Events 2020:

Online Prayer Each Thursday

Due to the COVID19 outbreak the centre is closed until it is safe to reopen We will review then and hope to see you soon. Meanwhile we invite you to join us in praying for everyone affected by the virus. In particular, we hope you can join us (virtually) on Thursdays, 9.00-9.30pm for prayer. Let us know you are with us in spirit by getting in touch or 071-966-4101 and let us know any prayer needs. If you would like to send a photo of your candle or prayer space please do so by email or on our Facebook or Twitter accounts. Blessings to all. The Galilee Team


Active Hope Workshop

with Kathryn McCabe

How can we be active in the current climate crisis, and keep hope alive for ourselves and others?


You are invited to an evening workshop which will explore our inner resources for resilience and connection to other people and our world. Through a series of activities drawing on Joanna Macy’s practice and Social Ecology, Kathryn will help us to explore our own responses to the state of the planet, connect more deeply with others and create space for new perspectives and new energy for meaningful action in our own lives.

Tuesday, February 4th, 6.30-9.30pm. Cost €20 All Welcome.

Kathryn Mc Cabe MA is a social ecologist, professional facilitator and leadership development specialist. She studied Science and Applied Physics at Maynooth University, and Social Ecology in Australia which encouraged her to develop understandings of systems and led her to design strategies to help people engage with change and transformation.  She lectured at the University of Western Sydney, has worked internationally guiding NGOs and large multinationals towards sustainability and well-being. She is a published author in Social Ecology; Applying Ecological Thinking to Our Lives and Our Work.


Nourishment for People in Christian Ministry

Do you work in Christian ministry as an ordained minister, layperson, brother or sister? Would you like to meet with others in a supportive environment and prayerfully reflect on your ministry in the light of scripture? Please come to our regular pastoral reflection mornings  with Dr Anne Francis.

10.30 coffee, closing with lunch. €40 (waged) including lunch.  Booking essential

  • Thursday 19th March
  • Wednesday 13th May

*We are delighted to announce a day on Flourishing in Christian Ministry with Bishop Ken and Ms Helen Clarke: February 18th. Details below. .

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.

February 15th, 10.30am – 3.30pm.  €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.


 Soul Keeping: A Day on Flourishing for People in Christian Ministry

With Bishop Ken and Ms Helen Clarke.

Tired…over-busy…feeling dry…exhausted??  This is the day for you. Bishop Ken and Helen Clarke will lead us in a day of reflection and refreshment. They will explore the theme of ‘Soul Keeping.’ It will be biblically based, immensely practical and life related.  If you minister in a Christian church, in ordained or lay ministry, do consider coming along to this day of nourishment.

February 18th, 10.30am – 4.00pm Cost €40 (waged) including lunch. Booking, enquiries 071-966-4101.

Bishop Ken Clarke grew up in the same town as Rory McIlroy…. Holywood, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.  Helen grew up in Cork. They have 4 daughters and 5 grandchildren. Helen’s passion is to encourage younger leaders in their own spiritual growth and development.   Legacy is very important to her, not least in seeking to be a blessing to the 5 grandchildren. She loves to spend time with family & friends. Bishop Ken was Bishop of Kilmore Elphin and Ardagh for 12 years. He has led missions and preached at Conferences and Conventions in different parts of the world. Whenever possible Helen and Bishop Ken love to walk, to enjoy sun and sea and time to read.


Lent Retreat: “Living through Love in God’s Presence “(Eph1:4)

with Ms Carol Barry.

This retreat day at the beginning of Lent offers an opportunity to pause and enter more deeply into the season through the lens of living through love.

February 29th.  Beginning with tea/coffee at 10:30am and concluding at 4:00 pm. Cost €30, including refreshments and a light lunch.

Carol Barry is a retreat director, lecturer, spiritual director and practitioner of Bibliodrama, Godly Play and Deep talk; ministering here in Ireland and abroad. She has often come to Galilee to share with us and you always want her to come back!  We think you should book early for this one!





Herb and Flower Growing for Healthy Living –                                                     A Lenten Journey for Everyone.

With Richard Kennedy

Tuesdays of March 3rd, 10th, 24th, 31st  (not Tuesday 17th!) 7.30-9.30pm with tea. 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.

April 2nd 10.30am, closing with lunch. €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.

Saturday, April 4th, 10.30am-3.30pm.

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.


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Who Is Jesus? : Who do you say that I am? 

An exploration over four Wednesday evenings with Vince Murray.  7.30-9.30pm including tea. €5

  • April 22nd
  • April 29th
  • May 6th
  • May 13th

These four evenings will help participants to come to their own response to this question by exploring the ideas of some contemporary Christian thinkers, including Jose Pagola, Peter McVerry, Daniel O’Leary and Cynthia Bourgeault. These theologians, in their different ways, relate the life and teaching of Jesus to the spiritual journey of Christians today.

Vince Murray is the retired Director of Religious Education at St Angela’s College, Sligo.  He has journeyed a deepening and widening spiritual path and has in recent years increased in awareness of the presence of God in all human experience. He hopes that this course will awaken in participants an awareness of Jesus’ message of the divine beauty within us all.


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.

May 19th and 26th, 7.30-9.00pm, followed by tea,  €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.



Pentecost Retreat

May 23rd, with Sr Finola Cunnane. Details to follow.

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.