The Irish Sangha Trust (IST) was established in 2011 to support and foster teaching and meditation practice in the Theravada Buddhist tradition in Ireland. The Irish Sangha Trust is non-profit Buddhist organization, entirely dependent on the generosity of the public for voluntary donations.

Our annual schedule includes regular workshops, retreats and meditation sittings. Events are open to everyone from beginners to experienced practitioners. We welcome you to join our spiritual friends network and experience the profound benefits of meditation practice.

Day retreat with Noirin Sheahan

Saturday, October 28th, 2017, 10am - 4:30pm

A chance to withdraw from our usual busyness, and explore our inner world. What stresses and strains does it want us to acknowledge? What can it teach us about wisdom and peace?  

The day will include guidance on Insight Meditation practice according to the Mahasi technique, as well as reflection on dealing with the difficulties we commonly encounter in meditation. There will be time for discussion as well as sitting and walking meditation sessions.

Retreat Information

This day retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

Registration: please click here (or contact us at

  • In order to make a secure booking, please complete the online booking form.
  • Please do not assume there will be space available at the last minute.

Venue: Ranelagh, Dublin 6. See map and directions here. At the door press bell marked "Appletree Top".

Date and Time: Saturday, October 28th, 2017, 10am - 4:30pm

Fee: donation basis

Lunch: We will share a vegetarian lunch. Please bring some food to share if you wish to join in. 

On the day:

  • Please join us for silent/personal meditation from 10am before the opening address at 10:30.
  • Comfortable clothing is recommended. Dressing in layers is also a good idea.
  • Please bring some food for a shared vegetarian lunch, if you wish to join us for the midday meal. 
  • Refreshments, CDs and Dharma books are available for free distribution.

Noirin Sheahan

Noirin has been practising meditation under the guidance of Bhante Bodhidhamma for almost thirty years. Born in Dublin in 1954, she is now retired from her work in a Dublin hospital, originally as a medical physicist / engineer and more recently as meditation teacher. She has taught vipassana under the guidance of Bhante Bodhidhamma in Gaia House, Sunyata and other centres in Ireland, and is a senior teacher at Satipanya Buddhist Retreat, Wales.

In July 2013 Noirin underwent surgery for throat cancer in which she lost her voice box. She now has the distinction of being the first person to teach the Dhamma using an electro-larynx! Though this sounds mechanical, most people understand it well enough after a while. Noirin now prints her Dhamma talks and these are then read aloud by those attending evening classes / day retreats. For longer retreats, the Dhamma talks are pre-recorded by a friend. .

More info about Noirin is here:














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