View details of when the congress bell will arrive in your local parish church.

The bell will arrive in the local parish Church at the indicated times.  These times may be subject to local variations so keep an eye out for more information on your local bulletin.


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29th September – Thursday

Arriving by boat along the Barrow to Carlow at 7pm with procession to the Cathedral.

1st October – Saturday

Askea – 9.30am

Graiguenamanagh – 11am

St Mullins – 2pm

Leighlinbridge – 4pm

Bagenalstown – 6pm

Departs for Tullow at 8pm

2nd October – Sunday

Tullow – 11am (TV Broadcast Mass) Note Time Change

Rathvilly – 2pm

Kiltegan – St. Patrick’s College – 3.45pm

Baltinglass – 5.30pm

Graiguecullen – 8.15pm

3rd October – Monday

Arles – 2pm

Stradbally – 3.30pm

Abbeyleix – 6pm

Portlaoise – 7.30pm

4th October – Tuesday

Mountrath – 11.30am Note Time Change

Mountmellick – 2pm

Killeigh – 4pm

Daingean – 6pm

Portarlington – 8pm

5th October – Wednesday

Ballinakill – 12noon

Kildare – 7.30pm

6th October – Thursday

Carbury – 2pm (updated)

Newbridge – 7.30pm

7th October – Friday

Caragh – 2pm

Two Mile House – 7.30pm

8th October – Saturday

Naas (St. Davids) – 6.30pm

Procession to Church of Irish Martyrs (arrival 8pm)

9th October – Sunday

Kilcock – 9am

Depart 10.30am – Followed by the passing of the Bell to the Meath Diocese Note time change


The Eucharistic Congress Bell will be in the diocese from September 29th until October 8th. It will arrive by boat on the river Barrow to Carlow, from where it will be brought to the Cathedral before journeying across the diocese.

The visit of the bell is a call to the congress itself next Summer and an invitation to all of us to prepare for this important event in our history. The bell was chosen for Ireland as a call to congress because of its historical significance. In the very early days of Christianity in Ireland the bell was seen as one of the principal symbols of this new Christian religion. It was a new sound ringing out from our monasteries,churches and chapels, calling people to prayer and announcing the presence of faith. It was the custom of St. Patrick to give a hand-bell to one of his followers whenever he was left in charge of a local Church.

Come along to a location near you and get to be part of this unique occasion – you might even get to ring the bell!