It surprises many to know that Tallaght was a place of pilgrimage for a thousand years, in memory of St Maelruan who founded a monastery here in 769 AD. The monastery was devastated by the Vikings in 811. It survived, however, for at least another three centuries. The beautiful Stowe Missal came from here, as well as other valuable books, such as the Martyrology of Aengus, and the Martyrology of Tallaght.
A large tapestry in the main conference room shows the three ages of Tallaght: the ancient monastic settlement (8th century), the mediaeval period (a 14th-century tower, now an oratory, forms part of the Priory buildings), and modern times.
School retreats take place from September to May. We welcome groups of up to150 students, from 6th class up to Leaving Certificate. We welcome students of all faiths and none. The Facilitators come from a variety of youth work backgrounds: all have undergone graduate and some have post-graduate studies in Spirituality, Theology, Relationships and Sexuality, Communication, Addictions Studies, Mental health etc. Through reflection, discussion, meditation, games, students are helped to explore their hopes and dreams as well as their difficulties. Students say they feel affirmed and restored, during what is often the most bonding day of their school years. Special themes can be tailored to meet group requirements.
9.30am—2.30pm. Cost: €18.00 per person includes refreshments at breaks. Students can bring a packed lunch, or we can provide homemade soup for €3 per student.
9.30am—1.00 pm. Cost: €12 per student (incl. fruit juice and biscuits at break).
Dates can be secured by deposit over phone, Early booking is advised.
The Centre is equipped with free wi-fi, flip-charts, data projectors, projection screen, CD players, etc. Giftshop: Books; also a range of gifts: pottery, wood carvings, photo cards, and ’Tallaght crosses’—all handmade in the Centre; candles, incense, etc. Free parking for participants. Extensive walled gardens with ancient trees, long walks, and a Labyrinth.