Kylemore Abbey

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Our mission is to create a vibrant, educational, intellectual and spiritual center where Notre Dame and Irish students can engage with each other. The Kylemore Abbey Global Center works closely with the Dublin Global Gateway to dynamically broaden Notre Dame’s engagement within Ireland and foster international connectivity, serving as a conduit between campus and the wider European and American university network.

Program activities at Kylemore are comprised of courses, retreats, and cultural opportunities that enliven our students’ experience and enhance Notre Dame’s mission in Ireland. We focus on academic excellence, faith formation via connectivity and partnership with the Benedictine community at Kylemore, and community outreach.

The Kylemore Abbey Global Center is located in St. Joseph’s Hall, a self-contained building adjacent to the main Abbey building on the Kylemore Abbey Estate. Kylemore is located in the beautiful Connemara region in County Galway, approximately 77km from Galway City.  Click here to view our location. The nearest towns are Letterfrack (5km) and Clifden (19 km).

About the Benedictine Community

The Benedictine Community at Kylemore Abbey is an enclosed Monastic Order. The feast day of St Benedict, the patron saint of students, is July 11. Considered to be one of the oldest religious monastic traditions dating from the fifth century, the community at Kylemore Abbey was founded in 1920 by the nuns who fled Belgium during World War 1. The community prays three times each day: Lauds at 7:30 a.m., Mass at 12:15 p.m., and Vespers at 6.00 p.m.

Kylemore Abbey Global Center is happy to coordinate involvement with the Benedictine Community and expose students to their commercial activities which include the chocolate-making facility, produce, pottery, and selection of handmade products. The community also provides lectures in patristics and can offer spiritual retreats for those interested.

Notre Dame in Ireland

In addition to Kylemore Abbey, the University of Notre Dame has several major initiatives in Ireland:

Nestled in the heart of Georgian Dublin, the Dublin Global Gateway hosts academic programs and summer internships for both undergraduate and graduate students. Modern facilities make this Gateway—also known as the Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Center and the O’Connell House—an ideal location for scholarly conferences and special events of up to 80 participants.

Notre Dame has agreed to steward Newman University Church in Dublin, and to found there the Notre Dame–Newman Center for Faith and Reason. Built by the then-rector of University College Dublin, Blessed John Henry Newman, the church opened in 1856 and has since been an iconic landmark in Dublin’s city center and a testament to the harmony of faith and reason.