Dromineer Literary Festival presents Mindfulness – A Meditation

Mindfulness – A Meditation with Mary McEvoy, Fr. Columba McCann, Mary O’Callaghan, Chaired by Pat Kelly

In an exciting departure from the Meet the Authors event, on Saturday night, October 3, the Dromineer Literary Festival will present Mindfulness  – A Meditation. At this event, three different perspectives on the concept of mindfulness will be explored by three authorities on the subject: Mary O’Callaghan, psychotherapist and mindfulness trainer; Mary McEvoy, actor, author, farmer and practising Buddhist, and Fr Columba McCann OSB from Glenstal Abbey. The event will be chaired by Pat Kelly. This promises to be an extraordinary and enlightening event.  Bookings can be made directly through the Arts Centre, Banba Sq, Nenagh, telephone 067 34400, www.nenagharts.com

Dromineer Literary Festival presents Mindfulness  - A MeditationMary McEvoy first graced our screens in 1983, in perhaps her best known role, as the indomitable Biddy Byrne in Glenroe, a character she went on to portray for 17 years. In 2000, Mary went on to perform in several theatre productions, includingThe Field, Shirley Valentine and Dancing At Lughnasa to name a few.

Dromineer Literary Festival presents Mindfulness  - A MeditationMost recently Mary has appeared in Desolate Heaven with Cork’s Everyman Palace Theatre, directed by Tony McCleane-Fay, The Matchmaker directed by Michael Scott, John B. Keane’s Moll at The Gaiety Theatre, directed by David Horan, and Pockets, a short film written and directed by Lochlainn McKenna.

Mary is also well-known for her work as an ambassador in promoting positive mental health.

Dromineer Literary Festival presents Mindfulness  - A MeditationSince 2004 Fr. Columba McCann has been a monk of Glenstal Abbey, where his main responsibility is the spiritual formation of novices who wish to live a monastic life as members of the Benedictine community.    Meditation and mindfulness are key elements of the Benedictine spirituality.  In 1988 Columba was ordained for the priesthood in Dublin, where most of his energies were focused on liturgical reform, in preparation for which spent three years in liturgical studies in Rome.  Columba has always been interested in music.  He has a degree in music from UCD and has specialized in organ performance, improvisation and composition.  At present he also teaches in the abbey school at Glenstal.
Mary O’Callaghan (MA) is an accredited psychotherapist and has also been exploring mindfulness practices for over thirty years.  She spent eight years as a Buddhist nun training in Eastern philosophy, psychology and the Buddhist way of living.  In 2005 she set up and now runs Oscailt Integrative Health Centre, whose primary activity is the promotion of mindfulness and compassion in everyday life.

Dromineer Literary Festival October 14 2015 http://www.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie

Full programme and brochure available to view here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7P46PQVuvDgYXVsYkEwdnpicUE/view

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