Blessing of St. Dominic’s Well, January 5th, January 6th

The Annual Blessing of St. Dominic’s Well at Esker took place on Sunday January 5th, and on Monday January 6th (Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord). The Procession to the Well took place following the 11am Mass in the Esker Church.

The tradition of blessing the Well on these days goes back into the mists of history, and dates from the Dominican times here in this place. People come from near and far to take home the blessed water, for sprinkling over and praying over their land, their farm animals, their crops.  There are many stories of blessings received, of animals recovering when all hope seems lost.

While most people come on one or other of these two days in January, others come on

Esker Redemptorist Church and Monastery

days throughout the year.

May the prayers of St. Dominic, and of the many Dominican martyrs from the Athenry Community over the centuries, be with us all, to protect and bless us.


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Esker Church, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – and beyond


(Follow the Star to find us at     H65 XA36! )

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)- Christmas Eve: Tuesday 24th: From 9am to 3pm, please come to Monastery. From 3pm to 5pm, priest available in the Church.

Christmas Eve:          6pm  Family Mass

Christmas Eve 11.30pm:   Christmas Carols, followed by Midnight Mass of the Nativity

(Crib figures in Liscannor Church, Co. Clare)

Christmas Day:         Mass 8am,  11 am.

St. Stephen’s Day     10am Mass only (no 8am Mass!)

The Shepherds: Liscannor Church, Co. Clare)

Friday 27th and Sat. 28th:     8am and 10am

Sunday 29th:            8am   11am

Monday 30th:  8am & 10am

NEW YEAR’S EVE, TUESDAY 31st December:    Special New Year’s Eve Mass at 9pm

NEW YEAR’S DAY:    Mass 8am and 10am

ST DOMINIC’S WELL:  Sunday January 5th, and Monday Jan. 6th, 8am and 11am:  PROCESSION AND BLESSING OF ST. DOMINIC’S WELL after 11am Mass on both days. Blessed water traditionally taken and sprinkled on houses, land and farm animals.

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Upcoming Events in Esker, December 2019 – April 2020


Jamuary 17-19:  Marriage Preparation Weekend

January 25th:  Mindfulness Day – Carmel Sheridan MA, M.Sc.

January 26-31   Private Retreat

February 1st:  Celtic Spring Celebration, 5pm -6pm, outdoors: come prepared for the weather.

February 15-16:  Heal Your Life Workshop: Join us for a two-day powerful, transformational workshop, based on the philosophy of Louise L. Hay. Pre-booking essential. Contact Paula McLoughlin 087- 9786086


February 27-28:  Youth Ministry Re-Connect

February 28-March 1:  Bethany Training Weekend:  for parish-based groups to support others in their grieving journey.

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.

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 Early bookings are recommended.

Enquiries to Secretary Esker, 091 844007 or

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, 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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Pre Marriage Weekend: 2020 dates: next weekend January 17-19, 2020.







Thank you for holding in prayer the couples who will be  in Esker for their Marriage Preparation on October 4th-6th.   May they be immensely blessed by God.

Please pass the word about this and other Pre-Marriage weekends in Esker.


Dates for 2020:  January 17-19:  March 27-29:  June 12-14 (NOTE CHANGE from June 5-7):  October 2-4.

These are some of the comments from recent weekends: 

‘A fantastic weekend, very informative; topics relevant, speakers fantastic and very honest. A great chance for any couple to talk without…mobile phones. And the ground around beautiful and the food only fab’

‘More awareness, marketing and advertising of these courses. It could be promoted on FB and social media.’

‘Thanks for a fantastic weekend. We really enjoyed it and have taken lots away from it.’

‘Very well run weekend… We really liked both couples.  We learned a lot…’ 

‘We enjoyed the weekend and took more from it than we had hoped, with very high expectations.’

‘We heard about the course from … past participants’.

‘Thank you sincerely from both of us. It was a very special and inclusive weekend of essentially important knowledge, sharing in helping us prepare for our sacrament of Marriage…Thanks!

Contact 091 844007, or email

DATES 2019:

January 25th – 27th     (Friday 8pm to after lunch on Sunday) (completed)

March  29th -31st  -  (completed)

May 10th – 12th:     Friday 8pm to after lunch on Sunday. (completed)

October 4th – 6th


Cost per Couple is €260

A wedding for a day, a marriage is for every day!’

‘I freely recommend this programme and I pray for the couples and priests who present it. May the Lord continue to bless your work in Esker.’ Criost linn, John Kirby, Bishop of Clonfert

A Residential Weekend, from Friday evening 8pm to after lunch on Sunday. Sandwiches galore etc. on arrival. Everything supplied. Just bring yourselves!

