Saints Island – Lough Derg
The history of this site of pilgrimage is complicated. There was an old Irish monastery on the present Station Island. From about 1130 on, the Canons Regular of St Augustine took charge, but moved the pilgrimage to Saints Island, where they remained right down to the Reformation. The Canons then ran into problems of staffing the sanctuary. In 1631 the Archbishop of Armagh officially requested that the Franciscans be given charge of the shrine. There is some evidence to indicate that friars were working at Lough Derg before this.