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John Paul II Award Gathering

On Wednesday the 5th of April 76 young people from across the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora joined with over 1,000 young people from 18 Dioceses across Ireland to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Pope John Paul II Award in Knock Shrine. Canon Michael McLoughlin, Diocesan Administrator accompanied the young people along with their teachers and award leaders to this very joyful celebration of young people and their faith. Keynote speakers on the day included Elma Walsh, mother of the late Donal Walsh, who so inspired the country with his bravery and his faith as he battled cancer, and Niamh McGlinchy a young singer songwriter from Derry who has toured with Nathan Carter and who herself was a recipient of the Pope John Paul II Award in 2009. Bishop of Derry and Patron of the Award Donal McKeown was the chief celebrant of the mass which rounded off a wonderful day full of faith, fun and worship. The Pope John Paul II Award is a faith achievement award for young people between the ages of 16 and 18.The Award enables participants to take an active part in the life of their Church and in the life of their community and society.