• Dominicans Ireland.

    Welcome to the Irish branch of the Dominican Family. The Dominicans are a world-wide religious Order founded by St Dominic in 1216, made up of : Friars (priests and Brothers), Contemplative Nuns, Apostolic Sisters, and Laity.  From this website, which is that of the friars of the Irish Province, you can navigate to the other branches of the Order in Ireland and beyond. Read More
  • Jubilee - 800 years

    In 2016, Order of Preachers will celebrate 800 years since its foundation in 1216. 

    The Order, which was founded by St. Dominic, was officially confirmed by Pope Honorius III who approved the Order as a body of Canons Regular on the 22nd December 2016. A second papal bull, issued on 21st January 1217, recognised the newness of Dominic's ideas and approved the foundation as an Order of Preachers.

    The Jubilee Year will be celebrated worldwide by Dominican friars, sisters and lay people from the 7th of November (The Feast of All Saints of the Order) to the 21st of 1 January 2017.

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  • Safeguarding Policy.

    Safeguarding and Protecting Children & Vulnerable Adults

    Welcome to the Child Safeguarding Services of the Irish Dominican province. The Order aims to provide children and young people involved in church related activities with a safe environment. It also endeavours to ensure that adults who work with children and young people follow the best practice guidelines.

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Ennismore Retreat Centre, Ennismore
Montenotte, Cork, Ireland
E-mail: ennismore(at)eircom.net
Tel: 021-4502520
Fax: 021-4502712

Office Hours:
9.30 am - 4.30 pm, Monday to Thursday and 9.30a.m. - 12.30p.m. on Friday.

Bookings information and bookings for School and Confirmation retreats contact: 

Fr. Stephen Cummins OP - Phone 021 4502520



Spring Programme 2013


2nd February - Saturday 10.30a.m. - 4.30p.m.

(followed by 6 Tuesday mornings) 
“The Way I See it” Personal development through Art
Facilitator:  Mary Conroy  - a qualified art teacher, trained in personal development, group facilitation and the creative arts.
€55 includes lunch

15th February  - Friday 10.30a.m. - 4.30p.m. 
Loss and Healing
Facilitator:  Fr. Jim Cogley
€60 includes lunch

15th - 17th February - Friday to Sunday
Weekend Lenten Weekend
Facilitator:  Fr. Stephen Cummins OP          
€165 Res, €100 Non Res

23rd February, 2nd & 9th March
(3 Saturdays) 10a.m. - 12.30p.m.
Study days - Journeying to the Cross with Christ (St. Mark's Gospel)
Facilitator:  Fr. Benedict Hegarty OP

2nd March - Saturday 10.30a.m. - 4.30p.m.
Centering Prayer and Healing the unconscious
Facilitator:  Fr. Murchadh O' Madigain OP
€50 includes lunch  

8th - 10th March - Friday to Sunday
"A Journey based on the 12 step tradition honouring serenity, courage and wisdom."
Facilitator:  Fr. Frank Downes OP
€165 Res. €100 Non Res

28th - 31st March - Thursday to Sunday
Easter Triduum
Facilitator:  Retreat Team
€200 Res.

7th April - Sunday 10.30a.m. - 4.30p.m. 
"Divine Mercy" Day of Reflection
Facilitator:  Fr. Stephen Cummins OP
€50 Includes lunch

27th April - Saturday 10.30a.m. - 4.30p.m. 
Journey to the Heart
"Day of Reflection & Meditation"      
Facilitator:  Harry O' Halloran
€50 includes lunch

3rd May - Friday 10.30a.m. - 4.30p.m.
"Bealtaine" Day of Reflection, Poetry, Meditation etc.
Facilitator:  Br. Tom Casey OP

7th, 14th, & 21st May (3 Tuesdays) 10a.m. - 3p.m.
Care for the Shepherds - supportive days for clergy
Facilitator:  Fr. Stephen Cummins OP

10th May - Friday 10.30a.m. - 4.30p.m.
"The wonder of my Being"
A day to restore our sense of wonder
Facilitator:  Tessie Murray
€50 includes lunch

18th May - Saturday 10.30a.m. - 4.30p.m.
Welcoming the Holy Spirit - Day of Renewal
Facilitator:  Anne Francis
€50 includes lunch

5th - 9th June Wednesday Evening - Sunday afternoon
"Come and See" (John 1:39)
Renewing the Christian vision through prayer, film, music etc)
Facilitator:  Fr. Peter Hannan S.J.


