Dominican Retreat Centre

    Programme of events 2019

    DEAR FRIENDS…. Welcome for the eighty-third season of programmes and retreats at the Dominican Retreat    Centre, Tallaght.  It is a pleasure to open our doors to so many people who are seeking depth and peace in these stormy times.  The waves may rise up about us, but the Lord is in our boat.  A retreat is a time to hear him say, “Why are you fearful?” (Mt 8:26)

    PROGRAMMES.  We invite you to come here to rest, to stay overnight, to pray, to meditate, and to reflect in an atmosphere of tranquillity.  Many of the Retreats, as you see from the list, are in the traditional form.  We also have retreats and workshops on Tai-chi, pottery, Zen, etc.  Wisely, these have been called “ways to the Way.”  In today’s complex world many people have some knowledge and experience of different spiritual paths, and as Christians we are challenged to connect these to the great tradition.  It was the genius of St Dominic to make connections rather than disconnections.  In this Retreat Centre, in our modest way, we try to gather many streams into the one great stream of Christian spirituality.  “My feet are planted in the ground of my faith,” wrote Jean Vanier, “but my arms are wide open.”

    THE CENTRE is set in Tallaght Village 12 km from Dublin city centre.  It has been in continuous use as a retreat centre for over 80 years.  The 18th-century Walled Garden offers tranquillity for mindful walking, spaces to sit, to pray, to meditate.   It is full of ancient and unusual trees, the most special one being ‘Maelruan’s Tree’, one of the oldest walnuts in Ireland. (For an article on this tree, see our website, ‘Jacob’s Well’, 2015).  There is also the ‘Lime Garden’ (named for its five giant lime trees); in it you will find the Labyrinth, to connect the inner and outer spiritual movements in your life. 

    We welcome individuals, as well as large and small groups.  Retreats and events are open to people of all faiths and denominations. There is a refreshing open hospitable atmosphere for workshops, seminars, conferences or gatherings. Set on four floors, the Centre has one large and four smaller conference rooms.  The large conference room can hold up to 100 people; the smaller ones about 20.   Other rooms are available for one-to-one sessions or small group meetings.  There are two sitting-rooms with comfortable couches and a relaxing atmosphere. The Oratory gives a sense of peace and sacred space.  We are happy to facilitate Baptisms, Weddings, Anniversaries or special occasions.  Parking is free for all participants.  We can cater for 30 people on a residential basis.  Additional camp beds available for big groups.  There is a lift to all floors.  

    YOU ARE WELCOME!  Please tell us in   advance if you have special dietary   requirements.  We will do our best to care for youBut please remember that we are not qualified to care for the sick.  Whether you are returning for another retreat or coming to us for the first time, we look forward to welcoming you. 
    Donagh O’Shea OP (Director)               Anita Kenny (Assistant Director)

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