Collection: The Lawrence Photograph Collection >> Station Island. Lough Derg [graphic]
Station Island. Lough Derg
|Main Creator:||French, Robert, 1841-1917 photographer|
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Pilgrims to Lough Derg are seen here in the late 1800s taking part in a spiritual exercise. The traditional pilgrimage involves three days of fasting and two days of prayer. The central prayer of the pilgrimage is called a 'station'. To do a station, prayers are said at the penitential beds, in and around the basilica, at the lake edge and at two ancient crosses. The island's penitential beds are the circular remains of monks cells about a metre high with an entrance and a cross in the centre. This station is St Patricks Cross. The stone shaft in which the cross is set dates back to the Middle Ages and is a relic of monastic times on the island.
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Robert French was the chief photographer responsible for photographing three quarters of the Lawrence Collection. For more information, see the Dictionary of Irish Biography: http://dib.cambridge.org/viewReadPage.do?articleId=a3369
Physical description: 1 negative : glass ; 13 x 19 cm.
Geographic Coverage: Lough Derg, County Donegal, Province of Ulster, Ireland.
Caption on glassplate reads: Station Island. Lough Derg. 4685. W. L.
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