Summer Programme 2013


16th - 22nd June 
The mystery is Chrsit among you (Col. 1:27)
The way of Christian Mindfulness   
Facilitator:  Fr. Stephen Cummins OP
€440 Res


16th - 22nd June
Directed Retreat (Max 7)
Facilitator:   Sr. Peggy Cronin

30th June - 06th July
"If you only knew what God is offering” (John 4:10)
A journey to re-discover the indwelling Spring... reflective input, mindfulness meditation, praying with scripture and healing rituals.
Facilitator:  Martina Lehane Sheehan
€440 Res

30th June - 06th July          
Still bearing fruit when we are old, still full of sap, still green (Ps. 92)
For those retired, near retired, long retired.
Facilitator:  Fr. Archie Byrne OP
€440 Res

7th - 13th July
The force in the word of God is so great that it remains the support and energy of the Church... (Vatican Coun. 11, Dei Verbaum 21)
Facilitator:  Bishop Brendan Comiskey MSC 
€440 Res


14th - 20th July
"Unlock your heart" in five not so easy lessons
Facilitator:  Fr. Daniel O' Leary  
€460 Residential

21st - 27th July    
The Bright Dawn of God.  The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.  In a cold society, - individualistic and heartless, - then as now, Luke's message is warm and supportive.
Facilitator:  Fr. Benedict Hegarty OP
€440 Residential 

28th July - 03rd August
Individually Guided Retreat (Max 7)
Facilitator:  Anne Alcock
€465 Res

4th - 10th August                          
Meeting God through Women in Scripture.  Taking time to notice the activity of God in my life and in Scripture.
Facilitator:  Finola Cunnane SSL
€440 Res

4th - 10th August
"Create your own Icon" 
Facilitator:  Mihai Cucu
€370 Non Res


18th - 24th August
Pathways to Beauty:  encounters with the Divine... that which poets, writers & artists contemplate
Facilitator:  Michael Dunleavy OP
€440 Res

All 6 days retreats commence Sunday evening at 8.00pm, and finish after lunch on Saturday.




 Autumn Programme 2013

6th - 8th September
Self Compassion and Mindfulness
Facilitator:  Catherine Sutton
€180 Res, €120 Non Res

28th September - Saturday 10.30a.m. - 4.30p.m.
Healing and Mindfulness - A Christian approach
Facilitator:  Martina Lehane Sheehan
€50 includes lunch

11th October - Friday 10.30a.m. -4.30p.m.
Intergenerational Healing 
Faciliatator:  Fr. Jim Cogley
€60 includes lunch

25th - 27th October 
Serenity Weekend Retreat

9th November - Saturday 10.30a.m. - 4.30p.m.
Healing Day for the Beraved - a day of reflection - meditation and ritual to help us acknowledge the losses in our lives.
Facilitator:  Pat Sheehan
€50 Includes lunch

1st December - Sunday 3p.m. - 6p.m.
Advent afternoon of Reflection
Facilitator:  Sr. Ann Coughlan RSM

6th - 8th December
Advent Retreat
Facilitator:  Fr. Simon Roche OP
€165 Res, €100 Non Res

All Day Retreats include a 4 course lunch

Vouchers available at Reception in values of €25 & €50 redeemable towards any of the events on our programme.

