Opus Dei in Ireland

Opus Dei is a Catholic institution working in more than 60 countries around the world. It has been in Ireland since 1947.

Opus Dei in Ireland
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Opus Dei began in Ireland in 1947. St. Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei, always had a special affection for Ireland. Blessed Alvaro del Portillo (St. Josemaría’s successor as Prelate of Opus Dei) recalled, some years after St. Josemaría’s passing, how he prayed for Ireland a lot during the time of the Easter Rising: “he read in the papers about your struggle for the faith and for the freedom of your country. How much he prayed for you!”

In 1947 Saint Josemaría asked a young Spanish member of ‘The Work’, José Ramón Madurga, if he would like to move to Ireland to spread the message of Opus Dei. José Ramón agreed to move here and began to study at University College Dublin, where he met Cormac Burke from Sligo, who was studying modern languages. On getting to know the lay spirituality of Opus Dei, Cormac decided to ask for admission. He was ordained some years later. Nora Burke, Cormac’s sister, also got to know Opus Dei and felt that she too had a vocation to strive for holiness in everyday life. She also joined, becoming the first female member of Opus Dei in the country.

José Ramon and Cormac set about establishing the first apostolic initiative of Opus Dei in Ireland, Nullamore University Residence in Dublin. The student residence was set up with the aim of helping young people develop their personal and academic talents and to help students see these talents as a means of serving their families, friends and society as a whole.

Nearly seven decades later the work of Opus Dei in Ireland (North and South) and the number of people it serves has grown greatly, including young and old, married and single, catholic and non-Catholic of all walks of life, with the aim of helping each individual to become holy in their everyday life.


List of Centres of Opus Dei in Ireland


DUBLIN AREA

Opus Dei Information Office
10 Hume Street
Dublin 2
T: +353 87 769 0049
E: [email protected]

Some Apostolic Undertakings where Pastoral Formation is entrusted to Opus Dei

Glenard University Residence - University residence for women students
36 Roebuck Road
Clonskeagh
Dublin 14
T: +353 1 298 3902
E: [email protected]
W: www.glenardresidence.org

Ely University Centre - University residence for men students
10 Hume Street
Dublin 2
T: +353 1 676 7420
E: [email protected]
W: www.elyuc.com

Carraigburn Study Centre - Activities for women
1 Seaview Terrace
Donnybrook
Dublin 4
T: +353 1 216 6516
E: [email protected]

Cleraun - Activities for schoolboys
90 Foster Avenue
Mount Merrion
Co. Dublin
T: +353 1 288 1734
E: [email protected]
W: http://thehorizon.ie

Crofton Youth Club - Activities for women and schoolgirls
5 Crofton Terrace
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin
T: +353 1 230 3668
E: [email protected]
W: www.croftonclub.org

Rathmore Youth Club - Activities for women and schoolgirls
9 Castle Avenue
Clontarf
Dublin 3
T: +353 1 833 1721
E: [email protected]

Glenbeag Youth Club - Activities for schoolgirls
36 Roebuck Road
Clonskeagh
Dublin 14
T: +353 87 738 1529
E: [email protected]
W: www.glenbeag.net

Knapton - Activities for men
30 Knapton Road
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin
T: +353 1 280 4353

Northbrook - Activities for women
41 Fortfield Road
Terenure
Dublin 6
T: +353 1 490 3408
E: [email protected]

Anchor Youth Centre - Activities for men
Mornington Park
Artane
Dublin 5
T: +353 1 851 1383

Seaview - Activities for women
2 Seaview Terrace
Donnybrook
Dublin 4
T: +353 1 283 8574
E: [email protected]

Educational undertakings where the chaplain is a priest of Opus Dei

Rosemont School - Secondary school for girls
Enniskerry Road
Sandyford
Dublin 18
T: +353 1 207 8007
E: [email protected]
W: www.rosemont.ie

Rockbrook Park School - Secondary school for boys
Edmondstown Road
Rathfarnham
Dublin 16
T: +353 1 493 3204
E: [email protected]
W: www.rockbrook.ie

Parish entrusted to priests of Opus Dei:

Our Lady Queen of Peace
Merrion Road
Dublin 4
T: +353 1 269 1825
E: [email protected]
W: www.merrionroadchurch.ie


LIMERICK

Overdale - Activities for women
Ennis Road
Limerick
T: + 353 61 326 219
E: [email protected]

Castleville Study Centre - Activities for men
Golf Links Road
Castletroy
Limerick
T: +353 61 331 223
E: [email protected]
W: www.castleville.ie

GALWAY

Ros Geal University Residence - University residence for women students
19 University Road
Galway
T: + 353 91 524 524
E: [email protected]
W: www.rosgeal.org

Ros Nua Youth Club - Activities for women and schoolgirls
19 University Road
Galway
T: + 353 91 524 524
E: [email protected]
W: www.rosnua.org

Gort Ard University Residence - Hall of residence for men students
Rockbarton North
Salthill
Galway
T: +353 91 523 846
E: [email protected]
W: www.gortard.com

MEATH

Lismullin Conference Centre - Centre for retreats, conferences, seminars
Tara
Co. Meath
T: +353 46 902 6936
E: [email protected]
W: www.lismullin.ie

Lismullin School of Culinary and Home Arts - Activities for women and schoolgirls. Also Cookery School for all ages.
Tara
Co. Meath
T: +353 46 902 5099
E: [email protected]
W: www.lismullinculinary.com

CORK

Auburn - Activities for women and schoolgirls
56 Wilton Road
Cork
T: +353 86 805 1635
E: [email protected]

Dunmahon Study Centre - Activities for men and for schoolboys
Model Farm Road
Cork
T: +353 21 202 9112
E: [email protected]
W: www.dunmahon.ie

KILDARE

Educational undertakings where the chaplain is a priest of Opus Dei

Hill House - Pre-school for boys and girls
Tipper Road
Naas
Co. Kildare
T: +353 45 888 880
E: [email protected]
W: www.hillhouse.ie

BELFAST

Evenings of recollection in Holy Rosary parish church, Ormeau Road:

Men: First Thursday of the month, 19:30 – 21:30; contact Nicholas McKenna (+44 28 2566 3401)

Women: Second Thursday of the month, 19:30 – 21:30; contact Dolores Campbell (+44 79 6603 5156)

DERRY

Evenings of recollection for men in St Columb’s parish church, Waterside: Second Thursday of the month, 20:10 – 21:45; contact Charles Tindal (+353 74 973 1507).

SLIGO

Evenings of recollection for men in St Joseph’s parish church, Ballytivnan, Sligo: First Wednesday of the month, 19:00 – 21.00 with Mass; contact Pat Scanlon (+353 87 148 0448).