These groupings will permit our individual parishes to become stronger, more alive, and be in a position to offer an even greater level of service in their communities – Bishop Farrell.
Previous straw celebrities at the festival have included President Michael D Higgins, US president Donald Trump, singer Imelda May, and characters from Game of Thrones and Harry Potter.
“His creed has always been to do things the right way. It is truly impressive to see his contribution to the Church and faith community acknowledged in this way.”
‘St Michael's Celebration’, penned by composer and musician Tom Conroy, scheduled for live broadcast on RTE One TV and RTE Radio 1 Extra on 30 October.
John McAreavey and Joanne O’Riordan to share their stories and talk about how faith has played a part in their lives and helped them overcome adversity.
“We are inviting all the people of Laois to mark the occasion with us in a dignified cultural commemoration."
A committee has been set up in the Co Laois town to locate and prepare housing for refugee families.
President Higgins highlights the importance of people supporting local employers, businesses and produce.