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A map of Ireland including the prominent location of The Purgatory of Saint Patrick.

Pilgrims getting rowed to Station Island on Lough Derg, County Donegal, Ireland

Landscape etching of Saints Island on Lough Derg, County Donegal, Ireland

"There is a circular fence of earth on top of a hill in the school district. It is known as Rathnacross and is situated in the townland of Drumawark.

There is a hole in the middle of it where a Celtic cross stood but it is broken now and the…

A description of the pilgrim road from Rathnacross to Saints Island.

Caption: "Saint Bridget's Chair stands close to the water's edge, and which, it is said, whoever once sits, is ever after preserved from accident and sudden death."

"After quitting the prison, and before leaving the island, it was formerly the practice to go into the water, and, being stark naked, wash their whole bodies, and more particularly the head, to signify that they were entirely cleansed from their…

"It is almost incredible what crowds visit this island annually, during the months of June, July, and August—it being no unusual thing to see from 900 to 1000 persons of both sexes upon it at one and the same time..."

Frontispiece etching of the waiting pilgrims and ferry boats to Station Island from the south shore of Lough Derg

"'As soon as we leave the grave or vault, we immediately plunge ourselves into the water, washing our heads and bodies to signify that we are washed and cleansed from the filth of sin, and have broke the dragon’s head in the waters..."