Placing pilgrimage during Covid-19
Covid-19 and its far-reaching effects will dominate the histories written about 2020. Amongst the litany of impacts, it will be noted that planned pilgrimages did not occur that year. Instead of crowds climbing Croagh Patrick or pilgrims fasting on Lough Derg, thousands of people are participating in online pilgrimages, through television and radio, and in their prayers. This significant disruption has brought the very nature of pilgrimage into focus as organisers and shrine staff arrange alternative facilities for believers to maintain personal and family traditions.