Glencree Centre for Reconciliation

Glencree , Co. Wicklow

Glencree Centre for Reconciliation
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Glencree Centre for Reconciliation in Glencree, Co. Wicklow.

The Glencree Visitors Centre, located in a very idyllic part of Wicklow, is housed in a former British Army barracks from 1806. It was part of a network of barracks built in Co. Wicklow following the 1798 Rebellion. From 1858 to 1940 it served as St Kevin's Reformatory School run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate when several additional buildings were added. From 1945 to 1950 under the auspices of the Irish Red Cross, Glencree became a temporary Refugee Centre. The French Sisters of Charity looked after thousands of German and Polish war orphans on UN sponsored three-month rest programmes or en route to longer-stay fostering in Irish homes. Since 1974, following the resurgence of conflict in Northern Ireland, it is now used as a reconcilliation centre that is devoted to peacebuilding and reconciliation in Ireland, North and South, Britain and beyond.

Glencree has 19 bedrooms that can accommodate up to 62 people. All groups are welcome: backpackers, businesses, teams, community groups, cyclists, walkers, etc. Glencree accommodation is ideal for nature-lovers. Meals are provided at the Armoury Cafe, a traditional restaurant and craft shop located in one of the historic buildings on-site and open 7 days a week.

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