Faithcast is our weekly faith podcast presented by Brenda Drumm and is a mixture of interviews, news and stories of faith from the Catholic Church in Ireland.

This week’s episode marks the 50th anniversary of the Irish Church Music Association summer school which is taking place this week in Maynooth. This week’s interviews are all about music and the liturgy and include an interview with Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Archbishop of Armagh and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Dromore, who pays tribute to the ICMA and speaks about the importance of good music as well as moments of silence in the liturgy.

Also featuring on this week’s podcast are some of the participants in this year’s summer school and samples of some of the music workshops. Dr Gary Carville from Clogher Diocese speaks about the importance of the summer school as a resource for parishes and dioceses. Sister Marie Dunne, a Holy Faith Sister, who is a tutor at this year’s event speaks about the importance of preserving Irish Church music and enabling new pieces to be composed.

Ciaran Coll, a young teacher, who is also a tutor at this year’s summer school speaks about the importance of the summer school in nurturing talent and creating the choir directors and Church musicians of the future.

This week’s episode also shares snippets of some of the spectacular music that is echoing through the halls of Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth during these days of the summer school.

Click here for this week’s episode.

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