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Victorian Gardens at Kylemore
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Mass was celebrated at St. Eunans Cathedral in South
Donegal. This cathedral offers visitors the chance to
appreciate a comparatively modern building as it was
completed in 1901. We drove along the Atlantic coast to Slieve
League Cliffs for beautiful views and memorable photos. Not
as popular as the Cliffs of Maher, the Slieve League Cliffs are
almost three times higher and largely untouched by tourism.
Monday, October 30, 2017
Today following breakfast, we headed for County Mayo.
After a brief stop to take pictures by the beach of Bundoran,
we continued to the foot of the Ben Bulben Mountain
outside the town of Sligo, where we visited the grave of
the Irish poet, W. B. Yeats. Yeats is considered one of the
greatest poets of the twentieth century. The epitaph on
his grave stone says "Cast a cold eye on life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!" This is the last line of a poem written
by him called "Under Ben Bulben" (Ben Bulben being the
mountain.) Curiously, the bus driver/tour guide said that
those who visit the grave often wonder the meaning of the
epitaph. In trying to research the interpretation of the line,
I found several complex theories of what people think it
means, none of which were clear to me, so I will leave it to
you, the reader, to try to interpret as we, the pilgrims, did.
Following our visit to Yeats grave, we stopped at a
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beautiful setting called the Tobernalt Holy Well at Sligo,
Ireland. It is a site of a natural spring well and has been
considered a holy site since before Christianity. It had a
very spiritual, peaceful atmosphere with several altars and
statues in a wooded setting. We then drove to the Father
Peyton Memorial Center where we celebrated Mass in the
Memorial Centre. We toured the center and were served
tea and scones by the very hospitable caretakers there.
Many of us also did a bit of shopping in the gift shop for
memorials of Father Peyton, the famous "Rosary Priest."
We were shown a video on the life of Father Peyton followed
by Father Steve, one of the Holy Cross Priests, speaking
with us about Father Peyton's work.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Today we were in County Mayo, and we visited the most
well-known shrine of the Blessed Mother in Ireland, the
Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. Following Mass, we toured the
grounds and museum. The apparition of Our Lady of Knock
occurred on August 21, 1879. It was not only the Blessed
Mother who appeared but also St. Joseph, and St. John the
Evangelist. There was also an altar with a lamb standing
on it seen by at least fifteen people who witnessed the
apparition. The apparition occurred on the south gable wall
of the Knock Parish church. Unfortunately, the church was
under restoration, so we did not get to go to the actual site