Pre Marriage Courses 2022

The Esker Pre Marriage Course is probably in the premiership of marriage preparation. This  is a residential weekend beginning on the Friday evening at 8pm, and ending at lunchtime on Sunday.It is conducted by married couples, and gives the couple an opportunity to examine all aspects of their relationship in a caring and understanding environment. At a time when it is probably more difficult than in the past to sustain a life-giving relationship, this weekend is strongly recommended for those who wish to make a success of their marriage.

(Note to Priests: The Esker Marriage Preparation Course is an approved course for couples: it has been approved by the Bishop of Clonfert, in 2014. It is the policy of the Irish Episcopal Conference that particular marriage preparation courses receive Catholic Church approval from the Ordinary in whose diocese they occur.

Why this Course? This residential course provides couples with the tools for a successful marriage on a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of wedding preparations and other distractions. It focuses on the couple relationship and provides a framework for healthy communication and growth to build a strong marriage.

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 – on behalf of the Irish Bishops.

You can book online  or  for further information you can contact Esker Retreat Centre    091 844007/844549, or email 

Dates for pre marriage weekends 2022.

Jan 14th, 15th, 16th 

March 11th, 12th, 13th.

May 20th, 21st, 22nd

September 23rd, 24th, 25th


Cost per Couple is €260. It includes  accommodation and all your meals for the weekend.  Couples arrive at 8pm on the Friday and the course concludes after your lunch on the Sunday at approx 2pm.

March 11-13 Pre Marriage Preparation Weekend (Mar 11 - Mar 13 2022)

Price: EUR100.00

Date: March 11, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited

May 20-22 Pre Marriage Preparation Weekend (May 20 - May 22 2022)

Price: EUR100.00

Date: May 20, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited

September 23-25 Pre Marriage Preparation Weekend (Sept 23 - Sept 25 2022)

Price: EUR100.00

Date: September 23, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited