Teachers, are you interested in giving your students a fresh perspective on faith?
An Tobar Nua has been working with Secondary Schools for over ten years through day retreats hosted at An Tobar Nua and in schools around the country.
Through the use of video, music, games, guided reflection, and personal stories, our team helps students explore themes such as Life to the Full, Friendship with God, Bullying, Social Media, Steps to Happiness, Resilience, Why Jesus, and Positive Mental Health.
Our aim is to interact with students on topics that are highly relevant and responsive to the challenges and pressures that youth are dealing with daily.
What do teachers and students say about our retreats?
"We have had a warm and positive relationship with An Tobar Nua for many years. The ethos of our school resonates with theirs and I highly recommend them for school retreats."-- Ciarán Doyle, Principal of St. Joseph's College, "The Bish", Galway
"I really enjoyed the day. The people were all so interesting and we discussed such deep and touching subjects. I felt really close to God during the day, especially when I received the blessing. I'd like to open myself up to God more from now on. Thank you for sharing your stories with us and being so honest."--Student from Coláiste Na Corribe, Galway
What age groups do the retreats cover?
Currently our retreats are for secondary school students only.
Where do the retreats take place?
We can host retreats at An Tobar Nua (in Galway City) or at your secondary school.
How many students can we accommodate?
We can host a maximum of 30 students at our centre or we can facilitate larger groups at your school.
How much does a retreat cost?
There is no charge for the retreat itself. If the retreat is held in our Galway centre, we appreciate a donation of €10 per student as we provide lunch, coffee/tea, and cookies during session breaks.
Telephone: Mike Shortt- 091 562175
Youth Outreach Staff
Originally from Belfast, Mike came to An Tobar Nua in 2001 as part of the staff, after several years in the medical manufacturing industry. With more than a decade of experience in charity work and his business expertise, Mike oversees the day to day operations of An Tobar Nua. He also directly leads our Retreat and Religious Education department which works with Secondary Schools across the country. He is an avid fan of full-contact sports and trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kick Boxing where he also coaches. When not at An Tobar Nua, Mike can be found in the gym or pursuing his passion for kayaking with his family.
Youth Outreach Manager; Connaught Retreats Team Coordinator
A native Galwegian, Andrew came to An Tobar Nua in 2014 after working for two years prior with a local church in Galway City. He graduated with a degree in Highway Engineering and was a former student of IBI (Irish Bible Institute) College. A talented singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Andrew often leads worship in different venues in Galway City and for student ministries associated with the café. He enjoys writing music, kickboxing and spending time with his wife and children.
Michelle Leinster Retreats Team Coordinator
From County Laois, Michelle joined the An Tobar Nua team in October 2017. She has a colorful background, having initially pursued acting and performance education, whilst living in Los Angeles. Following her time in LA, she decided to return to Ireland and to embark on a new road that led her to study Theology and English at Maynooth University. She became a secondary school teacher; teaching in Crumlin for a number of years, before returning to the States, only this time finding herself in New York City. It was in NYC that she became actively involved in working with youth, which sparked her journey leading teen retreats. In her spare time, she enjoys the simple things in life such as theatre, film, arts and crafts making, hiking and discovering new places.
Munster Retreats Team Coordinator
Originally from Ballinasloe, Séamus graduated from NUIG with an Arts degree in English and History. He spent three years in Asia teaching English before studying at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in California. He now runs a Christian youth group in Galway city where gets to share his two passions with teenagers: God and History.