The Millennium Quater Centenary of the death of St. Lachtain, 622-2022.

Féile Lachtain 2022 has been organised to commemorate the 1400th anniversary of the death of St. Lachtain which occurred in 622. It also celebrates  more than 1400 years of continuous worship on the site of St. Lachtain’s Church of Ireland.
Festival launch: March 19. The festival was launched with a special church service titled “Celebrating our Shared Christian Heritage”. It began in St. Lachtain’s Church of Ireland, followed by a procession to St. Lachtain’s R.C. Church where it concluded. Both Bishops of Ossory attended. 
The Covid delayed War of Independence Commemoration was held on Easter Sunday with a good attendance despite inclement weather. The tent, provided by Kilkenny Co. Council, was the venue with the presence of the Kilkenny Flying Column  reenactors attending to the occasion. 


Fleadh Cheoil Cill Chainnigh returned to Freshford on the weekend of April 22/23/24.  


Ned Kennedy’s booklet on the  life and work of Edmund Fitzpatrick was launched on Friday, May 6, by Lord Bellew of Barmeath Castle, Co. Louth. whose ancestors commissioned paintings from the artist. Art history was created on the night when nine Fitzpatrick paintings were exhibited together for the first time. 
On Saturday, May 7: author Ms Derville Murphy delivered a very interesting lecture on the life and work of another nineteenth century artist, Margaret Allen, who lived at Brookville, Lisdowney for a time. She was the first female member of the Royal Hibernian Academy.  
Friday, May 20: Lecture on St. Lachtain’s Church and  Doorway.  Speakers: Margaret Quinlan and Rachel Moss. C of I at 7.00 p.m.
June 10/11/12: open-air painting event for children of Scoil Lachtaín.
June 11 and 12: open air community and family painting event on the Green; both events facilitated by local artist Rachel Burke. 
Sunday, June 26: St. Lachtain’s Cemetery Mass at 11.00 a.m. 
Sunday, June 26: Vintage Car Rally on the Green on Sunday afternoon.  
Sunday, July 10:  Pilgrimage Sunday. Sponsored walk to Clashacrow and Ballylarkin Churches. 
August 4-14: Exhibition of paintings by local artists, curated by Marie Cleere in Ionad Lachtain. Open daily 11a.m. – 4p.m. 
Monday, August 15: Lecture “Excavations at St. Lachtain’s Church of Ireland.” Speaker: Mr. Cóilín Ó Drisceoil, Ionad Lachtain at 8.00 p.m.
Friday, August 19, book launch: Mike Cormack’s collection of 21st.  century Freshford photos together with a survey of 20th. century home ownership in Freshford village.
Friday, September 9:  The MQC lecture: Shrine of St. Lachtain’s Arm – a unique national treasure from the 12th century. Speaker: Dr. Griffin Murray of UCC. Venue: St. Lachtain’s Church of Ireland at 7.00 p.m. 
September, date TBC: Unveiling of MQC (Millennium Quater Centenary) memorials.
Other Events:
Additional lectures on the heritage of Freshford.
October 8: The Rafter Family in concert at St. Lachtain’s R.C. 8.00 p.m.
TBC. St. Canice’s Cathedral Choir in concert at St. Lachtain’s C. of I. 
An MQC Weekend of sport including a twinning weekend with the parish of Donoughmore in Co. Cork where St. Lachtain is also patron saint. 
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