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


Visiting Sunday (Open Day)

On the first Sunday of every month (except January) we celebrate a mass to which all are welcome to attend. Mass is at 12 noon and is followed by tea and coffee and a tour of our grounds for new visitors.

Spring at Holy Hill

Our next visiting Sunday is April 6. Mass will begin at noon, and will followed by tea in Carrowcullen and a tour for anyone who is interested. Fr. John Coughlin will be at Holy Hill for the Triduum. We will have mass at 7 p.m. on Holy Thursday, Good Friday services at 3 p.m., and our Easter vigil at →

Family Fun Day – July 2013's the height of summer, even if the weather doesn't always agree!  We are delighted to announce that our Family Fun Day  - fast becoming a hugely enjoyable tradition for us - will be held as usual on the Visiting Sunday of July.  So please make a mental note, this falls on Sunday 7th July this year. We start with →

Holy Week and Easter

We'd like to extend a sincere 'thank you' to  Fr John Udris who was our main celebrant for all our Holy Week and Easter ceremonies here at Holy Hill.  On Good Friday, outdoor Stations began at 3pm and the weather was unbelievably supportive!  Easter Sunrise Service began in the back courtyard at 5am.  As the  time also changed →

Young Adult Program

We had a successful young adult program in Crestone during November, 2012.  However, during the community meetings that followed, we decided that Ceil would stay in Crestone during 2013.  That means we will not be able to have a program this spring at Holy Hill.  We are not sure when or where the next program will be--we will post that →

Public Talks at Newman Center, Ballina

On Thursday March 14th Monica Brown of Australia and her associate will present Scriptural Reflections in the Newman Centre.  Time: 7-9pm. Wonderful opportunity!

The Naked Now by Richard Rohr

Thomas Merton, in an effort to open up the wisdom of the East, specifically a certain strain of Tao to Western spirituality and thought, published a book in 1965 called The Way of Chuang Tzu.  “Tao is obscured when men understand only one of a pair of opposites, or concentrate only on a partial aspect of being.” “The wise man…sees →

Of Gods and Men

It is difficult to convey the spiritual life in a film, since so much of what goes on is in a realm that is not seen or heard.  And usually, although it may seem dramatic to the person who is living it, there is not a lot of action for an onlooker.  However, the French film,  “Of Gods and Men” →