Way of the Cross

Way of the Cross 2018 : 2.20pm, 30th March

March 22, 2018

30th March 2018: Good Friday, Desmond College's The Way of The Cross

Desmond College will re-enact the Way of the Cross on Good Friday 30th March 2018.

The procession will leave Calvary Cemetery Churchtown at 2.20 and make its way to the Church of the Immaculate Conception Newcastlewest.

The Re-enactment which takes place every year is a central part of the Liturgical Life of Newcastle West.

Under the stewardship of Sean Shields, and with the support of students and teachers from Desmond College, along with Fr. Duhig and the local clergy, this event draws huge crowds from the West Limerick area each year, despite the sometimes unkind weather.

The event continues to be breathtakingly realistic and provides truly memorable and haunting images for all those who attend. We look forward to seeing you there.


30th March 2018: Good Friday, Desmond College's The Way of The Cross

Good Friday 2017, The Way of the Cross

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Way of the Cross

May 9, 2017

The Way of the Cross is now in its twelfth year. Our pageant over the years has become part of the liturgical life of Desmond College and also of the parish of Newcastle West and surrounding areas.

Our pageant could not happen without the support of our students, teachers, our local clergy and of course the wonderful support we receive from the public. Our re-enactment of Christ’s last journey has brought people from all over west limerick and has done so every year.

We had a grey sky this year as we marched from Calvary graveyard and thankfully the rain held off. As always the sound of the cross being dragged along the ground, the whip being lashed across Christ’s back and the taunting of the Roman soldiers created a most haunting and memorable image for our audience. These powerful images have been seen nationwide through national television, newspapers and radio.

Every year a number of students are individually chosen to play the role of our Roman soldiers. This year these amazing young men showed such great respect and sensitivity and fully understood the importance of role they had to play.

They were a credit to their school and their families and we are very proud of them. Our soldiers this year were led by their captain Seán Walton with Michael Murphy, David O’Donovan, Liam Callanan, Jack Grimes, Ben Montgomery, Jason Ryan, Matthew O’Connor, Thomas Meyenberg, and Kevin Sheehan.

A special mention must be given to Martin McAree and Legion Ireland, the Roman Re-enactment Society of Ireland, Peter Lane of the Order of Desmond Historical Society, Gerry Barrett of St. Kieran’s Heritages Association. A very special thanks goes to Trevor McCarthy who played the part of Jesus in our pageant gave an excellent performance.

We wish to thank Jamie Campbell, Niamh O’Connell, Amy O’Sullivan and Bryan Mortell who stepped in at the last minute again for a second year. We would also like to thank all our readers at the church.

A special mention to our members of staff who were a great help as always – Aisling Ryan, Anne Hannon, Margaret O’Mahony, Maire Corkery, Helen Barry, Aoife Culhane, John English and Claire Sheehan.

Over the last twelve years we have witnessed such wonderful support from our community for Desmond College’s Way of the Cross. We wish to thank all those who followed each procession throughout the year and in all kinds of weather.

We look forward to next year 2018 where we hope to add to our wonderful and excellent WAY OF THE CROSS.

Desmond College presents “The Way of the Cross 2017”

April 13, 2017


April 2017: Desmond College's the Way of the Cross on Good Friday

Desmond College presents “The Way of the Cross 2017”
on Friday 14th April 2017 – leaving Calvary Graveyard at 2.20pm.
It promises to be a spectacular event.

The Way of the Cross 2016

March 22, 2016

The way of the cross is now in the eleventh year and once again students and teachers of Desmond College will take to the streets performing in thus years pageant on Friday 25th March.

The pageant begins at Calvary Graveyard at 2.20pm sharp and makes its way through Churchtown, Church Street, The Square, Bridge Street and finishing at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at 3.00pm approx.

The raising of the cross will then take place in the church.

Desmond College welcomes everyone to be part of this special occasion and we look forward to seeing you all Good Friday.

