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A Practical Guide to your Pilgrimage

You may begin your Three Day Pilgrimage on any day during the Three Day Pilgrimage Season, which typically runs during the summer months.

The 2020 Three Day Pilgrimage Season commences on Friday 29th May and one can come on any day from this day up until Thursday 13th August 2020. The Three Day Pilgrimage ends on Saturday 15th August 2019.

Pre-booking is not required. Should you wish to pre-book you can make a reservation here otherwise registration and booking takes place in the Lough Derg Visitor Centre at the lake shore.

Direct contact can be made with us should you wish to organise a pre-payment by another method on +353 (0) 71 9861518 or

After arrival at the lakeshore and boat pass received from the reception area the pilgrim makes their way towards the boat. The boat journey across the lake is less than 10 minutes. Boats run daily between 11.00am and 3.00pm.

Coming on the Three Day Pilgrimage the pilgrim agrees to undertake the pilgrimage programme of prayer and quiet reflection in bare feet, keeping Vigil and maintaining the Fast. Pilgrims must be at least 15 years old, physically fit and able to kneel unaided and free from any illness aggravated by fasting.

Lough Derg is a sacred space and the following are not permitted on the island during the pilgrimage or retreat: food, sweets, chewing gum, alcoholic and non-alcholic drinks, cameras, mobile phones, radios, ipods/ipads, electronic tablets, instruments, games, articles and literature to sell or distribute.

2020 Season Programme

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