Feedback from recent Esker Pre-Marriage Weekends:

  • ‘Excellent. Will recommend to others.’
  • ‘We found the weekend very rewarding and insightful. We really enjoyed it and would highly recommend to our friends. Thanks to the married couples for their very honest and brave feedback on married life, and thanks to …. for their kindness and knowledge. We’ll be forever grateful.’
  • Thank you to everyone who talked…’
  • Didn’t know what to expect, loved the weekend and think every couple would benefit from it…’
  • ‘We appreciated the honest feedback from all the married couples.’
  • ‘Excellent weekend, thanks again for sharing your experiences: we hope to use your advice and tools along the way.’
  • ‘Thank you to all the couples for your honest and open accounts of married life’
  • Thank you to all involve, the weekend was well structured, on depth and well presented. We have both learned some valuable lessons to help prepare us for married life.
  • Really enjoyed the course, we both got so much out of it. It was lovely  being in Esker,-  the accommodation, food and hospitality was excellent.
  • Amazing weekend. Very grateful. Thank you.
  • Thank you for your generous spirit over the weekend.
  • Very enjoyable weekend. Nice and relaxed environment.
  • We felt the course was absolutely fantastic. Thank you to the couples…. for being so honest. It makes you realise that some of the things that you go through in a relationship aren’t that disastrous and you can work through them.
  • It was lovely to hear from real couples. It really opened up the lines of communication for us and we are much closer and stronger as a result. Thank you so much for sharing your personal experiences with us.
  • Overall, a wonderful weekend, great experience. Will most definitely benefit us in our future. Great food. Well run.
  • …Stronger relationship coming out of the weekend. An incredible, life-changing experience I would say. I feel renewed in my own faith and excited about building our relationship with God as a couple. We both thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • We found the course to be really great in preparing us for married life ahead. Everyone involved was very open and welcoming and it was great to draw from the experience of the married couples. We will definitely recommend the course to all of our friends.
  • Thank you so much for really helping me and N grow more in love and more stronger this weekend. What a magical weekend – we cannot thank you enough.
  • This course was amazing. Would highly recommend to people. Team are fantastic and very honest and open which is really nice to be a part of.
  • Thank you for your commitment in giving the course. Your dedication really comes through. The course is really well run … Really enjoyed the openness and candour of the speaking couples and the time and technique of writing to each other. Thank you.
  • This weekend was the most special thing we have ever done for our relationship. The generosity of spirit of all the w/e team was outstanding, we feel very grateful for having experienced it.
  • It brought us closer together and gave us good tools to help us maintain unity through our marriage. We found the course speakers excellent and open. Than you for your time. We highly recommend this course.

Feedback continued:

  • ‘V impressed by the weekend. We appreciate the time and openness of the couples who facilitated, and especially as it was done on a volunteer basis.’
  • ‘Coming to the course, we were not sure what to expect. For both of us the weekend has been a powerful and emotional path of discovery. It was honest and thought provoking. We enjoyed the experience immensely and will definitely recommend it to friends.’
  • ‘It was a beautiful experience for both of us, giving us life-skills and hope, that hopefully one day we will look back and say we are as happy after 30 years as the day we met, through your help and guidance.’
  • ‘Excellent all round!’
  • ‘Valuable, reflective and thoughtful experience – the honesty and genuineness of the team is hugely motivating and inspiring. Plenty of thinking for our future marriage – highly recommend this! Keep up the excellent work.’
  • ‘This was an excellent course – it gave an insight into marriage and how as a couple we can make our marriage work in a loving way and in the presence of God. The time the team gives you is amazing. Thank you.’
  • ‘We expect that this weekend will stand to us tremendously in the long run. We appreciated the open and honest approach of the couples, facilitators and team couples. We’re delighted that we came.’
  • ‘Great weekend, very helpful on all aspects of married life. Honesty and openness of the teams made the course very relevant to the real life problems or issues that we will face. Lovely atmosphere.’

Click here or go to ‘What we do’ on Homepage, for details about our PreMarriage Courses, and also to read comments from couples who have experienced this course in Esker in the past two years.

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CONFIRMATION RETREATS: -an Invitation to Parishes and Schools  re                                                              ‘THE ESKER EXPERIENCE’                                                                                                     for your CONFIRMATION STUDENTS.

(Photo: Crossing the Shakey Bridge – the rope bridge at Carrickareed, Co. Antrim).

For information and bookings, contact:

Esker Youth Ministry, Redemptorist Monastery, Esker, Athenry, Co. Galway.
(091) 850367, (091) 844007 (086)0889515


Click here for photo of the Esker Youth Ministry Team, taken Sept. 8th, 2015.

