The Kylemore Abbey Estate is now CLOSED as a precautionary measure in line with Government guidelines. We look forward to welcoming you to the Estate when we reopen. 


Kylemore Abbey Annual Easter Event


We are sorry to say that annual Easter event to be held on Easter Sunday (12 April) has been deferred, but plans are being made to host a similar event when the estate reopens. The Easter event is always full of trails, treats, and nature, in the surrounds of the stunning Victorian Walled Garden and the team at Kylemore looks forward to bringing this magic and adventure to visitor and families later in the year. Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates and some Easter fun!


kylemore castle history

Due to the serious global Coronavirus pandemic and in line with the difficult decisions taken by many national and international visitor attractions, Kylemore Abbey will remain closed indefinitely.

At this stage (March 30, 2020) Kylemore Trust cannot confirm a date for re-opening of Kylemore Abbey & Gardens – and like many organizations cannot plan with certainty for large gatherings in the coming months.  Sadly, this means that planning for Reunion events at Kylemore for June 2020 is not possible.

The Benedictine community is deeply disappointed at the postponement of this event – sharing the sadness of hundreds of past pupils who had planned to attend and the organizers who have worked so hard to make the Reunion a reality, and in particular Sharon Molloy, who has worked tirelessly in leading the Reunion plans.

However, in the interest of clarity and in order to allow those who planned to Connemara to revise their plans, we need to share this unfortunate news in a timely manner.  With the help of Sharon, past pupils and Kylemore staff we hope that the Reunion will take place in June 2021.

The Kylemore Trust & the Benedictine nuns are committed to making the Kylemore Abbey School Reunion in 2021 a very special occasion for all alumnae. The nuns look forward to welcoming alumnae back to Kylemore and hosting a happy and memorable celebration, free from the shadow of Coronavirus and the personal pain which it will entail for so many friends, alumnae and staff.

The prayers of the Benedictine community are offered daily for all those being affected by this global tragedy – especially the alumnae and staff of Kylemore Abbey. PAX.

Estate Closed due to Severe Weather Warning

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens will remain closed due to the severe weather warning issued for tomorrow, Saturday 29th February by Met Eireann. The estate will reopen Sunday morning at 10am. Please head warnings to avoid unnecessary travel and we look forward to greeting you once the wind and rain has abated!




Very severe winds associated with Storm Jorge (Hor-hay) on Saturday.
Westerly winds will reach mean speeds of 85 to 100km/h in places on Saturday afternoon with gusts of 130 to 145km/h, with an elevated risk of coastal flooding.

Issued: 16:00 Friday 28/02/2020

Valid from: 13:00 Saturday 29/02/2020 to 16:00 Saturday 29/02/2020



Some severe winds expected during Saturday associated with Storm Jorge (Hor-hay). Southwest quickly veering west and later northwest will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h, possibly higher in very exposed areas with an elevated risk of coastal flooding.

Issued: 11:00 Thursday 27/02/2020

Valid from: 06:00 Saturday 29/02/2020 to 03:00 Sunday 01/03/2020

Special edition of Nationwide from Kylemore Abbey RTE1 7PM Monday March 2nd

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens will feature on a special dedicated episode of Nationwide RTE 1, this Monday, March 2nd at 7pm. Presented by Anne Cassin, Nationwide is one of RTE’s flagship programmes which transcends the rural urban divide and has a dedicated audience over a wide demographic. This week’s episode was filmed over three days at Kylemore and looks at many facets of the life of the Benedictine nuns at Kylemore as they celebrate their Centenary year. The order arrived at Kylemore on December 4th, 1920, finally finding a permanent home in Ireland after fleeing war torn Europe at the start of WW1.

Anne Cassin speaks to members of the Benedictine Community at Kylemore including the Mother Abbess, Maire Hickey OSB, M. Magdalena FitzGibbon OSB, who is well known for her work in developing the Kylemore estate over many years, Sr. Genevieve Harrington OSB who runs the Soapery and Chocolate Kitchen at Kylemore and Sr. Karol O’Connell OSB who runs the beloved music school at Kylemore. Also featured will be key staff at Kylemore including Abbey and Gothic Church manager, Eithne O’Halloran, Head Gardener, Anja Gohlke, Executive Director of the Kylemore Trust, Conor Coyne, and Communications Specialist for Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, Jessica Ridge.

