Diocesan Fun Day at Mount Melleray Abbey a huge success

Dom Richard Purcell with Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan

The Diocese of Waterford and Lismore in anticipation of World Meeting of Families hosted a very successful Diocesan Fun Day on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Mount Melleray Abbey. The purpose of the event was to celebrate family life…to reflect on the importance of family in our lives and to celebrate the Joy of Love.  All family members attended –  sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers & sisters, religious communities, Priests of the Diocese and many many more. 

There was music, face painting, a bouncy castle & an obstacle course, kite making, treasure hunts, arts & crafts, tours of the Abbey, prayer services, Lightfever and much, much more.  It was a free event and there was something for every one of all ages.  People brought picnics or availed of the food from the beautiful little cafe at the Monastery.  

The day was packed full of entertainment from the Dungarvan Brass Band, Comeragh Comhaltas, St. Mary’s Choir of Clonmel, Cahir to Sing, Nire Valley Voices and more.  There was storytelling and drama for the children with Holy Family Mission.  There are beautiful trails and walks all around the grounds at Mt. Melleray so many people brought walking shoes and availed of the beautiful weather. 

Below are just a few pictures from the day.  More photographs will follow during the week.  

Large Crowd at Abbey Tour
Abbey Tour
Ann O’Farrell, Maura Brunnock & Mary O’Sullivan
Cahir Choir
Tallow Choir
Bishop Cullinan at the closing ceremony
Comeragh Comhaltas
Volunteers & Committee – Mary Quigley, Ann O’Farrell, Maureen Betts, Sr. Teresa Fraser and Mary O’Sullivan
Bishop Cullinan, Dom Purcell and the Committee
Dom Purcell on the Tour of the Abbey
Dungarvan Brass Band
Fidelma Griffin and Mary Dee
Fr. Denis Luke O’Hanlon
Fr. Tom Rogers (order of Malta) and Dom Richard Purcell
Cafe staff with Fr. Denis Luke
Large Crowd at events
Listening to the Choirs
Mount Melleray Abbey
Nire Valley Singers