The Sacred Heart Messenger and Re:linkstand has plenty to offer visitors, from pupils to pensioners, at this year’s National Ploughing Championships, which takes place in Screggan, Co Offaly from September 19 to 21.

Secondary school students and teachers are invited to visit the Re:linkstand to get some great resources for RE class. Visitors can also speak with the many Jesuit priests present, grab some goodies or avail of the opportunity to take a ‘selfie’ with a life-size cut out of Pope Francis!

January 2018 will mark the 130th anniversary of the publication of The Messenger magazine.  It still sells more copies than almost any other Irish monthly and has been part of Irish family life for generations. This special landmark underscores the cherished relationship that the magazine has with its readers and wider Irish society. At our stand, visitors can pick up the September issue for free.

We will be located in the Jesuits in Ireland marquee, among several other Jesuit organisations: Peter McVerry Trust; Jesuit Mission Office; Jesuit Refugee Centre; Jesuit Centre for Faith & Justice; Sacred Space; Manresa Centre for Spirituality; and Pioneer and Total Abstinence Association.

The Cross of Blessed John Sullivan SJ, who was beatified in May this year, will be on display in an oratoryin the Jesuits in Ireland marquee. Visitors are welcome to come and pray and to receive a blessing. The popular title A Man Sent by God: Blessed John Sullivan SJ by former Messenger Editor John Looby SJ will also be available to purchase from the Ignatian Bookshop which will be situated in the marquee. Popular titles and new releases from Messenger Publications, including the Father Browne Collection, and religious and spiritual books will be available.


Our Site Number is Block: 4 Row: 38 Stand: 762

We look forward to seeing you there. Just look out for Pope Francis!


For more information or to organise an interview please contact Caitríona Maher on

01-7758523/ 0852759606 or email


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