Opened back in 2006, the Island Of Saints And Scholars Celtic Prayer Garden is situated on the Donegal side of the border with Derry between the back roads of Galliagh and Muff.
The garden was the idea of Fr Neal Carlin, who established the Columba Community in 1981 nearby.
The unique garden has been built in natural bog land in what is known as a ‘thin place’ – a point where the Celts believed heaven and earth met.
It is hoped that visitors to the Prayer Garden, through quiet, personal prayer and reflection, will have a similarly spiritual experience.
The garden celebrates the men and women of Ireland’s Golden Age’ of 5th – 12th centuries and is aimed at renewing interest in the characteristics of Celtic spirituality so that using them.
Over this period, Ireland produced a prolific number of these saints and scholars who spread Christianity throughout the Europe and beyond.
These included Saints Columba, Brendan, Brigid, Enda, Kevin and Ciaran of Clonmacnoise, Killian, Dympna, Gall and Columbanus.