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About An Tobar Nua

An Tobar Nua is an Irish Revenue Commission approved charity. It is made up of Catholic and other Christians working together who are interested in helping young people become aware of the value of a faith based life. We encourage people of all denominations to pursue an ongoing, trusting relationship with Jesus Christ in their own faith communities.

An Tobar Nua has been working with secondary schools for over ten years through day retreats hosted at An Tobar Nua and in secondary schools around the country.

All retreat team members are Garda vetted and attend annual training on child protection.

Our aim is to interact with students on topics that are highly relevant and responsive to challenges and pressures that  youth are dealing with daily.

An Tobar Nua Retreat Staff

Mike Shortt - An Tobar Nua General Manager

Mike

General Manager;
Director of Outreach

Originally from Belfast, Mike came to An Tobar Nua in 2001 as part of the staff, after several years in the medical manufacturing industry. With more than a decade of experience in charity work and his business expertise, Mike oversees the day to day operations of An Tobar Nua. He also directly leads our Retreat and Religious Education department which works with Secondary Schools across the country. He is an avid fan of full-contact sports and trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and kickboxing, which he also coaches. When not at An Tobar Nua, Mike can be found in the gym or pursuing his passion for kayaking with his family.

Youth Outreach Manager; Connaught Retreats Team Coordinator

Andrew

Manager of Outreach;
Retreat Leader - Connaught

A native Galwegian, Andrew came to An Tobar Nua in 2014 after working for two years prior with a local church in Galway City. He graduated with a degree in Highway Engineering and a certificate from IBI (Irish Bible Institute) College. A talented singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Andrew often leads worship in different venues in Galway City and for An Tobar Nua's youth outreaches. He enjoys writing music, kickboxing and spending time with his wife and children.

Michelle Manley - Leinster Retreats Team Coordinator

Michelle

Manager of Retreats;
Retreat Leader - Leinster

From County Laois, Michelle joined the An Tobar Nua team in October 2017. She initially pursued acting and performance education while living in Los Angeles, before returning to Ireland to study Theology and English at Maynooth University. She became a secondary school teacher in Crumlin for a number of years before returning to the United States. In New York City, she became actively involved in working with youth, which sparked her journey leading teen retreats. In her spare time, she enjoys theatre, film, arts and craft-making, hiking and discovering new places.

Séamus Kenny - Munster Retreats Team Coordinator

Séamus

Retreat Leader - Munster

Originally from Ballinasloe, Séamus graduated from NUIG with an Arts degree in English and History. He spent three years in Asia teaching English before studying at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in California. When not leading retreats, he also runs a Christian youth group in Galway City where he shares his two passions with teenagers: God and history.

Ruth Burke - Connaught Retreat Leader

Ruth

Retreat Leader - Connaught

Ruth is a native Galway woman and has lived there all her life. She joined the An Tobar Nua retreat team in July 2017. Ruth loves connecting with young people, and gets a real sense of joy from spending time listening to and sharing her life experiences with the students she meets on retreat. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys music, singing, coffee, running, and spending time with her young family.

Demi - Connaught Retreat Leader

Demi

Retreat Leader - Connaught

From Galway City, Demi joined An Tobar Nua in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Social Studies and enjoys working with people, especially teenagers and children. Since 2017, she has managed our annual kids' summer camp in Galway City. In her spare time, Demi enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and loves to catch up with family and friends, who are all a huge part of Demi's life.

Mike D - North Dublin Retreat Leader

Mike D

Retreat Leader - North Dublin

Originally from Galway, Mike has travelled to many parts of Ireland and throughout the world, both professionally and in a volunteer capacity with various youth organisations. After graduating with a Masters in Civil Engineering and working as an Engineer, he transitioned to the IT and Medical sector for 10 years. He is passionate about helping people to achieve an overall sense of wellbeing, wholeness and purpose, and is currently pursuing a diploma in counselling and psychotherapy. He enjoys GAA, soccer, running, rugby, hiking, reading, movies, music, prayer, silence and nature.

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