The programme will give an insight into the history, current community life and future plans of this ancient order of nuns who are currently in the process of building a new Monastery at Kylemore. M. Maire explains the mission of the community and their plans to bring a new era of growth and continued spirituality with the first female Benedictine monastery to be built in Ireland for over 400 years. This new home for the community will welcome visitors – monastic and lay – seeking a place of tranquillity, prayer and pilgrimage. Most importantly it will ensure the space and environment to support new vocations.

The New Monastery-Looking to the future

February 13th saw a momentous occasion here as the Abbess Máire Hickey laid the first brick of the new Monastery.

The Benedictine Community is at the heart of Kylemore Abbey since 1920. Their centenary year is being marked with this exciting project.  The 14-month building programme of phase 1 is due to be completed on Dec 4th; 100 years since the arrival of the Sisters to Kylemore.

The new Monastery is the most significant milestone of the past century at Kylemore- it is the first female Benedictine monastery to be built in Ireland in over 400 years. Today the community consists of 10 nuns who also welcome long-term monastic quests from abroad- including Britain, the US, Canada, Tongo, Rwanda, India, China, Europe, and the Ukraine.

The Monastery will support new vocations and provide a Guesthouse for lay guests and retreats. The nuns will host day retreats and programs for groups and individuals at the new Monastery, offering simplicity, meditation, and prayer in the inspiring surrounds of Kylemore.  Fr George delivered a blessing and  Mass which was attended by  Kylemore Trust Executive Director Conor Coyne, staff members, and the local community.

Centering Prayer retreat in preparation of Holy week and Easter

“Death is not the end of anything, but the final completion of a process and the triumph of the grace of God”.

A Centering Prayer retreat entitled  ‘The gift of life.: Death and Dying, Life and Living’ will take place at Kylemore Abbey from March 30th to April 3rd. This retreat offers the retreatant a deep immersion in the silence of Centering Prayer and will be enhanced by the opportunity to join the daily Offices of the Benedictine Community.

The retreat will be facilitated by Fionnuala Quinn O.P., Coordinator of Contemplative Outreach Dublin and Lesley Ann O’Connor who serves on the global team for Contemplative Outreach. The retreat will include DVDs featuring Fr Thomasa Keating, Lectio Divinia and one on one conversations with retreat facilitators.

For further details please contact Mary Carroll on 095 52011 or

Weekend music in the neo-Gothic Church

Enjoy a series of traditional and contemporary music performances for every Saturday and Sunday until March 29th. Join singer, songwriter, Eileen Keane for an intimate performance of traditional and contemporary songs on Saturdays at 2.30 pm and brother and sister duo James and Isabelle Ruddy for traditional Irish music on Sundays also at 2.30 pm. Performances are informal and included in the cost of your visit to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden. Book your discounted ticket online now at

The neo-Gothic Church at Kylemore

Fully Booked! Ignite Gospel Choir

We look forward to hosting Galway’s Fabulous Ignite Gospel Choir in the neo- Gothic Church tomorrow afternoon, Jaunary 5th. The concert is Fully Booked and open to those with reserved tickets only.

The Church will close to visitors from 3.45pm. Ignite promise to raise the roof and we hope to raise a nice sum to donate to Women’s Aid on the Eve of Nollaig na MBan!

This is just one of the many concerts we will be holding during the coming year so watch out for announcements here and via our Social Media Channels!



Christmas Masses at Kylemore Abbey

All are welcome to join the Benedictine community for Mass or Divine Office in the Monastic Church, directly beside the Visitor Centre.

Christmas Eve

1st Vespers of the Nativity-5.00 pm

Vigil Mass –8.30 pm

Mass –9.00 pm

Christmas Day

Lauds followed by Mass –9.00 am

2nd Vespers of the Nativity –5.00 pm

St. Stephen’s Day

Mass –12.15 pm

Vespers -5.00 pm

Come, let us adore him