How to Find Us

The Chapel of St Columbanus

The Chapel of St Columbanus

  1. Find the main carpark off Distillery Road, beside the Arts Millenium Building on the right hand side as you drive in.
  2. Look for the Chapel Archway and the large sign 'Chapel of St. Columbanus'  straight in front of you as you enter the carpark
  3. Go through the Archway to find the Chapel 
  4. The eircode for the Chapel is H91 N6Y6

Our Offices

6 Distillery Road

Our offices are located :

          On the Ground Floor of St. Declan's Building,  
          6, Distillery Road, Newcastle, Galway.

3 houses down from the AIB Bank (on the same side as the Bank) on your way into college.

There's no individual eircode for St. Declan's Building on Distillery Road but the NUI Galway general eircode is H91 TK33.

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Fr. Ben Hughes, Chaplain and Head of Department
Chaplaincy Centre,
Room 102, St. Declan's,
6 Distillery Road,
Phone: 091 492168

Ordained in 1990, Ben has experience in parish ministry, adult education, retreat facilitation and spiritual direction.  Using a psycho-spiritual approach, Fr Ben incorporates lived experience and the richness of our faith to develop a spirituality that is meaningful for contemporary life.  Integrating insights from psychology, he explores the spiritual journey  promoting personal development and providing space for wellbeing, healing and transformation.  Fr Ben holds an MSc in Counselling and Therapeutic Communication (University of Ulster) and a Higher Diploma in Education (Trinity College, Dublin).  His PhD was awarded through the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin.


Ms. Dolores McAndrew, Administrator Chaplaincy Centre
Address: Room 104,
Ground Floor, St. Declan's,
6 Distillery Road,
Phone: 091 495055

A native of Galway city and a graduate of UCG, Dolores became full-time Administrator for the Chaplaincy Department in 2006.  She has many years of experience in dealing with students and staff (ex HR) and she is the first point of contact for the Chaplaincy Service.


Mr. Jimmy McGovern, Support Worker / Seas Suas Manager

Address: Room 103, Ground Floor, St. Declan's, Distillery Road, Galway


Phone: 091 492535 or 083 0626898

Our homes:

Ben lives just off campus at 48B Lower Newcastle, behind the Chapel