The Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal from Saint Anthony’s Convent, Drogheda, have extended an invitation for people to join them on Saint Patrick’s Day to ‘Light the Fire’ in Saint Patrick’s Parish Church, Slane.

The event will be held on 18th March at the very spot Saint Patrick lit the Easter Fire, and prayers will be offered for Ireland.

The Hill of Slane has huge significance in Irish Christian tradition. It has been the venue for many large gatherings over the years. In 1932 between 50 and 60 thousand people assembled on the hill to celebrate the fifteenth centenary of the coming of Saint Patrick in 432 AD, who, according to tradition, lit the Paschal fire there on Easter Saturday – a symbol of the light of Faith in God and the banishment of darkness and evil.

The ‘Light the Fire’ event will begin at 5.00pm and Bishop Tom Deenihan, Bishop of Meath will celebrate Mass followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Directions: Slane Village – N2 between Navan and Drogheda.

For more information please contact the Franciscan Sisters on (041) 983 0441.