Priority Projects

at Kylemore Abbey

Priority Projects at Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey is a registered charity with a mission:

  • to support the Benedictine monastic way of life, and
  • to preserve and enhance the heritage of Kylemore for the benefit of the Irish nation and the region.

In support of this mission, Kylemore seeks philanthropic support for two priority projects.  Please join us and help Kylemore to fulfil this historic mission by making a donation today or by including Kylemore in your will. 

A New Monastery at Kylemore Abbey

A New Home for an Ancient Order

This historic new monastery will be a haven for visitors and a home for the faith community of Kylemore. The design is sensitively integrated into Kylemore’s unique environment and underpinned by important Benedictine tenets of stewardship of creation and hospitality
Places for contemplative solitude and prayer for nuns and visitors.

Guest house and Spiritual Education Centre
Novitiate and residential space for the nuns
Centred on the Monastic Chapel
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.

Preserving and Enhancing Kylemore

Heritage & Conservation Programme 2021-2024

Since 1920 the Benedictine community of Kylemore Abbey have been committed stewards and conservators of the built heritage of Kylemore estate. In recent decades, this has been evident: Kylemore Trust raised funds in the 1990s to support a refurbishment programme for the estate’s Gothic Revival Church and a partial restoration of the Victorian Walled Gardens. These achievements were recognised with Europa Nostra and RIAI awards. Building on that work, Kylemore Trust has undertaken a strategic review of the heritage and conservation requirements of the Estate, with support from the Heritage Council and the Irish Georgian Society.

This Conservation Plan sets out a major conservation programme for Kylemore Abbey, which will deliver new access walks to the Estate, open new areas of the Gardens, and address vital restoration needs.