National Parish Youth Conference

08 Feb 2012

National Parish Youth Conference: ‘Our Faith, Let’s Celebrate!’

The Tullamore Junior Parish Pastoral Council is currently planning their third annual National Youth Conference, which will take place on Saturday 25 February 2012 in St Mary’s Youth Centre in Tullamore. This event will see various young people from all over Ireland converging on Tullamore to enjoy an exciting and inspirational day.

The aim of this conference is to give an opportunity to young people to discuss and share their experiences of faith in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The day will be packed with topical discussions, interesting talks and open forums. The chairperson of the JPPC remarked that: “We are delighted to have Bishop Kieran O Reilly and Ger Brennan as guest speakers, also Andrew O Connell, Jonny Somerville from Youth Alpha Ireland, and Michelle Molloy. The event will be facilitated by Mr Will Faulkner from Midlands 103. There will also be a variety of bands to entertain throughout the day, including Ruaille Buaille, Shalom and Coláiste Choilm.

The theme of this year’s conference will be ‘Our Faith, Let’s Celebrate!’. The Council is working endlessly to ensure that this year’s event will be as productive and as exciting as last year’s event. Father Patrick Donnelly commented that: “Our hope as a Council is that every parish across Ireland will be represented by young people between the ages of 12 – 18 years of age. The Conference provides an excellent opportunity for young Catholics to express their views, share ideas and receive support from each other. We also hope that it will contribute to the renewal of the Irish Church at the grass root level.”

Annie Kehoe, Vice-Chairperson of the JPPC stated that “the aim of this conference is to provide young people with the opportunity to express views, values, beliefs and opinions in a welcoming and supportive atmosphere. Especially in current times, our church has never been in such great need for new ideas and fresh perspectives. We believe that this conference is undoubtedly a stepping stone in the right direction. We look forward to a successful day and hope that everyone leaves with new ideas and opinions.”

Parish youth gathering Poster

Further information:

National Parish Youth Conference

‘Our Faith, Let’s celebrate”.

25 February 2012

St Mary’s Youth and Community Centre Tullamore


Mr Will Faulkner


Mr Andrew O Connell

“What’s there to celebrate”

Mr. Jonny Somerville

Growing in  faith

Interviews by

Bishop Kieran O Reilly

Mr Ger Brennan

Michelle Molloy


5 euro


Pizza  will be provided on the day at a cost of 3 euro.

Guests may also have lunch in the town itself as the centre is close to cafes and restaurants.


The Parish car park is adjacent to the Parochial House, with a pedestrian exit onto Store St.
The car park is free of charge. Directions to the car park and venue will be available on the Parish Website in the coming weeks

The Speakers

Will Faulkner

 Will Faulkner is the presenter of Midlands Today. Will is the youngest person to front a flagship programme on Irish radio and also serves as the Director of Programming at Midlands 103. He holds a first class honours degree in Journalism and Media Communications and has worked for various broadcasters including CKR FM, Independent Network News, 98FM and KCLR 96FM.

Bishop Kieran O Reilly

Bishop O’Reilly was born in Cork, he entered the Society of African Missions in Wilton, Cork in 1970. Ordained for the Society on the 17th June 1978 he served in Liberia for two years before studying for a licentiate in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. From 1984 to 1989 Fr Kieran  was lecturing in Scripture at the major seminary in Ibadan, Nigeria. Since 1990 he has served on the Irish and International Councils of the Society of African Missions. At the time of his appointment Fr. Kieran was serving his second term as Superior General of the Society. As a member of the Union of Superiors General attended and contributed to two Synods of Bishops in Rome Bishop Kieran O Reilly was appointed Bishop of Killaloe by Pope Benedict XVI on 18 May 2010. He is currently the youngest-serving Bishop in Ireland. He was ordained Bishop on 29 August 2010.

Jonny Somerville

Jonny Somerville is from Dublin and is married to Susan and they have recently had a baby called Luke. Jonny has been working for Scripture Union and Alpha Ireland for the last number of years and has worked tirelessly in Youth Ministry. Since September he has been running a number of Youth Alpha Courses in post primary Schools in Dublin Sligo and here in Tullamore. 120 young people in the 3 local post primary schools completed the 10 week course before Christmas which was led by Jonny and the Parish team.

Andrew O Connell

In 2006 Andrew O’Connell became the first layperson employed by a religious congregation in Ireland to promote vocations. He is Communications Director for the Presentation Brothers and a member of the National Executive of Vocations Ireland which resources religious vocations directors. He is also a columnist with “The Irish Catholic” newspaper. He holds a PhD in Chemistry.

Ger Brennan

Ger Brennan  plays football for Dublin and St Vincents. He won the 2007 O’Byrne Cup for Dublin against Laois at O’Connor Park in Offaly . Ger won his first Dublin Senior Football Championship medal with St Vincents in 2007 in the final against St Brigids at Parnell Park. He then went on to win the Leinster Senior Club Football Championship final against Tyrrellspass of Westmeath. Ger was awarded the honour of being chosen as the Leinster club player of the year for his performances in the Leinster club championship with St Vincents. Ger Played as part of a victorious Dublin squad to win the All Ireland Senior Football Championship in a rousing match against Kerry.

Ger has spoken at many Youth Events recently on the importance of faith in his life. He is aslo involved in preparations for the 50 International Eucharistic Congress which will take place in June.

Michelle Molloy

Michelle Molloy is a Native of Tullamore and has been involved in parish life from an early age. She is a founder member of the first ever Junior parish Pastoral Council, which was founded in September 2006. Recently as part of a school project Michelle work with “Gemini Ireland” – Self Help Africa where she joined young people from various parts of Ireland and spent some time in Zambia visiting projects which were funded by the different schools represented. Michelle is currently studying for her Leaving Certificate in Tullamore College.

Contact details

Website       click on JPPC

Email:                 [email protected]
Telephone              057 9321587         (ask for Genny)


Postal Address:

Tullamore Junior Parish Pastoral Council,
Tullamore Parish Centre,
Benburb Street,
Co Offaly. 

National Youth Conference

25 February 2012

St Mary’s Youth and Community Centre Tullamore


9.00am       Registration

9.30am        Opening Address        Mrs Margaret Kelly, Chariperson of Tullamore PPC

Ciara Molloy , Chariperson of Tullamore Junior PPC

9.45am        Opening Liturgy          Music by Shalom

10.00am     Format of the day      Mr Will Faulkner

10.15am      Opening Talk                Andrew O’Connell

10.35am      Group Discussion and feed back

11.00am      Refreshments              Music by Colaiste Choilm

11.15am       Youth Alpha                Mr Jonny Somerville and Team

12.25pm      Music

12.30pm      Spot Light                     Interview with Michelle Molloy

12.50pm      Lunch                             Music by Ruaille Buaille

1.50pm         Will Faulkner

2.00pm        Spot light                      Interview with Bishop Kieran O Reilly

2.20pm        Music by Colaiste Choilm

2.30pm        Spot light                      Interview with Ger Brennan

3.00pm        Small Group Discussion followed by feed back

3.45pm        Music by Rualiie Buaille

4.00pm       Summary of the Day

Panel Discussion Will Faulkner Bishop Kieran O Reilly, Andrew O Connell, Michelle Molloy Jonny Somerville, Ger Brennan Ciarra Molloy

4.30pm       Closing Liturgy

5.00pm       Depart