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Support Kylemore Abbey’s New Benedictine Monastery

The Benedictine nuns of Kylemore have embarked on the most important project in their history: the construction of a new, purpose-built Monastery. This will provide a home for their growing monastic community and a residential Retreat and Spiritual Education Centre for visitors to share the sacred space of their lives through short courses and retreats.

Monastery construction started in September 2019 and was due for completion in December 2020 in time for the centenary of the Benedictine nuns at Kylemore. Covid-19 has delayed the project, but Kylemore remains committed to delivery of this historic project: first monastery in Ireland built for a community of Benedictine women in over 400 years.

There are 3 ways to make a gift to Kylemore

Make a Gift Online

Leave a Legacy

The decisions you make about your Will or Estate are very important and deeply personal. Please take time to discuss your wishes with loved ones, and to consult your solicitor. If you are considering including Kylemore’s new Monastery in your Will, your gift will make a lasting difference by continuing the work of the Benedictine nuns of Kylemore Abbey.

Your legacy will help:

Build a new Monastery for the growing Benedictine community at Kylemore Abbey

Nurture spiritual faith through retreats for pilgrims at the new Monastery’s Retreat Centre

Continue Kylemore’s Benedictine tradition as a special place of spiritual peace, beauty, and heritage

Leaving a Legacy

Donate by Cheque or Direct Debit

You can make a gift to Kylemore by Cheque or Direct Debit

Donate by Cheque

To donate by cheque, please make cheque payable to ‘The Kylemore Trust’.

Cheques can be posted to:
The Kylemore Trust,
Kylemore Abbey, Connemara,
Co. Galway H91 VR90, Ireland.

Donate by Direct Debit

To donate by Direct Debit, download, complete, and return the SEPA Form (Download SEPA Direct Debit Form)
Send the completed form to:
The Kylemore Trust,
Kylemore Abbey, Connemara,
Co. Galway H91 VR90, Ireland.

Tax Efficient Giving

Philanthropic gifts to Kylemore are tax relievable. Tax relief related to charitable giving varies by country. This website provides some general guidance on tax relief. All donors are encouraged to seek professional financial advice specific to their circumstances.
The Kylemore Trust is a registered charity, Registered Charity No. 20071394 and CHY (Revenue) No.18550.

Making a gift from Ireland

If you are a taxpayer in Ireland, Kylemore can claim tax relief on donations of between €250 and €1m made in a calendar year by individual donors (PAYE & Self Assessed, regardless of marginal tax rate). If you would like to participate in this Scheme, please download and print a CHY3 or CHY4 Form from The form, which only takes a moment to complete, should be returned to our office. CHY3 tax relief form covers annual donations for up to five years. You can return a scanned version to us at or a printed version by post to The Kylemore Trust, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Co. Galway H91 VR90.
Depending on the level of tax you have paid in the year Kylemore can claim up to 31% tax relief so for example, a gift of €250 is worth €362 when Kylemore successfully claims the tax back from the Revenue. CHY3 Forms will be issued by Kylemore Trust once the gift has been received.
Companies can deduct their donations as an allowable expense.

Making a gift from the USA

For many years Kylemore has benefitted from generous support of US Friends. Gifts designated to Kylemore can be made tax efficiently through the Irish American Partnership. For more information please contact:

The Irish American Partnership


Mary Reed, US Campaign Co-ordinator
T: 914-420-3517

Kylemore Abbey’s New Monastery

This historic new monastery will be a spiritual haven for visitors and a home for the faith community of Kylemore. It will provide:

  • Places for contemplative solitude and prayer for nuns and visitors
  • Residential retreat and spiritual education centre
  • Dedicated Novitiate space and residential accommodation for nuns
  • Chapter room – a formal meeting room for the Benedictine community
  • Library and Archive space
  • Kitchen and Dining areas
  • Visitors’ Area, welcoming guests and those interested in the spiritual life of Kylemore.

Conservation of Kylemore Abbey

Since 1920 the Benedictine community have been committed stewards of the built and natural heritage of Kylemore. In recent decades, they led major programmes to refurbish the unique Gothic Church and restore the Victorian Walled Gardens.

Building on that work, Kylemore Trust has undertaken a major review of the conservation requirements of the Estate, with funding support from the Heritage Council, the Irish Georgian Society. This Conservation Plan will support the delivery of a major programme for Kylemore Abbey, including improvements in access for people with disabilities.