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Day Retreat July 23rd 2016

Join the Benedictine nuns of Kylemore Abbey for  a day of prayer, reflection and discussion at Kylemore Abbey. The day begins at 10.30 am with tea and coffee followed by a talk by Mr Francis Cousins on the topic “That they shall seek God’: The use of seeking debate in the Acts of the Apostles.” Mass will be held in the Benedictine chapel at 12.15pm, followed by a break for lunch. The retreat finishes at 3.15pm, leaving you time for private prayer or walking in the grounds.

Retreats are free of charge. Donations are acceptable.

Please contact the Community Secretary for more details on 095 52011 or email


Roger Broberg July 3rd 2016

Join classical guitarist Robert Broburg in a once in a life time performance in our neo-Gothic Church. Roger who is from Sweden will perform a selection of tunes both new and old in classical arrangements for your enjoyment. Performance begins at 2pm.





Hart Male Voice Choir June 21st 2016

The Hart Male Voice Choir from the United Kingdom will give an afternoon performance not to be missed in the beautiful setting of our neo-Gothic Church. Concert begins at 3pm, entry fee is included with your ticket for the Kylemore estate.


Connamara Bog Week Concerts at Kylemore Abbey


The magical Connamara Bog Week will take place from May 29th to June 6th this year. The long running festival is an eclectic mix of family fun, traditional music, poetry, art and ecology. The Benedictine Community of Kylemore Abbey have made the neo-Gothic Church at Kylemore available to the festival over the last few years as a venue for musical performances. This year Kylemore will host a total of three concerts as part of the festivities. On Sunday, 29th May ‘Bright Sparks’, featuring local soprano Annabella Lydon and several young contemporary folk artists, will perform at 8pm providing a great opportunity to support up and coming young talent in this truly beautiful setting. Saturday June 4th will see the Albeiz trio featuring Laoise Kelly on harp, Cormac Breathnach on low whistles and Tola Custy on fiddle perform at 8.00pm. The final concert in the series will take place (also at 8.00pm) on Sunday June 5th and will feature well known traditional musician Mairtín O’Connor and his family. Please remember that this is a truly intimate space with seating for 70, so booking is essential via the festival website

For further information contact Leo Hallissey on 085 1154629 email


A Very Special Guest



Tim and Carmel Stone at Kylemore Abbey

The Benedictine Community at Kylemore Abbey was delighted to welcome a very special guest at the end of April. Tim Stone, great-great grandson of Mitchell Henry, visited Kylemore for the first time with his wife, Carmel. Tim’s great-grandmother was Geraldine Henry Gilbert, who died in a tragic accident at Derryinver Bridge, Renvyle in 1892. Mitchell Henry, who had already lost his wife Margaret tragically in 1874, was devastated by this furthur loss and two years later he put the Kylemore estate up for sale. Although Tim had always been aware of his family history, it was not until this year that he managed to make the journey from his home in Vermont, USA. While in Connemara he visited the grave of his great-aunt Florence Henry and unveiled a plaque at Derryinver Bridge at the site of Geraldine’s tragic death. In Kylemore, Tim met with members of the Benedictine Community and placed flowers at the mauseoleum of Margaret and Mitchell Henry (where Mitchell Henry and his wife, Margaret, are laid). It was an emotionally charged visit for Tim and already there is talk of a Henry family reunion that would bring together all the remaining Henry family descendants from around the world.