iCatholic.ie interviews at IEC2012

Monday 11th – Friday 15th June 2012, 12.00 – 12.30 GMT

iCatholic.ie will be live streaming a daily interview programme at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, Monday to Friday from 12 noon to 12.30pm. The programme will also be recorded for later on‐demand viewing. The interviews will take place on the balcony of the Main Exhibition Hall in the RDS (also known as Hall 1).  The programme format will consist of interviewing three guests interspersed with some Congress News. The guests will be a cross‐section of the speakers at the Congress along with some of the chief organisers.

The live stream will appear automactically on our homepage from 12.00 to 12.30.

iCatholic.ie will also provide on demand videos of the workshops of the IEC2012.

Schedule of Guests  for live programme

We are awaiting final confirmation from a number of guests, full confirmed list will be published shortly.


Br Alois Loser, Prior of Taize

Dr Maria Voce, President of Focolare

Sheena Darcy Office Manage IEC 2012


John Waters Journalist

Catherine Wiley Catholic Grandparents Association

Bishop Denis Brennan, Bishop of Ferns


Monica Brown Emmaus Productions

Ger Gallagher (IEC2012 – Youth Programme)

Fr Benny McHale


Fr Liam Lawton K&L, Composer




Catholic Comment




Talking about the initiative, Fr Bill Kemmy, founder of iCatholic.ie said –

“We hope that the interviews will give viewers a more personal introduction to the Congress speakers and allow the speakers to give a summary of what they hope to communicate in their full workshop or talk. iCatholic.ie will be where all the video recordings of the workshops will be available for later viewing. So it will be great to have the combination of interviews and the full talks.”

“The move into live streaming of the interviews is very exciting. It is great way of including those who cannot attend. I would encourage people to log on to have a look not just because we will have great guests but because this is really a test or showcase of what is possible for church communications. I hope it will open our eyes to the idea of live webcasts in terms of on‐going formation, faith sharing and the new evangelisation. This is a platform that could be used for schools and adults and groups.”

“I would appeal particularly to primary school teachers to log on the Wednesday as our programme will be geared for younger viewers. Again we would love to get feedback and people’s ideas about how we can continue what we are beginning here at the Congress. People’s support, including frankly your financial support, would be more than welcome”.

The interviews will be conducted by Ms Brenda Drumm (working in a personal capacity) from the Catholic Communications Office (CCO) of the Irish Bishops Conference which is based in Maynooth. Brenda also hosts (again working in a personal capacity) her own radio programme on a local radio station (KFM) in Kildare. The camera crew will consist of Irish Dominicans, headed up by Br Luuk Dominiek Jansen OP who designed the Congress app. One of the features of that app is that it takes Congress video content from iCatholic.ie


www.iCatholic.ie – is a new project within the Irish Church for hosting and sharing videos. It was started by Fr Bill Kemmy, the Chancellor in the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin and webmaster for the very popular diocesan site – www.kandle.ie

He also is a member of the Communications Council of the Irish Bishops Conference.

In short, my hope for iCatholic.ie is that it would become the equivalent of the RTÉ player or the BBC iPlayer for the Irish Church. You will be very welcome to come on board as a user or a viewer.
Fr Bill Kemmy ‐ Founder of iCatholic.ie