On behalf of Barnardos I’d like to thank you for the use of your wonderful facilities for our recent Regional Staff Day. The facilities were bright, airy, modern and lacked for nothing. The surroundings were like and oasis in the middle of a very busy city and had a wonderful view overlooking the Botanic Gardens which was a lovely bonus. You and the team made all of us feel most welcome and we will certainly be planning to use the facilities again.
Stephen McLaughlin, Barnardos (October 2017)
We had a full day management offsite meeting at the centre. The room was wonderful, the audio visual and Internet worked first time (this is a rare event in most conference places!) and the staff were very attentive. The whole experience made for a very productive day and I have no hesitation in recommending the centre.”
Paul Kenny, Distilled SCH Limited (March 2017)
Our team spent a reflection day at the centre and it is a fantastic place. The location is very central but the setting is wonderful. The grounds run down to the Tolka, on the other side of which are the Botanic Gardens. The centre is modern, bright, and welcoming, and fully wheelchair accessible. The staff are friendly and helpful. If there is one tiny drawback it is that there aren’t onsite catering facilities – other than tea/coffee, however the Botanic Gardens are a 5 minute walk away with The Tolka House pub, the Washer Woman restaurant and a coffee shop, all of which serve food, a 2-3 minute walk away. The center does have contacts with a local caterer and sandwiches etc…can be arranged! As you might have gathered we cannot recommend it highly enough and if you are looking for a venue for day away, for team building, prayer or reflection this is an ideal venue with lots of car parking available
Conor McCann, Parish Pastoral Worker, Parish of St Luke the Evangelist (June 2016)
“Unique oasis of calm, welcome and efficiency housed in modern, state of the art facility- facilitates learning, meeting and communication at highest level. Excellent facilities for meetings, team training/building, or small conference. A very pleasant and interesting surprise.”
CENSUS 2016 NORTH DUBLIN FIELD MANAGEMENT TEAM (February 2016)
“Our team spent a morning in the Margaret Aylward centre and found it to be a very enriching experience. The centre is designed to reflect its lovely surroundings and the atmosphere evoked is one of sustained calm and comfort. Brenda and Geraldine in their attentiveness and hospitality also really contributed to making us feel welcome and at ease.”
Avryll de Burca, Daughters of Charity Child and Family Service (September 2015)
“The members of the Federation of Catholic Voluntary Nursing Homes who are in senior management positions, really enjoyed their training day in The Margaret Aylward Centre. It is a beautiful centre – bright, airy, calm, spacious and comfortable in an ideal location with easy parking. Our special thanks to Geraldine and Brenda who gave us all a great welcome – they looked after us so well and nothing was too much trouble, which contributed greatly to the success of the day .
Danielle Browne, Federation of Catholic Voluntary Nursing Homes (September 2015)
“Veritas launched the Pope’s encyclical in the centre and we found it to be a great place to have a launch. It’s bright, modern, spacious and peaceful with staff on hand to cater for your every need. We got great feedback from our attendees about the event and the venue had a very large part to play in this.“
Ciara Sherlock, Veritas (July 2015)
“I was one of the group attending the Le Chéile meeting there on June 11th and I’d like to congratulate you on a centre that is aesthetically pleasing and superbly functional. Thank you also for your warm hospitality.”
Maeve Guinan SJC (June 2015)
“ The membership were very taken with the venue, enjoying the peace and calm that it exuded.
Noelle Dowling, Dublin Diocesan Archivist and Chair of the ACAI (May 2015)
“All of our staff at Don Bosco Care found the Margaret Aylward Centre most welcoming. The setting and lay out of the building is uplifting and I would say inspirational for a conference/meeting/retreat. This venue I felt gave us all a positive start to our day’s work and all our staff loved the place.I am certain that we will use the centre again.”
Fr. Val Collier , Don Bosco Care (Feb 2015)
“Le Chéile Schools Trust have found the Margaret Alyward Centre to be a wonderful venue for our leadership training course for teachers and for a variety of other gatherings and meetings. The peaceful atmosphere and beautiful views enhance our reflections and discussions. The sophisticated technology makes presentations easy and efficient and the pleasant and friendly staff are always willing to oblige – no request is too difficult!”
Dr. Eilis Humphreys , Executive Director, Le Chéile Schools Trust (October 2014)