I’ve spent the past few days in Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo. It’s not my first time here but it is the first time I remember spending time around here and I have to say, it’s a lovely part of my home county.
Since Monday evening, I have been in the Star of The Sea, Retreat and Conference Centre. I was asked some months ago by the director, Sr Kathleen, if I’d lead a Pre-Advent Retreat. I said I would but, apart from that, didn’t really know what to expect from the days. I didn’t know how many would be here or what sort of group. As it turned out there were ten Religious Sisters here from different parts of the country; Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo and Galway. Only one of them was known to me. I was happy to see her here as it gave me a bit of confidence facing into the days. I told her that too!!
The days went well, thank God and the response has been good. It’s been a pleasant few days. I made an attempt to walk yesterday (Tuesday) but didn’t go too far. The day was cold and the rains not far away. Last night I went to visit a couple and their children in Kinlough and another family in Grange. Was good to have the chance to catch up there too.
The walk happened today – just short of 5K of a circuit walk that took me along the coastline. It wasn’t the best of days but the scenery was spectacular. Certainly a place to visit again on a sunnier day! Please God, that will happen. Felt proud of Sligo as I watched the ocean move in and out against the coastline. Thought it could and would hold its head with any part of the country.
The retreat is almost over but I feel its memories will remain with me for a while. Hopefully some of it with the ten too!!