The Esker Experience: We on the Esker Youth Team try to make these young people as welcome as we possibly can,- ‘Welcome’ is our middle name in Esker! We treat them with the deepest respect, we listen to them, hear their issues, engage with them, give them the chance to experience meditation if they want it. We try to celebrate life with them, to invite them to learn wonder again,- at nature, at themselves, at the people around them, at life with all its challenges and opportunities. We keep our feet on the ground with them, even as we try to show them (‘sometimes even with words’) the face of Jesus for them. We invite them to see themselves reflected in his eyes, and to become more aware of ‘the wonder of their being’. And we all have plenty of fun in the process!

We may not cover the things that they are doing already in preparation for Confirmation, but we believe that if they can ‘open the door to Christ’ in their lives, that the Holy Spirit will then come upon them as promised. ‘Friendship with Christ is a true sign of being an adult in the faith’. We remember also a quotation by Bryan McMahon, the late Listowel Teacher and Writer, when he quoted his Primary School Teacher: ‘I fell in love with human nature, and through human nature I fell is love with God.’ We try to keep our humanity at the core of the day.

The day normally ends with a celebration of Eucharist, in which they are greatly involved.

During break times, they normally get a chance to explore the beautiful grounds of Esker, and play in the ‘forest’ as some of them call it.

POST CONFIRMATION (RE)TREATS:  we can also offer a Day Away in Esker, for the same young people, after their have received the Sacrament. Such a day would give them an opportunity to talk about the whole experience, and how they feel after it.  It gives a chance to explore where they could go from this point onwards.  This accords with the practice in the ancient church where people received some preparation for the Sacraments, but then explored more deeply the mystery and experience, after they had received the sacrament.

Finally, such a day can be, in a parish,  a moment of special bonding with these young people as they begin their adult lives, and can be a bridge to strengthening these bonds with them through their secondary-level years.





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Second-Level Retreats 2019-2020- ‘Come Apart and Rest Awhile’


Blossoming: - Life, to the full!

Redemptorist Youth Ministry



 Esker Youth Ministry, Redemptorist Monastery, Esker, Athenry, Co. Galway. Email address:
Phone us on (091) 850367, (091) 844007 (086)0889515

‘Come apart and rest awhile’ – a time apart, a time away from the rush of life, to get the bigger picture, to be in touch with our humanity, our hungers, questions, and our deeper selves. Journeying to the heart. ‘Where do we begin? Begin with the heart!’  (Meister Eckhart). Together, we come to see and love our full human dignity, our worth, our calling.

Our Irish Redemptorist Youth Ministry Statement:

“Inspired by Jesus Christ, we engage with young people in exploring faith and life issues, and journey with them in discovering their worth, and their potential to live life in service of others.”

For information about Second-level Retreats in and from Esker, from September 2018- to May 2019, contact us now.

Note: Our contact details from September are as follows:

Retreat? A time to Re-Charge! Time out, time away, time alone, time with others. A time to bond with classmates, as you face into a new year of life. Come apart by yourselves, and rest awhile!’  (Mark 6:31)

Click here for photo of Esker Youth Ministry Team, 2015, taken on Sept. 8, 2015.




The following schools have been to Esker between September and December 2015:

St. Mary’s College Rathmines, Clongowes Wood College, Crescent College Comprehensive Limerick, Colaiste Pobal Acla (Achill), Blackrock College Dublin, Holy Child School Killiney, Jesus & Mary Secondary School Salerno Galway, St Columba’s College Stranorlar Co. Donegal, Sacred Heart Secondary School Westport Co. Mayo, Scoil Muire Ballinasloe Co Galway, Our Lady’s School Templeogue Rd Terenure Dublin, St. Joseph’s Secondary School Tulla Co. Clare, Mercy College Sligo, St. David’s Holy Faith Greystones Co. Wicklow, Tuam Youthreach, Portumna Community School Co Galway, Killina Presentation Secondary School Rahan Tullamore Co Offaly,  CBS Boys School Roscommon. Some other groups have come from schools, with their own team, for retreats or for training.

The following schools have been here in Esker

Presentation Athenry
CBS Roscommon
Ard Scoil Mhuire Ballinasloe
Mount St. Michael Claremorris
Salerno, Galway
Mc Hale College Tuam
Garbally College
Calasanctus College Oranmore
Seamount College Kinvara
Clongowes College
Holy Rosary Mountbellew
St. Jarlaths Tuam
Gortnor Abbey Crossmolina
St. Gerards Bray

Themes for each Year Group Retreat:

First Year: Crossing the bridge

Second Year: Friendship

Third Year: Who am I?

TYs: Masks

Fifth Year: Relationships

Sixth Year: Saying Yes to Life.

