, but returns to Killeagh in less than two weeks as organised by the Killeagh Inch Parish Pastoral Council. . There will be no cost for any event, though donations towards the renovation of the church would be greatly appreciated. The Spiritfest aims to offer an opportunity for people to celebrate and explore their faith through a weekend of talks, activities and mass
“We first held one two years ago and it was quite successful so were are doing it again now,” said Mr McDonald. “There are some in the community who wished to do something in the community, an event that will help them see where they are with their faith and where they want to go, to have someplace discuss things and reflect on things. We are hoping for a good turnout. There will be something for everyone.”
The Spiritfest begins at 7.30pm on Friday with a talk and discussion by Gerry O’Hanlon SJ on the Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis and the Irish Catholic Church, which will also examine what the layman can do to make real the vision of Pope Francis.
“There will be a variety of things for this year’s Spiritfest,” said Denis McDonald, a member of the Killeagh Inch Parish Pastoral Council and an organiser of the event. “We have a gentleman speaking on Friday about Pope Francis sees the church and how it will affect the parish and how the average man on the street can make a contribution. There will also be a question and answer session afterwards with him.”
“From 10pm on Friday through to 4pm Saturday there will be a time of reflection in the church,” said Mr McDonald, “where people can come in and pray. At different times there will be different themes, such as for gratitude and so on. People can pray or just sit in silence and reflect.”
A spiritual walk in Glenbower Woods will take place at 9am on Saturday morning, which should take approximately an hour and a half. During Saturday afternoon there will be a session in a tent beside the church for primary school children, which will involve creating artwork and reflection on faith.
“At the masses at the weekend [on both Saturday and Sunday], we will have Frances, a lady from the Dioceses in Kerry where there is a shortage of priests, tell us what action they are taking there. Cloyne is going the same direction regarding priests so we will be dealing with that in a couple of years. So we will be looking forward to seeing what we can do about it.”
The only ticketed event for the Spiritfest will be a concert by Liam Lawton which will take place on Sunday at 8pm. Tickets cost €25 and are available from O’Neill’s Londis in Killeagh, with the proceeds going towards the renovation of Killeagh Church.

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