Celebrations of 2,000 years since Christ's birth took place across Ireland.

At the request of the Catholic hierarchy all the country's GAA matches were cancelled to facilitate pilgrimages to celebrate the year 2000. 

Over 10,000 pilgrims from the Kildare and Leighlin diocese converged on the Curragh racecourse for a celebration of Christ's life. The local Church of Ireland Bishop Richard Clarke was present as well as representatives of other Christian churches. 

The altar at the mass was flanked with banners from each parish in the dioceses. 

Parishioners also brought local offerings of earth, water and embers from their respective churches Easter fires.

Bishop Laurence Ryan has urged Christians to counteract social injustice, violence and scandals in public and church life. Speaking at the celebrations marking 2,000 years since Christ's birth, Bishop Ryan urged Christians to counteract social injustice, violence and scandals in public and church life. The Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin said they could transform Irish society with the light of the Gospel. 

An RTÉ News report by Joe Little broadcast on 21 May 2000.