Saint Brigid’s Shrine and Well Faughart
Near the border with Northern Ireland, just 15 minutes from Dundalk, County Louth, people can visit the fascinating Hill of Faughart. It is the location of several incidents in the legendary tale Táin Bó Cúalinge. The hill also features remains of an Iron-Age fort, Norman motte-castle and medieval church. In the graveyard, visitors can see St Brigid’s Well, the base of an old cross and a horseshoe-shaped mound. The site was associated with St Brigid and thus continues to be a place of pilgrimage today. Just a few kilometres south, a church in Kilcurry contains a small piece of skull, believed to be a relic of St Brigid. The site is accessible all year round. There is no admission charge.
Telephone+353 (0)42 933 5484
Address: Faughart, Dundalk, Co Louth.
Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage
Located six miles (approx. 9.5km) west of Westport on the Louisburgh Road, Croagh Patrick is one of Mayo's most famous landmarks. The mountain overlooks Clew Bay and the entire Western coastline. In 441AD, Saint Patrick is said to have spent 40 days and nights praying and fasting on its slopes. Throughout the year people of all ages and of all degrees of devotion, climb up the rock path to the summit. Over 60,000 people make the ascent, starting at Murrisk Abbey. The traditional pilgrimage takes place each year on the last Sunday of July with Mass in the summit of the mountain. Please telephone Westport Tourist Information Office for further details.
Telephone+353 (0)98 25 711
Address: Tourist Information Office, James Street, Westport, Co Mayo.
Esker Monastery Retreat
The Redemptorist Community first came to Esker in 1901. As a religious community, the Redemptorists offer parish missions and novenas in the dioceses of Clonfert, Raphoe, Achonry, Elphin, Tuam, Galway, Killala and Killaloe. All visitors are welcomed at The Monastery, from those who need confession or consultation, to those who wish to get objects blessed, e.g. cars or religious goods. The Mission of Esker Retreat House is to offer an oasis of peace and tranquility - the ideal escape from the stresses of modern life, a place to commune with God and nature, and to reflect on life. There is a wide range of courses and programmes available, with conference facilities. Large or small groups and individuals are welcome. Available to religious and secular groups. Can be used for retreats, holidays, etc. Includes private chapel. Private retreats available on request. Wooded walks, with 18-hole Pitch and Putt Course.
Telephone+353 (0)91 84 4007
Address: Esker, Athenry, Co Galway.
Connemara Healing Journeys
Connemara Healing Journeys - Come join us by the sea! For gentle walks, meditation, Tai-Chi and celtic, christian heritage pilgrimages to ancient sites and to Máméin for ancient healing pilgrimmages. Please contact us for further information.
Telephone+353 (0)87 280 8572
Address: Connemara, Co Galway.
Knock Shrine in Co. Mayo is an international place of prayer and pilgrimage where over one and a half million people make their way every year. The story of Knock dates back to the 21st of August 1879 when fifteen people from the village witnessed an Apparition of Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, an altar, cross and Lamb. Following this miraculous event numerous cures were reported, the first being that of Delia Gordon, a young girl from the neighbouring town of Claremorris who was cured of deafness. Since then, pilgrims have come to Knock in search of healing, reconciliation and peace. The personal pilgrimage of Pope John Paul 11 in 1979 to commemorate the centenary of the Apparition and the visit of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 1993 inspired an even greater devotion to the Shrine. Today Knock Shrine is set in one hundred acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with meandering pathways and a diverse range of flowers, shrubs and trees. The complex incorporates five churches including the Apparition Chapel, Parish Church and Basilica, a Religious Books’ Centre, Caravan and Camping Park, Knock Museum, Café le Chéile and Knock House Hotel. Services at the Shrine include organised pilgrimages, daily Masses and Confessions, Anointing of the Sick, Counselling Service, Prayer Guidance and Youth Ministry. The Knock Novena runs from 14 – 22 August every year with Mass at 15.00 and 20.30.
Telephone+353 (0)94 938 8100
Fax:+353 (0)94 938 8295
Address: Shrine Office, Knock, Co Mayo.
Saint Brigids Well
This is an ancient spring , traditionally associated with Saint Brigid. A path of stones representing the Stations of the Cross leads to a small stone beehive chapel.
Telephone+353 (0)44 934 8650
Address: Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
Mount Melleray Abbey
Mount Melleray Abbey, found outside Cappoquin, County Waterford, was the first monastery founded in Ireland following the Reformation. When the French government forced out all foreign monks at the Cistercian monastery of Mellery in Brittany, France, a group of Irish and English came to Ireland in search of land. Sir Richard Keane granted their wish, and in 1832, they established Mount Melleray Abbey. Today, the abbey continues to be a tranquil religious community. Guests are asked to respect the sanctity of the place.
Telephone+353 (0)58 54 404
Fax:+353 (0)58 52 140
Address: Mount Melleray Abbey, Cappoquin, Co Waterford.
Croagh Patrick, which overlooks Clew Bay in County Mayo, is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. Its religious significance dates back to the time of the pagans, when people are thought to have gathered here to celebrate the beginning of harvest season. The mountain now takes the name of Ireland’s patron saint, who, according to Christian tradition, fasted at the peak of the mountain for 40 days in 441. Each year, The Reek, as it is colloquially known, attracts about 1 million pilgrims, many of whom spend the last Sunday in July climbing to the summit in honour of St Patrick. At the top, there is a modern chapel where mass is celebrated and confessions are heard. Participants also have the opportunity to take in panoramic views of Clew Bay and the surrounding area.
Telephone+353 (0)98 64 114
Fax:+353 (0)98 64 115
Address: Info: Visitor Centre, Louisburgh Road, Westport, Co Mayo.
