Today was a rainy day but we spent most of it on the bus heading to Derry. Our first stop was at the Shrine of Our Lady at Knock. It was convenient as a rest stop but for Catholics it is an important shrine. On August 21, 1879 fifteen people witnessed the Apparition of Our Lady. Two commissions of Enquiry in 1879 and 1936 found the testimony to be believable. Every Pope since Pope Pius XII has recognized Knock in some way. Many miraculous cures have been reported at the shrine.
We continued on to County Sligo, stopping at a peaceful churchyard in Drumcliffe to visit the final resting place of Ireland’s famous poet, William Butler Yeats.
Finally, en route to Londonderry in Northern Ireland, we passed the castle formerly owned by Lord Louis Mountbatten and the marina where he was killed by IRA bombers.