Events 2020:

We at Galilee are putting your safety first. We are and will remain fully up to date with all COVID safety requirements.  The Centre is currently closed.   Do check out our online programme (hover under Programme). 


Active Hope Online Workshops

Following our Active Hope workshops in February and June, we will have a series of workshops taking a group through the full Active Hope Cycle.  With Dr Connie Nell, social anthropologist. She writes:

Active Hope is about negotiating a response to crisis. What role can we, as individuals, play in the transition to a life-sustaining society? How can we connect, develop resilience and contribute to this change? The workshops follow the four steps outlined in work by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone: in the process we will show our gratitude, honour the pain, see with new eyes and go forth into action… The subheading of their book ‘Active Hope’ (2012) captures the spirit perfectly: ‘How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy’.

Although each of these workshops will stand alone, to get the most out of the series, we strongly recommend that participants plan to take part in all five sessions. First workshop Thursday, November 19th, 7.30pm (Please note that this date has changed from that advertised). Booking .

Then Wednesdays December 9th, February 10th, March 24 and May 12th.

€10 per session or €40 for the five.


Boyle Cares: November 26th

If you live in the Boyle area please join this initiative which lets everyone in Boyle know that they are part of a caring community. This community mental health initiative is co-hosted by Galilee and our wonderful Family Resource Centre. There will be an online coffee morning, displays of children’s artwork around the town, random acts of kindness, and other activities.  Enquiries :


Comfort My People: The First Readings of Advent.

With Fr Noel Rooney.

(online programme) from November 23rd. 

In Advent the Church selects readings to draw us more deeply into the mystery of the season. In these four short videos Fr Noel Rooney introduces the reading, its context and characters, and helps us to connect it with our own Advent journey.

  1. The Work of your Hands
  2. Comfort my People
  3. Good News to the Poor
  4. Promises to Keep.

Fr Noel Rooney is a priest of the Diocese of Elphin, currently serving in St Joseph’s parish in Sligo town. Fr Noel studied Scripture in the Biblical Institute in Rome and graduated with a licence in Sacred Scripture (LSS).

Available on our Online Programmes page from November 23rd (just hover under ‘Programmes.’)



Online Advent Retreat with Sr Finola Cunnane: Advent Invitations for COVID Times.

Part 1: Recording available from 30th November.

Part 2: December 5th 10.30-1.00pm via Zoom.

The year 2020 has been a year like no other.  As Covid-19 arrived on our shores, it brought with it change and uncertainty, loss and grief, confusion and worry, cocooning and new ways of living, challenges and undiscovered opportunities.   As we journey more deeply into this Advent Season, we begin to hear again the words of Isaiah, “See, I am doing a new thing”.  Can we see what God is doing through the invitations of this Advent Season – the invitations to listen, to hope, to uncover and discover the hidden treasures residing deep within my being?  This time of reflection will give us the space to pay attention as to how we are and to notice some new and life-giving invitations for each of us as we open our hearts to receive Christ’s gifts this Christmas time and beyond.

Part 1 will be recorded material uploaded on to our website (see the online programmes button under ‘Programme’) and then Part 2 will be a ‘live’ Zoom gathering on December 5th.  €25. All welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

Dr. Finola Cunnane, SSL is a St. Louis Sister with wide experience in Retreat giving and accompanying people on their life journeys.  As an Education Consultant, Finola has lectured in education, scripture, theology, spirituality, pastoral care and counselling in Ireland and internationally.  Her publications include New Directions in Religious Education as well as several hundred articles.



Caring for our Common Home:  Coming together with Laudato Sí (Pope Francis’ letter to the world on the environment)

With presenter Ms Jane Mellett, Laudato Sí Officer, Trócaire.

Awakening: What in the world is happening?                                    October 20th
Conversion: A Spirituality Which Includes All that Lives.               October 27th
Connection: The Big Picture of the Web of Life.                                 February 16th
Action: Getting down to Working for our Future.                              February 23rd

These four evenings will explore the climate crisis: the science, the spirituality and some of the solutions. A short presentation will be followed by questions and a facilitated discussion.

October 20, 27. February 16, 23. 7.30 – 8.30pm via Zoom.

Co-hosted by the Diocese of Elphin, Galilee Spirituality Centre, and Trócaire, with Ms Josephine Stoker. Details, bookings,

Link:              Meeting ID:   8761715260     Password: 270420


Climate Change Webinar

Galilee’s climate symposium has moved online this year and focuses on biodiversity, local environmental issues and how each of us can make a difference.

Keynote speaker: Dr Liam Lysaght, Biodiversity Data Centre Ireland. Tracking Change in Ireland’s Biodiversity: How Everyone can Play their Part.


Ms Juanita Browne: Project Officer, All Ireland Pollinator Plan

Mr Michael Ewing: Development Officer, Environmental Pillar

Dr Connie Nell: Social Anthropologist, Sligo Environmental Network.  

October 31st 10.30-12.30. Booking . All welcome!

Join Zoom Meeting 



Winter in the Quiet Garden

Cancelled due to level 5 COVID restrictions. We hope to see you in the garden in December.

Wrap up and join us for prayer and reflection exploring the spirituality of winter.

Galilee Team.  November 8th 2.00-4.00pm. Booking

This depends on COVID restrictions – please check before coming!



That Your Love May Overflow (Phil 1): Exploring Acts and the Letters of St Paul

Online Series: September 2020
Access these recordings at your own pace and in any order. Click ‘online programmes’ under’ Programme.’


