Youth 2000 Summer Festival

The Abbot and Community are delighted to announce that Youth 2000 are to hold their annual Summer Festival on the campus of Mount St Joseph Abbey.  The festival, which will run from Thursday 13th –  Sunday 16th August 2015 , will be held in Cistercian College, the boarding school in the grounds of Mount St Joseph Abbey.   

The Youth 2000 Summer Festival is the largest Catholic youth festival to be held each year in Ireland. It is a lively four-day gathering of 16-35 year-olds with great music, workshops, prayer, concert, inspiring talks, games and plenty of time for relaxing and meeting new people. Over 1000 young people will participate in the events of the festival which will make full use of the extensive facilities of Cistercian College and Mount St Joseph Abbey. 

Speaking about the announcement the Abbot, Dom Richard Purcell said “We are delighted to welcome Youth 2000 back to Mount St Joseph Abbey and Cistercian College Roscrea. Mount St Joseph Abbey is part of the living monastic tradition – and during the festival we will be one big faith-community united in our prayer and search for God. We entrust the success of this exciting venture to the intercession of Our Lady and St Joseph”.

The festival is donation only with free buses from around the country. To book online and for further information visit

For all frequently asked questions, online booking links and free bus information click the links below.  For any other queries, please contact the National Office at or 01 6753690.