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We are Benedictine Nuns

We are an enclosed community of contemplative Benedictine nuns belonging to the Congregation of the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre. We were founded in 1898 by the Servant of God Mother Marie Adele Garnier.

There is more information about our Congregation and Foundress here: Tyburn Convent, London.

Our Sisters come from different parts of the world and their task is to offer themselves in prayer and penance for the needs of humanity, of the Church, and particularly the individuals who bring their requests to us. We make reparation to the Heart of Jesus for the offences done to him, particularly in the Holy Eucharist.

Our community lives according to the ancient Benedictine tradition of Ora et Labora (Prayer and Work). Our special Charism is that of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament continues from early in the morning until late at night.

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adoration chapel


Our Chapel is open to the public from 6.30am until 8.30pm. There is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout.

(The gate to the driveway is locked at 8.00pm for security reasons, but is not padlocked until 8.30 to enable visitors who wish to take part in Compline at 8.00pm to leave.)

Prayer times:
Holy Mass: Sunday: 8.30am Monday-Saturday: 9.00am
Nocturns: 5.30
Lauds: 6.55 (Sundays 8am)
Terce: 8.50 (Sundays 9.55)
Sext: 12.10. None: 3.15
Vespers: 4.30. Compline: 8.00

retreat house


We welcome retreatants to spend a few quiet days in our Retreat House. We have 5 single and 2 double rooms. There is simple accommodation with lunch and supper provided, and a kitchenette supplied with food for breakfast and tea/coffee breaks. There is a magnificent view overlooking Cobh Harbour and we are within walking distance of the train and bus stations.

Guests may participate in the liturgy as they wish and take a walk in the beautiful Bible Garden or take advantage of our extensive religious library. The suggested donation is €50 per person/night but if you are keen to make a private retreat we do not want you to stay away on account of cost and will accept what you can afford by prior agreement. Men are asked to provide a character reference from their Parish Priest. Kindly give at least 48 hours notice when booking your retreat.

an oblate


Our Oblates are spiritually affiliated to our community after a time of initiation and a form of consecration appropriate to the lay state. We have a lively group of Oblates who meet about 4 times a year, and some of them take part in other programs such as our monthly Days of Recollection.

You can read more about the Oblate vocation here

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming an Oblate of St. Benedict’s Priory, please contact us.


St. Benedict’s Priory was founded in Royston, England during the First World War in order to be the Novitiate House of the Congregation in a safer and quieter part of England. The Foundation was made during Mother Foundress’ lifetime: it was officially opened on 12th December 1916. Early annals show that the Emerald Isle was already making an appearance in the life of St. Benedict’s Priory: in 1921 an appeal for building funds brought a very generous response from the Irish People. Little did these kind benefactors know that 70 years later St. Benedict’s Priory would itself travel to Ireland!

In the 1960’s the local council purchased the Royston property as part of a development plan, and the community moved to a former hotel in Wadhurst, Sussex, but was only destined to remain there 30 years. In the early 1990s Bishop John Magee of Cloyne was seeking a Benedictine Community with Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration for his Diocese, and made his invitation to the Tyburn Nuns. On 31st May 1993 the Community of St. Benedict’s Priory arrived in Cobh to hear the bells of St. Coleman’s Cathedral playing the Salve Regina in welcome.

You can see a PDF version of our centenary archive booklet here

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perpetual adoration

Ora et Labora


As Benedictines we, the Tyburn Nuns - a consecrated community living cloistered contemplation, are called to serve God and Holy Church by the hidden ministry of prayer and monastic hospitality.

Our monastic ministry of prayer is suspended between two poles: - celebration of the WORD of GOD, and celebration and worship of the EUCHARIST.

Our ministry of hallowing time and human labour, finds us chanting seven times every day, the Divine Office, the Benedictine Opus Dei, where the living WORD of God is proclaimed and heard, is sung and assimilated, and also acclaimed and contemplated.

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flower arranging
someone has to do it!
st. oliver plunkett relic

Shrine to St. Oliver Plunkett

st. oliver plunkett

By the kindness of the Bishop of Cloyne, a relic of St. Oliver Plunkett is housed in a little shrine at the Priory. This was brought up from the Cathedral in solemn procession on 1st July 1994.

St. Oliver Plunkett was born in County Meath in 1621. He was sent to Rome for his education and after being ordained remained there until 1670 when he was made Archbishop of Armagh. Often in hiding and under disguise he ministered faithfully to his flock and is said to have confirmed 48,000 Catholics in 4 years. He was eventually arrested, and as the Irish Courts were not able to pass judgment against him he was brought to Newgate Prison in London, underwent a false trial, and was hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn on 1st July 1681.

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St. Benedict's Priory
The Mount, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland. ● Telephone: 021 4811 354. ● Email:

Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a Registered Charity in Ireland No. 20028701.

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