Iosas Centre Donegal – The Celtic Peace Garden is the culmination of The Columba Community’s work of reconciliation over the past 20 years. It is built near The White Oaks Centre and brings serenity and healing to visitors and to the residents of the Centre.
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Lenamore Road, Derryvane, Co Donegal
The garden is inspired by the 5th – 12th Century spiritual renaissance in Europe, which followed the fall of the Roman Empire. The Garden with its representations of the Cross of Patrick, the Boat of Brendan, the Island of Columba and the Oratory of Canice,inspires visitors to a spiritual re-awakening and renewal following the recent Troubles in this land. Also, a rough pathway round the perimeter of the Garden affords Christian Pilgrims ample opportunity for reflective prayer.
The Celtic Prayer Garden is a six-acre site laid out in the shape of the island of Ireland which depicts the lives of the major saints of Ireland’s Golden Age (5th to 12th Century). Individuals and groups can tour the garden, enjoy its wonderful peace and natural beauty and learn more about our common Celtic Christian heritage. It is a place of incredible peace and natural beauty which affords the pilgrim time and space away from today’s hectic pace of life.
Using the Guide/Prayer Book the pilgrim will visit:
- The dry-stone cell of St Columba (Colmcille)
- St Canice’s straw-bale Oratory
- The bird sanctuary of St Ciaran
- The cave of Columbanus
- The Trinity Circle with its magnificent bronze statue of the Risen Christ.
Facilitated retreat days for schools, community or church groups are also available by contacting the Programme Co-ordinator at the centre in advance. For group bookings, prior notification of numbers is essential.
Having been spiritually refreshed in the garden, the cafe and shop at the Visitor Centre provides beverages, snacks, organic vegetable produce and a gift shop.
Opening times: Monday to Friday 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 2 pm – 5 pm.
Admission: Guide/Prayer Book €5.00.
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