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Diocesan Pattern to Clonmacnoise

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Diocesan Pattern to Clonmacnoise thumbnailThe Pattern or Pilgrimage of St Ciaran was held in Clonmacnoise on Sunday last. Pictured are some of the local priests who were present

This year the ěPatternî or Traditional Pilgrimage of St Ciaran at Clonmacnois took place on his actual Feast day- September 9. Bishop Francis Duffy of Ardagh & Clonmacnoise led the Pilgrimage as ever and preached this year.
The Church of Ireland hold an open air service on the last Sunday in July while the annual St Ciar-nís Pattern Day is held on the on the second Sunday in September, or if possible celebrated on September 9 (St Ciar-nís feast day) as it was this year.
ěPatternî is a word derived from ěPatr˙nî (Irish for Patron). The traditional Pattern Prayers take approximately four hours and are carried out in movement from St Ciaranís Well to the Nunís Church on the ancient Pilgrim Road to the Monastic Site. For the purpose of the people gathered at Clonmacnoise, they pray an adapted pattern with the Rosary.
The crowd of about 400-500 people tend to disperse around the open grounds, seeking shelter from ěSt. Ciaranís windî as itís called locally. September by the Shannonside in an open plain can be a bleak place! This year they were joined by walkers who came across land from Athlone, the 14km as part of the Turas Columbanus.

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