2016 Way of the Cross: Desmond College Annual Event
Roman soldiers that will be taking part in this year’s Way of the Cross on Friday 25th March

Mr. Sean Shiels teacher in Desmond College organiser of this years Way of the Cross
Mr. Sean Shiels teacher in Desmond College organiser of this years Way of the Cross

Jesus carrying the cross through the streets on Newcastle West in 2015
Jesus carrying the cross through the streets on Newcastle West in 2015


The way of the cross will be performed through the streets of Newcastle West on Friday 25th March starting at 2.20pm from Calvary Cemetery
The way of the cross will be performed through the streets of Newcastle West on Friday 25th March starting at 2.20pm from Calvary Cemetery

Hundreds of People Lined the Streets
of Newcastle West on Good Friday to Support
Desmond College’s Re-enactment of “The Way of the Cross”

April 14, 2015

Good Friday saw Desmond College host The Way of The Cross 2015, an annual re-enactment of the journey Jesus took on Good Friday.

The Way of The Cross is now in its 10th year, and over this time it has attracted crowds in their thousands. The procession began at Calvary Graveyard, making its way through the streets of Newcastle West and culminating in The Church of the Immaculate Conception.

This prestigious event relies upon the support of a number of individuals and organisations. Mr Sean Shields and a team of 50 strong actors and backroom staff performed The Way of the Cross, with the Legion Ireland, the Roman Re-Enactment Society, Brian Smith as Jesus Christ, also performed in this solemn event.

An Garda Síochána, the Clergy, and the parishioners of Newcastle West and nearby parishes also supported The Way of the Cross. This year the Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy attended the event.

It was a truly remarkable vigil and Desmond College would like to thank the Parishioners of County Limerick and surrounding areas, and all those who supported this prestigious event.

Desmond College's The Way of the Cross Newcastle West Good Friday April 2015 Desmond College Students  in the Way of the Cross 2015
Desmond College Student in the Annual Way of the Cross 2015 Desmond College's The Way of the Cross Newcastle West Good Friday April 2015 Desmond College Way of the Cross Good Friday: The Way of the Cross Newcastle West
The Way of the Cross Good Friday 2015 Around Newcastle West Co. Limerick The Way of the Cross Good Friday 2015 Around Newcastle West Co. Limerick The Way of the Cross Good Friday 2015 Around Newcastle West Co. Limerick The Way of the Cross Good Friday 2015 Around Newcastle West Co. Limerick Jesus Falls : Desmond College's The Way of the Cross Newcastle West Good Friday April 2015 Jesus Falls : The Way of the Cross Newcastle West 2015 Dramatic Reconstruction of the Passion of Jesus through Newcastle West on Good Friday 2015 Dramatic Reconstruction of the Passion of Jesus by Desmond College in The Way of the Cross Newcastle West Way of the Cross Newcastle West Way of the Cross Desmond College Way of the Cross Desmond College The Way of the Cross 2015 Limerick Bishop joined the Newcastle West Good Friday Way of the Cross 2015 Actor Playing Jesus in the Annual Way of the Cross 2015 being interviewed Principal Vourneen Gavin Barry : The Way of the Cross Good Friday 2015 The Way of the Cross Easter 2015 Newcastle West Annual Way of the Cross 2015 Desmond College Students in the Newcastle West Annual Way of the Cross 2015 Desmond College in the Annual Way of the Cross 2015

Desmond College looks forward to their
re-enactment of “The Way of the Cross”

March 26, 2015

Desmond College is pleased to be hosting The Way of The Cross 2015, an annual re-enactment of the journey Jesus took on Good Friday. The Way of The Cross is now in its 10th year, and over this time it has attracted crowds in their thousands. The procession begins at Calvary Graveyard at 14.20, making its way through the streets of Newcastle West and culminating in The Church of the Immaculate Conception. This prestigious event relies upon the support of a number of individuals and organisations.

Desmond College 2015 Re-enacctment of the way of the Cross

Mr Sean Shields and a team of 50 strong actors and backroom staff perform The Way of the Cross, with the Legion Ireland, the Roman Re-Enactment Society, Brian Smith as Jesus Christ, also performing in this solemn event. An Garda Síochána, the Clergy, and the parishioners of Newcastle West and nearby parishes also support The Way of the Cross. This year the Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy is attending the event. It promises to be a truly remarkable vigil and Desmond College would greatly appreciate the support of the parishioners of County Limerick and surrounding areas.

