Easter at Glenstal Abbey 2024

All are invited to join the monks of Glenstal Abbey in celebrating the Easter Triduum: the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. The Liturgy of the Hours – Morning, Midday, Evening and Night Prayer – will be celebrated as appropriate each day also. 

Participants in our annual retreat will be able to deepen and enrich their experience of these holy days through a number of talks and and personal time. Talks include:

  • ‘Exploring the Silence: Jesus’ Answer to Pilate’s Taunts’ with Emmaus O’Herlihy OSB.
  • ‘Food for the Journey: the Eucharist in the Irish Tradition’ with Colmán Ó Clabaigh OSB.
  • ‘Life in the Tomb’ with Columba McCann OSB.
  • ‘Looking for the Living: Hope for a New World?’ with Nóirín Lynch, director of An Teach Spioradálta in County Clare.

This year’s annual retreat takes place from Thursday 28th March Sunday 31st March with residential (full bed and board), non-residential (meals included) and student options available.

To book please email or call 061 621005.

Triduum 2024

Holy Thursday

  • Morning Prayer at 7am
  • Midday Prayer at 12.30pm
  • Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm
  • Compline at 9.45pm

Good Friday

  • Morning Prayer at 7.30am
  • Midday Prayer at 12.30pm
  • Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm
  • Compline at 8.35pm

Holy Saturday

  • Morning Prayer at 7.30am
  • Midday Prayer at 12.30pm
  • Evening Prayer at 6pm
  • Solemn Vigil of the Lord’s Resurrection at 10pm

Easter Sunday

  • Solemn Morning Prayer at 8am
  • Mass (no singing) at 10am
  • Sung Mass at 12 noon
  • Solemn Vespers at 6pm
  • Compline at 8.10pm

Notices for Holy Week/Easter

  • A priest will be available to hear Confessions on Good Friday at 11am, 4.30pm and 5.30pm, and on Holy Saturday at 11am, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm.
  • The Monastery Guesthouse closes on Wednesday 27th March and will reopen on Friday 5th April.
  • During Easter Week, Matins and Lauds (Morning Prayer) will be celebrated at the later time of 7am until the normal liturgical schedule resumes on Monday 8th April. There will be no public celebration of Compline on Easter Monday.

Resetting the Clock on Climate Change

The existential challenges of climate change require responses from governments and organisations through to communities, families, and individuals. Glenstal Abbey is delighted to be hosting a day-long conference on Saturday 18th May 2024 where an expert panel of speakers will interrogate the challenges of climate change and offer some responses from a variety of perspectives, thus opening up avenues for future reflection and action.

Speakers include Professor Edward Burke of University College Dublin, a contemporary historian, Admiral Mark Mellett, former Chief of Defence and an Adjunct Professor at UCC, and Prof Tobias Winright, Professor of Moral Theology at St Patrick’s Pontifical University in Maynooth.

Full details on the day’s programme and speakers can be found here.

Cost is €70 with lunch and refreshments provided. To book, please email or telephone 061 621005.


Edward Burke is a Lecturer in History of War since 1945 at University College Dublin (UCD). Prior to joining UCD, he was an Assistant/Associate Professor in International Relations at the University of Nottingham between 2017 – 2022. From 2015 – 2017, he was a Lecturer in Strategic Studies at the University of Portsmouth, attached to the Royal Air Force College from 2015 – 2017. He received his PhD in International Relations in 2016 from the University of Saint Andrews.

Mark Mellett was Ireland’s Chief of Defence, the Government’s principal military adviser and member of the National Security Committee and the EU Military Committee. With service in Lebanon, Afghanistan and at home as a diver and Seagoing Commander, Admiral Mellett also let the COVID-19 military response. A recipient of two Distinguished Service Medals, he was appointed by the President of the French Republic to the rank of Commander in the National Order of the Legion d’Honneur. He is Board Chair of the Maritime Area Regulatory Authority, Sage Advocacy and Council Chair and Board Member of the Irish Management Institute.

Tobias Winright is Professor of Moral Theology at Saint Patrick’s Pontifical University in Maynooth. A former law enforcement officer, he has published extensively on ethics and violence-related issues, including police use of force, nuclear weapons and disarmament, humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect, and environmental degradation and integral peace. Previously he held the Mäder Endowed Chair of Health Care Ethics and was Associate Professor of Theological Ethics at Saint Louis University, Missouri. He has authored, coauthored and edited seven books, including most recently the T&T Clark ‘Handbook of Christian Ethics’ in 2021.

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