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 off peak and €60 per day in June, July and August.

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.

Retreat Centre Office Hours
11am - 4pm Monday to Saturday

Office Phone No: 074 91 38909

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


Coffee Dock & Shop Opening Hours
Saturday: 12 - 5.30pm
Sunday: 1 - 6.30pm

Friary Phone No: 074 91 38005

00353 74 91 38005 (from N.I. & abroad)

Shop Phone No: 074 91 38593

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



"No one, however weak, is denied a share in the victory of the cross. No one is beyond the help of the prayer of Christ. His prayer brought benefit to the multitude that raged against him. How much more does it bring to those who turn to him in repentance."
St. Leo the Great

"As they were looking on, so we too gaze on his wounds as he hangs. We see his blood as he dies. We see the price offered by the redeemer, touch the scars of his resurrection. He bows his head, as if to kiss you. His heart is made bare open, as it were, in love to you. His arms are extended that he may embrace you. His whole body is displayed for your redemption. Ponder how great these things are. Let all this be rightly weighed in your mind: as he was once fixed to the cross in every part of his body for you, so he may now be fixed in every part of your soul."
St. Augustine

"The crosses with which our path through life is strewn associate us with Jesus in the mystery of His crucifixion."  
St. John Eudes

"Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent."
 St. John of the Cross


Retreats in 2016

Click on retreats for more information

Feb - Lenten Retreat

Mar - Cursillo

Mar - Catholic Nurses Guild

Mar - Easter Triduum

Mar - Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

April - Stepping into the Promise of a New Spring

April - The Journey

April - The Divine Beauty of your Human Heart

May - Legion of Mary, Strabane Curia

May - Capuchin Friars Retreat

May - James Kilbane in Concert

May - Interdiocesan Priests Retreat

June - Christian Mindfulness Retreat

June - Open Retreats

June - Making Sense of lifes Journey

June - Raphoe Diocesan Priests Retreat

June - Inner Healing Retreat

July - Transformation Retreat

July - Frances Hogan Retreat

July - One Day Silent & Guided Retreat for Women

July - Five Day Silent & Guided Retreat for Men

July - St Colmcille Institute of Christendom College

Aug - James Kilbane Evening of Prayer & Praise

Aug - Matt Talbott Retreat

Aug - Association of Iconographers

Aug - Six Day Individually Guided Retreat

Aug - Silent Mindfulness Retreat

Sept - The Journey - Out Of The Blue

Sept - Healing & Renewal, John Pridmore

Sept - St Padre Pio Triduum

Oct - Cursillo

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