(i)         The Acts of the Apostles: a Community of Faith. Philomena Clare.
(ii)        What Acts tells us about the Women of the Early Church.  Marian Mortell
(iii)       Paul: Considering the Man and his Message. Dympna Mallon
(iv)       Philippians: Paul’s Joyful Letter. Dr Jessie Rogers
At various times in the Church’s year we hear readings from the Acts of the Apostles and the letters of St Paul. How can we understand these and relate them to our own lives? In these four short videos our presenters will give an introduction to these scriptures which will help us make sense of the world of the early Church and how these readings can speak to us today



Advent Stations by Candlelight, in the Quiet Garden.

Wrap up and join us for an Advent meditation in the Quiet Garden.

Galilee Team. December 19th, 6.00pm.  Booking

This depends on COVID restrictions – please check before coming!


Pastoral Supervision and Reflection for People in Ministry

Personal pastoral supervision is available in person and via Zoom.  Please contact Anne:

A pastoral reflection group will begin in September via Zoom. This group will meet once a month for ministry reflection and support. This is now full. If you would be interested in this kind of group it may be possible to start another group after Christmas. Please contact Anne:



Coming up when we’re back…

The Spirituality of Recovery: A Practical day for Families Affected by Addiction

With Mr Sean Harty

Spirituality is a personal search for meaning in life, for connection with all things and for the experience of a power beyond oneself.  This day of reflection and support will allow us all to express and discuss the importance of spirituality and Addiction Recovery. Shared experiences and mutual respect for each other will allow this day to take us on a journey.

€20 per person or €25 per couple. €10 unwaged including lunch.

Sean Harty is an Accredited Addiction Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor with Addiction Counsellors of Ireland. He is also serving as Chairperson of this organisation for the past four years. Sean is a graduate of NUIG and LIT Limerick. He is an advocate for all mental health services and engages with Government to have the best services possible for those who require professional help.



Herb and Flower Growing for Healthy Living

With Richard Kennedy

Richard begin this course in March and he will be back!


Cost €5, including materials and refreshments.  This series will be relaxed, fun and practical – with time for planting and growing.

Richard Kennedy is both a gardening expert and owner or Courtdale Horticulture and a Christian lay minister. He will combine these roles to lead us in a Lenten journey of discovery in the world of gardening and spirituality.



Caring for the Carers

With Mary O’Connor and Ian Neylon

Exploring the emotional reality of caring for a relative at home, and finding ways to resource yourself for this task. This will be a time to refresh yourself, to meet, share and learn from other carers and an opportunity to support and resource each other.

€10 including lunch. Places limited, booking essential. All welcome

Mary has worked in spirituality, human development and facilitation for many years. Ian was a Marist brother for thirty years and qualified in Osteopathy, Naturopathy and counselling. Mary and Ian, returned to Boyle in 2009 to care for her mother who died in 2019.


Day for families who have experienced the loss of a baby before or after birth.

With Ms Ann Charlton, chaplain of the Rotunda Hospital and Dr Anne Francis

A gentle time to explore your experience (recent or past) in a safe and healing environment.  A spiritual approach to grief, loss and life. All welcome, from any faith background and none.

€20 per person or €25 per couple. €10 unwaged. Including lunch.  Over 18’s. Places limited, booking essential 071-966-4101.


Mary for our time

With Ian Neylon and Mary O’Connor

Letting Mary, mother of Jesus, emerge from scripture in a new light.

Learning from her, how to engage in the opportunity and challenge, that she holds out to us, in opening our lives to God and humanity today.  €5.  All Welcome.

Mary has worked in spirituality, human development and facilitation for many years in the UK. Ian was a Marist brother for thirty years and qualified in Osteopathy, Naturopathy and counselling.



Regular Happenings at Galilee

Morning And Evening Prayer

All are welcome to join us for:

  • Morning Prayer 9:15-9.40am, Tues-Thurs.
  • Evening Prayer 6pm Tues, Wed.

Mindfulness Centered Meditation

7.00-7.45 Mondays

Finding peace in a busy world.  Meditation is a way to live more mindfully and a way of finding greater happiness, becoming less anxious and more energized. It teaches us the skills to help us focus on one thing at a time.  It helps us to pray by bringing us to stillness where we can listen to our God. All are welcome and no previous experience is required.

“Reflection on the Sunday Readings

Welcome any Thursday or every Thursday.

All are welcome to join us for a cuppa and a scone at 7:30. At 8pm we gather around an open fire to study the scripture and search it for meaning in light of our day to day living.

  • Cuppa at 7:30pm
  • Discussion 8.00-9.00pm
  • Prayer 9:00-9:20
  • Welcome for all or part of the evening.

Taizé Prayer : Quiet Prayer with Music from Taizé

  • Friday
  • Last Friday of every Month
  • 9-10 pm
Jesus on the Cross

Day Retreats

Individuals or groups interested in a few hours or a full day of retreat should phone 071 966 4101 or email to make arrangements. Team members are available to lead retreats by arrangement.

This is an opportunity for people to receive guidance in scripture and prayer over a four day/four week period. You do not need experience or biblical expertise to do this.

People who make this retreat find it a non-threatening and positive, experience a renewal of spirit and greater confidence in reading and praying the scripture. It is available all through the year by arrangement at a date and time that suits you.

Some people have availed of this type of retreat to prepare for Christmas and Easter.

Overnight stay can be arranged.