Retreats & Events

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    Ennismore Retreat Centre, http://ennismore.ie, click 'Read More' to load Retreat Dates. Read More
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Who We Are


We are members of the Order of Preachers (OP), better known as Dominicans. The Order was founded by St Dominic de Guzmán in 1216, in response to an urgent need for informed preaching. The Albigensian cult was gaining ground to an alarming extent, because most Christians at the time were very poorly instructed.

The cult saw the material world as evil, and escape from it the only route to salvation. Dominic’s sermons have not survived, but he must have placed a strong emphasis on the goodness of creation and of the human body: today we might use the word ‘holistic’ to describe this.

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We do a great many different things as we try to respond to the needs of the Christian community in our time and place. We run churches and parishes; we work as chaplains and teachers in second- and third level colleges; we preach in retreat houses and at parish missions – indeed anywhere the opportunity arises; we write and publish books and articles, in print and digital form; we are involved in Scriptural and theological research; we are chaplains to hospitals and convents; we are missionaries in several parts of the world. Every talent can be used in the great work of proclaiming God’s word.
Fr Gregory Carroll OP has been elected Provincial of the Irish Dominicans for the period 2012-2016.  He succeeds Fr Pat Lucey OP who was Provincial since 2004.A native of Naas, County Kildare, fr Gregory entered the Dominican novitiate in Cork in 1966. He was ordained priest in Tallaght in 1973.

Fr Gregory has been prior of the Dominican student house in Dominick St, Dublin since 2010.  Before that he gained broad experience in pastoral and administrative roles in Cork, Drogheda and Tallaght, as well as the Irish Dominican mission in Trinidad and Tobago.  He has lectured in canon law and homiletics in the regional seminary in Trinidad.

His pastoral experience includes the roles of novice master, student master, of parish priest, vicar for the enclosed Dominican nuns in Trinidad, and a long commitment to the Marriage Encounter movement.He has been involved in financial and other administration in the Provincial office, Dominican Volunteers International, Priory Institute in Tallaght, and the Dominican Biblical Institute in Limerick.  
The Dominican friars came to Ireland in 1224.  They now number 175, distributed through 25 houses in Ireland and on missions abroad. In recent years a remarkable number of men have been attracted to their way of life, and this has led to a renewal throughout the province.

(Photograph attached, taken by fr Gerard Dunne OP)
Safeguarding and Protecting Children & Vulnerable Adults. Welcome to the Child Safeguarding Services of the Irish Dominican province.The Order aims to provide children and young people involved in church related activities with a safe environment.  It also endeavours to ensure that adults who work with children and young people follow the best practice guidelines.

Designated person for the Dominican Province is:

Fr Vincent Travers OP
 or Fr. Tom Monahan OP 

Fr. Vincent Travers OP

Designated Person: 
01-404 8121 (+353-1-404 8121)

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fr. Tom Monahan OP

01-404 8112 (+353-1-404 8112) 

Mobile: 087-177 9578

• Further documents on Safeguarding and Protecting Children & Vulnerable Adults can be found here... Read More
On the 24th of January last year, Pope Benedict XVI released his message for the 45th World Communications Day. In it, he reminds all Catholics of the need to witness to the truth in this new digital age of internet communication and social networking.  He reminds us that, "there exists a Christian way of being present in the digital world: this takes the form of a communication which is honest and open, responsible and respectful of others." 

The new iDoms Portal is a way of continuing to respond to the Pope's call for evangelization in the digital age. The iDoms portal provides access to articles, videos and audio files aggregated from the various websites of the Dominican Order. Future updates of the application will provide access to a wider variety of content and will introduce extra functionality.

The new app was created jointly by Friars from St. Joseph Province and the Province of Ireland and is suitable for both the iPhone/iTouch and the iPad.

So, if you have an iPhone/iTouch or iPad read more on the iDoms Portal App page or download the iDoms Portal app from iTunes.

We have also created an App which can be used as a Vocabulary/Flashcard training tool for Greek, Latin and Hebrew, the iDoms Vocab. You can read more about it here: the iTunes store. 

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