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12/11/16 - 13/11/16

Weekend Retreat on Bereavement facilitated by Sr Eileen Healy, OLA Bereavement: Gently Assisting People to Progress though the Grieving Process.

02/12/16 - 04/12/16

Advent Retreat. Advent; A time of Grace Fr Paddy O'Rourke, SMA.

27/01/17 - 29/01/17

Retreats Ireland Conference : 2017: Catching up with the Reformation - Dr Kieran J. O'Mahony. OSA


Art Journalling Day - 'The Hope of Spring' Facilitated by Sr Oonagh Campbell, RSM


Lenten Retreat Day


Lenten Retreat Day

12/04/17 - 16/04/17

Easter Triduum with the Dromantine Community

13/05/17 - 14/05/17

Forgiveness Weekend Retreat Facilitated by Fr Des Corrigan

15/05/17 - 20/05/17

Silent Retreat : Fr Denis McBride CSsR - Reflecting on the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus

26/05/17 - 02/06/17

6 Day Directed Retreat : Fr Frank Downes, OP and Sr Nora McCarthy, PBVM

26/05/17 - 30/05/17

4 Day Directed Retreat : Fr Frank Downes, OP and Sr Nora McCarthy, PBVM

26/05/17 - 02/06/17

Silent Retreat : Fr Brendan Comerford, S.J. - Inspired and Challenged by Poets, Pastors, Mystics, Martyrs

03/06/17 - 04/06/17

Trauma and Loss - Getting through the toughest times : towards healing and recovery - Dr. Hugh Lagan, SMA

12/06/17 - 15/06/17

Leadership Styles for a changing Church : Leading with your strengths - Dr. Hugh Lagan, SMA


The joys and challenges in marriage and family life to-day - Dr Tony Hanna.

01/09/17 - 08/09/17

6 Day Directed Retreat : Noel Bradley and Fr Des Corrigan, SMA

01/09/17 - 05/09/17

4 Day Directed Retreat : Noel Bradley and Fr Des Corrigan, SMA

01/09/17 - 08/09/17

Silent Retreat: Fr John Fuellenbach, SVD - Reflecting on Jesus' image of God and His Dream for us and for His Kingdom

01/10/17 - 08/10/17

Silent Retreat : Fr Ciaran O'Callaghan, CSsR - "Remember, I am with you always to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:30)

01/10/17 - 08/10/17

6 Day Directed Retreat : Fr Dermot Mansfield, S.J. and Sr Elizabeth Dunne, SMR


Art Journalling Day - 'The Gold of our experiences' Facilitated by Sr Oonagh Campbell, RSM

23/10/17 - 29/10/17

Foyer of Charity Silent Retreat: "If you but knew the gift of God"


Bereavement Retreat Day : Sr Fiona Galligan, RSM and Rev Graham Stockdale

08/12/17 - 10/12/17

Advent Retreat : The Three Comings of the Lord - Frances Hogan


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Dromantine Today











The history of Dromantine estate dates back to the middle ages. The ancient Irish clan of Magennis dominated most of South County Down from the 14th - 17th century and owned vast tracts of land in that area, including what is now Dromantine Estate. Following the political upheavals of the early 17th c. one of the Magennis clansmen, Murtagh, became the owner of an estate of 4200 acres within the precinct of Clanagan

In 1741 the Manor of Clanagan passed from Magennis ownership to that of a Scottish Family called Innes. In 1806 Arthur Innes built the original part of the existing house in Neo-classical style. When he died in 1820 he left a magnificent house within a beautifully landscaped demesne complete with a newly formed lake. His grandson, Arthur Charles Innes, became the owner of the property and in the 1860s extended the original house (now called Dromantine House) making it even more stately and imposing.

In the early 20th c. the fortunes of the Innes family waned and they decided to dispose of Dromantine.

At the same time the Society of African Missions (SMA) which was based in Cork was looking for a suitable property in which to prepare their students for missionary work in Africa. Under the guidance of Fr. Maurice Slattery the SMA bought Dromantine House and the 320 acre estate in 1926. It was their seminary until 1972 and during these years about 600 young men were ordained priests and went from Dromantine as missionaries to Africa.

Several extensions were added to accommodate the growing number of students. Paying special attention to a harmonious blend with the original architecture, work on St. Patrick's wing on the east side commenced in November 1931. St. Brendan's wing on the west side was built in 1935 and a new Chapel, which was added to the end of this wing, was consecrated by Bishop Mulhern on 18th May 1937. St. Colman's wing with 62 study-bedrooms for students and a new assembly / lecture hall were opened in 1959.

In 1996 the SMA decided to carry out major renovations and refurbishments in order to update the buildings and make them suitable for a modern Retreat and Conference Centre. When these were completed, a 21st century, comfortable and well equipped Retreat and Conference Centre was reopened in 2001.

In 2004 the original 19th century courtyard building was sensitively and completely renovated to provide additional conference rooms and facilities. The recently built "African Link" connects the main conference centre with the new facilities in the courtyard. It contains a display of beautiful African carvings and art which celebrate the skills of African artists from areas where the SMA work - highlighting the strong historical and present day links between Dromantine and Africa.