Mr Sean Shields and a team of 50 strong actors and backroom staff perform The Way of the Cross, with the Legion Ireland, the Roman Re-Enactment Society, Brian Smith as Jesus Christ

Desmond College Playwrights present ‘The Way of The Cross’

March 5, 2015

Desmond College, Newcastle West, County Limerick is pleased to be hosting The Way of The Cross 2015, an annual re-enactment of the journey Jesus took on Good Friday.

The Way of The Cross is now in its 10th year, and over this time it has attracted crowds in their thousands. The procession begins at Calvary Graveyard at 14.20, making its way through the streets of Newcastle West and culminating in The Church of the Immaculate Conception.

This prestigious event relies upon the support of a number of individuals and organisations. Mr Sean Shiels and a 50 strong team of actors and backroom staff perform The Way of the Cross, with the Legion Ireland, the Roman Re-Enactment Society, Brian Smith as Jesus Christ, also performing in this solemn event. An Garda Síochána, the Clergy, and the parishioners of Newcastle West and nearby parishes also support The Way of the Cross.

Desmond College Playwrights present ‘The Way of The Cross’

This year the Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy is attending the event. It promises to be a truly remarkable vigil and Desmond College would greatly appreciate the support of the parishioners of County Limerick and surrounding areas.

The Way of the Cross

April 16, 2013

2013

A central part of the Liturgical Life of Newcastle West and Desmond College is the re-enactment of the carrying of the cross, which takes place each Good Friday and which is now in its 8th year.

Under the stewardship of Sean Shields, and with the support of students, teachers, Fr. Duhig and the local clergy, this event draws huge crowds from the West Limerick area each year, despite the sometimes unkind weather.

The event continues to be breathtakingly realistic and provides truly memorable and haunting images for all those who attend.

In recent years, scenes from the event have been photographed by the national daily newspapers and the 2011 event was no different, with TG4 filming the re-enactment and other stations filming on other years.

There was a huge upgrade in the realism of costumes worn by the soldiers in 2011. Sean spent hours designing and making costumes to add a further depth of accuracy to the event.

We would like to pay tribute to Ms. Edel Boohan who gave of her time and talent in helping Sean to produce the garments to such a high standard and to Mr. Tom Byrne who made the brooches worn by the soldiers.

This year, as every other year, a number of students were individually chosen to perform as soldiers. Their participation and attitude made this event so special, as it was heart-warming to see such fine young men happy to be involved in a religious event in such a public forum.

The respect and sensitivity on the day shown by the boys, was truly admirable and is a tribute to their school and families.

We, as every year, are sincerely proud of them.

Our soldiers in 2011 year were: Kevin O’Connor, Danny O’Shaughnessy, Michael Costello, Shane Brosnan, Jamie Byrnes, Killian Hough, Shaun Mullane, Kevin Sheehan, Mossie Shine, Daithi Nolan and Daniel Cremin.

We must also thank Legion Ireland, a Roman re-enactment society, and Brian Smith, who join us each year to play an essential and pivotal role on the day. Brian, who played the part of Jesus, gave a stunning performance, as did the other members of our team, Monica Kolakowski, Anna Soltys, Lukasz Kolakowska, Fiona Connelly and other PLC Art students who played various characters in the portrayal of the last precious hours in the life of Jesus.

I must thank the committee who took responsibility for the smooth running of events – Kate Liston, Carol Liston, Helen Barry, Kerrie Collins, Margaret O’Mahony, Sinead Broderick, Claire Sheehan and Damian Culhane.

It was wonderful to see so many local people turn out to support this re-enactment by following with the procession through the town, from Churchtown to the Church, in order to participate in the Good Friday ceremonies.

In a very busy and fast moving world, it is uplifting to see people still take the time to walk in the footsteps of their Christ.

 

Way of The Cross : Good Friday

April 6, 2012

Way of the Cross processing through Newcastlewest town on Good Friday, Easter 2012