Retreat Venues & Teams

In planning for retreats, your attention is drawn to Youth Retreats in Ireland. Guiding Principles for Good Practice published by the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference, 2010 and available here.


Retreat Venues

  • Mission Awareness Centre, Dalgan Park.

The Columban Mission Awareness Centre celebrates the cultures and peoples of Asia, the Polynesia and Latin America encountered by the Columban missions. Nearby is a 5km walk through woodland and countryside beside the Skane and Boyne river. Visitor can also visit a coffee shop for refreshments.

Address: Dalgan Park, Navan, Co. Meath

Telephone: +353 (0) 46 9021525

Email: devoffice@columban.com


  • Dominican Retreat Centre

The Dominican Retreat Centre,   Tallaght, was established in 1936, and welcomes about 10,000 people annually.    Retreats are open to people of all faiths and denominations. Director: Donagh O’Shea OP

Address: Tallaght Village, Dublin 24

Telephone: (01) 404 8123 / 404 8189

Email: retreats@DominicansTallaght.org

Website: www.goodnews.ie


  • Emmaus Retreat and Conference Centre

Leadership and Mentoring Programmes aswell as Secondary School Retreat Programme. First year–Leaving Cert. one day programmes are provided Monday to Friday inclusive throughout the school year while an overnight, two day retreat is also provided for Leaving Cert. students.

Address: THE EMMAUS CENTRE, ENNIS LANE, LISSENHALL, SWORDS, CO DUBLIN.

Telephone: 01-870 0050

Email: emmauscentre@emmauscentre.ie

Website: http://www.emmauscentre.ie 


  •  St. Benildus Pastoral Care Centre

Benildus Pastoral Centre facilitates one day retreats for Secondary students, from 1st to 6th Year. (Venue and team) 

Address: Benildus Pastoral Centre, 160a Upper Kilmacud Road, Dublin 14.

Telephone: 01-2964195

Email: benilduspastoralcentre@eircom.net

Website: http://www.benilduspastoralcentre.com


Adventure Retreats Ireland

Adventure Retreats Ireland  offer a range of themed retreat encounters from single to multi-day programmes that combine high quality outdoor pursuits with a blend of experiential faith activities.

Address: Damien Centre, Tanagh, Via Cootehill, Co. Cavan

Telephone:(049) 555 2245

Website: http://www.sacred-hearts.net/adventure-retreats-ireland


Ovaca Manor Retreat & Adventure Centre

Ovoca Manor is Scripture Union’s Retreat and Adventure Centre located in the stunning Vale of Avoca, Co Wicklow.

Address: Ovoca Manor, Avoca, Co, Wicklow.


Esker Retreat House & Youth Village

From September until the end of May - the school year - young people come to Esker from all over the West of Ireland and much further afield for retreats. The retreats vary from a school day to an overnight to two or three nights.

Address: Esker Retreat House & Youth Village, Athenry, Co. Galway.
Telephone: 091 850361
Email: info@redemptoristsesker.ie 

Website: www.redemptoristsesker.ie


  • De la Salle Pastoral Centre, Castletown, Portlaoise, Co Laois: 0502 32442
  • Glencree Reconciliation Centre: 01-2829711 (Venue only)
  • Knock Shrine: 094-9388100
  • Ballintubber Abbey, Co Mayo: Fr. Frank Fahy. : 094 9030934
  • Glendalough Hermitage Centre: 0404 455 71  

Retreat Teams

  • Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed retreat programmes for students are flexible. Retreats will be facilitated at a convenient location – whether in school or at an off-site venue. Options: • One day retreat. • Two day retreat • Overnight • Whole schools dynamic – involves day long retreats for each year group & evening for parents’ • Pilgrimage Retreat in Glendalough. All retreats are based on a three stage experience: 1) Relationship with others; 2) Relationship to self; 3)Relationship with God.

Address: Anchor house, 6, Crofton Tce. Dun Laoghaire

Telephone: 01-2841105

Email: info@mustard-seed.net

Website: www.mustard-seed.net/


  •  Ruah Retreat Team

The  Ruah Retreat Team Facilitates days of reflection, fun and prayer for  young people in a relaxed caring and spiritual environment. The emphasis  is to encourage young people to become attuned to themselves and to  others, and to be aware of a spiritual dimension in today’s world.

Address: Deirdre McCormack, C/O 48 Glasnevin Avenue, Dublin 11

Telephone: 0866042772

Email:info@ruahretreats.com /  ruahretreats@eircom.net

Website: www.ruahretreats.com/


  • Conexus Educate Retreats

Passionate about helping young people to connect with their faith and spiritual life in meaningful ways. Offering young people retreats that acknowledge the positive influences of contemporary culture, honour their school's ethos and respect the values of their family background.

Website: conexuseducate.com 


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  • Net Ministry Retreat Team http://www.netministries.ie
  • Authentic Youth: Email:youth@scriptureunion.ie
  • Glendalough: Fr. Michael Rogers – : 0404 45208
  • Rhythm Retreats: www.rhythmretreats.com
  • Sonas: Carol Milton : 01-2951366