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Retreats in 2018


11th Blessing of engaged couples
14th Irish Army
23rd – 25th Lenten Retreat – “There Must Be Something Else” Philip McParland
25th Preparing for Lent - Fr. Richard


1st – 4th Cursillo (Men’s Retreat)
8th – 11th Cursillo (Women's Retreat)
24th Catholic Nurses Guild
25th Parish Retreat
29th Mar – 1st April Easter Triduum


1st - 8th Franciscans of the Renewal (Private Retreat)
15th Family Retreat Day
20th – 22nd Bosco McColgan Retreat
22nd Parish Retreat
29th Family Retreat Day


4th – 6th "Awakening the Beauty of You" – Margaret Gallagher
6th Parish Retreat
8th – 13th Mindfulness Ireland
16th - 17th YMCA Cork
20th Parish Retreat
27th Parish Retreat


4th – 7th Raphoe Diocesan Retreat
8th – 10th Christian Mindfulness – Fr. Richard
10th – 14th Interdiocesan Retreat
15th Lumen Christi
17th Parish Retreat
22nd Lumen Christi
24th Parish Retreat
29th June – 1st July Annie Deary


2nd – 7th Benedictine Silent Retreat (Men)
8th – 10th Benedictine Silent Retreat (Women)
10th – 14th Transformation Retreat
21st July – 9th August St Columcille Institute of Christendom College, USA


9th – 12th Matt Talbot Retreat
12th 19th Iconographers
31st August – 2nd September Walking with the Mystics:


5th Butyeko Breathing
10th - 14th Raphoe Clergy Retreat
21st – 23rd Courage & Renewal Retreat


4th – 7th Cursillo Men’s Retreat
6th Blessing of the Animals
11th – 14th Cursillo Women's Retreat


4th Parish Retreat Day


7th-9th Ards Advent Retreat

Christmas Market

Welcome to the 
Website for Ards Retreat & Conference Centre

Ards offers a full range of retreats throughout the year both private and directed. We also facilitate many day retreats for individuals or groups who simply want to refocus their lives. A special welcome is extended to parishes and schools as well as individuals who wish to spend a few days in quiet reflection or just connecting with the beauty of nature. All are most welcome.

The Retreat Centre lies on the Wild Atlantic Way and is nestled in 200km of woodland on the shores of Sheephaven Bay. The extensive grounds offer a range of woodland walks and scenic views of the shore with the hills of Donegal as a backdrop.

Accommodation is available for those who wish to prolong their retreat or for anyone who simply wants a few days rest and relaxation in peace and quiet where they can unwind amidst the natural beauty of the Donegal countryside.

As from 1st January 2017 Ards Friary Retreat Centre is under new management comprising a cooperative ministry between the Diocese of Raphoe and the Capuchin Friars

Phone or email to book or for more information.
Tel: 074 91 38909 (Int: 00 353 74 91 38909)
Free Wifi available

Mass Times

Mon-Sat: 8am in the Oratory chapel
Sundays and Holy Days: 9am & 5.30pm


Mon-Sat: 11am-1pm , 3pm-5.30pm
Sunday 2.30pm-5.30pm
Please ring the bell by the confessional at the rear of the main church.

Retreat Centre Office Hours

Monday to Saturday: 11am - 4pm

Office Phone No: 074 91 38909 / 00353 74 91 38909 (from N.I. & abroad)

Coffee Dock & Shop Opening Hours

Saturday: 12 - 5.30pm
Sunday: 1 - 6.30pm

Friary Phone No: 074 91 38005 / 00353 74 91 38005 (from N.I. & abroad)

Shop Phone No: 074 91 38593 / 00353 74 91 38593 (from N.I. & abroad)

St Clare of Assisi - Fransciscan Saint

Franciscan Saints

St Clare of Assisi

What you hold may you always hold.
What you do, may you always do and never abandon.
But with swift pace, light step and unswerving feet,
so that even your steps stir up no dust,
Go forward, the spirit of our God has called you.

A blessing from St. Clare's second letter to Blessed Agnes of Prague

Ards Friary Retreat and Conference Centre, Creeslough, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Tel / Fax: +353 (0)74 913 8909 Email:
Retreats (preached, directed, private), Conferences, Seminars, periods of rest and relaxation, reflection, prayer and holidays