ONE hundred and thirty young people from the Archdiocese of Armagh have gone to Madrid for World Youth Day.
They are accompanied by seven priests, two deacons and 25 leaders and helpers.
Cardinal Seán Brady will also attend.
The largest numbers attending from Ireland is from Dublin where 151 young people travelled accompanied by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Bishop Raymond Field, Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin and three lay staff and five priests. The diocese’s youth agency, Catholic Youth Care, will be animating the English catechesis sessions during World Youth Day.
World Youth Day offers young pilgrims a unique way to deepen their faith by means of prayer and the sacraments with thousands of other young people with common interests and ambitions.
Other young people travelled from the Diocese of Achonry, Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, Clonfert, Down and Conor, Dromore, Clonfert, Down and Connor, which will have 42 accompanied by eight priests and lay staff including Bishop Donal McKeown, Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor, Fr Raymond McCullough, Fr Tony Fitzsimons and five lay co-ordinators.
Other dioceses attending are: Dromore, Elphin, Galway, Ferns, Kerry, Kildare and Leighlin, Killala, Killaloe, Limerick, Tuam.
Forty-one young people, including GAA senior footballer Joe Sheridan travelled from the Diocese of Meath accompanied by three priests and two lay volunteers. The groups prepared since Christmas.