The Kylemore Abbey Global Centre hosts courses, retreats, and events that further Notre Dame's educational, intellectual, and spiritual pursuits in Ireland.

Walking Ancient Ireland Trails

Join local Archaeologists Michael Gibbons for a 3 day exploration of Connemara and its surroundings. Dive into the local history feet-first through guided hikes, famine walks, visits to archaeological sites, and storytelling.

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The wild west of Ireland has inspired the likes of W.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, and Paul Henry. It has been the site of a saint’s pilgrimage. Now, it hosts Notre Dame students and faculty as they contemplate, research, and learn in a quintessentially Irish setting. 

Surrounded by dramatic landscape in the Connemara region, the Kylemore Abbey Global Centre offers an idyllic setting to bring together scholars and students, Americans and Irish, the Church and academia. Located in an active Benedictine monastery, the Centre offers a true Irish immersion – opportunities to connect with the local community, to experience the culture, and to understand the history – all while living, studying, and praying within a faith-enriched space.

Founded in 2016, The Centre is equipped with a 16-room residence hall, dining facilities, and communal space. It is a frequent host to groups and individuals who wish to experience the richness of Ireland.  

A Naughton Fellowship Scholar's experience in Galway

Mary Glass '20 recorded her stories and experiences over the last few months in a blog, from trips to islands in Connemara to walks in the woods and navigating independent life in a foreign country during a pandemic.

Register for Kylemore Global Centre's Weekend Workshops

Participate in programs like "Songwriting with Colm Gavin", "Walking Ancient Ireland Trails with Michael Gibbons", and "Writing with Betsy Cornwell"

Kylemore Book Club: Open access online programs covering literature. leadership, history and more

The Kylemore Abbey Global Centre, along with six partners from across the University of Notre Dame campus, has launched the Kylemore Book Club, an open, multimedia, educational enrichment program featuring Notre Dame’s expert faculty.

1919 first transatlantic flight landed in Connemara

6 acres total area of the Victorian Walled Garden at Kylemore

Top 5 Galway is listed in Lonely Planet's top cities to visit

542 different species of flora and fauna in Connemara National Park