Why do so many people go barefoot, without food and sleep every year on Lough Derg?

Every year about one million six hundred thousand Irish people go on pilgrimage at home. The vast majority of them go to Knock, any climb Croagh Patrick, and about thirty thousand come here to Lough Derg to do the toughest pilgrimage of them all.

RTÉ News follows one, Turas Cholmcille, on Lough Derg to get an insight into why so many Irish people decide to become pilgrims. 

According to Fr Richard Mohan,

People do it for all kinds of different reasons.

For Fr Richard Mohan, the reasons vary from searching for a quiet place to pray in peace  or to make a statement about the direction of their life. 

This report also includes an excerpt from the television drama adaption of Seán O'Faoláin's 'Lovers of the Lake' (1983) set on Lough Derg.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 28 June 1992. The reporter is Eileen Magnier.