Celebrating Family and Sport
11:30 - 12:30 Panel 1: Celebrating Family and Sport
(Hall 2) – EN 🎧 ES, IT, FR
Moderator: Fr. Philip Mulryne OP, Dominican Priest and Former Manchester United Player, Ireland.
• Ronan O’Gara, former Lions and IRFU Player, Ireland and NZ
• Olive Foley, Widow of Anthony Foley, Munster Rugby, Ireland
• Aidan O’Mahony, Kerry GAA player, Ireland
• Bishop Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture - Text available for download.
‘So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.’ (1 Cor 10: 31) This panel discusses the role sport can play in the life of the Christian family so that it can help provide ‘moments of cherishing God’s gifts and renewing our zest for life.’ (AL. 226).
Fr. Philip Mulryne, Dominican Friar and Former Manchester United Player, Ireland.
Ronan O’Gara, former Lions and IRFU Player, Ireland and NZ
Olive Foley, Widow of Anthony Foley, Munster Rugby, Ireland
Aidan O’Mahony, Kerry GAA player, Ireland
Aidan O’ Mahony is a retired Irish Gaelic footballer who played for the County Kerry minor and senior Gaelic football team. He made 70 championship appearances and featured in 85 league games for Kerry. Aidan played for Kerry's Under 21 team in 2000 and 2001. He debuted for the Kerry senior team in 2003 and in the Championship versus Clare in 2004. He started the 2004 All-Ireland Final against Mayo, which Kerry won, and again in 2005. He won further All-Ireland medals in 2006 and 2007, gaining an All Star in each of those years. He played for Kerry in the 2008, 2011 and 2014 All Ireland Finals. O'Mahony retirement from inter-county football on 23 January 2017. Aidan works as a policeman with An Garda Siochana and works in Community Policing. In 2017, he was a contestant on the television show Dancing with the Stars. He is currently studying for a degree in strength and conditioning and has recently set up his own fitness website.
Bishop Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture
Bishop Paul Tighe was born on the 12th February 1958. He was ordained a priest of the Dublin Diocese in 1983. From 1990 to 2007, he taught Moral Theology at the Mater Dei Institute of Education in Dublin. In 2004, he was appointed to the Communications Office of Dublin Diocese and he established the Office for Public Affairs. In 2007, he was appointed as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. In that capacity, he was involved in promoting Church reflection on the importance of digital culture and in the launch of some of the social media initiatives of the Holy See. In 2015, he was nominated to the Pontifical Council for Culture and as titular Bishop of Drivastum. At the Council, he follows questions related to digital culture (artificial intelligence etc.) and contemporary literature and is involved with the Holy See’s Sport at the Service of Humanity initiative.