Lough Derg

Lough Derg’s connection with Lourdes

Returning pilgrims Dave and Liam share how their refreshing Lough Derg experience echoes their experience in Lourdes.

Pilgrim Scéal – the Lough Derg package

Art McCarthy speaks about how the "Lough Derg package" supports him through the three days and sustains him through the year.

Pilgrim Scéal – planning return to Lough Derg with friends

Having finished their pilgrimage, Sean and Leo share how they plan to invite some friends to come with them to Lough Derg next year.

Pilgrim Scéal – Derry youth pilgrims on Lough Derg

Fr Brendan Collins relates how young pilgrims from Derry lifted other pilgrims while benefiting from the pilgrimage themselves.

Pilgrim Scéal – Finding out why you came to Lough Derg

You don't always need a clear reason to come to Lough Derg as during the pilgrimage you can discover the reason why you needed to come.

Pilgrim Scéal – Bishop Donal McKeown

Bishop Donal McKeown on completion of his pilgrimage explores three significant aspects of Lough Derg.

Pilgrim Scéal – Malachi Cush on the calm of Lough Derg

Malachi Cush sees Lough Derg not just in terms of the pilgrimage exercises but also in terms of bringing the sense of calm and peace from Lough Derg to his daily schedule.

Pilgrim Scéal – We discovered Lough Derg via Google

Jacob from Boston and Nicole from Florida found Lough Derg via Google and discovered even more when they arrived for their three days on the island.

Doing the Lough Derg pilgrimage for their dad

Nicola, Michael and Grainne from Donegal explain that they have undertaken the Lough Derg pilgrimage for their first time for their Dad Brendan.

Pilgrim Scéal – I discovered Lough Derg via Ireland’s Own

Kathleen from Manchester explains that she was prompted to go to Lough Derg for first time after reading an article in Ireland's Own.

Pilgrim Scéal – the Irish monastic tradition

In this bilingual interview Bishop Brendan Kelly reflects on the Lough Derg pilgrimage has deep roots in the Irish monastic tradition.

Pilgrim Scéal – tá Dia linn inár ocras

Bishop Brendan Kelly affirms - as gaeilge - that God is with us in our hunger and poverty when we abstain and walk the pilgrim way.

Pilgrim Scéal – an engaged couple on Lough Derg

Mark and Martha from Longford share their pilgrim experience on Lough Derg over the course of three days which they undertook following a pre-marriage course.

Pilgrim Scéal – with Charlie from Cavan on Lough Derg

Charlie Glackin reflects on how Lough Derg is a place of spiritual strength for pilgrims and allows body and spirit to 'tune in' to each other.

Pilgrim Scéal – Prior Richard Mohan on his own pilgrimage

The Prior of Lough Derg, Richard Mohan, shares some personal insights and memories as he prepares to undertake the Lough Derg pilgrimage that he first undertook in 1961.

Pilgrim Scéal – a staff insight into Lough Derg

Marie and Emmet share their experience of working at Lough Derg and how undertaking a pilgrimage gave them an insight into what other staff do for pilgrims.

Pilgrim Scéal – the pace of the Lough Derg pilgrimage

Fr Declan Shannon shares how the Lough Derg pilgrimage has its own special pace, which is very much about slowing down in body and spirit.

Pilgrim Scéal – from Killybegs to Brisbane via Lough Derg

Tom Galway from Brisbane, Australia shares his memory of his 1956 pilgrimage and his sense of the quietness, love and respect which the island atmosphere commands.

Pilgrim Scéal – Occupational Therapists on pilgrimage

Three occupational therapists from Derry, Armagh and Tyrone describe their motivation for making their pilgrimage again this year. Michelle takes a moment to describe her mistakes of last year...

Pilgrim Scéal – a Lough Derg promise

Kathleen Rice and Seamus Gallagher share how they made a promise to do the Lough Derg pilgrimage together annually.