Lough Derg Pilgrimage 2017

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Introduction to Lough Derg
St. Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg, is among the oldest centres of Christian Pilgrimage in Western Europe, dating back to the sixth century. It lies about four miles north of the village of Pettigo in County Donegal, in the Diocese of Clogher, and is renowned in Irish Christian tradition since the time of St. Patrick.

Lough Derg is a special place of peace and personal challenge and has been receiving pilgrims continuously for well over 1000 years.

For many it is also a place of great healing, an extraordinary place where profound communion  between God and the individual takes place and usually is unseen and unheard by anyone except the person themselves.

Elphin Diocesan Pilgrimage 2017
On the weekend of Friday June 16th to Sunday June 18th 2017 Bishop Kevin Doran plans to lead an Elphin Diocesan pilgrimage to Lough Derg.

The pilgrimage is reserved to adults over eighteen years of age who are in good health and who do not any disability or health condition that could give rise to difficulties for the person over the course of the pilgrimage.


Elphin Pilgrimage
Dates & Times:
  Friday June 16th to Sunday June 18th 2017

Pilgrims are asked to be at the Island for 1 pm on Friday June 16th.
They will depart the Island at 10.15 am on Sunday June 18th.

Spiritual Directors:


  Bishop Kevin Doran
Fr. Gerard Cryan (Summerhill College, Sligo)
Fr. Pat O’Toole CSSp (Ballintubber-Ballymoe Parish)
Information on Lough Derg:


  Please visit:  www.loughderg.org


  Please consult the Lough Derg Three Day Brochure by clicking here. 
Cost per person
(excluding travel):
  Senior Citizen’s:  €65.00

Other Adults:  €70.00

 Payable on bus or, for those travelling by car, on arrival at  Lough Derg.






 Travel to and from Lough Derg

Pilgrims are welcome to make their own travel arrangements to and from Lough Derg
or avail of a Special Pilgrim Bus Service, pending available  places.


Pilgrim Bus Schedule and Booking Arrangements

BUS CANCELLED June 13th 2017

Subject to demand the following bus service will be provided.




Drop Off
 08.45 Athlone  St. Peter’s & Paul’s Church 14.15 €30.00  
 09.00 Kiltoom & Cam  Church of the Risen Christ 14.00 €30.00  
 09.15 Knockcroghery  St. Patrick’s Church 13.45 €30.00  
 09.30 Roscommon  Sacred Heart Church Car Park 13.30 €30.00  
 9.45 Kilbride
 St. Brigid’s Church  13.15 €25.00  
10.00 Tulsk  Tulsk Filling Station  13.00 €25.00  
Short Break in Boyle      
 10.45 Boyle  St. Joseph’s Church  12.25 €25.00  
 11.00 Castlebaldwin  Hunt Service Station Castlebaldwin  12.05 €25.00  
 11.30  Sligo  Summerhilll College Car Park  11.45 €20.00  
 11.45  Drumcliffe  St. Colmcille’s Church  11.30 €20.00  
 12.00  Grange  Church of Mary Immaculate  11.15 €20.00  
 12.10  Cliffoney Church of St. Molaise  11.oo €20.00  
 13.15  Lough Derg  Lough Derg Car  Park        –   –



















 To reverse a place on the bus please contact  Justin Harkin @ 087 6171526 / justin@elphindiocese.ie  before Tuesday June 13th 2017.


Places on a first-come first-served basis.


Other Enquiries

Please contact Justin Harkin @ 087 6171526  /  justin@elphindiocese.ie .