Ballintubber Abbey Retreat Experience for Young People

Built in 1216AD by King Cathal O'Connor - A place of prayer and pilgrimage for 1500 years since the time of Patrick. Today thousands of visitors come to be immersed in its faith-filled story as portrayed in the unique stations of the Cross and Rosary Way in the landscaped grounds.

Tochar Phadraig

The ancient pilgrim path to Croagh Patrick from the Abbey. Each week groups of people journey along this way in search of meaning.

The Celtic Furrow

Traces our own cultural and spiritual quest for meaning through 5000 years of rich heritage - a heritage that can have an important influence on our choices that affect the future. Church Island

This very ancient sacred place of prayer and pathways of quiet reflection is unique, with its monastic ruins and restored medieval church. Best suited for senior students who have first experienced the various elements of the Quest Programme and for Third Level. Retreat Centre

For the past number of years Ballintubber Abbey has been established as a centre for Adult and Confirmation Retreats. A Fully Qualified Team (Partly supported by the Tuam Archdiocese) is now in place to conduct retreats also for

  • 1st & 2nd Year Post Primary Students 3rd Year Post Primary Students

  • Transition Year Students

  • 5th and 6th year Post Primary Students

  • Third Level Students

The Quest

The Quest is the overall name given to the structure, content and aim of this Retreat Experience For Young people.

  • It caters for the different stages of Faith Development and Spiritual Search of young people

  • The Retreat Experience is followed up through contact and Resource materials supplied to school and parish

  • It links up with certain aspects of the religious education syllabus for post primary schools

  • It takes place at the different locations depending on the programme for each particular year

Practical Information

  • Meal: (a) Students can bring packed lunch (b) Lunch/Meal can be supplied with prior notice & arrangement

  • Clothing: As some of the Retreat experience takes place outdoor, raingear and warm clothing is essential, as well as a change of footwear if walking the Tochar

  • Numbers: The maximum number, because of the interactive nature of the retreat, is 30 (or class of 35 maximum)

  • Time: The duration of the day’s experience is six hours - usually from 10am - 4.00pm. Some flexibility in starting time can be accommodated when necessary

  • Teacher: A teacher must accompany the students, (preferably a teacher of religion)

How to find us

For Further information please contact:

Phone + 353 (0) 94 903 0934

Fax: + 353 (0) 94 903 0018

Email: btubabbey1@eircom.net