The diocese will be offering a free bus to the Knock Summer Festival 25th-27th June 2010.  The bus will leave Friday afternoon (25th) and have pick-up points in Carlow, Naas and Clane. The festival is for those aged 18 and older.

If you’d like to book a seat on the bus please contact

Yvonne Rooney

Festival Details

Knock shrine is not to be outdone by Electric Picnic or Oxygen; the Shrine will host the festival in a youth village just below the Basilica. The youth village will include a large marquee which will host the main events. This marquee will be decked out with high tech lights, plasma screens, and top class production.

It will also have a chill out cafe where festival goers can grab a cup of fair trade tea and coffee for just 50c. The chill out zone will host open mic nights, acoustic sessions and provide a quiet place to relax. The festival goers will camp out in a marquee with airbeds metres away from where Our Lady appeared to several people in the small village in1879.

Talks, Speakers and Activities

The programme is pretty packed but everything on there is optional

The festival will host talks on

  • Walking by faith
  • The challenges we face
  • Who is Jesus?
  • Faith in action

Sr. Helen Prejean author of bestselling book ‘Dead Man Walking’ will travel to Knock Shrine on June the 25th to address the Knock Summer Festival and challenge young people to walk by faith. Sr Helen’s story helped Susan Sarandon scoop her first Oscar for portraying the role of Sr. Helen in the award winning film Dead Man Walking.

Dr Andrew O’Connell is another well known speaker that will address the festival. Andrew (32) is the Communications Director for the Presentation Brothers. He holds a degree in science and a doctorate in chemistry from UCC. He is a columnist with The Irish Catholic and is a regular commentator on changes in Irish society today. Andrew will talk on what it means to walk by faith.

With the Catholic Church embroiled in scandal, to call oneself a believer can be a challenge, especially among friends. In addition, at a time of rapid technological and scientific progress religious belief is often accused of being little more than comforting superstition

Andrew will explain why religious belief and in particular Catholicism might be worth a second look.


A major part of the Summer Festival at Knock is opening up the process of prayer, ‘we have all been given individual gifts and talents and we should use these talents to glorify God, that is why we have so many workshops on what some might say are unusual ways to pray’ says Helen Toner (24) one of the main organisers of the event.

Drum, dance, clay and pottery workshops

Don King an �All Ireland� hip hop dancer will facilitate the dance workshop. Don has been inspired by the scripture passage Psalm 149:3 They shall dance in praise of His name.

‘I think it is a challenging time in Ireland today for young people, not only with the church but with our economy, many young people are unsure of their future, this weekend will be chance to come away, take some time out and maybe get some answers to questions they’ve been asking themselves’

Instead of tripping in at the early hours of the morning after a good night out, festival goers will be encouraged to get up in the early hours to take part in the all night adoration.

The Panel

A session on the Sunday will host a slot called The Panel. This will be a discussion based session where people from various walks of life will talk about their experience of church, community and parish in a bid to motivate the attendees of the festival to return home and get active in their own parish or diocese.