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St Patrick's Purgatory

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A place of pilgrimage on Station Island, Lough Derg, Co. Donegal, where Christ is supposed to have revealed to St Patrick an entrance to purgatory and the earthly paradise. The first recorded visit dates from the mid-12th cent.; various knights made pilgrimages in the 14th and 15th cents., and from the 16th cent. pilgrims of all classes were drawn by Patrick's promise of a plenary indulgence to all who visited the sanctuary in penitence and faith.

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