“Ploughing the Field and Sowing the Seed”

Vocations Ireland at the Ploughing Championship

 This year Vocations Ireland marked it’s 7th year of attendance at the National Ploughing Championships.   Vocation’s Ireland is the  association of Vocation Directors for the Religious Congregations in Ireland.  Many of the Religious volunteer to help out at the stand over the three days. 

 One of the main attractions, especially for students from secondary schools and colleges are the prayer cards for exams.  There is also a wide variety of prayer cards for different needs, as well as information on the mission and ministry of the various religious congregations.  It is also an opportunity for young people to find out about the volunteering opportunities both at home and abroad.

 For those who might be seeking a path in life personnel from Vocations Ireland are on hand to offer discernment guidance and details of  ExploreAway the discernment programme run each year  by Vocations Ireland. 

 Ann Marie Gallagher, Director of Vocations Ireland, said that this year instead of having it’s own tent the association is situated in the Lifestyle arcade and with the vast numbers of people coming through there has been a high level of engagement with people of all ages.

Some congregations had individual stands including the Carmelites from Delgany and the Sisters of St. Josph of Cluny.  Present too were the Irish Missionary Union and the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin who shared a tent with the Church of Ireland under the banner "Together in Christ".





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