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I'm not a Catholic, but was still interested to read about the history of the Mass Rock in... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2017
Burscough, United Kingdom
Peaceful and Profound

I was on a pilgrimage from Canada and came across this amazing spot. Not only the beauty of nature... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2017
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Woodtop, Carndonagh, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

I'm not a Catholic, but was still interested to read about the history of the Mass Rock in Cardonagh after the public practice of Catholicism was banned by Oliver Cromwell in the 17th century. This sheltered grove allowed the locals to continue their worship undiscovered....More

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Reviewed 30 June 2017

I was on a pilgrimage from Canada and came across this amazing spot. Not only the beauty of nature - trees and birds and history but spirituality. We offered prayers here. Peaceful and profound

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Reviewed 21 May 2017

Lovely place to go alone and meditate and reflect on times gone by when those who came before us protected the priests who risked their lives in saying mass

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Reviewed 3 November 2016

Off the beaten track the Mass Rock in Carndonagh is an interesting find. The lead up to the mass rock is quaint and quiet before the track opens up into this naturally abundant but covered space. Both myself and my partner couldn't help but imagine...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

Was visiting the area and decided to go to see the mass rock . Impressive enough but the rainy weather however dampened the day. May come back in the summer when the weather is better. Beautiful area though.

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Reviewed 6 December 2015

Nice place. Good town to stock up on supplies. Near a plethora of great pubs and spiritual guidance on hand at mass rock

Thank E1209AWjohn
Reviewed 20 February 2015

Because of the Penal Laws and Cromwell's campaign against the Irish, isolated areas were sought to hold mass. As it was illegal, services were not scheduled, so news of services was spread by word of mouth. I'm not sure how many are left here, but...More

5  Thank letterkennycaint
Reviewed 17 November 2014

These Irish Mass Rocks, as well as giving the above insight into our more recent history, seem to be a rich part of our pagan past. They played a ritual part in the life of Celtic and pre Celtic peoples. The extraordinary lighting which the...More

4  Thank Mary T
Reviewed 19 August 2014

The Mass Rock at Woodtop Carndonagh dates back to the Penal Laws of 1690 when Priests were forbidden to celebrate Mass. As a result of these laws places of worship were often erected in high concealed woodlands that offered shelter from the elements and the...More

3  Thank woodtoptony
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