Iosas Centre & Celtic Prayer/Pilgrim Garden


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Iosas Centre, Derryvane, Muff, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Opened in 2006, the IOSAS (Island Of Saints And Scholars) Celtic Prayer Garden is situated on the Donegal side of the border with Derry. It is set in six acres of natural bog land and its purpose is two-fold:

1. To honour the men and women of Ireland’s “Golden Age” of 5th – 12th centuries
2. To renew interest in the characteristics of Celtic spirituality so that using them, the visitor will also be renewed.

Ireland’s Golden Age:

From the 5th – 12th centuries, Ireland produced a prolific number of these saints and scholars. From Columba, Brigid, Enda, Kevin and Ciaran of Clonmacnoise, who spread the Christian faith in Ireland itself to Killian, Dympna, Gall and Columbanus who brought a new Renaissance and civilisation to mainland Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire.

The Celtic Prayer Garden invites the pilgrim to reflect on this sacred age in a spirit of prayer and reverence for the past, and respect for the environment in the present.

The Garden is a “thin place” – a point where the Celts believed heaven and earth met. It is hoped that the pilgrim to the Prayer Garden will, through quiet, personal prayer and reflection experience the same.