The Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring
The Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring is a women’s monastery established in 2019 with the blessing of His Eminence Joseph, Metropolitan of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolis of Southern and Western Europe.
It is dedicated to the Mother of God, its main feast being “The Life-Giving Spring” (celebrated on the Friday after Easter), it is also dedicated to St. Ciaran of Clonmacnoise ( Feast day – the 9th of September), to all Celtic Saints of Ireland (celebrated on the second Sunday after Pentecost) and to St Prophet Daniel and the Three Youths (celebrated on the 17th of December).
The Monastery is located in the very heart of Ireland, in Shannonbridge, just a few kilometers away from the 6th century monastic site of St. Ciaran in Clonmacnoise. Ireland was famously abundant in monasteries, and the Irish landscape was sanctified by the ascetic labours and constant prayer of countless monastics for hundreds of years in the first millennium.
Although founded by the Romanian Orthodox Church, the monastery is open to anyone, of any nationality, language, race, or age and the language used during the services will be, depending on the congregation, Romanian and English, with some Greek, Russian, and even Irish.
At the moment the monastery is home to two nuns and welcomes pilgrims throughout the year, subject to availability of places.