For centuries, Lough Derg was the embodiment of authentic “Celtic spirituality”: fasting, penitence, and simple faith.
The current proprietors, however, seem determined to transform it into a shrine of the pop “Celtic spirituality” in vogue today–neo-pagan pantheistic New Age mush. They’ve put in a labyrinth. They call the traditional prayers “mantra-like.” They say the pilgrimage can be done by people of any faith, or none. St. Patrick’s purgatory, indeed.