The Carmelite Monastery has been an integral part of the parish of Kilquade for over 173 years. I is set between the mountains and the sea, in the ‘Garden of Ireland’, surrounded by natural beauty throughout all seasons.
The Carmelite nuns were invited to Delgany in 1844 at the request of the parish priest of Kilquade. The first group of six nuns arrived from Warrenmount, Dublin on 7th December 1844. The new monastery was dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The monastery Church was, and remains today, a Mass centre for the people in this part of the parish of Kilquade. The Church has been described as “a little gem of Gothic architecture”.
The nuns in Delgany continue to live the cloistered contemplative life as envisioned by St. Teresa of Avila. St. Teresa continues to inspire us today as we seek to serve the Church and the world by witnessing to the living God in the 21st century. Ours is a life of prayer, study, spiritual reading, work and recreation. We gather seven times each day to celebrate the Prayer of the Church (Liturgy of Hours). The public are welcome to visit our church throughout the day for Mass, Prayer of the Church and for personal prayer.