Bonding days

Self Esteem Programme

Leadership days

(All of the above can be offered as overnight programmes)

As always we listen to the needs of the students and tailor our programme to suit each group that comes to us.   Each retreat will include meditation and mindfulness and students will leave with practical skills on how to de-stress.  Each retreat will have an element of prayer and as we are blessed with the beauty which surrounds us here in Esker we use the opportunity to connect them with nature.  Esker also offers the potential to give retreats to large groups (up to 100) and can cater for overnight groups.

MEITHEAL PROGRAMME: Our second Meitheal Group was commissioned here in Esker on August 28th, 2016: these students have done their Meitheal  Leadership Training in May, and were commissioned to use their skills during the coming school year, with other students. We wish them well. This latest group came from Gort, MountBellew, Athenry, Presentation College Galway, and Ballinasloe. It is an intensive residential training programme based on the values of Justice, Compassion and Humility.  ’Act justly, Love tenderly, Walk humbly with your God’ is their motto.  TY students are trained in communication, planning, leadership and a committee is established and roles given.  Links are maintained with the school and the young people throughout the year.  We hope to offer this programme to more schools next year.

Some schools last year asked us to do bonding days with first and fifth years so we have also developed programmes for this along with a programme on Self Esteem.

You probably like to get some dates on the wall calendar at the beginning of the year before it gets too hectic, so here’s some suggestions on top of the school events.

We invite you to take a glance at our programme and facilities here in Esker at the following link Should you have any queries about our programmes please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are now accepting bookings for the coming academic year.

There will be other updates during the year so if you would like to hear about news from Esker please email us to that effect.



We in Esker and the Esker Youth Ministry Team want to wish Lizzie Harrison well, as she leaves her role here in Esker, for personal and family reasons. We will miss her greatly, as she has put great energy and creativity into your role as Youth Ministry Co-ordinator, over these past two years. God bless you, Lizzie, and Thanks a million for your commitment and faith and hard work. 


Planning for retreats for students,- a time for them to be ‘new again’! A time for students to grow together, to bond, to discover ‘the inner sea’ of their own hearts and lives. 

Click here to see our Schools Brochure:

The following schools have been to Esker between September and December 2015:

St. Mary’s College Rathmines, Clongowes Wood College, Crescent College Comprehensive Limerick, Colaiste Pobal Acla (Achill), Blackrock College Dublin, Holy Child School Killiney, Jesus & Mary Secondary School Salerno Galway, St Columba’s College Stranorlar Co. Donegal, Sacred Heart Secondary School Westport Co. Mayo, Scoil Muire Ballinasloe Co Galway, Our Lady’s School Templeogue Rd Terenure Dublin, St. Joseph’s Secondary School Tulla Co. Clare, Mercy College Sligo, St. David’s Holy Faith Greystones Co. Wicklow, Tuam Youthreach, Portumna Community School Co Galway, Killina Presentation Secondary School Rahan Tullamore Co Offaly,  CBS Boys School Roscommon. Some other groups have come from schools, with their own team, for retreats or for training.



Esker Monastery, Retreat Centre, and Youth Village, outside Athenry in County Galway, is a place of great welcome, a human place, a place where people can relax and experience life and togetherness at a different pace and in a different space.

We offer ‘THE ESKER EXPERIENCE’ for Young People, in our Esker Youth Village, -

A welcome for each person

an opportunity to

  • come away together to a quiet place, to enjoy the natural beauty of our walks, the peace and tranquility of the more than 30 acres of woodland and open spaces
  • to have fun, activities and reflective time
  • to celebrate together their own humanity, and affirm their dignity and self-worth
  • to bond with each other in their group
  • to voice their questions, doubts and struggles, in a safe place where they are listened to and respected
  • to come with no faith or lots of faith,- and anything in between,- and other faith backgrounds also
  • to discover and uncover the gift of who they are as young human beings
  • to see, if they wish, their own wonder and worth in the face and eyes of Jesus.

The Esker Youth Team offers this ESKER EXPERIENCE , to explore with them prayer, bonding, reflecting about themselves, about God, about the world. We seek to strengthen their skills of awareness, stillness, and being part of something greater.

As a team, we aim to be professional, caring, and in touch with today’s youth.

Growing at our own pace, full of hope...

We use art, music, clay, discussion, ice-breakers, meditation, games, writing, drama, in the course of this time apart.

We offer the opportunity to celebrate forgiveness and reconciliation, and to celebrate Eucharist with joy and energy and involvement.

We believe, with Simone Weil, that ‘You don’t have to go far to find God! Just notice things!

