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Top 5 Sacred sites in Ireland

“The Land of Saints and Scholars” refers to the era when Irish monks and scholars helped reintroduce Christianity into Western Europe. Many of Ireland’s ancient sacred sites and monastic ruins continue to be sanctuaries of peace and solitude, perfect places to recharge both body and soul. You will find a wealth of heritage and culture in every county in Ireland.

St Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg, County Donegal

Lough Derg dates back to the 6th century and pilgrims have been travelling to this ancient sacred site from throughout Ireland and Europe for over one thousand years. Lough Derg continues to attract people seeking inner reflection. The Lough Derg pilgrimage season extends between April and September each year.

Inishmurray Island – North County Sligo

Inishmurray is a remote and mystical island located four miles off the coast of Sligo. The island is renowned for its remarkably preserved Christian heritage and as an important wildlife sanctuary. St Molaise founded a Christian monastery here in the 6th century.

Croagh Patrick – County Mayo

This is one of Ireland’s most holiest mountains, named after Saint Patrick. Located near Westport in County Mayo, Croagh Patrick is still an important site of pilgrimage. On the last Sunday in July each year, known as ‘Reek Sunday‘, up to 15,000 people climb it.

Kells – County Meath

The Abbey Of Kells is associated with Saint Colmcille and a famous illuminated manuscript called the Books of Kells, now kept at Trinity College Dublin. Kells is an hour drive from Dublin and a round tower and five large Celtic crosses can still be viewed there.

Glendalough – County Wicklow

The monastic city of Glendalough dates from the 7th century and is located amidst breathtaking mountain scenery and natural oak woodlands. Glendalough has been a place of Christian meditation and learning for over 1500 years and is associated with St Kevin. The 30 metre high round tower and medieval gateway are a priceless part of Irelands sacred heritage

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Posted: 22 Apr 2014 by Claire Regan | with 0 comments

Tags: Attractions, Ireland

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