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Our Team 

Susanne Bach glendalough sanctuay

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 & Reiki therapy which can be booked by residents and non-residents. 

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. Appointments can be made by our guests as well as non-residents. 

‘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.’

brenda ahern glendalough sanctuary

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,  now the Glendalough Sanctuary, since 2005.

Breda continues the work, warm welcome and spiritual tradition herself and Fr. Michael Rodgers, who set up the retreat Centre in 1992, carried out over many years. 

“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."

Alainn our beloved dog glendalough sanctuary


Our rescue dog Álainn, (Irish for Beautiful and pronounced Aw-Lin) was adopted by us when he was 6 months old and found abandoned in a field. The Charity Dogs Angels Ireland fostered him and he found his way to us in the Glendalough Sanctuary.


He brings so much happiness to us all and to our guests.

He is learning to be an  excellent meditator and can do a 180 degree turn in the air with sheer joy of having found his true home. He loves his walks and swims in the beautiful and unspoilt nature of Glendalough and will melt your heart.

Paschal Gannon Glendalough Sanctuary
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