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Diocese of GalwayKilmacduagh & Kilfenora

Deoise na GaillimheChill Mac Duach & Chill Fhionnúrach

Other Support Groups

Organisations which currently locate their meetings in the Pastoral Outreach Centre include:


Rainbows is a free, voluntary service for children and young people experiencing loss following bereavement and parental separation. It provides a safe setting in which children can share their feelings, emotions and struggles with others who have similar experiences. They are supported in this process by a trained facilitator. Rainbows uses materials such as journals, story books, games and activities which forms a structured programme to lead the children gently through the grieving process.

This support programme is free of charge. Please visit for more information, or email

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Beginning Experience West of Ireland

The purpose of the Beginning Experience West of Ireland ministry is to facilitate the grief resolution process for adults who have suffered the loss of a spouse or life partner through death, divorce or separation, thereby enabling them again to love themselves, others and God.

Beginning Experience West of Ireland currently offers the Beginning Experience Residential Weekend  Spring and Autumn Programme, run twice yearly in April and October, from Friday 6.00pm to Sunday 4.00pm, in Esker Monastery and Retreat House, Athenry. This programme is presented by teams of volunteers from the whole of the west of Ireland, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced.

Contact: Maureen Lydon at 087 6646896, or for further information see:

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Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.00pm
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Wednesdays 1.00pm–2.00pm
Saturdays 11.30am–1:00pm

For further information see