THE ESKER EXPERIENCE is offered to Primary (6th Class), Secondary, and Third-level students. It is offered as well to Youth Groups and other groupings of young adults. It can be for single days and for over-nights.  We also travel out to schools, occasionally.

For further information about schools and other retreats and events, contact Esker 091 844007/091 844549,  email

We are within two hours of Dublin, on the M6, to Exit 16, Kiltullagh: follow signs to Kiltullagh, then from there to Esker Monastery..

Find School Retreats, click here , or find us under What We Do, or click on School Retreats, opposite.

Comments from recent students:

TY’s: ‘Overall, the retreat was amazing. I really benefited from it and I wish we could have done an overnight.’:  ’…the meditation and the group of girls together’: ‘I wished we were there for longer’: ‘I really enjoyed the retreat and would love to go back again.’:

LCerts: ”…It will be one thing from my Leaving Cert that I will always remember.’ :  ’I really, really enjoyed the retreat and it will most likely be the highlight of this whole year for me.!’  ’Bonding with my year and chatting with my friends’. ‘I found the meditation very good and relaxing.’ ‘I loved the walk around the woods’. ‘It was really good fun and a great experience’. ‘I felt there was a right amount of everything…it was great.’ ‘Really enjoyed the experience, will always remember it and will definitely return. Thank you for the experience.’

Themes we explore during these Days Apart: (Click here)

Booking Form:  (Click here)

Photos of the Youth Village in Esker:  (Click here for  Gallery)

Photos of the beautiful grounds of Esker (Click here or see Gallery)


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Youth Ministry Team, Esker

Here is a photo of the Esker Youth Ministry Team, taken at a recent gathering of all the Redemptorist Youth Ministry Teams, held in late February, in Dublin. Also a photo of the entire group – teams from Clonard Monastery Belfast, from SCALA in Cork, from St. Joseph’s Dundalk, and from Esker – at the training days.













A recent gathering of people involved with Redemptorist Youth Ministry, at a training day in Dublin.





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What Milo (7) in Esker showed me about the Icon

Milo's Photo of a detail of the Icon

Milo and his Mom and his Grandmother were in Esker on the last day of the visit of the Pilgrim Icon of the Mother of Perpetual Help, in April 2016. His response to the icon and his photograph of it,  opened up a whole new understanding for me of the meaning of the Icon. Follow the story in this six-minute video released by Redemptorist Communications on June 1st, 2017 as the Novena season began.

Click here to view the video ‘Mother of Perpetual Help – Reflection on the Icon’ by Séamus Devitt C.Ss.R.

Séamus Devitt C.Ss.R., Esker.

The Pilgrim Icon (April 2106) just before leaving Esker. Here's where Milo took his own photo.












Milo, with his Mom, Grandmother and Fr. Seamus Devitt


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ENGLISH:   European Monasteries: Esker:

ESKER Redemptorist Monastery, Retreat Centre and Youth Village is located in the West of Ireland, two hours from Dublin, and 25 minutes from Galway City.

For almost 300 years, ESKER has been a place of prayer,- first under the Domincan Friars until 1889, later under the local Diocese of Clonfert, and since 1901 under the care of the Redemptorists of the Irish Province. In the Irish language, it is known as Eiscir na mBráthar,- Esker of the Friars.

ESKER is a Soul Space in the countryside, about 5k from the medieval town of Athenry. The spacious grounds give people time and space to meditate, to let go of stress. Here you find a community of about 18 Redemptorist brothers and priests. The Esker Retreat Centre welcomes people from all parts, from Ireland and overseas, for short or longer periods, for silent time or to take part on programmes offered. Esker also serves as a convenient base from which groups can visit various places of interest in the West of Ireland.

The Esker Youth Village caters for Youth Retreats and Youth Groups, with sleeping  accommodation for 68 young people in two dormitories of 34 bunks each, with rooms for meetings, meditation space, and a Village Chapel.

The Esker Redemptorist Community offers you A Hundred Thousand Welcomes,  a Céad Míle Fáilte!

Our Website is

Contact us by email on, or telephone The Secretary (353)  (0)91 844007, or The Manager (353) (0)91 850361.

IRISH / GAELIC/ AS GAEILGE:  Mainistreacha sa hEorap: 

European Monasteries:

Tá ESKER – Mainistir, Ionad do Chúrsaí Spioradálta agus Sráidbhaile don Óige d’Ord an tSlánaitheora suite in Iarthar an hÉireann, dhá uair an chloig ó Bhaile Átha Cliath agus 25 nóiméad ó Chathair na Gaillimhe.

