Castlewellan Holiday Week


Main Speaker

Patrick Regan OBE is the founder and CEO of urban youth work charity XLP. Founded in 1996 in response to a stabbing in a local school playground, the charity now works with over 1000 children and young people on a 1-2-1 and small group basis per week. XLP is working to create positive futures for young people and make a serious and sustainable impact on poverty and educational failure. Patrick has travelled to over thirty countries working with and on behalf of the poorest communities and is a regular contributor on radio and TV on issues of poverty and justice. He received the Mayor of London Peace Award in 2010 for his valuable contribution towards peace and justice.

Patrick is a passionate communicator and equally at home on the main stage at a major UK political party conference, engaging in robust debate in the media, connecting with business and community leaders, speaking to inmates in a maximum security prison or gang leaders in Jamaica. He is the author of four books, the most recent being When Faith Gets Shaken. He is also on the advisory board of The Centre for Social Justice and is a UK ambassador for Compassion.



Youth Speaker

We are delighted to confirm that Gunta Grina, a pastor from the Latvian Methodist Church will be the youth programme speaker this year. Gunta has been to Ireland before as part of the European Methodist Youth and Children’s Council (EMYC) and to speak at Global Vision.