The Parish Pastoral Council of St Colmcille’s Holywood organised a series of talks given by well-known personalities. Recordings of these can be found below.

Talk 1 Brian Rowan:
Local author and former BBC correspondent Brian Rowan joined us on 24 October 2022 to discuss his latest book ‘ Living with Ghosts’. His talk focused on the challenges of peace – and specifically how to address the question of the Past. After conflict what is the ‘truth’ and how do we remember?


Talk 2 – Canon Joseph Gunn
On 16 November 2022 Canon Joe gave a very interesting and informative talk on the rich Christian heritage of the North Down and Ards district.


Talk 3 – Martina Purdy and Elaine Kelly
These ladies left very successful professional careers to join a new religious order called the Adoration Sisters. When this order closed they spent a year of discernment with the Poor Clares before deciding to continue their work as lay missionaries.

Talk 4: Fr Gary Donegan CP
Fr Gary Donegan is the Director of the Passionist Peace and Reconciliation Office.  He joined us on 15 February to give us an insight into his Faith Journey.

Talk 5 Deacon James McAllister
Deacon James McAllister joined us on22 March 2023 to share his faith journey and a little of the history of the Diaconate.