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August Dates: 16, 18, 22, 26, 30 | September dates to follow
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We have received many enquiries from pilgrims who are missing their annual opportunity to come to Lough Derg. Unfortunately Station Island cannot reopen at this time, as we explain below. In these circumstances we are pleased to offer a new pilgrimage experience at the Lough Derg lakeshore in the remaining weeks of the 2020 Pilgrimage Season.
From Penal Times there is a memory of faithful people who undertook a form of pilgrimage on the lough shore when they found they were not allowed access to the Island. In the later weeks of August through September we are inviting today’s pilgrims to walk in their footsteps.
As was the case for the Three Day Pilgrimage, it became increasingly clear that many challenging factors would face us in any plan to welcome pilgrims to the One Day Retreat within the confined space of Station Island. To limit and manage the spaces which pilgrims would access, in order to ensure a high standard of safety with confidence, would have an impact on the retreat experience itself and involve some considerable advance expenditure.
Even allowing for the often generous voluntary donations from our pilgrims, a programme of One Day Retreats would inevitably involve a loss in financial terms. In our present circumstances, Lough Derg is already faced with immense financial pressures. To open the Island at present in circumstances that would take Lough Derg further into debt in the remaining weeks of this year’s Season would not be a wise or right decision.
It has not been easy to face the reality that our usual programme of day retreats, even in a restricted way, is simply not possible. Now that this difficult decision has been made, we are working on our programme for the new pilgrimage experience along the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path. We will publish the programme during the first week of August on our website and social media channels.
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