'Preparing the Soil' - Vocations Ireland at Ploughing Championships
This year, once again, Vocations Ireland had a stand at the National Ploughing Championships. in Athy, Co. Kildare A prayer space had been created at the back of the tent and many were glad of the opportunity to take a break from the crowds and noise. Good use was also made of the prayer petition corner, where people were able to write out their prayer requests which will be passed on to the contemplative monasteries and included in their prayer during the coming months.
Sr. Eileen Linhehan, Director of Vocations Ireland, said that young people, especially those preparing to sit exams where happy to come in to the tent and pick up the ‘Exam Prayer’ cards on display.
Although it is a difficult time for vocations, attitudes towards the Vocations Ireland tent were very positive, again, Sr. Eileen said, that people were happy to see a religious presence among the many thousands of other exhibits.
Religious and lay people working on Vocations Teams joined Sr. Eileen to help out on the tent over the three days
You might be interested to hear that Frances Shanahan of RTE 'Drivetime' visited the Vocations Ireland stand at the Ploughing Championships and did a short interview. This was aired on Saturday morning's 'Countrywide' programme on RTE Radio One. To listen go to:
2) click on 'Radio' at top of page
3) scroll down to grey bar on left hand side with heading 'RTE Radio 1' and click on 'visit site'
4) click on 'Countrywide' on right hand side
Interview is about 8-9 minutes into the programme.