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Irish Inter–Church Meeting 2022






Bishop Brendan Leahy with Joe McKeown and a panel from Youthlink NI discussing the affect of the pandemic on their lives.

News Release — Irish Inter–Church Meeting — 10–11 November 2022

The thirty–second meeting of the Irish Inter–Church Meeting took place on Thursday 10 November – Friday 11 November in Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry. 

The theme for the meeting was “Creatively reconfiguring our post–pandemic understanding of church”. Representatives from across the island gathered to reflect together on how churches can connect with a changed post–pandemic world. 

Prof. John Fitzgerald (TCD) began by tracing the story from Jan 2020 – Nov 2022, giving an analysis of the impact of the Covid–19 pandemic on society on the island of Ireland. 

Participants then reflected on a changing local church, led by Breige O’Hare (, who provided opportunities to prayerfully reflect on the impact of these changing and challenging times on those working in ministry at local level. She focussed in particular on the importance of churches creating space for people to deepen robust, honest relationships with Christ and with each other in these anxious times.

While the Covid–19 pandemic has affected us greatly on this island, its impact for our brothers and sisters in the global church has been significantly different – it was often another amongst many crises. Speakers Bob Kikuyu of Christian Aid (Kenya) and Dr Conchita Reyes of Trócaire (Guatemala) shared about the situation in their countries. 

With Orthodox and Migrant–Led churches represented in ICC membership, a panel discussion between Fr Anish John (Indian Orthodox) and Pastor Dare Adetuberu (Redeemed Christian Church of God), joined by Ruth Garvey–Williams (Vox Magazine highlighted what the distinctive impact of the pandemic has been for them, and at grassroots across the country. 

Finally, Joe McKeown Youthlink’s Research and Curriculum Development Officer facilitated a panel of young people from YouthLink ( who shared their perspective on the Covid–19 pandemic, and its effects on their day–to–day and social lives. 

The meeting closed with a reflective session exploring what the Spirit is saying to the Churches at this time, led by IICM Co–Chair Bishop Andrew Forster. 


For media enquiries please contact the ICC General Secretary, Dr Damian Jackson Tel. +44 28 9066 3145. 


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Notes for editors: 

  1. The Irish Council of Churches was founded in 1923 and is the formal national body through which Protestant, Orthodox and independent churches formally engage, dialogue and act on a wide variety of issues. It engages in dialogue with the Catholic Church through the Irish Inter–Church Meeting, established in 1973. 
  2. The co–chairs of the Irish Inter–Church Meeting are Bishop Brendan Leahy, Catholic Church, and Bishop Andrew Forster, Church of Ireland.