Manresa House, Dublin
The house at sunset
|Country||Republic of Ireland|
|Former name(s)||Granby Hall|
|Functional status||Retreat Centre|
|Heritage designation||Protected Structure|
|Deanery||Fingal South East|
Manresa House is a retreat centre run by the Society of Jesus next to Saint Anne's Park in the Dollymount area of Clontarf in Dublin. In the 19th century it was home to Robert Warren and Arthur Guinness and is a protected structure in Dublin.
Manresa House is a stately home that has had a series of different owners. It was originally known as Granby Hall, and then Baymount Castle and included 17 acres of land surrounding the house. Until 1783, it was a residence of the Bishop of Down and Connor, James Traill. In 1838, it was renovated by Robert Warren. Soon after, it became the property of the Sisters of Loreto who used it as a school. In 1851, it was renovated by the sisters, because the building was damaged by a serious fire that year.
Use as a Preparatory School
In around 1904 William Scott opened a school on the premises called Baymount Preparatory School, of which he was headmaster until 1936. The school was then acquired by John Tudor Gwynn, who ran it until 1948. John T Gwynn was a descendant of John Gwynn and a member of the Gwynn family that included noted literary figures such as Stephen Gwynn and Edward Gwynn.
Establishment of Spirituality Centre
In 1948, the Archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid asked the Jesuits to establish a spirituality centre in the Dollymount area, so they bought Baymount Castle. They renamed it Manresa House after Manresa in Catalonia, Spain, where St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits had many spiritual experiences that contributed to formulation of his Spiritual Exercises.
The Retreat Centre
The first retreat was held there in 1949. In 1966, a new separate house to was built to accommodate more retreatants and was opened in 1967. In 1969, the Irish Jesuits moved their novitiate from Emo Court in County Laois to a building within the grounds of Manresa House. In 1977, part of the property, near the novitiate, was sold to developers to build a housing estate. In 1991, the novitiate moved to Dublin. In 2006, a new building was built on the site of the old novitiate for the Tertianship of the Jesuits in Europe.
Manresa House, runs a two year Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction) accredited by St Patrick's College, Maynooth, and has been offered in centres in Galway and Larne. Training in supervision for spiritual directors is also offered.
- Record of Protected Structure[permanent dead link] from Dublin City Council retrieved 23 June 2013
- Deaneries Archived 2013-06-28 at the Wayback Machine from Archdiocese of Dublin retrieved 23 June 2013
- History Archived 2013-09-24 at the Wayback Machine from Manresa.ie, retrieved 22 June 2013
- Manresa Spirituality Centre from Jesuit.ie, retrieved 22 June 2013
- Manresa Retreat House Archived 2013-06-24 at Archive.today from Sabbatical Wanderings, retrieved 22 June 2013
- Evie Hone window in the Jesuit Manresa House in Dublin[permanent dead link] from University College Cork retrieved 22 June 2013