The Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal from Saint Anthony’s Convent, Drogheda, are inviting people to join them on Saint Patrick’s Day to ‘Light the Fire’ on the Hill of Slane. The Sisters are asking people to join them at the very spot where Saint Patrick lit the Easter Fire where 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 Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath will celebrate Mass at 5.30pm followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

All are welcome. As this is an outdoor event, people are being asked to dress for the weather conditions of the day.

Directions: Slane Village – N2 between Navan and Drogheda.