Judges Ireland

Judges for our Ireland competition


Fr Sean McDonagh, Columban priest and ecologist, is an outspoken critic of the degradation of the environment, linking this to global poverty and the increased suffering of the poor. His book: The Death of Life - Extinction is Forever was published in 2004.

Jane Mellett, Church Outreach Manager with Trócaire. She was formerly Laudato Si' Officer with Trócaire and she also worked with the Laudato Si' Movement, promoting Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' with grassroots faith communities in Ireland.

Fr Jason Antiquera, Columban missionary-artist from Negros Occidental in the Philippines. He was ordained in 2015. His Art Ministry in Korea started in 2018 as a new way of engaging in mission with the local church through art retreats, public exhibitions of paintings and drawings, talks and presentations on art as well as publications such as an annual magazine for art ministry and art meditation workbooks.

William Scholes, Assistant Editor and Features Editor of the Irish News. He is also Commissioning Editor for the newspaper's 'Faith Matters' column.

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs correspondent with The Irish Times. He also is the commissioning editor for articles which are published in the paper’s 'Rite and Reason' column. He has worked for Independent Newspapers, the Irish Press group, Magill magazine and RTÉ.

Assisted by Columban co-worker Michael O’Sullivan of the Columban Centre in Dublin, Fr Cyril Lovett, former editor of the Far East magazine, and the current editor, Sarah Mac Donald.