CONNECTED // CEANGAILTE is a 3 day retreat for youth leaders across Ireland designed to rest the mind, reinvigorate the heart and replenish the soul.

Slieve Russel Hotel, Cavan

11-13th October 2021

Spaces for Connected are limited, sign up now to ensure your place.


Connecting with God and connecting with each other fuels us with passion, purpose and promise. Even in the most crucial times of Jesus' ministry, we always see him retreating to spend time alone with the Father. From Jesus we learn the idea and practice of retreating in order to advance. At the start of a new youth work calendar, prioritising time away to focus on our own relationship and connection with God is vital. We seek connection before direction. We want the out-workings of our youth ministry to be shaped by the in-workings of His ministry.

"Our team have benefited greatly from working in collaboration with CIY. We have been refreshed spiritually and physically through Connected//Ceangailte retreats and we so appreciate the heart of CIY to mobilise young people to be kingdom workers and their support of youth workers and organisations across Ireland on the same mission."

- Gareth Lynch, Scripture Union

Connected is.

Connected is a 3 day retreat where we focus on getting connected back to our first love and also spend time connected with others across Ireland who are involved in youth ministry. We recognise that we can easily get isolated in our own youth work and ministry. We want to prioritise times where we can get away together and learn from each other, and celebrate what God is doing across the land with youth work. The Irish word Ceangailte means joined up together, or tied together. With the emphasis being on a positive bond that is for the long haul. We want Connected ?? Ceangailte to be a time and space where youth work across Ireland can feel more tied and interwoven together. We believe this happens best when relationships are deepened by spending quality time with God and quality time with each other in prayer and worship.

What to expect.

Quality time and space to meet with and hear from God. Time to reflect and relax. Great food. Great Hotel. Individual Prayer appointments. Inspirational input. Deepening of friendships. Discernment of the times we live in. Bigger picture of what God is doing in Ireland. Fun and joy of being together.

The Slieve Russell Hotel

We are delighted to host Connected at The Slieve Russell Hotel, County Cavan. The Slieve Russell provides luxury 4* hotel accommodation in a tranquil 300 acres setting, including 50 acres of lakes, A PGA national golf course, and The Ciúin Spa & Wellness Centre which offers a unique experience in relaxation and leisure providing the perfect backdrop for Connected.


John and Annie Hughes

John and Annie have been in church leadership for over 40 years and involved in pioneering ministry and leadership throughout the UK and further afield. They love to see younger people encouraged and inspired to be radical followers of Jesus in all the ups and downs that life brings. They have a real heart for growing leaders and a sensitivity and closeness to God that is contagious. Recently retired they love to enjoy their 11 grandchildren, walking, travel, sport, and friendships.

Packing List

Bible and notebook. Journal. Walking shoes. Running shoes, golf clubs, Swimming costume for pool and spa facilities. Comfy clothes for three days. Slippers! Board games? Christian books.


Registering for CONNECTED costs €150 per person (based on a twin room, additional charges for a single occupancy room) and includes two nights lodging, seven meals (two breakfasts, three lunches, two evening meals) & teas / coffees, as well as programming for the event. Attendees are responsible for travel to/from the event as well as any other costs incurred.oks.

Contact & Travel

The Slieve Russell Hotel Cavan provides luxury 4* hotel accommodation in a tranquil setting. Set in 300 acres, including 50 acres of lakes, the Slieve Russell Hotel Golf & Country Club with Ciúin Spa & Wellness Centre offers a unique experience in relaxation and leisure. View directions here.

Retreat & Replenish

We want you to breathe in and hear God’s voice on this retreat. The hotel and hotel grounds are stunning. We purposefully want you to enjoy your time here as we know it will help you connect with God. A big reason we choose the Slieve Russell is that the surrounding beauty will help you relax and replenish in his presence. There are great walks around the lakes, a 2km trail through the golf course, a secret garden, tennis courts and a crazy golf course to add a bit of fun. The surrounding area includes local landmarks such as Cuilcagh Way (Stairway to heaven) as well as many museums and areas of outstanding natural beauty if you want to take yourself outside the hotel grounds. As guests at Connected we also have special discount rates to the golf course and spa treatments if that is something that will help you replenish.

Again, thanks for what you do - we appreciate it and look forward to our time together. If you have any question please email