St. Martin’s is our 5 bedroom house in Ballinascorney, at the foothills of the Dublin mountains. Set on a former farm on an east facing side of a small valley in the Dublin Mountains, the remote mountain landscape of streams, gorges, former quarry, forestry and open fields is dramatic and diverse.
For the last 20 years, St Martin’s has been used as a rural retreat for residents of Ballyfermot and surrounding areas. St Martin’s has evolved over the years from having just a caravan and vegtable patch onsite to today having a 5 bedroom farmhouse, carpentry workshop, greenhouse, play area for children and a Clochán (stone ‘beehive’ hut).
Every year, 25 or so families join us for a few days for the Family Summer Programme, where families are invited to stay with us in the house for a few days. From here we run excursions and activities throughout the month of July. You can read more about the Family Summer Programme here.
Our masterplan is to develop our centre in Ballinascorney into a first class nature retreat, adventure and learning centre, where groups can escape their urban enviroment and connect with nature. Here children of all ages can challenge themselves through unregulated, exploratory play, while the potential for learning from the varied flora and fauna of the land is great. Learn more about the Masterplan for St. Martin’s here.
Over the last few years numerous collaborative pieces of work have taken place that have helped shape St. Marten’s in to what it is today, inluding our stone hut or ‘Clochán’. Many of Ireland’s leading companies have also volunteered their time in carving out access pathways around the site, along with a camping area and barbecue area.