In the face of the global threat of coronavirusKylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens closed on March 12 in line with Government policy on group gatherings and will remain closed indefinitely, pending national public guidance. This necessary measure has meant the cancellation or postponement of key events in the Kylemore calendar and a pause in activity on what promised to be an increasingly busy season ahead. While this is of disappointment to visitors, the tourism sector, the Benedictine community, Kylemore staff and to partners in the Connemara area, there is also a sense of hope and resilience as plans continue for the year ahead.
The annual Easter eventto be held on Easter Sunday (April 12) has been deferred but plans are being made to host a similar event when the estate reopens. The Easter event is always full of trails, treats, and nature, in the surrounds of the stunning Victorian Walled Garden and the team at Kylemore looks forward to bringing this magic and adventure to visitor and families later in the year.
On May 9, the Kylemore Estate was scheduled to host a ‘Darkness into Light’ walk for the first time. This event in aid of Pieta House will instead take place in the autumn.
This year marks 100 years since the Benedictine Community arrived in Connemara and made Kylemore Abbey their home. Events planned in celebration of the centenary have, in the short term, been put on hold. One notable event is the school reunion, which was due to take place in June. The reunion was to see almost 700 national and international Kylemore Abbey alumnae gather at the estate for a weekend of celebration and nostalgia for their time in the renowned boarding and day school. The decision has been made to reschedule this for June 2021 and organisers are optimistic that this deferral will only add to the significance of the already monumental get-together.
Work has paused on the new monastery and retreat centre for the Benedictine nuns. This 14-month construction project was to be a highlight of the centenary year. Work had been underway onsite since October 2019 and was due to be completed in time to mark the anniversary of the nuns arrival to Kylemore on December 04, 1920.
All at Kylemore Abbey look forward to opening the gates and once again welcoming visitors and friends to discover the history, serenity, beauty and romance that the 1,000 acre estate embodies and inviting everyone to join in the events and celebrations of this significant year.
For updates on the current closure as well as news and events on the estate please see www.kylemoreabbey.com