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On Lough Derg

by Deirdre Purcell
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The monastic settlement of Lough Derg was established in the fifth century by St Davog, a disciple of St Patrick, on a remote, rocky island in a mountain lake in Co. Donegal. It remains one of Ireland’s most hallowed pilgrimage sites and has fascinated and inspired mystics, poets and supplicants for centuries.
On Lough Derg, first published in 1988, includes fascinating essays by Bishop Joseph Duffy, who explores the historical background to the site, and novelist Deirdre Purcell, who travels to Lough Derg during Holy Week to meet pilgrims partaking in three arduous days of prayer and fasting.
Featuring captivating images by award-winning photographer Liam Blake, this book, which includes a new foreword, is an ideal gift for former or would-be pilgrims who wish to follow in St Davog’s footsteps and for anyone interested in Ireland's impossibly rich cultural heritage.

About the Contributors:
Joseph Duffy served as Bishop of Clogher from 1979 until his retirement in 2010. Prior to taking up this position, he was chaplain to pilgrims at St Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg for ten years.

In a varied career, Deirdre Purcell has worked as an actress, journalist, and broadcaster. She has won many awards for her work and is the author of more than two dozen fiction and non-fiction titles.
Liam Blake originally trained as a lithographic printer before becoming a full-time photographer. He is the author of several books including, most recently, The Harbour, a collection of images taken in and around Wicklow Harbour.