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Avalon was founded by David Kavanagh in 2007. David is a registered psychotherapist, a neuroscience expert, an author and one of Ireland's best-known relationship consultants. He also holds a degree in Theology and has studied the Canon Law of Marriage. Avalon’s Pre-Cana course was designed in consultation with a number of senior Catholic Church figures to ensure full compliance with Church teaching.

David and his team of registered psychotherapists have been offering pre-marriage counseling to groups of couples across Ireland since 2007. While many couples choose to do their pre-marriage course in a group setting, David noticed that this format was not right for everyone.

Pre-marriage counseling asks couples to examine personal and private aspects of their lives as well as their hopes for the future. Issues such as family dynamics, finances, sexual intimacy, and conflict are not always easy to discuss, particularly in front of other people.

In 2010, David created the Avalon Pre-Cana DVD program to enable couples to discuss their relationship privately, and give them the time to go through the material at their own pace. David wanted the Avalon Pre-Cana course to cover the many aspects of marriage, including practical issues.

He assembled a team of psychotherapists who between them have over 250 years of clinical experience, as well as experts in a number of fields, such as psychology, theology, family therapy, fertility, finance, law and much more besides.

After positive feedback from hundreds of couples, David learned that couples found that being able to review the material again and again was an added bonus of the DVD programme.

The success of the DVD gave rise to Avalon’s online pre-marriage programme.
Since 2012, Avalon’s online course has been used by thousands of couples around the world in countries such as the United States, Australia, Canada and South Africa, as well as across many countries in Europe and South America.

At Avalon, we believe that all couples benefit from both spiritual and practical pre-marriage counseling and that we all deserve the privacy to discuss our relationship fully. We hope that you will enjoy our programme as much as the many thousands of couples around the world that Avalon has helped.


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Or why not get in touch right now using our Chat Room where one of our team members will be delighted to help you.

 

Avalon Catholic Marriage Preparation Courses (Pre-Cana) Online - Experts and Presenters 


 

DAVID KAVANAGH IS ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR RELATIONSHIP EXPERTS.

David Kavanagh


David Kavanagh is a registered psychotherapist, addiction specialist, neuroscience expert
and one of Ireland's best-known relationship counselors. David is the author of the best-selling book, Love Rewired, which explains how neurological research and insights can be used to improve relationships.

David is a regular media contributor and was the relationship expert for the BBC’s You’re Not the Man I Married. David also holds a degree in Theology and has studied the Canon Law of Marriage. Over the course of his career, he has helped over 12,000 couples. www.DavidKavanagh.expert


 

Trish Murphy

Trish Murphy

Trish Murphy is one of Ireland’s leading psychotherapists, as well as a well-known author and a regular columnist with The Irish Times. Trish works with individuals and couples, helping through seemingly insurmountable relationship difficulties, and she is one of the country’s most sought-after therapists on the issue of sexual intimacy.

She also works in the corporate sector as a teacher and a trainer, covering subjects such as stress management, sensitivity, and assertiveness. www.trishmurphy-psychotherapy.com


 

Rachel Henderson

Rachel Henderson

Rachel Henderson is a psychotherapist and a hypnotherapist. She works to help people introduce positive change into their lives using the power of the subconscious mind, such as quitting smoking, overcoming phobias and combating stress. Rachel is a graduate of the Institute of Clinical Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy.

She has an Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, as well a Higher Diploma in Relationship Studies. www.rachelhenderson.ie


 

Ruth O’ Donnell

Ruth O’ Donnell

Ruth O’ Donnell is a family therapist.
Ruth is a member of the Family Therapy Association of Ireland as well as the Irish Council for Psychotherapy. She worked at the Irish Health Board for almost twenty-four years where she developed a special interest in working with couples.

Ruth works with individuals of all ages as well as families and couples. Her work includes diverse areas such as parenting, sexuality, family issues, conflict, communication, marriage counselling.


 

Dr. Phil Boyle

Dr. Phil Boyle


Dr Phil Boyle is a certified Fertility Care Medical Consultant
and he has been the Director of NaPro FertilityCare Ireland since 1998.

Dr Boyle is a member of a number of professional bodies, including both the Irish and Royal College of General practitioners, the American Academy of FertilityCare professionals, and the Irish Fertility Society.

He is also the current president of The International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine. www.naprofertility.ie


 


Lauren Martin


Lauren Martin is the Managing Partner of Martin & Gately Solicitors
in Dublin. She is admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, England and Wales.

She has extensive experience in a number of areas including all aspects of family law, human rights law, immigration, personal injury claims, medical negligence, planning and environmental law, intellectual property law, employment law, defamation and insolvency. www.martingately.ie


 


Paula Mee


Paula Mee is a consultant dietitian
. She is a member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute and formerly served as their president, as well as a member of the Food Safety Consultative Council. 

Paula works with individuals, corporations, in the educational sector, and with health professionals. She provides a wide variety of services including clinical nutrition, corporate wellness, marketing communications and new product development. www.paulamee.com


 


Siobhan Byrne

Siobhan Byrne is a director and co-owner of Bodybyrne Fitness. She is a full-time trainer, a kickboxer, triathlete, and a brand ambassador for Puma. She has been involved in the fitness industry for over 10 years. Siobhan has competed in numerous fitness tournaments around Ireland.

