Lough DergLough Derg
is the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland
. It borders parts of Galway
, and Tipperary
is also the name of a smaller lake in County Donegal
. This Lough Derg has an island called Station Island, which has been a place of pilgrimage since ancient times. It is also called St. Patrick's Purgatory and is very busy to this day.
Here pilgrims are barefoot and fast on black tea/coffee and dry toast (one meal per day) for the 3 day pilgrimage. There are penitential beds that are part of the stations that pilgrims perform.