Photos from Northern Ireland

Heading to Downpatrick: the beautiful Irish countryside

The only camera I had with me on my recent trip to Northern Ireland was my iPhone camera. So I didn’t take a lot of pictures, and the ones I did take will hardly win any awards. Eventually the various retreatants are going to be swapping photos amongst ourselves, so hopefully I’ll have a few more shots to share with you in the future. But for now, here are a few images from a most remarkable week.

The front yard of the Christian Renewal Centre in Rostrevor, Northern Ireland, where our retreat was held. Looking out over Carlingford Lough, with the Republic of Ireland across the water. Gotta love the Palm Tree!

Interior of the Church of the Holy Redeemer, Clonard Monastery, Belfast. Clonard was an important site early in the peace process, where secret talks were held to further the cause of nonviolence.

A newer monastery. Holy Cross Monastery, just a few miles from Rostrevor, is home to six Benedictine monks, who contribute in their own contemplative way to the peace process: by ministering to all, regardless of creed. I attended mass here on Sunday, and the monks sang traditional chant beautifully.

St. Patrick's Memorial Church, in Saul (near Downpatrick). Built on the site reputed to be where Patrick established his first mission.

Inside St. Patrick's Memorial Church, Saul.

The putative burial site of Saints Patrick, Brigit, and Columcille, on the grounds of Down Cathedral.

A somber reminder of the troubles. The "Peace Line" of west Belfast, a wall separating the Protestant and Catholic neighborhoods.

Pádraig Ó Tuama, a true Irish bard, came to our retreat on its final evening to share his poetry and song. Here he poses for a snapshot with your humble blogger.

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  • brazenbird


    Those pictures are fantastic. Thank you for sharing them. I really do need to get over there one day soon. Looking forward to reading about your experiences there.

  • trev

    Well, your caveat to the contrary, these are beautiful pix. They make me homesick for Europe (I lived in Germany for some years).

    BTW, if I may say so, I like seeing the stubble again. I miss the glorious beard. LOL

  • Ruth

    Glad you enjoyed your trip to Ireland – we live there!