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The ACE-Ireland Mission is to be of service to Catholic schools in Ireland by identifying and developing leaders, supporting the faith life of Irish educators, and building partnerships between educational leaders from the United States and Ireland. The Catholic school system in Ireland is the lifeblood of the vibrant, Irish society that we see today. These institutions are recognised around the world for excellence in academics, instilling a commitment to civic engagement, fostering leadership, and for nurturing a respect for the dignity of the person.

Intentional Catholic schools embed these pursuits in their culture, and they are a trademark that has contributed to the Catholic Church becoming the largest non-governmental provider of education in the world serving over 12 million students annually. An intentional Catholic school culture requires appropriate support from Bishops, teachers, parents, and parishes alike. The job of the groups and individuals that are the current caretakers of one of the Irish nation's most precious resources, is to continue providing the gift of education through the prism of the Gospel. ACE-Ireland will continue to support this lofty goal through an involvement in the initiatives and activities outlined on this website. 

Upcoming Events

Summer Retreat for School Leaders and Teachers at Kylemore Abbey

In August 2021, school leaders from our Emerging Leaders Fellowship and our School Culture Initiative joined ACE Ireland and friends in the beautiful surrounds of the Notre Dame Global Centre at Kylemore Abbey.  Both groups enjoyed a relaxing and rejuvenating 2 night stay where through a gentle program of workshops, walks, liturgy and good meals participants were given a space to prepare for a new school year.  

"Having answered the call to 'come away and rest a while.' I embarked upon the journey to Kylemore Abbey. It was there that I found the time and space to reflect and to prepare for the school year ahead. I spent time with like minded people who became part of my journey of renewal. While the retreat sessions provided us with food for thought, the setting and timetable provided the time and opportunity for personal reflection and growth. Attending this two day retreat was one of the best decisions I made in 2021." - Aileen Kennedy, Principal, Bunscoil Loreto, Gorey

Save the Date

A number of 2 night retreats will run from the 12th to the 19th August 2022

More detailed information will follow in due course but you can request further information or register interest by emailing