It’s always encouraging when a ‘business’ gets repeat trade and Lough Derg is delighted to welcome back each year 80% of regulars, but they are equally encouraged with 20% of new blood embarking upon this ancient rite for the first time. What has been remarked this Season is the number of people coming back after a lapse of up to 30 years and those pilgrims have been impressed with the many physical improvements to the Island which has been quite transformed over the last 20 or so years. ‘There is a definite trend of ‘Come back to Lough Derg, and see what they’re all talking about’, says Manager, Deborah Maxwell. Recent exposure on television such as Nationwide has also been a great help.’
For a place to have survived 1500 years it cannot stand still; Lough Derg certainly is passionate about creating new opportunities for people to enjoy the sanctity of the Island. 2011 has seen the biggest programme on offer ever - with a Mother and Daughter Retreat in May, a Father and Son Retreat in September, a special Family Day on August 19th, and not to be outshone on the festival circuit, an event called Pure Oxygen-a gig, on 25th August on the Island for young people. This event which may seem contrary to the ethos of the Island is all about welcoming young people from both sides of the community to enjoy some local talented music, without the pressure from their peers of alcohol and drugs.
There’s plenty other events remaining in the 2011 programme to allow you to experience this special Island where time has most definitely not stood still.
For more information, contact Deborah Maxwell, Manager call 071 986 1518 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.loughderg.org
One Day Retreats are available on
September: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20