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Lough Derg in County Donegal is a living place of pilgrimage with an ancient tradition. Legend and history intertwine in the emergence of St Patrick’s Purgatory as a famous pilgrimage destination on the very edge of medieval Europe. Each summer thousands still come to Lough Derg – some taking off their shoes to make the challenging Three Day Pilgrimage, others to find welcome time apart on a One Day Retreat. loughderg.org

Mary meets James at the end of his pilgrimage

Friendships for life on Lough Derg. Mary meets James, first time pilgrim

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Lough Derg New Year Message 2020

The Prior of Lough Derg, Monsignor La, shares his reflection on crossing over to the New Year

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A Quiet Day on Lough Derg, Friday 6th September 2019

Fr La extends an invitation to the Quiet Day on Lough Derg on Friday 6th September 2019. This is a day without any formal programme and people can come and experience the quiet and stillness of this place. Lough Derg waits to make you welcome.

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Final two weeks of Three Day Pilgrimage Season

Fr La Flynn, Prior of Lough Derg, extends a word of welcome to everyone who is planning their Three Day Pilgrimage over the remaining two weeks of the Three Day Pilgrimage Season.

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Lough Derg Three Day Pilgrimage Season open

In our busy world, Lough Derg is committed to hold open a space for the less obvious things, time for the deeper self, time for prayer, time for God.

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Young people and Lough Derg – Bishop Dónal

Bishop Dónal McKeown on how young people seek a challenge and how a Lough Derg pilgrimage provides them with a very unique challenge.

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Easter Sunday

Our Lenten reflections with the crosses at Lough Derg bring us to this Easter Day to a cross in stainless steel on the lakeshore, at the end of the Lough Derg Pilgrim path and it inspires this Easter reflection.

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Passion Sunday – Final week of Lent

Fr La offers this week’s Lenten reflection for Holy Week with the stunning 6ft Sanctuary Cross from St Patrick’s Basilica.

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Lough Derg Lenten Reflections – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fr La Flynn offers a Lenten Reflection on this fifth Sunday in Lent.

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Lough Derg Lenten Reflections – Fourth Sunday of Lent

Welcome to the Lough Derg’s Lenten Reflection for the fourth Sunday in Lent, this week Fr La reflects on the cross at the centre of the penitential prayer beds.

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Lough Derg Lenten Reflections – Third Sunday of Lent

The Pilgrim Cross
Welcome once more to our Lenten reflections with the crosses at Lough Derg.

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Lough Derg Lenten Reflections – St. Patrick’s Day

Welcome again to our Lenten reflections with the crosses at Lough Derg.  Our reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent is on the St Patrick’s Cross on Lough Derg 

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Lough Derg Lenten Reflections – First Sunday of Lent

Welcome to our Lenten reflections with the crosses of Lough Derg. This first Sunday of Lent we focus on St Brigid’s Cross on the side wall of St Patrick’s Basilica.

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Ash Wednesday Message from Lough Derg

This Ash Wednesday you are invited to join with Fr La today and in the coming weeks as pilgrims together on the Lenten journey.

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Sanctuary of Lough Derg

Lough Derg | A place of pilgrimage from ancient Christian times, still offering sustenance, support and refreshment for the spirit in changing times.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

The Christmas Mystery is a mystery that is expressed in that heart-warming line: ‘The World was made flesh, and dwelt among us.’

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Third Sunday of Advent

Now deep in the preparations and waiting for Christmas with little over a week to go. Mary McDaid shares her reflection on this third Sundayalso known as Gaudete Sunday where we light the pink candle on the Advent wreath. Many of you know Mary well from the Island a member of the Lough Derg team…

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Second Sunday of Advent

On this second Sunday of Advent writer Jim Deeds shares his reflection on this time of waiting – ‘coming out of the wilderness’. Jim reminds us that nothing is impossible with God.

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First Sunday of Advent

‘Let Advent be Advent’ is our theme for our first Sunday of Advent reflection. This is from the book of the same title written by our good friend and member of the Three Day Pilgrimage pastoral team Fr Vincent Sherlock, published by messenger.ie. Over the course of the four Sunday’s of Advent we will share…

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Lough Derg – Putting the island to sleep for Winter hibernation

Fr La, Prior of Lough Derg, shares his memories of the 2018 Season as the Island of Lough Derg closes for the winter months. Season 2019 opens on 4th May 2019 for One Day Reteats and the Three Day Pilgrimage Season commences on Friday 31st May.

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Time to Ponder

A reflection from the Prior of Lough Derg, Fr La Flynn, on the Pastoral Congress for the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland.

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Just do it!

Pigrims share their story of the power of pilgrimage on Lough Derg.

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Mary Meets Cian

Cian shares what many young pilgrims share with us – a family member is often the reason they find themselves on Lough Derg. For Cian it was his Grandmother …

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