• Mt Sion Waterford

The Chapel

Edmunds restThe Edmund Rice Chapel with its circular shape sits dramatically on the hill of Mount Sion. Inside the Edmund Rice Chapel is the tomb of Blessed Edmund Rice.

The Edmund Rice Chapel with its circular shape sits dramatically on the hill of Mount Sion. Inside the Edmund Rice Chapel is the tomb of Blessed Edmund Rice.

Made of sandstone and glass the tomb has Edmund Rice's name etched in the side and top in Ogham, the ancient Irish alphabet. Glimpses of Edmund's coffin - in which are his remains rest - are visible through the slits in the glass of the top of the tomb. Visitors are welcome to touch the stone of the tomb as they pause for prayer and reflection.

A popular story of Edmund Rice was that during his contemplation of his future, he wondered about going to Europe to study and seek ordination. His sister-in-law, Joan Power, drew his attention to some poor boys outside his window and told him that out in the streets of Waterford was his monastery.

Similarly, today visitors can look over Waterford from inside the Chapel, and allow the vista of Waterford, the World and the Cosmos to direct their reflections. In turn, Waterford, the World and the Cosmos can be affected by the activity of meditation, prayer and reflection in the Edmund Rice Chapel.

Visitors may also choose to avail of the Peace Garden between the Chapel and the monastery. It offers an oasis with its flowers and plants, bench seating, the stations of the cross and a cosmic walk.

Edmund Rice Heritage Centre

An interactive Heritage Centre, opened by An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern TD in February 2008, tells the story of Edmund Rice, the history of Ireland and the growth of the Congregations  throughout the world.

The museum provides opportunities for visitors to:
Live the Edmund Rice Story through an atmospheric and interactive experience
Become immersed in 18th century Waterford through audio-visual and multi-media creations
Visit the 19th Century school room
See the Brothers' and their colleagues' work throughout the world
See the reconstructed face of Edmund Rice

Special tours and curriculum materials for schools are available

Visitor Information - Opening Hours

Heritage Centre

Mon - Fri 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Saturdays 10.00 am to 2.00 pm

Sundays & Bank Holidays - open by appointment.


Mon - Sunday7.00 am to 6.00 pm

Community and Ministries:
An international community of Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers live on site at Mt Sion, offering hospitality to all who come to visit or stay. In addition to the Chapel and the Museum, Edmund Rice International Heritage Centres Ltd oversees a number of ministries in the Spirit of Edmund Rice on the ground and first floors of the 'Monastery'. These include the Information and Support Unit (ISU) which aims to assist refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants that make up new communities. The Youth Ministry Team offers programs for secondary school students in spirituality and personal development.

 See Edmund Rice Centre, Mt Sion website: www.edmundrice.ie

Contact Edmund Rice Heritage Centre
 ERIHC Ltd.,
Mount Sion,
Barrack Street,
Phone: [+353] (0)51 874 390 Fax: [+353] (0)51 841 578
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• Westcourt Callan

callan house300Edmund Rice Heritage Centre Blessed Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers, was born to Robert and Margaret Rice, prosperous tenant farmers, at Westcourt, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, on 1 June 1762.

He was the fourth of seven brothers, and had two stepsisters, Joan and Jane Murphy, from his mother’s first marriage. The Penal Laws against Catholics were still in force in Ireland.; Co. Kilkenny fared better than many places because of the tolerance of John Butler, the Protestant Duke of Ormonde who resided in Kilkenny Castle.

As a result, enterprising Catholics, such as Robert Rice, were enabled to rent farmland from tolerant Protestant landlords at reasonable rates. So Edmund was fortunate in a land where the majority of Catholics were “hewers of wood and drawers of water”.

Edmund Rice Heritage Centre CallanThe thatched house "Westcourt" in which Edmund was born on 1 June 1762, is almost 300 years old. The six roomed house consists of a kitchen, parlour, breakfast room and three bedrooms. Of particular interest is the bedroom in which Edmund Rice was born.
Also on the site is the Edmund Rice Memorial Chapel and a large visitors’ centre.

Opening Hours
1 April - 30 September
10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm 1 October - 31 March
10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Good Friday and Christmas Day

Telephone : +353 (0) 562 5993 / +353 (0) 562 5141

• Mardyke Cork

Edmund Rice Heritage and Study Centre, Cork

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Edmund Rice did his good works quietly, without fanfare. Much of what he did may never be known. This is also true of many Presentation Brothers.

Recording and proclaiming what is known of their inspiring story, for the Glory of God, is the primary function of the Edmund Rice Heritage and Study Centre.

The centre is located in The Mardyke House in Cork city and contains a lecture hall, a large multi purpose hall and a Chapel.

Pictorial displays, short videos and computer presentations are prepared to tell the story of the Presentation Family.

A Prayer Garden situated alongside the Centre tells the story of Blessed Edmund’s life and the history of the Congregation.HeritageGarden cork

Evening and Weekend Seminars and Week long Summer Workshops are also held at the Centre, and its tranquil setting on Cork City’s Mardyke makes it ideal for a day of recollection.

The Chapel is used regularly by members of the Presentation Family.

If you would like to visit the Centre or to organise a group/school visit, please contact:

Brother Stephen O’Gorman
Director, Edmund Rice Heritage Centre,
Mardyke House, Cork.

Tel: 021 - 4276958 / 4254462
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In addition to the Heritage Centre in Cork, the Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre in Waterford includes a Museum and also the tomb of Blessed Edmund Rice. See the Centre's brochure here (pdf).