Ar feadh beagnach 300 bliain, tá Eiscir ina ionad urnaí, – ar dtús faoi na Bráithre Doiminiceacha go dtí 1889, ina dhiaidh sin faoi Dheoise áitiúil Chluain Fearta, agus ó 1901 tá sé faoi chúram Órd an tSlánaitheora in Eirinn. I nGaeilge tugtar Eiscir na mBráthar orainn.

Spás Anama faoin tuath atá in Eiscir, timpeall 5 chiliméadar ó bhaile meánaoiseach Bhaile Átha an Rí. Tugtar am agus spás do dhaoine sna tailte fairsinge chun machnamh a dhéanamh agus ligean le strus. Tá pobal anseo de 18 mbráthair agus sagart d’Ord an tSlánaitheora. Cuirtear fáilte ag Ionad do Chúrsaí Spioradálta Eiscir roimh dhaoine as gach cearn d’Éirinn agus as thar lear, ar feadh tréimhsí gearra nó níos faide, le haghaidh am ciúin nó chun páirt a ghlacadh sna cláir a chuirtear ar fáil. Tá Eiscir mar bhunáit áisiúil chomh maith ónar féidir le grúpaí cuairt a thabhairt ar áiteanna is díol spéise in Iarthar na hÉireann.

Freastalaíonn Sráidbhaile don Óige Eiscir ar Chúrsaí Spioradálta don Óige agus ar Ghrúpaí Óige, le cóiríocht do 68 duine óg in dhá shuanlios ina bhfuil 34 bunc an ceann, agus seomraí le haghaidh cruinnithe, spás machnaimh, agus Séipéal an tSráidbhaile.

Cuireann Pobal an tSlánaitheora Eiscir céad míle fáilte romhat!

Is é ár suíomh gréasáin

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ITALIANO:  ITALIAN: Monasteri Europei 


Il monastero Redentorista, il Centro  Ritiri e il Villaggio per giovani di ESKER, è situato all’Ovest di Irlanda,a  due ore da Dublino, e a 25 minuti dalla città di Galway.

Per almeno 300 anni, Esker è stato un luogo di preghiera, prima sotto i Frati Domenicani fino al 1889, dopo sotto la diocesi locale di Clonfert, e dal 1901 sotto la guida dei Redentoristi della Provincia  Irlandese. Nella lingua irlandese, è conosciuta come Eiscir namBráthar, Esker dei Frati.

ESKER è “spazio per l’anima” in mezzo alla campagna, a circa 5 km dalla città medievale di Athenry. Il terreno spazioso offre alla gente tempo e spazio per meditare e per liberarsi dello stress. Qui puoi trovare una comunità di circa 18 Redentoristi, fratelli e presbiteri. Il Centro Ritiri di Esker accoglie persone da ogni parte, da Irlanda e da oltre mare, per periodi brevi o lunghi, per un tempo di silenzio o per partecipare ai programmi che vi sono proposti. Esker serve anche da comoda base, a partire dalla quale i gruppi possono visitare vari luoghi di interesse nell’Ovest di Irlanda.

Il Villaggio per giovani di Esker procura ritiri per giovani e gruppi giovanili, con posti letto per 68 giovani in due dormitori di 34 letti a castello ciascuno, con stanze per incontri, spazio meditativo, e una Cappella per il Villaggio. La comunità Redentorista di Esker ti offe “centomila volte il benvenuto”, Céad Míle Fáilte!

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P. Serafino Fiori. C.Ss.R.

Español:  SPANISH:   Monasterios Europeos 

(European Monasteries)

ESKER Monasterio Redentorista, Centro de Retiro y Pueblo Juvenil esta situado en el Oste de Irlanda, a dos horas de Dublín, y a 25 minutos de la ciudad de Galway. Desde hace casi 300 años, ESKER ha sido un lugar de oración,- primero bajo la influencia de los Frailes Dominicos hasta 1889 mas tarde bajo la  Conferencia de la diócesis, y desde 1901 bajo el cuidado de los Redentoristas de la Provincia de Irlanda. En el idioma de Irlanda es conocido como Eiscir na mBráthar,- Esker de los Frailes.

ESKER es un sitio solitario en es campo, a unos 5K de la ciudad medieval  de Athenry. Los terrenos extensos proporciona  a la gente tiempo y espacio para meditar, ya para olvidarse del estrés. Hay una comunidad de unos 18 hermanos y sacerdotes Redentorista. El centro de Retiro Esker es visitado por gente de todas partes de Irlanda y del extranjero para periodos cortos o largos, para tiempo en silencio o para participar en los programas que ofrecemos. Esker sirve como base desde el cual los grupos pueden visitar varios sitos de interés en el Oste de Irlanda

El pueblo juvenil Esker proporciona retiros para jóvenes y reuniones de gropos juveniles, con capacidad de acomodar 68 jóvenes en dos dormitorios de 34 literas cada uno, con salas para reuniones, y espacios para meditación, y una Capilla.

