Retreats for Students

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 groups range from the final year in Primary School, for Confirmation retreats, to young people getting ready for their leaving exams.


Thousands of young people testify each year to the benefit they gain from being here. The retreats vary from a school day to an overnight to two or three nights. 

For retreat information and bookings contact:
Mr. Gearoid Mulrooney ,
Esker Retreat House & Youth Village,
Co. Galway.
Tel. 091 850361


Mount St. Anne’s
Retreat & Conference Centre,
Killenard, Portarlington

(Presentation Sisters)

Retreat programme for Second Level students:

Mount St.Annes’s provide student retreats primarily for third, TYO, fifth & sixth year students on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday's and Thursdays.


Click here for an outline of the retreat programme

For further information contact:

The Secretary,
Mount St. Anne's,
Killenard, Phone: 353-57-8626153
Portarlington, Fax: 353-57-8626700
Co. Laois. Email:

The Nano Nagle Centre, Ballygriffin,


The Presentation Sisters offer:
• One day retreats for first year students, and sixth year students - (other year groups may be accommodated by arrangement).
• Environmental days for TYO students.
• Nano Nagle days: for first year students, and suitable for students wishing to study Nano Nagle as person who made contribution to society for Junior Cert R.E. exam.

For more information contact:

Nano Nagle Centre
Ballygriffin,                         Tel: 022 26411
Mallow,                               Email:

De La Salle Pastoral Centre, Castletown, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

The De La Salle, Castletown, retreat programmes cater for all post-primary classes. With Senior students the focus is on themes of Journey, experiences, hopes and aspirations; Relationships with self, others & God; and Discovery – role in community.

For Juniors the themes are those of Awakenings. realizing uniqueness and giftedness of each as children of God; Awareness: social justice on a global scale; Changes: trasition from primary to secondary school.
(These retreats are booked for ’08-’09 but dates are available at present for ’09-’10)


For further information contact:

The Director, De La Salle Pastoral Centre,
Co. Laois.

Tel: (05787) 32442

Emmaus Retreat & Conference Centre,
Lissenhall, Swords, Co. Dublin.
(Christian Brothers)

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.



Click here For an outline of the Emmaus School Retreats.

For further information contact:

The Emmaus Centre,
Co. Dublin.

Tel: 01 870 0050 Email:

Dominican Retreat & Pastoral Centre,
Tallaght Village, Dublin.


School Retreats take place from September to May. Early booking is advised.

Retreats are offered to Senior students only: TYO, Fifth & Sixth years.

Groups of up to 40 facilitated (Occasionally more, but over 40 is not considered ideal)

Enquiries to :
The Secretary
Dominican Retreat Centre
Tallaght Village,
Dublin 24.

Tel: (01) 404 8123 or (01) 4048189


St Dominic's Retreat Centre
Ennismore, Montenotte, Cork.


School retreats are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Types of retreats:
Resting Spaces – Leaving Certs.
Crossing the Threshold – First years
Daring to Dream – TYO

Where suitable facilities exist the team is also willing to deliver the retreat in the school.

For further information contact:
Co-ordinator of School Retreats,
St. Dominic’s Retreat Centre,
Montenotte,                    Tel: 021 450 2520 or 021 451 8516
Cork.                               Email:

Grace Dieu Manor,
Tramore Rd. Waterford.

(Missionaries of the Sacred Heart)


Grace Dieu Manor provides Junior Programme, a Transition Year Programme and a Senior Programme.

They also host an Encounter Retreat which is facilitated by Christian Brothers retreat team in Mount Sion in Waterford.

For more information contact:
Dr. Finola Cunnane,
Grace Dieu Manor,
Tramore Rd.,

Tel: 051 374417 / 086-6395609
Email: /


Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre
Mount Sion, Barrack St., Waterford.


The mission of the Youth Ministry Programme at the Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre is to foster a safe, caring, welcoming and sacred environment for young people to explore, experience and celebrate God's presence in their lives.

Retreat Programmes for secondary school groups offered by Mount Sion Youth Ministry include:
Day Retreats/Reflection Days held in Mount Sion for all levels of Secondary School from 1st Year to 6th Year including Transition Years.

Encounter Experience for senior students: a peer led, 2.5 day residential programme based on the themes of encounter oneself, significant others and God in one's life.

For more information contact:
Bro. Ian Robertson or
Ms. Siobhán Ní Riain.
Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre
Mount Sion,
Barrack St.,       Fax: 051 841578 / Tel: 051 874390
Waterford.         Email:

Ballintubber Abbey, Co. Mayo

A fully qualified team (partly supported by the Tuam Diocese) is in place to conduct retreats for post primary students.
“The Quest” is the name given to the structure, content and aim of this retreat experience for young people.


For further information contact:
Ballintubber Abbey Retreat Experience,

Tel: 094 903 0934

Anchor house, 6, Crofton Tce. Dun Laoghaire

Click here to view website.
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.

• 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.

Peter Cronin,
Anchor House,
6, Crofton Tce.,                                     Tel: 01-2841105
Dun Laoghaire.                                    Email:


“The youth retreat in Knock creates a space and enables young people to go on that inward journey. In the context of their modern life, we reveal how the church and the sacraments have the power to transform their life!”

The programme here in Knock Includes:

  • Reconciliation & healing service
  • Meditation
  • TestimoniesStory & tour of Shrine ground
  • Trip to the museum
  • Visit to Cenacolo
  • Self-reflecting workshops.

Programme cost is €10 per student.

For further information contact:

The Director Of Youth Ministry,
Our Lady’s Shrine
Tel: (094) 9388100



Scala facilitates Senior and Junior retreats.



The Scala Team encourages young people to become attuned to themselves, others and the world around them, while being open to the spirit of Christ in their lives.

The retreat essentially provides the individual with an opportunity to reflect, engage and "realise" a spiritual understanding in the modern world.

For further information contact:
Redemptorist Youth Ministry,

Tel: 021 435 8800

Fax: 021 435 9696