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Welcome to Lough Derg

Welcome to the online home for Lough Derg – the sanctuary of St Patrick.

During the early months of 2017 we are busy with preparations for the forthcoming Pilgrimage Season. This year the Island will reopen on Monday 1st May 2017. The first day of the One Day Retreat season.
To help you with your plans to come to Lough Derg this year please see the Season Dates for the One Day Retreats and Three Day Pilgrimage below;


One Day Retreats – May 2017

 One Day Retreats enable a much wider audience to enjoy the serenity of this island made sacred through centuries of Pilgrim Prayer.

May Dates
Saturday 6, 13, 20, 27
Sunday 7, 14, 21, 28
Monday  1, 22, 29
Tuesday 9, 16


Three Day Pilgrimage

 Commences on Thursday 1st June 2017. One can begin the Three Day Pilgrimage on any day during the Three Day Pilgrimage Season from Thursday 1st June continuing until Sunday the 13th August (Three Day Pilgrimage ends on Tuesday 15th August 2017).


One Day Retreats recommence late August & September 2017

August Dates

Saturday 26
Sunday 20, 27
Monday 21, 28
Tuesday 22, 29
Wednesday 23

September Dates

Saturday 2, 9, 16, 23
Sunday 3, 17, 24
Monday 11
Tuesday 5, 12
Wednesday 6


A number of Special Day Retreats will also be included in the Season Calendar. The website will be updated with all the information on the 2017 pilgrimage season in the incoming weeks.

In the meantime you can keep in touch with us through our Facebook page.


Lough Derg, the sacred Sanctuary of St Patrick, is very much a living part of Irish Christian Heritage.
A unique island, rich in prayer and faith, an island which has been calling pilgrims for over a thousand years, an island which St Patrick himself was called to.
For many people Lough Derg provides an opportunity to step back from their lives, to take stock and examine the direction which their lives are taking. For many others it is a time to come closer to God through prayer and reflection.
Lough Derg is an island of pilgrimage set in calm lake waters in Co Donegal, Ireland. It offers no distraction, no artificialities or interruptions. Instead you are warmly welcomed and cared for: there are no strangers here. The island, made holy by the prayers of millions of pilgrims over the centuries, continues to provide a safe haven for rest, reflection and renewal to all who wish to ‘Come away to a quiet place and rest a while’, Mark 6:31
If you wish to find out more about the 2017 season and to be included on our mailing list or if you wish to organise a group to come to the island for a One Day Retreat, Three Day Pilgrimage or a Group Tour we will be delighted to help you.
Tel/Fax 00353 (0) 71 9861518 (From NI Tel. 00 353 71 9861518)
Or email us: info@loughderg.org.

Media/Research enquiries to sharon@loughderg.org