La Comunidad Redentorista de Esker te ofrece cien mil bienvenidos, Céad Míle Fáilte! que es la manera de dar la bienvenida en el idioma de Irlanda.

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Língua Portuguesa:  PORTUGUESE: Mosteiros Europeus: Esker


(European Monasteries):

O Mosteiro de ESKER, com uma Casa de retiro e uma Colônia de férias para jovens, situa-se no oeste da Irlanda, distante duas hora de Dublim e vinte e cinco minutos da cidade de Galway.

Por ao menos 300 anos, ESKER tem sido um lugar de oração, – primeiramente aos cuidados dos frades dominicanos até 1889, depois da Diocese de Clonfert, e desde 1901 dos redentoristas da Província irlandesa. Na língua irlandesa, é conhecida como Eiscir na mBráthar, – Esker dos frades.

ESKER é “um espaço para a alma” no meio do campo, a cerca de 5 km da cidade medieval de Athenry. O terreno espaçoso oferece às pessoas tempo e espaço para meditar e libertar-se do estresse. Aqui se encontra uma comunidade com cerca de 18 redentoristas, irmão e padres. A Casa de retiros de Esker acolhe pessoas de todas as partes, da Irlanda e de além mar, por curtos ou longos períodos, para um tempo de silêncio ou para participar dos programas oferecidos. Esker também serve como uma base conveniente da qual se pode visitar vários lugares interessantes no oeste da Irlanda.

A Colônia de férias de Esker fornece retiros para jovens e grupos juvenis, com espaço para dormir, para 68 jovens em dois dormitórios de 34 beliches em cada um, com salas para reuniões, espaço meditativo, e uma Capela para a Colônia.

A Comunidade Redentorista de Esker lhe oferece “cem vezes as boas-vindas”, Céad Míle Fáilte!

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Pode-se contatar via e-mail: ou por telefone na secretaria (353) (0)91 844007, ou com o diretor (353) (0)91 850361.

FRANÇAIS:  Monastères Européens: Esker.

European Monasteries:

Le monastère Redemptorist Esker, le centre de Retraite et le village des jeunes se situent a l’ouest de l’Irlande a deux heures de route de Dublin et a 25 minutes de Galway.

Pendant pres de 300 ans, Esker a été un lieu de prière d’abord sous les “Friars Dominicains” jusqu’en 1889 puis plus tard sous le “Diocese de Clonfert” et depuis 1901 sous les Redemptorists de la Province Irlandaise. En Irlandais Esker est connu sous le nom “Eiscir na mBrathar”,- Esker de Friars.

Esker est un espace pour l’amé a la campagne a a peu pres 5 kilomètres de la ville médiévale de Athenry. Le terrain spacieux donne aux visiteurs le temps et l’espace pour méditer et de débarrasser de leur stress. Ici vous trouverez une communauté de 18 frères et prêtres.

Le centre de retraite de Esker accueille des personnes de partout, de l’Irlande et de l’étranger pour des périodes courtes ou plus longues pour un temps de silence ou pour participer aux programmes proposes.

Esker peut aussi server de base a partir de laquelle des groupes peuvent visiter les sites touristiques à l’ouest de l’Irlande.

Le village des jeunes a Esker accueille des groupes de jusqu’ a 68 jeunes. Ils peuvent séjourner dans 2 dortoir es de 34 lits, des salles de réunion, des espaces méditation et une chapelle au village.

La communauté Redemptorist a Esker vous souhaite 100,000 bienvenues.

Deutsche:  GERMAN:  Europäischen Klöster: Esker.

(European Monasteries):

ESKER: Das Redemptoristen-Kloster, Besinnungszentrum und Jugenddorf Esker liegt im Westen von Irland, zwei Fahrstunden von Dublin entfernt, 25 Minuten von der Stadt Galway, und ungefähr 5 km von dem mittelalterlichen Städtchen Athenry. Für wenigstens 300 Jahre ist Esker schon ein Ort des Gebets gewesen: zuerst, bis 1889, durch die Anwesenheit der Dominikaner-mönche, danach unter der für den Ort zuständigen Diözese Clonfert, und seit 1901 unter der Obhut der Redemptoristen der irischen Ordensprovinz. In irischer Sprache ist Esker bekannt als „Eiscir na mBráthar“, das heißt „Esker von den Brüdern“.

