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Our Team 

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Susanne Bach

Susanne graduated from University College Dublin with a Masters Degree in Film Studies and has worked in University Education for over 20 years.

In her role as Programme Director, she enjoys developing the future growth of the Glendalough Sanctuary as a destination for health and wellbeing.


Susanne brings to bear her experience of having travelled extensively around the world, her hospice volunteering work and massage therapy which add to our guests' well being. 

Paschal Gannon

Paschal comes from a farming background in the West of Ireland. He worked most of his life in Construction Engineering Management abroad and in Ireland. Paschal qualified as a Counsellor/ Psychotherapist in 2014 and as a Hypnotherapist in 2016.

‘I have a creative and enquiring mind and my real passion is being with people. Having the privilege of sharing some of their ’life Journey’ and listening to and sharing in their stories. In keeping with the ethos of the old Irish saying ‘Giorraíonn beirt bóthar’ (Two people shorten the road). The Glendalough Sanctuary offers the perfect setting for these synchronicities to occur.’


Michael Rodgers 

As a member of St. Patrick's Missionary Society (SPS), Michael’s twenty years experience as a Catholic missionary priest in Kenya, East Africa by his own admission

"opened up my mind to a wider world view.'' 

He returned to Ireland in 1984 and in 1993 founded the Tearmann Centre, now renamed as the Glendalough Sanctuary, to encourage exploration of the deeper Spiritual connections between Christianity, Nature and the Universal story as a whole. Michael has written 3 books about Glendalough which are available on site. 


Breda Ahearn

Breda is a member of the Sisters of the Cross & Passion (CP), a retired primary school teacher and part of the team at Tearmann since 2005.

 “I welcome people to the Glendalough Sanctuary and offer a listening ear to those who wish to share their story while on retreat. I offer my many skills to add fullness and variety to all the programmes at the pilgrimage centre."

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