Knock and Kylemore Abbey

After breakfast yesterday we took a two hour trip to Knock and then to Kylemore Abbey. We got an even better idea about what the countryside is like in Ireland and we even had to dodge a few sheep along the way.

Our Lady of Knock is one of the most beloved shrines in Ireland. We got to celebrate Mass yesterday with a number of other English speaking pilgrims in the Chapel of Apparitions. Pope John Paul II visited this shrine in 1979.

Today we will be traveling through the Burren Region to Kerry. We will be journeying  along the coastline and will make a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. This is one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights and my camera battery is fully charged and ready for action!

I was up very early this morning and witnessed a beautiful sunrise. The clouds are beginning to roll in and rain is in the forecast for today.

My dad pointed out we were already halfway done with the trip. It is sure going fast but I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of this pilgrimage. I have been told by a number of people that the Irish people are very friendly. I sure have found this to be true. Yesterday during a coffee break, the café owner came out and asked us where we were from. When I said Seattle she asked if I knew a Fr. Heneghan. I said I did and that he was serving at Sacred Heart parish in Tacoma when I was growing up. This was the church closest to my my grandparent’s house. She said his family home was right across the street. What a small world!

In a few minutes it will be time to load the suitcase and head off for the day. Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day.