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Ireland Pilgrimage By Anna Buck

In July of 2019, myself, 9 other Mercy Girls, Mrs. Klein, and Mrs. Miller traveled to Dublin, Ireland to attend a leadership conference at The Mercy International Center. Walking to the house on Baggot Street the first day, we truly didn’t know what blessings the next four days would hold.

a gorgeous street in dublin
mercy international center

Over the next couple of days we made friends from across the globe. We met Mercy Girls from Britain, Australia, Northern Ireland, and even Brazil. It was so fun hear about all of the amazing things that girls in Mercy Schools do all around the world and to walk in Catherine McAuley’s steps with them.

my aussie friend, kesha, and me
maddie and me, taking in the beauty of stephen’s green

After the conference, we went on other adventures! It was fantastic to see and learn about all of the beautiful history and sights that Ireland had to offer.

trinity college library

On a bus tour around Dublin, we made a stop at Trinity College Library. The Library’s history dates back all the way to the establishment of the College in 1592, it is the largest library in Ireland, and is home over 6 million literary works. It was amazing to experience a building with so much knowledge, and rich history.

the doors of dublin
giants causeway

One of our final days was spent taking in the beautiful sights outside of the city. One of the places we stopped was The Giants Causway. The Giants Causeway is Northern Ireland’s most famous landmark and there is even an old Irish legend that goes along with this beautiful landscape. Legend has it that an Irish giant, Finn MacCool, built the causeway in order to get to Scotland and battle with a rival giant called Benandonner. The Causeway was truly breathtaking and a great retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Dublin.

the river liffey
carrick-a-rede rope bridge

Overall, my time in Ireland was one I will never forget. Since I was little, it was a dream of mine to get to experience the beauty that this great land has to offer. I never imagined that I would someday get the opportunity to go there, nor did I imagine that I would be accompanied by so many amazing and kind Mercy girls. Thank you so much to everyone who made this trip possible for us!

carolyn and me strolling through the streets of dublin
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