The story of Summerfire so far

The first Summer Fire Conference took place in June, 1995. From its humble beginnings in Donegal, til the present day, Christians from all over the country have experienced a deep sense of God's presence in the midst of the meetings. The Conference was born through prayer on the 15th of December 1994, after days of intercession, the Holy Spirit spoke to Pastor Mike McBride these simple words: "Get up and go." It was crystal clear that the Lord had spoken and so conference began the following year, under the name "Summer Fire." It was a time of new beginnings.

Pastor Mike stepped out in faith and ventured to Donegal Town where he booked and paid the deposit on houses that would accomodate around 130 people. The first two conferences were held in Donegal Town. Many young people attended the conferences and helped with the organising and worship. Local believers attended the meetings and were blessed, as the sense of God 's presence was overwhelming. Everywhere people were bowing down before God's Majesty!

From the start, Pastor Mike had phoned and discussed the Conference with Nick Cassidy, the Pastor of Cork Church ( then Donnybrook Church) in Cork, who was a great friend and supporter of the conference. Pastor Nick eventualy took over the organising of the conference, and the Irish church has only seen this work of God grow throughout the years, now accomodating well over a thousand born-again believers for the week long event!

By way of balanced, Christ centered teaching, and Spirit empowered worship, the Lord has used Summer Fire Conference for 24 years to bring Christians wonderful times of joy and refreshment in the Lord. Lives of both young and old have been changed forever! We trust that as we move forward, God will continue to bless this conference as we come honestly and humbly before Him, to hear His word in season.

May God Bless you as he continues to make History at Summer Fire Conference!

Summerfire events

"The shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous" - Psalm 118:15 God stirred our hearts and showed us his purpose for us in His mighty plan! This SummerFire Gathering with Pastor Carter and Teresa Conlon + friends was held at Betania Dublin. Friday was a special evening of worship & word night for ladies with Pastor Teresa Conlon and Saturday was a full day of teaching, preaching, worship and fellowship for all.

Summerfire Weekend

Prayer & Action - May 2022

What an amazing time we had at Elev8 in Ovoca Manor, Thank you Jesus! Elevate youth conference was an opportunity for youth of secondary school age to set aside distraction and encounter Jesus. God used Pastor David and Tara Ham from Soul Cry Church to bless and encourage our young people to seek God for breakthrough, vision and power. We believed God for great things and as always he delivered!

Elev8 2022

Youth weekend

Pastor Jay and Fiona Fallon are great friends of Summerfire and they brought a challenging and encouraging word to our Young adults. They reminded us that Our energy is finite but Gods grace is infinite! Jay is a gifted evangelist and was Teen Challenge executive director (UK), Fiona is currently the National Programme Director for SummerFire Ladies ministry.

Elevate Young Adults weekend

February 2023

We are so excited to announce our Cork Church Easter Youth weekend - Encounter 2023! It’s going to be a weekend in which we make space for God and to hear from Him! Make sure you get a registration form asap and sign up, spaces are limited!

Youth Weekend

March 2023

We are currently planning more summerfire events for 2023 so keep an eye on our social media to see any updates

Summerfire events 2023

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Meet our Key People

Founding pastor of Cork Church where along with his wife Kathryn, some family members and a few close friends he started the church over 20 years ago. The Lord has been faithful to bless the work and development of Cork Church into a vibrant Christ centred church; which has been built solidly on the New Covenant. Pastor Nick's heart for people has led him to help set up Global Missions Ireland.

Nick Cassidy

Conference Director

Born to a Nigerian mother and Northern Irish father in Lagos, he spent his early childhood in Manchester moving to Cork in 1998. After spending 7 years serving as an evangelist/youth worker Patrick began as Youth Pastor in Cork Church in 2014. He leads our Youth and Young Adult ministries at Summerfire and coordinates our national youth work. He lives in Cork with his lovely wife Laura and his rather large sneaker collection.

Patrick Dobbins

Youth and Young Adults Leader

Originally from Donegal, Stephen moved to Cork in 2006 to serve as Associate Pastor. His desire is to see people come to maturity in their faith & to enjoy the fruit of a Christ centred life. In a wider context, he coordinates & leads the worship ministry at the SummerFire Conference. He is married to Wilma, has four children. He deeply values & enjoys family life.

Stephen McBride

Worship Leader

Since graduating from Teen Challenge Evangelism School in 1995 Fiona been involved in the pioneering of a local church, pioneering a residential rehab centre and served as manager of Hope House residential rehab for 9 years. Fiona is currently the National Programme Director for Summerfire Ladies ministry. She is married to Jay and has a son called Ethan.

Fiona Fallon

Ladies Ministry Director

Pastor Mike and his wife Corrie have been missionaries in Ireland for over 50 years and many of the Summerfire faithful would see them as spiritual parents and even grandparents although their energy and joy would certainly challenge any young person.

Mike McBride

Conference Founder

Gavin & Judith are cornerstones of Summerfire since its beginning and work in more ways than we can list. They are the main drivers of the team that organise, plan and run the logistics of the conference. When you come to Summerfire make sure to say hello and thank you to these wonderful people. They are known for their kindness and would love to meet you! You may even get to taste Gavin's famous cooking!!

Gavin and Judith Cassidy

Conference Co-ordinators

Jess is a missionary to the Irish church, originally from Missouri in the United States she travelled to Ireland on a missions trip in 2015 and felt God's call to return. She works on the Graphic design,marketing,promotion and organising of all of our events. She can be seen running around the Trabolgan site, sometimes on camera but always with a coffee in hand!!

Jess Oller

Assistant Conference Co-ordinator

Frank is child protection officer for all our events and works with all our staff and volunteers to make sure all the children we are blessed to minister to are cared for in the best way. Frank is a deacon at Cork Church where he works with the Feed Cork program

Frank Heaphy

Child Protection Officer

Friends of Summerfire

Starting from the position that God is Worthy of all Worship and Deserving of all praise, and understanding that we can boldly enter into His presence as Jesus has made the way for us; there is always a great sense of liberty; excitement; integrity and exuberance in the Worship at Summerfire Conference. With Musicians from all over the country and the Congregation from various corners of the World, the sound is both unique and familiar: it’s the sound of God’s people worshipping Him with all their hearts. God’s presence has been evident in the Worship for all the past conferences, and we are confident that this year will be even better than before.We encourage you to come to magnify God and as we Magnify Him with Singleness of Purpose, He will glorify Himself in our lives.




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