Retreats | Sabbaticals | Silence | Solitude | Ireland

A retreat centre where people of all faiths can immerse themselves in silence, solitude, and beauty along the west coast of Ireland.

Holy Hill Hermitage
Holy Hill Hermitage
Holy Hill Hermitage
Holy Hill Hermitage
Holy Hill Hermitage
Holy Hill Hermitage


A Taste of Holy Hill

This video was put together by Jess Mollison, one of the participants in the Young Adult Program this fall.  Enjoy the sights around Ireland and get a taste of life at Holy Hill.  Click on the photo to the right to open the video.

Advent Reflection

AN ADVENT REFLECTION God’s desire that we flourish in freedom sometimes is expressed in rebukes. The readings for Friday of the second week of Advent are an example. We have Isaiah 48 17-19 including “If you would hearken to my commandments, your prosperity would overflow like a river”. Jesus says in Matthew 11. 16-19 “We piped you a tune but →

Christmas Eve Mass 8 pm

Everyone is invited to our Christmas Eve celebration this year. For the adventurous, it begins with a walk in the woods lit by torches at 7:30 pm. Fr. Paddy Hoban will celebrate Mass at 8 pm, and then we will gather in the library for a hot cider, wine, and bread and stew. Let us know if you are →

Visiting Sunday November 6

Fr. Robert Bulbrook from Ontario, Canada will be with us again for the first Sunday in November. We will have mass at noon, followed by tea and a tour for anyone who is interested.

Family Day July 3

Come and join us for our annual Family Day celebration on July 3. Bishop John Fleming will celebrate mass at noon, and the St. Patrick’s Gospel Choir from Ballina will sing. Afterwards there will be games, face-painting, Thomas’s grilled hot dogs and sausages, and whatever else erupts.

Friends of Carmel April 30

Our next Friends of Carmel meeting will be on April 30. Our friend Fr. Matt Blake OCD will be here, and it will begin at 11 a.m.

A New Season at Holy Hill

We are back in business after closing for a month of solitude and vacation. Fr. Eric Haarer arrived yesterday from Colorado, and will be here until March 7. He will speak at the Friends of Carmel meeting on February 27, and will celebrate Mass for our open Sunday on March 6.


“Jesus withdrew to Galilee”. And the word there—‘anachoreo’is the one from which we get anchorite. It means to ‘step aside’, or ‘go off’. Matthew uses it again later when after a particularly busy period the Lord ‘goes off’ to a lonely place to pray. And it can help us to ponder for a moment the importance →