The idea for the Fr Peyton Memorial Centre originated from the Holy Cross Order, of which Fr Peyton was a member, and the Family Rosary, of which he was founder and president. On Friday 16th April 1993 it was announced that a centre in honour of Fr Peyton would be built in Attymass, his birthplace. The announcement was made during the opening of the convention of Mayo Associations in Castlebar by Fr David Farrell, Provincial Superior of the Eastern US Province of the congregation of the Holy Cross Order. The turning of the sod ceremony took place on August 1st 1997 with local TD Dr Tom Moffatt doing the honours of officially launching the building process of the Memorial Centre. The official dedication and opening took place on October 10th 1998. The Bishop of Achonry Dr Thomas Flynn opened and blessed the Centre.
The building has been erected as a visitors’ centre, a prayer centre and a place of pilgrimage. The centre is open to everyone with a charge of a small donation for adults. On the ground floor is the foyer with memorabilia of Fr Peyton and a photographic exhibition of Fr Peyton and his work; an oratory where a recording of Fr Peyton saying the Rosary plays constantly. Leading from the oratory is a contemplation garden in the shape of a cross. This garden is dedicated to peace in Ireland. The Presentation Room where the story of Fr Peyton is told with the assistance of slides, three dimension and video recordings, can seat up to 70 people. Also on the ground floor is a cafeteria where refreshments are available at all times. Upstairs there is a conference room and administrative office. The centre has 15 part time staff employed on a FAS Community Scheme.
Monday – Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Telephone 096 45374
Fax 096 45375
Director Della Ginley
Spiritual Director Fr Bart Salter, CSC