She won the female relay in Iron Man in 2012. She is a regular panelist on Irish television discussing diet and training, as well as a weekly columnist with The Irish Independent’s Fit Mag. www.bodybyrne.ie


 


Father Peter McVerry

Father Peter McVerry is a Catholic priest and founder of the Peter McVerry Trust, which tackles the issue of homelessness in Ireland. Father McVerry has been working with vulnerable young people since the 1970s.

The Trust, which began as a 3-bedroom flat in Ballymun in Dublin, now includes over one hundred apartments and eleven hostels. He is also a well-known advocate for reducing inequality and deprivation. www.pmvtrust.ie 

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Father John Hassett


Father John Hassett is a Catholic priest and the moderator of the St Patrick’s Parish, covering Esker, Dodsboro and Adamstown.

He is also the former dean of the Archdiocese of Dublin's Maynooth deanery. Father Hassett is known for his progressive views and is incredibly popular amongst his parishioners. www.stpatrickslucan.ie


 


Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton is a freelance journalist. She writes extensively on sexuality, feminism, culture and literature. She is best known for the popular ‘Sexed Up’ column in Hot Press magazine, an incisive and often irreverent take on contemporary sexuality. She is a regular guest on Irish television and radio, and her work has appeared in several Irish publications.

Anne holds a Masters Degree in Gender, Sexuality and Culture from University College Dublin. Facebook.com/anne.sexton1


 


Tara Fey

Tara Fey is a wedding and event planner. She creates unique events for individuals and companies and is known for her innovative design and approach. She has produced some of the most high profile events and weddings in Ireland, as well as throughout Europe.

Tara has received three nominations for Gala Awards at the Special Events Conference in the United States (the Oscars of the Special Events Industry) and won a Gala Award at the Special Event New Orleans in January 2010. www.tara-fay.ie


 


Colette O’Leary

Colette O’Leary is a wedding and event planner. Colette began by organizing sales and marketing events while working in the corporate sector. She was also a member of the organizing committee for the Temple Street Children’s Hospital annual TOTTS Ball for 10 years with responsibility for theme design, entertainment and venue styling.

Now Colette helps Irish couples plan their weddings at home and abroad and she well-known for her attention to detail and planning. www.elegantevents.ie


The course was created by a team of experts who between them have over 250 years of clinical experience. These clinicians are experts in the fields of Psychology, Theology, Family Therapy, Fertility, Finance, Law and much more besides.

Our Online Precana Course also features a number of downloadable E-books for you to read on Theology, Marriage and Relationships. 

We hope that you really enjoy our program and If you need to get in touch with Avalon at any point simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Worldwide Acceptance

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Worldwide Acceptance

We know that you will enjoy this program and also that your priest or deacon will accept the Certificate of Completion. If he has any issues with the program we will chat with him by phone or Skype to make sure that he is happy for you to do the course. We are always here to help you whenever you need us.

Help Us Help You

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Help Us Help You

Getting married is probably one of the hardest decisions anyone can make. It is a very challenging time for couples. The pre-course that you complete should make you think and pause, however it should not frustrate or annoy you.

If you find that there is any aspect of our course that you find difficult, we would love to hear from you. David Kavanagh will personally reply to your queries to make sure that you are both getting the very most out of the program.

We would love to hear from you as to how we might improve our program, so please feel free to get in touch anytime at all.

Privacy Policy / Terms and Conditions

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Privacy Policy / Terms and Conditions

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we have set out below the personally identifiable information that may be collected when you use our website. Personally identifiable information is information that enables the identification of an individual such as a first or last name, an address or contact details.

If information about an individual, including personal health and medical information is combined with any personally identifiable information, then such information is also considered to be personally identifiable information. 

In order to use this website, a user must first complete the online registration form providing personally identifiable information such as the user’s name and contact details. The information gathered is used to contact the user about services/products on our site which he/she has expressed an interest in.



If the user subsequently orders a product(s) from our website, financial information will be requested such as a credit card number and expiry date. This information is used for billing purposes and to fill the user’s order.

The personally identifiable information provided is used for such purposes as responding to queries, processing orders, providing the user with advertising and non-advertising content that we feel would be of interest to the user, enforcing our rights and the rights of third parties and to contact the user if necessary.

David Kavanagh is the sole owner of the information collected on the website. Personally identifiable information will not be shared with any third parties without the users consent unless required to do so by law.

All reasonable measures are taken to protect the security of our user’s information.

Certain information is received and stored automatically whenever a user access the website.

As with many web sites, we use "cookies” which remember your information and link your activities to you.

We sometimes use an outside shipping company to ship orders, and a credit card processing company to bill users for goods and services. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes. 



We want to ensure that the information we have is up to date. Users can correct, access and update the personally identifiable information we hold. This can be done by emailing David Kavanagh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Similarly if any user has any concern about their privacy and information held, such concerns should be sent to David Kavanagh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



We reserve the right to change our policy at any time due to changes in the law, the service, technology and industry practices. Non-material changes and clarifications will take effect immediately.
Whilst the Avalon Course is primarily designed with preparation for Catholic Marriage in mind, it is also designed to help couples learn more about each other and to bond better. For this reason, Avalon does not offer refunds in circumstances where a priest refuses to accept the course certificate for any reason. Please check with your priest before booking our course.
 
Exceptions to Consumer Rights to Cancel
 
There are certain "allowable" exceptions to the consumer's statutory right to cancel. As our course contains 
Media that can be no such right to cancel arises.