20 young adults travelled to Castletown De La Salle Pastoral Centre in Co Laois for the Meitheal Youth Leadership Training programme

The aim of the weekend was to prepare them to be Meitheal leaders next year.

The participants came from parts of the diocese and many of them studying in colleges around the country.

It was an action packed and reflective weekend. We covered all aspects of what makes a good Meitheal leader.

All the participant s enjoyed the weekend and are looking forward to working on the programme next year.

The participants were:

Kiri Rennssen , Co Carlow

Isabelle Delaney, Co Carlow

Niamh Lloyd, Co Carlow

Frances Egan, Co Laois

Emer Caplice, Co Kildare

Steven Mullally, Co Laois

Niall Bergin, Co Laois

Rebecca O Keeffe, Co Kildare

Eva Morris, Co Carlow

Emma Galvin, Co laois

Niamh Flanagan,  Co Carlow

Pauric O Connor, Co Laois

Leigh Shaw, Co Carlow

Ciara Dollard, Co Laois

Tara Lyons, Co Laois

Ritchie Westman, Co Laois

Adam Doyle, Co Carlow

Caoimhe Keoghegan, Co Kildare

Lizzie Maher,  Co Carlow

Alibhe Joyce,   Co Laois.


Robert Norton

Ed Cahill

Steven Shorthouse

Veronica Wheatley

Ciaran O Sullivan.

What is Meitheal?

Meitheal is a leadership programme which operates in 20 secondary schools in the Kildare and Leighlin diocese. The students, leaders and others educate each other through leadership, taking action, liturgy, reflection and evaluation which helps to build up strong friendships and respect among the people involved.

This training programme covers the areas of personal development, identity, self-esteem, communication skills, listening skills, assertiveness skills, group dynamics, group management and many other skills that are necessary for the students to develop if the programme is to be successful. Our Meitheal programme is designed to educate and empower young people in their schools.  It challenges them to look at themselves, to believe that they are worthwhile and that they have a special contribution to make. Meitheal is about looking out for other people and maintaining the spirit of friendship in everyday life with their friends, family and parish.

Further Details

Contact Robert Norton
Faith Development Services
Cathedral Parish Centre
Tel: (059) 9164084
Email: robert.norton@kandle.ie