Catholic Shrines in Ireland : Croagh Patrick, Oliver Plunkett, Knock, Dublin
                                              





























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A Catholic Guide to Ireland, The "Emerald Isle"

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A country long known for its steadfast faith and troubled history, Ireland has only recently regained the population it had back in the 1800's. Emigration (especially to the U.S.) and starvation saw the population dwindle to about 2 million. As a result, many people in the U.S. and Canada have a connection to Ireland, since almost one quarter of the population emigrated to the U.S. and Canada. 

Yet the influence Ireland has had around the world on the Catholic faith has been very significant. In fact much of our Catholic identity was preserved in the monasteries of Ireland through the middle ages.

It is a beautiful country filled with beautiful people and many Catholic shrines. Although there was an economic boom in the past few years (with its accompanying loss of spirituality), it has always been a country steeped in Catholic tradition.

There are two Irelands: Northern Ireland, part of Great Britain and home, until recently, of a certain amount of unrest. It is now relatively peaceful. And then there is the independent Republic of Ireland in the south.  

Most of the Catholic sites listed here are in the Republic of Ireland, although we will be adding some in the north as well.



















Some of the most important sites in Ireland for Catholic travelers are: 

Attymass, Ballina (County Mayo) Father Patrick Peyton Memorial Centre

Ballintubber (County Mayo) Ballintubber Abbey

Cashel (County Tipperary)  The Rock of Cashel

Clonmacnois: Ancient Monastic Settlement

Croagh Patrick ( County Mayo) Ireland's Holy Mountain

Drogheda:  Shrine of St. Oliver Plunkett

Dublin (County Dublin):  Shrine of Saint Valentine;    Shrine of Venerable Matt Talbot; 
tomb of Venerable John Sullivan

Glendalough:  Monastic Settlement of Saint Kevin

Knock (County Mayo)  Our Lady of Knock Shrine

Lough Derg (County Donegal)  Saint Patrick's Purgatory

​And if you are traveling to Western Ireland, here is one
 of our favorite towns in which to base your trip: Westport

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Green Ireland:  the Cliffs of Moher
Mass at the Shrine of Knock....Our Lady, Queen of Irealnd
The ancient monastic settlement of Conmacnoise
The pubs of Ireland are often the town meeting place for people of all ages.
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