Upcoming Events, March – April 2020



March 6-8th:  CENTERING PRAYER:  Take some quiet time-out the will enable you to better receive the gift of Christ’s presence and action in your life, during a weekend of contemplative prayer, stillness, solitude and reflection. Facilitator: Niamh Brennan. Early booking recommended. SEE CAROUSEL.

March 13-16: Zen Group

March 21:  Mindfulness Day – Carmel Sheridan

March 27-29:  Marriage Preparation Weekend. See Carousel.

April 3-5:  Beginning Experience

April 6-7: Paper Boat Opera

Holy Week begins Sunday April 5th… EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 12th. 

April 9-12:  EASTER TRIDUUM RETREAT (Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday morning):  Facilitator: Séamus Devitt C.Ss.R. Open to everyone.  091 844007 Esker.

April 13-19:  Foyer of Charity

April 24-26:  Matt Talbot Weekend

April 25:  Mindfulness Day – Carmel Sheridan



School Retreats:  Meantime, from now until the end of May, there are School Retreats, from Leaving Cert age down to Confirmation Classes. For information on what our Youth Ministry Team can offer you, contact Youth Ministry Office 091 850298, or email eskeryouthministry@gmail.com. Early bookings are recommended.

Enquiries to Secretary Esker, 091 844007 or info@redemptoristsesker.ie

How to find us:  Esker Monastery and Retreat Centre is about three miles from Athenry Town, towards Kiltullagh. Eircode is H65XA36

Esker Youth Ministry continues most weeks, for students from 6th Class up to 6th Year: Enquiries to eskeryouthministry@gmail.com, or to 091 850298: day retreats and over-night retreats: also bonding-days for students. 


Pilgrimages, Summer Camps, Youth Events -the Village as a Base:  Our facilities are available for rental, provided certain conditions are met.  The facilities are also available for  Youth Group Events. Our Youth Village facilities and/or Retreat House can make an excellent base for groups, from Ireland and Overseas,  who wish to go on Pilgrimage from here to various sacred places and shrines in the West,- eg. Knock, CroaghPatrick, Ballintubber Abbey, Clonmacnoise, Clonfert,-   or to visit Connemara or the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.

The Youth Village has two dormitories with bunk beds; each dormitory can sleep about 35. There are also separate sleeping facilities in each, for adult leaders. The ‘Rambling House’ is a place where groups can prepare their own food, if they wish. The Retreat House has plenty of accommodation also, subject to availability.

Among the facilities we have available on site are an 18 hole Pitch & Putt course and a variety of wooded walks.

In our retreats, we take time to celebrate the humanity of each young person, affirming their dignity and worth, hearing their questions and struggles, and seeking to show them who they truly are, through the face and eyes of Jesus Christ, as made in the image and likeness of their Creator. We work so that they will experience themselves and others with truth and real joy, by the time they leave us for home. We place before them food for the journey of Life. When possible, we end each retreat with a celebration of Eucharist with the students.

We offer One-Day Retreats/Reflection Days, and also Residential Retreats. Parishes offer a day in Esker as a special gift to their Confirmation Children, with an early start and arriving for 9.30am or so, departing around 2.30 or 3pm, when possible.

The beauty of the spacious grounds is another part of the experience for all who come to Esker, as is the beauty and simplicity of the Youth Village itself – an old converted farmyard.

In Esker, once a Dominican Foundation, now a Redemptorist Community, “Welcome” is our middle name! Everyone who comes is a V.I.P.

Contact 091 844007

Esker, a Soul Space. Photo: Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R.

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