The annual Cork Diocesan Youth Council (CDYC) weekend on Cape Clear Island (Oileáin Chléire) took place from 23rd to 25th September last. Cape Clear Island is the most southerly point of Ireland.
Facing severe weather forecasts, 20 young people and 4 leaders set off from Baltimore on Friday evening. The crossing was rough but all fared well. The weekend was full of activities, and the weather turned out to be very good, with a lovely sunny day on Sunday. Activities included jumping off the pier, walking, challenges, and games. There were also a series of talks on characters of the Old Testament: Moses, Joshua and Gideon.
On Sunday, the rector of the Parish of Abbeystrewry Union (which includes Cape Clear) the Reverend John Ardis travelled out to the Island to celebrate Holy Communion. He was accompanied by a number of parishioners from the mainland, and, along with the visiting youth, they were were joined at the Service by some of the Island’s residents.