Dzogchen Beara Retreat and Conference Centre
Situated on the wild and beautiful Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland, Dzogchen Beara sits high up on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, with breathtaking views of sea and sky. The vast open spaces, tranquillity, and seclusion provide an ideal environment for quiet reflection and inner transformation. Dzogchen Beara is a Buddhist retreat centre which offers daily guided meditation classes and weekend retreats for beginners based on the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, who is the spiritual director and author of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Dzogchen Beara welcomes people of any faith - and those of none.
Telephone+353 (0)27 73 032
Fax:+353 (0)27 73 177
Address: Garranes, Allihies, Co Cork, Republic Of Ireland
Come and escape at Ard Nahoo for a week or even a few days and benefit from relaxing in the opulence of nature. The innovative eco cabins are ideal for family holidays or chillout breaks with friends. Relax within the grounds, enjoy sessions in our Uisce Area with its outdoor sauna and hot tub or avail of yoga classes, holistic treatments and organic food, all amid a utopia of calm. Whatever guests choose, Ard Nahoo offers the ultimate in eco friendly relaxation and personal retreats throughout the year. Watch the sun set from the deck of a private eco cabin or indulge in massage treatments, organic food and most importantly, peace and quiet. Two-night personal retreat packages include accommodation in a private eco cabin; organic welcome pack with breakfast foods, organic dinner on one evening, a soak in the outdoor hot tub. one massage and use of Yoga For Beginners starter kit. No single supplement applies on the personal retreat.
Telephone+353 (0)71 913 4939
Fax:+353 (0)71 916 4733
Address: Mullagh, Dromahair, Co Leitrim.
Anam Cara Writer's And Artist's Retreat
Anam Cara is a year-round retreat for writers and artists overlooking Coulagh Bay and the mountains and farmlands of the subtropical Beara Peninsula in West Cork. Your hostess, an experienced writer and editor, creates an ambience and a daily schedule that will help you concentrate your energies on your artistic endeavour, including private working / bedrooms and baths, home-cooked meals with others or on your own and full days of undisturbed seclusion. Amenities available include gardens, meadows, cascades, a river island, Internet access, a hot tub and a sauna.
Telephone+353 (0)27 74 441
Fax:+353 (0)27 74 448
Address: Eyeries, Beara, Co Cork, Republic Of Ireland
Doon Well is situated 2 miles from Kilmacrennan on the road to Creeslough. This Holy Well, famous since Penal days for its cures is the most frequented and famous Holy Well in Co. Donegal. It was established by a Lector O’Friel who is reputed to have lived in the Fahans area and had remarkable curative powers and when the locals asked him what they would do once he was gone from them, his answer was the creation of Doon Well. According to tradition, he was supposed to have fasted for 18 days and on each of these days he walked from Fahans to Doon a distance of some 4 miles. On the 18th day he blessed the well promising that if the people believed in the holy water then they would receive the same cures and blessings that he had imparted to them. According to local tradition it was a Fr. Gallagher in the 1880’s who blessed the well and he is still prayed for as part of the turas. Two large vigils are held here, one on New Year’s Eve and the second on May Eve. There are many items of evidence of the healing-power of this well, to be seen at the well. The collection consists of bandages, cloth, medals, rosary beads and many other items. Many pilgrims have claimed to have been healed and gained great peace of mind after a visit to this Holy Well. The prayers to be said at the well are; 'an Our Father and Hail Mary (5 times) and Creed for your intention. The same for every bottle of water you take. An Our Father and Hail Mary for Fr. Friel who found it. The same for Fr. Gallagher who blessed it and the same for the man who put the shelter around it'.
Telephone+353 (0)74 912 1160
Address: Kilmacreannan, Co Donegal.
Lough Derg Place of Pilgrimage
Lough Derg is a unique island of peace. Pilgrims have been travelling to this sacred site for centuries on a spiritual quest or journey seeking something deeper, getting closer to their authentic selves, continuing a ritualistic tradition of their ancestors. Lough Derg is the perfect haven to truly get away from the daily grind. Stunning scenery and soothing surroundings allow you to reflect and mediate on your life's journey. This small Donegal island, set in calm lake waters, offers no distractions, artificialities or interruptions. Instead, visitors and pilgrims are warmly welcomed and cared for. The first sanctuary of St. Patrick, Lough Derg has offered rest and growth to generations of visitors from Ireland and beyond. It offers an opportunity to be part of an Irish tradition that has spanned centuries, bringing with it an opportunity for calm, hope and for renewal. Discover a new way to relax, unwind and explore your spirituality. Whether it's a holiday, a break from the norm or looking for something more, the ancient sanctuary of Lough Derg is the perfect place to start.
Telephone+353 (0)71 986 1518
Fax:+353 (0)71 986 1518
Address: Lough Derg, Pettigo, Co Donegal.
A National Monument, Duiske Abbey originated in the 13th century as the church of a Cistercian monastery, but today it is a Catholic parish church in the town of Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny. The abbey began to deteriorate in 1536 as it was suppressed, and it gradually fell into ruin. The last tragedy occurred in 1744, when the tower collapsed into the nave. It later underwent some renovations while serving as a place of worship for the Protestant Church of Ireland, but it was fully restored after being returned to the Catholic community in 1812. The abbey’s simple exterior contrasts with its elaborate interior, where visitors can see the ancient stone and high clerestory windows of the nave as well as an effigy of a 13th-century knight at the entrance. The processional door of the 13th century and early medieval floor tiles are visible. Additionally, the churchyard is home to the Aughtiltan and Ballyogen Crosses, dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, respectively.
Telephone+353 (0)59 972 4238
Address: Duiske Abbey, Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny.