The island of Omey is a place of devotion to Saint Feichín, who is known to have established many similar communities across the West of Ireland.
Earlier this month Cherie went to Ireland in order to visit the Marian Shrine in Knock as well as Omey Island and Kylemore Abbey in Connemara
She started at the Knock Shrine, an international place of pilgrimage and prayer, where over one and a half million people go every year. The Shrine grounds are home to five churches, including the Apparition Church, Parish Church/Old Church, Basilica, Blessed Sacrament Chapel and Chapel of Reconciliation. All of these are set in beautiful landscaped gardens of approximately 100 acres creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.
The next day she visited Omey island, which is only reachable at low tide, in order to see the 7th Century Holy well and the remains of a 7th Century monastic settlement - one of the earliest in Ireland. The island of Omey is a place of devotion to Saint Feichín, who is known to have established many similar communities across the West of Ireland and is considered one of the most important of the early founders of the tradition of Irish Christianity.
Her final visit was to Kylemore Abbey, home to the Benedictine nuns, where she observed the life of the Benedictine community and the monastic tradition. It is dedicated to silence and prayer and whilst there Cherie met the nuns and was also joined by two of the Irish singing trio 'the Priests'.