Understanding Thin Places in Ireland and How They Change Us





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Published on Jan 2, 2013

This little 3 minute video is a reflection offered by Mindie Burgoyne on understanding thin places and how they change us. Video shows images of sites on the Thin Places Ireland tour of the West - Sligo, Westport, Croagh Patrick, Rathcroghan, Uisneach, Clew Bay, the Burren, Poulnabrone Dolment, Fermanagh, Caldragh Cemetery, Ballintubber Abbey.

For more information on Thin Places Mystical Tours of Ireland, visit http://www.thinplacestour.com

PHOTOS: by Mindie Burgoyne
MUSIC: “Sovereign” by Kevin MacLeod, used with permission. www.incompetech.com


Thin places are mystical places, sacred places. They are places where the veil between this world and the other world is thin … the Other world seems more near. These places were thin long before the Christians started building churches on them. The pre-Christian people, they marked them in their own way. They knew they were special.

Some think there’s an energy about thin places. it just makes them special.

Creativity really thrives in these places. Many artists will admit that. In certain places in Ireland especially … their own creative juices flow. Creativity thrives. W.B. Yeats, John Millington Synge - they both wrote about that. There was something in the Irish landscape that helped them get out of their own way… made their writing more real.. more authentic.

I don’t necessarily believe that God is more real in thin places .. or more present. I think God is the same yesterday, today and forever. God doesn’t change. It is we who change in these places. Thin places enable us to feel more deeply, to see things in a very real way. In a sense we hear better… we connect better.

There’s something about walking in a cloister walk where monks walked and prayed a century earlier, that just calls out for connection.

Every time I go to Ireland I come back with two things: usually I’ve learned something - how to cope with a worry or learn to make a decision…something internal, something spiritual I will have resolved each time I go. And the other thing is that I always go home with a yearning to go back.

There’s something about the Irish landscape, especially in the west that calls you to return. There’s some kind of magnetic pull. I don’t understand it… but I keep going back.


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