" O God, You are my God, for You I long, For You my soul is thirsting " Psalm 62

Nuns at PoorClares Monastery



“Praised be Jesus Christ”


You are very welcome to our website. We, the Poor Clare Sisters of College Road, Cork, are part of the Franciscan family, followers of St. Francis of Assisi, and we are so pleased that our Holy Father Pope Francis has taken the name of Francis! St. Francis inspired and guided St. Clare who founded our Order of Sisters in Italy in 1212. Our monastery here in Cork was founded in 1914.

As enclosed Sisters, dedicated to the contemplative life, we assure you of our prayers. May God bless and protect you this day.

We hope you enjoy our website, where you can read about St. Clare, St. Francis and St. Colette, about how Poor Clare life started in Cork, how we spend our day and more!

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

The Poor Clare Sisters

The Lord has loved you with an everlasting love.
Jer. 31:3

We have produced a video
portraying some aspects of our enclosed Poor Clare life!
To view it: please view St Francis and St Clare
We hope you will enjoy the video!
God bless you.

Due to the current pandemic, our chapel is closed for the present. We, the Poor Clare Sisters, are praying for all who are suffering as a result of the pandemic, in so many ways.


O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and hope.
We rely on you, Health of the Sick.
You, who at the foot of the Cross, united with Jesus' pain, keeping steadfast your faith.
You, our Mother, know what we need, and we are sure that you will provide for us, as at Cana of Galilee.
May joy and celebration return after this trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do what we are told by Jesus,
Who has taken our suffering on Himself and has burdened Himself with our sorrows,
to lead us through the cross to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities
but deliver us from all evil, O ever glorious and blessed Virgin.

A Spiritual Holy Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were there and I unite myself to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. (St. Alphonsus de Liguori)

"O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine."

Prayer to Saint Clare

Feast of Saint Clare: 11th August

Beloved St. Clare, by your trust in God's providence, obtain help for all the poor and needy;
by your love for the Infant Jesus, obtain the protection of our families;
by your love for Jesus Crucified, obtain for us courage in every trial;
by your love for Jesus in the Eucharist, obtain our request: (Mention request...)
by your attentiveness to the Holy Spirit, obtain for us the grace of prayer and devotion;
by your likeness to Mary our Mother, obtain peace in our hearts, our homes and our world, Amen.

Mass for Pro Life Cause

On the last Friday of each month (except December) Holy Mass is offered at 7.30 p.m.
in the public chapel of our Poor Clare Monastery, College Road, Cork, for the Pro Life cause.
All are most welcome to join us
in praying for the protection and welfare of mothers and unborn babies.

Visiting Times

As many of our regular callers know, we close to visitors from November 1st until after Christmas. We also close during Lent, as well as for the week before Pentecost.
For the rest of the year a Sister is available to the public, from Tuesday to Sunday inclusive, in the morning from 10.30 am to 11.30 am and in the afternoon from 2 pm to 4 pm.
People are very welcome to call during those times to ask for prayers or to share a worry or concern.

On the First Sunday of each month we are also closed for our monthly retreat day.

"In Our Own Words"

Listen to the Radio Programme "Where The Road Takes Me."  The story, in three parts: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, describes our history, life, vocation and work over the last one hundred years in College Road.


Reflection on Year of Mercy



Nov 23 2020

The Franciscan Life - Poor Clare Monastery College Road Cork

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Nov 23 2020

Poor Clare sisters greet Bishop Fintan Gavin - Bishop of Cork


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A Gallery of images portraying Poor Claress Monastery
A map showing the location of Poor Clares Monastery

Poor Clares Colettine Monastery

College Road, Cork, Ireland.

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