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St Patrick's Purgatory, Lough Derg

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Yes it's hard

The name of this island is St Patrick's Purgratory. So that's a big clue as to what to expect. I am... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2018
Ann B
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Intense experience

We weren’t allowed any pictures or phones, but this was a seriously focused 3-day prayer retreat... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2018
Maria C
Tampa, Florida
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10 Sep 2018
“Yes it's hard”
23 Jun 2018
“Intense experience”
Europe's oldest place of pilgrimage is a sanctuary of calm, peace and tranquility. The pilgrimage is the most challenging in the Christian World but is spiritually fulfilling. The site offers a range of retreat and pilgrimages including the world...more
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Lough Derg, Pettigo, Ireland
+353 71 986 1518
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Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

The name of this island is St Patrick's Purgratory. So that's a big clue as to what to expect. I am not particularly religious. I grew up Pettigo, the last village before you get to the island. There was a tradition of school leavers doing...More

Thank Ann B
Reviewed 7 August 2018

I was invited to go to Lough Derg as a pilgrim to help me with my Catholic Faith. I found instead a place where I lost my trust in being a Catholic. The 3 day pilgrimage involves fasting for 3 days, walking, praying and kneeling...More

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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

We weren’t allowed any pictures or phones, but this was a seriously focused 3-day prayer retreat. Take the one day program if you just want a superficial glance at what goes on here, the longer prayer/fast if you want an in-depth taste as to where...More

Thank Maria C
Reviewed 1 October 2017

We only took the detour from Pettigoe as we were curious about the name on the map and expected, at most, a little shrine. It was a lovely treat, therefore, to find an understated and tasteful centre with a short film about its purpose as...More

4  Thank car0line1973
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We were staying nearby and stopped at the visitors center on our way out of town. We didn't spend the day like most but stopped to pray in the little chapel. We could really feel the presence of God as we sat praying.

3  Thank PeggyLovesIreland
Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

Its very hard to describe "station island" and the retreats. I wouldn't consider myself to be a hugely religious person but this place does something to me on every visit. The three day pilgrimages are a very special experience.

3  Thank wfi30
Reviewed 15 August 2015

This is not my first time on Station Island. Without describing the 3 day pilgrimage, I would just like to say that this is a very peaceful place and that the priests and staff make it a better experience. Just like to comment on the...More

3  Thank Pixie067
Reviewed 18 July 2015

This was my 10th pilgrimage to this very holy and special place, it is always a very challenging experience, with lack of sleep, being barefoot and fasting for three days, but it is worth every minute of the hardships experienced. There is a tremendous sense...More

4  Thank Martin468
Reviewed 5 July 2015

We decided to visit Lough Derg as we thought is would be a perfect place to run the dogs. We drove through the entrance gates and WOW!!!!! I was speechless (which doesn't happen often), I was in total awe of the view which greeted us....More

3  Thank Pamelab1048
Reviewed 18 May 2015 via mobile

I had heard of this place from Father Barron's. We just did a day retreat. A great experience and good for the spirit. It got us calmed down for the rest of our trip. I will go back and do the silent barefoot 3 day...More

6  Thank DrBenPC
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Response from Pamelab1048 | Reviewed this property |
Hi if you look on the booking . com website, and type pettigoe in the search bar, you will get a selection of accommodation around the Lough Derg area. I hope this helps