Es ist wirklich ein in schöne Landschaft eingebetteter „Ort für die Seele“. Die weite Landschaft lädt den Besucher ein, allen Stress zu lassen und zur Selbstbesinnung zu kommen. Hier nun wohnen als Gemeinschaft die derzeit 18 Redemptoristen: Patres (Priester) und Brüder. Das angeschlossene Besinnungszentrum steht als Haus zur religiösen Einkehr allen Menschen offen; allen, die – ob aus Irland oder anderen Ländern kommend – eine kurze oder auch längere Zeit  hier verbringen möchten. Dieser Aufenthalt kann als Zeit der Stille erlebt werden oder mehr in Gemeinschaft, im Rahmen der angebotenen Programme. Esker ist auch ein geeigneter Platz, von wo aus  verschiedene sehenswerte Orte der Umgebung im Westen von Irland (z.B. Athenry) besucht werden können.

Das Esker „Jugenddorf“ bietet Einkehrtage für Jugendliche an, auch für Gruppen. Es bestehen Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten für 68 Personen, nämlich in zwei  Schlafsälen mit jeweils 34 Etagenbett-Plätzen. Außer den Versammlungsräumen und den für die Meditation bestimmten Orten hat das Dorf auch eine Kapelle.

Die Kommunität der Redemptoristen von Esker heißt Sie / heißt Dich / darum von Herzen willkommen, auf Irisch „hunderttausendmal“: Céad Míle Fáilte!

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POLSKI: POLISH:   “Europejskie Klasztory”/ “Europejskich Klasztorów”: Esker.

European Monsteries –  ESKER – Klasztor Redemptorystów, Centrum Odnowy Duchowej i Centrum Młodzieżowe znajduje się w zachodniej Irlandii, dwie godziny od Dublina i 25 minut od Galway.

Od prawie 300-tu lat, Esker jest miejscem modlitwy – początkowo, aż do 1889 roku pod opieką braci Dominikanów, później lokalnej diecezji Clonfert, a od 1901 roku pod opieką Redemptorystów z prowincji Irlandzkiej. W języku irlandzkim, znany jest jako Eiscir na mBráthar – Esker Braci.

ESKER jest miejscem Duchowym w odosobnioonej okolicy, około 5km od średniowiecznego miasta Athenry. Rozległe tereny oferują czas i miejsce do medytacji i pozbycia sie codziennego stresu. Tutaj znajdziesz wspólnotę około 18 braci Redemptorystów i księży. Centrum Odnowy Duchowej ESKER wita wszystkich z różnych stron, z Irlandii i zagranicy, na krótki lub dłuższy okres, na cichy, spokojny pobyt lub udział w oferowanych programach. Esker stanowi również doskonałą bazę wypadową, z której grupy mogą odwiedzić ciekawe miejsca w zachodniej Irlandii.

Centrum Młodzieży ESKER jest przeznaczony na rekolekcje i dla grup młodzieżowych, z miejscami noclegowymi dla 68 młodych ludzi w dwóch akademikach, każdy z 34 łóżkami piętrowymi, z pokojami do spotkań, miejscem do medytacji i lokalną kaplicą.

Wspólnota Redemptorystow ESKER wita serdecznie, Céad Mile Fáilte!

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NEDERLANDS:  DUTCH:  Europese Kloosters.Esker.

European Monasteries:

Esker, een klooster van de Redemptoristen, retraitehuis en Jongeren Dorp is gevestigd in het westen van Ierland, twee uur reizen van Dublin en 25 minuten van Galway City.

Esker is al bijna 300 jaar een plek van gebed, – allereerst van de Dominicanen tot 1889; daarna van het Bisdom van Clonfert, en sinds 1901 aan de zorg van de Redemptoristen van die Ierse Provincie toevertrouwd. In het Iers is het bekend als –Eiscir na mBráthar, – Esker van de Broeders’

Esker is een bezielde plaats op het platteland, ongeveer 5 kilometer van de middeleeuwse stad Athenbury. Het weidse landgoed geeft mensen tijd en ruimte om te mediteren, om van spanningen los te komen. Hier zult u een religieuze gemeenschap van 18 Redemptoristen broeders en paters vinden. Het Esker Retraite Center verwelkomt mensen uit alle delen van Ierland en de wereld, voor kortere of langere perioden, voor een tijd van stilte, of om deel te nemen aan de beschikbaar gestelde programma’s. Esker bied ook een geschikte basis waarvandaan de verschillende interessante plekken in het Westen van Ierland bezocht kunnen  worden.

Het Esker Jongeren Dorp bied Jongeren retraites en Jongeren groepen, slaapaccommodaties voor 68 jonge mensen in twee slaapzalen met elk 34 bedden, met kamers voor ontmoeting, meditatie ruimtes en een dorps kapel.

De Esker Redemptorististen Communiteit wenst u een Honderd Duizend Welkoms – een Ceád Míle Fáilte!

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