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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)



"When I die, I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens,I will spend my heaven by doing good on earth.” 

"For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” 

"Go often to Holy Communion. Go very often! This is your one remedy.”

"We must never refuse anyone, even when it costs us much pain. Think that it is Jesus who is asking this service of you; how eager and friendly you will then be in granting the favor requested." 

"I assure you that the good Lord is much kinder than you can imagine. He is satisfied with a glance, with a sigh of love... In regard to myself, I find it easy to practice perfection, because I have learned that the way to Jesus is through His Heart. Consider a small child who has vexed his mother by a display of bad temper or disobedience. If the child hides in a corner through fear of punishment, he feels that his mother will not forgive him. But if instead, he extends his little arms towards her and with a smile cries out: ‘Love, kiss me, mamma, I will not do it again,’ will not his mother press the little one to her heart with tenderness, and forget what the child has done? And yet, though she knows very well that her dear little one will misbehave again at the first opportunity, that means nothing if the child appeals to her heart. He will never be punished..."

"The world's thy ship and not thy home.” 

"Holiness consists simply in doing God's will, and being just what God wants us to be.” 

st Therese of Lisieux

St Therese of the Child Jesus

Feast Day 1st October

St Therese is the patron saint of Missionaries, Florists, Pilots & Russia.


O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of your sacred heart, where none may touch them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch your sacred body.
Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with your precious blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of your priesthood.
Let your holy love surround them, and shield them from the world’s contagion.
Bless their labors with abundant fruit,
and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here on earth,
and in heaven, their everlasting crown.
Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for priests and vocations to the priesthood.
St. Therese of Lisieux




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 - Mindfulness Meditation Weekend

Aug - Association of Iconographers

Aug - Mindfulness Meditation Weekend

Oct - James Kilbane in Concert

Oct - St Francis of Assisi Retreat

Oct - Cursillo

Nov - Eddie Stones Healing Retreat

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