Ards Friary Retreat Centre
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Welcome to Ards Friary

Ards Buildings

Ards Friary aims to welcome everyone and is available throughout the year for Retreats (preached, directed, private etc) Conferences, Seminars, periods of rest and relaxation, reflection, prayer and holidays.

We all need to take time out from the hectic life cycle of work to refocus on what is really important to us. Why not let Ards Friary become a part of your life.

You can find out more about each retreat by clicking the appropriate link. Opposite is a list of the retreats that will be happening this year.

The daily rate for staying at Ards on a private retreat on a full board basis is €55 per day.

If you wish to make a private retreat at a time that a group event is advertised, you are more than welcome, as we generally would have rooms available.

Free Wifi available

Mass Times:
Mon-Sat 8am in the Oratory chapel
Sundays and Holy Days: 9am & 5.30pm

Mon-Sat 11am-1pm : 3pm-5.30pm
Sunday: 2.30pm-5.30pm

Please ring the bell by the confessional at the rear of the main church.

Coffee Dock & Shop Opening Hours:-
Saturday: 12 - 5.30pm
Sunday: 1 - 7pm

Shop Phone No: 074 91 38593

00353 74 91 38593 (from N.I. & abroad)

Office Hours
11am - 4pm Monday to Saturday

Office Phone No: 074 91 38909

00353 74 91 38909 (from N.I. & abroad)



"We should have frequent recourse to prayer, and persevere a long time in it. God wishes to be solicited. He is not weary of hearing us. The treasure of His graces is infinite. We can do nothing more pleasing to him than to beg incessantly that He bestow them upon us."

"Be driven by the love of God because Jesus Christ died for all, that those who live may live not for themselves but for him, who died and rose for them. Above all, let your charity and zeal show how you love the Church. Your work is for the Church, which is the body of Christ."

"I will often consider myself as an instrument which is of no use except in the hands of the Workman. Hence I must await the orders of Providence before acting and be careful to accomplish them when unknown."

"An evil thought defiles the soul when it is deliberate and consented to. Our Lord placed evil thoughts at the head of all crimes, because they are their principle and source."

St John Baptist de La Salle

St John Baptist de La SAlle

Feast Day 7th April

St John Baptist de La Salle is the Patron Saint of Teachers.





Retreats in 2014

Click on retreats for more information

Feb - Search Youth Group Weekend

Feb - Stepping into the Promise of a new Spring

Feb - Mindfulness Meditation Weekend

Mar - Lenten Retreat

Mar - Eddie Stones - Healing Retreat

Mar - Cursillo

April - Charismatic Prayer & Renewal Weekend

April- Love Divine Contemplative Retreat

April - Catholic Nurses Guild

April - Knights of St Columbanus

April - Easter Triduum

May - Legion of Mary, Strabane Curia

May - The Awakening Spirit of Dance

May - Begin With The Heart

June - Interdiocesan Priests Retreat

June - Open Retreat

June - John Paul II New Life Ministry Healing Retreat

June - Workshop on Buteyko Breathing

June - Cursillo Renewal Weekend

June - The Foyer of Charity Five Day Silent Retreat

July - Transformation Retreat

July - Five Day Silent & Guided Retreat for Men

July - One Day Silent & Guided Retreat for Women

July - St Colmcille Institute of Christendom College

Aug - Association of Iconographers

Aug - Mindfulness Meditation Weekend

Oct - St Francis of Assisi Retreat

Oct - Cursillo

Nov - Mindfulness Meditation Weekend

Nov - Advent Retreat


Ards Friary Retreat and Conference Centre, Creeslough, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland. Tel / Fax: +353 (0)74 913 8909 Email:
Retreats (preached, directed, private), Conferences, Seminars, periods of rest and relaxation, reflection, prayer and holidays