For young people attending the event for the first time one of the most remarkable things that they notice is the smile on the faces of everyone they encounter, the warmth and friendliness of the volunteers, the joy of the priests, the enthusiasm of the band and the welcome from the organisers. Many friendships are made over cups of tea and there is a sense of belonging to something greater.  As one such person said “It was so worthwhile, I really enjoyed the whole weekend and I didn’t feel out of place”.

With a program that has something for everyone, there is a variety of activities over the four days. Events include: inspiring talks, a Christian rock concert, dynamic workshops on faith and the journey of life, games and soccer, quiet time for prayer, time for chilling out and making friends.

This year Fr Larry Richards from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania is the main speaker at the event. Coming to Ireland for the first time, he is a dynamic and inspiring priest who is involved in the Reason for our Hope Foundation. He is a frequent speaker at events in the USA and in an authentic and engaging way, he speaks about the person of Jesus Christ- The Reason for our hope. He has touched the hearts and lives of countless young people.


So what do you need to do to come to this event? Check it out online at and register to attend. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag, warm clothes, wellies and a rosary beads would come in handy!  It’s for young people aged between 16 and 35. There’ll be a network of free buses from around the country so don’t worry about transport and the weekend is donation only so if you’re a poor student it’s ideal for you too!
So this year, this summer, this very day, decide for something different. Decide for fun. Decide for joy. Decide for friendships. Decide for a great weekend. Decide to come to the Clonmacnois Youth Festival!



Bus Schedule:

Ulster buses leaving Letterkenny, Derry , Coleraine and Belfast

Route 1: Contact Aisling: 087 6881202
14:00 – Letterkenny
14:20 – Stranorlar
15:00 – Donegal Town
15:20 – Ballyshannon
16:30 – Sligo
17:05 – Boyle
17:20 – Carrick-on-Shannon
17:55 – Longford
18:25 – Roscommon
19:30 – Clonmacnois
Mr Chippy
St. Mary’s Church
Abbey Hotel
Lakeside Caravan & Camping Park
Sligo Cathedral
Boyle Abbey
Landmark hotel
Longford Cathedral
Outside Regan’s Pub in Square


Route 2: Contact Carla: 07514820572 (From NI) 00447514820572 (From ROI)
14:00 – Derry
14:40 – Strabane
15:10 – Omagh
16:00 – Enniskillen
16:20 – Bellturbet
17:00 – Cavan
17:30 – Granard
17:50 – Edgeworthstown
19:00 – Clonmacnois
Holy Family Church Ballymagroarty
Carpark opposite Asda
Omagh Bus Station
KFC Carpark
Outside Donohue’s Supervalu
KFC Carpark, opposite Cavan Crystal Hotel
Opposite Kitty Kiernan’s pub on the main street
Outside Our Lady’s Manor (Opposite church)


Route 3: Contact Carla: 07514820572 (From NI) 00447514820572 (From ROI)
12 noon – Coleraine
13.15 – Ballymena
14:00 – Castledawson
14:30 – Cookstown
15:15 – Dungannon
16:00 – Armagh
16:40 – Monaghan
17:10 – Castleblaney
17:45 – Ardee
18:25 – Kells
18:45 – Navan
19:30 – Mullingar
20:30 – Clonmacnois
ASDA, Ring Road Car Park
All Saints Parish Centre Car Park
Roundabout Castledawson Roundabout Car Park
ASDA Car Park
Leisure Centre
Armagh City Hotel Car Park
Sam’s Diner
McCaughey’s Filling Station
McCabe’s Toyota garage (N2)
In front of the Church opposite Headfort Arms hotel
Woodies Car Park
Lomans GAA club


Route 4: Contact Carla: 07514820572 (From NI) 00447514820572 (From ROI)
13:00 – Belfast
13:35 – Spucefield
14.15 – Craigavon
14:50 – Banbridge
15:35 – Newry
16.15 – Dundalk
17:00 – Drogheda
17:30 – Ashbourne
18:00 – Maynooth
19:15 – Clonmacnois St. Peter’s Cathedral, Falls Road
Spucefield Shopping Centre, Lisburn
Rushmere Shopping Centre
LIDL Car Park
Damolly Retail Park (Mc Donald’s)
Ice Bowl
M1 Retail Park
Outside Kelly’s Bar (which is also Bus Eireann bus stop)
Outside the Glenroyal Hotel