Sunday October 25, 2020

This Life: A modern pilgrim's progress

As the Celtic Tiger whimpered its last, Darach MacDonald walked the religious trails of Ireland, reconnecting with the faith of his fathers in the process.

24th August, 2013
Darach MacDonald on Saint Patrick's Pilgrimage at Lough Derg in Co Donegal. Photo: James Connolly/PicSell8

Ididn't know it when I started out, but what began as a simple quest for a pleasant walk along the shores of a Donegal lake would become a year-long trek taking me to almost every corner of Ireland. It also became my new book, Tóchar: Walking Ireland's Ancient Pilgrim Paths.

The lake was Lough Derg, site of St Patrick's Purgatory on Station Island, just across the border from my home in Tyrone. Like...

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