Former Man Utd Player To Speak At ‘Ceiliúradh na nÓg’ In Tralee

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Fr Philip Mulryne.

OVER 450 post-primary students from across the Diocese of Kerry are gathering together for a celebration day in the Brandon Hotel on Wednesday next, where the guest speaker is a former professional footballer turned who became a priest.

All post-primary schools in the Diocese of Kerry were invited to participate in ‘Ceiliúradh na nÓg.’  The purpose of this initiative is to develop the faith life of Transition and Fifth year students.  This was achieved through school or parish based initiatives.

Ceiliúradh na nÓg forms part of a comprehensive approach to Youth Ministry initiated by the Diocese of Kerry.

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Philip Mulryne in his playing days.

Mr. Philip Mulryne will be this year’s guest speaker.   Fr Philip Mulryne OP was ordained a Dominican Priest on 8th of July 2017.  Previous to his entering the Dominican Order he had spent thirteen years as a professional footballer in England.

He left home, which is Belfast, in 1994 and spent six years playing for Manchester United Football Club.  After six years at Norwich City football club he decided to take a year out of football and returned home to Belfast.

It was in that year that he rediscovered his faith and the vocation to religious life and Priesthood.  At present he is a Chaplain to Newbridge College, Co. Kildare.

Ceiliúradh na nÓg is coordinated by the Diocesan Advisor in collaboration with the principals, teachers, chaplains and students of the diocesan Post-Primary schools.

For the academic year 2018-2019, the programme was carried out through a number of stages.  The students actively participated in a faith based programme of exploration, action and reflection.

Students will present a three minute presentation on their project, they will also be interviewed by Deirdre Walsh of Radio Kerry.  Later they will be presented with a certificate of participation by Bishop Ray Browne.

The day will also include a variety of faith based workshops including presentations from the Diocesan Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Group, Trócaire and Siamsa Tíre.

The day will be fun filled with music, dance and fun games facilitated by Tommy Maloney and the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service.  There will also be sessions on Christian Meditation, Christian Mindfulness and Scripture.

This event is organised by Tomás Kenny, Post-Primary Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education and begins at 9:15am, finishing at 2:45pm.

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