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IIG in Inis Oirr

inisoirr_01Coláiste Iognáid’s Ignatian Identity Group (IIG) held a highly successful retreat for some of its core members on Inis Oírr, the smallest of the Aran Islands, on 21-23 May. One of the group, Mary Madec, has just had her debut book of poetry, In Other Words, published. Her considerable talents were well employed on the retreat, as she facilitated a workshop on creative writing, or ‘listening to your inner voice’. Many of the group, made up of parents, Jesuits and teachers, had never written anything before and were amazed to find themselves writing poetry, songs and dialogue within a few hours. This rich spiritual experience, while surrounded by the rugged and vibrant beauty of the island, gave the group new energy and inspiration for their work in promoting the Ignatian charism.