The traditional pilgrimage on Lough Derg will not go ahead this summer due to Covid-19.

In a statement, organisers said public health measures still in place within the current phased relaxation of restrictions do not go far enough to enable Station Island to reopen for the safe return of pilgrims.

In a normal season, over 10,000 pilgrims travel to the Co Donegal island during the summer months.

Prior of the pilgrimage Father La Flynn will move to the island today to begin his witness of a daily Station Prayer on behalf of pilgrims.

It is the second year he has offered a pledge to those who would otherwise visit the island over ten weeks until 15 August.

Petitions and prayers sent to Lough Derg will be remembered.

An online live stream of a three-day pilgrimage called 'Pilgrimage from Afar' will be held from 3 July to 5 July.

Last year was the first time since 1828 the summer pilgrimage did not take place on Lough Derg.