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CEIST Youth Leadership Conference

Thanks to Áine O' Connor, LCA1, for supplying the text of the article below:

On the 13th of March 2018, 3 Senior Student Council members, Aileen Healy, Rebecca Walsh & Áine O’Connor were chosen to represent the school at the annual CEIST Leadership conference accompanied by Ms. Brosnan in St. Patricks College in DCU Dublin.

We departed from Killarney at 06:30am and arrived in Dublin at 09:30. From the station, we got a taxi to the college. We were welcomed by members of CEIST and were given a light breakfast before we proceeded into the conference hall where we were given a very warm welcome by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin. He opened the conference with a beautiful prayer. The Chairperson of the WMOF (World Meeting of Families) then gave a very interesting speech about the work of the WMOF. He encouraged students to volunteer at this particular event which takes place in Dublin in August.

We were divided into 5 different groups/rooms, each group being assigned a different coloured wristband. All the students introduced themselves. Various schools made presentations about the work they do in their schools. This gave us an insight into the different clubs and groups they have in their schools.

After lunch, we were privileged to listen to Philip Mulryne tell his story about giving up his career as a successful soccer player with Manchester United to follow his calling to become a priest. He was ordained six months ago and he now loves his career and what he does. Hearing his story was one of the highlights of our day as it was a truly moving and inspiring story which taught us to always do what makes us happy and that anything is possible once you work hard enough.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt lots of new lessons and are very grateful that we got such a wonderful opportunity.