Ireland - October 2018

Ireland Pilgrimage 2018 – The Fifteenth Day

A relatively early start today for our first (and only) full day in Belfast. And that was because we weren't staying in Belfast, but heading in the general direction of Downpatrick, the place where St Patrick (along with Sts Brigid and Columba) is reputed to be buried. There was something profound about heading to a… Continue reading Ireland Pilgrimage 2018 – The Fifteenth Day

Ireland - October 2018

Ireland Pilgrimage 2018 – The Eighth Day

Today's journeying started at a leisurely pace containing one expected thing (i.e. it was on our itinerary), one not so expected thing (i.e. it wasn't on our itinerary), and one event that fell into both categories. When combined together this was a day that truly wonderful and inspirational - and enjoyable to boot! Leaving our hotel… Continue reading Ireland Pilgrimage 2018 – The Eighth Day

Ireland - October 2018

Ireland Pilgrimage 2018 – The Third Day

After spending some time yesterday orienting ourselves to Dublin - by which I mean we played tourist more than pilgrim - today we returned to the pilgrimage in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley. After a free morning, we boarded our coach for a visit to the Mercy International Centre in Baggot Street, Dublin, the original… Continue reading Ireland Pilgrimage 2018 – The Third Day

Ireland - October 2018

Ireland Pilgrimage 2018 – The First Day

Or should that be the first days? International travel can play such havoc with one's conception of time, not to mention one's body clock. Having boarded our Dubai-bound aircraft in Sydney on the evening of Thursday 27 September, we eventually reached Dublin, having transited through Dubai, about midday on Friday 28 September. Which seems not… Continue reading Ireland Pilgrimage 2018 – The First Day