Northern Ireland’s Krishna Island Temple to Undergo Major Renovations
Ireland’s Govindadvipa Mellows Holds Virtual Kirtan Festival
Ireland’s main temple, on the Hare Krishna island of Inis Rath – also known as Govindadwipa and located on Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland – is set to undergo major renovations.
Dublin Crowds Join Chanting and Dancing at New Year’s Eve Harinama
The third annual Govindadvipa Mellows – a kirtan festival usually held on the island also known as Inis Rath in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland – will be held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ireland’s Govindadvipa Mellows Makes Kirtan All-Inclusive
The exhilarating experience has been a tradition for ISKCON Ireland for over three decades, and is well known to the Dublin public.
Ireland's Krishna Island to Host “Govindadvipa Mellows” Kirtan Mela
About ninety people took a barge across the lake for the Govindadvipa Mellows event, held on Sunday October 13th. They included devotees from counties all over Ireland; as well as some from India, Mauritius, England and Eastern Europe. Some devotees brought newcomers with them who were making their first trip to the temple.
Ireland’s Unique Island Temple Set to Become Top Retreat Spot
Local devotees and guests from all over Ireland as well as the UK and beyond are expected to attend the first Govindadvipa Mellows kirtan mela on October 13thand 14th, in one of the most idlyllic settings imaginable.
Ireland’s ISKCON 50/30 Sri Sri Radha Govinda’s Installation Event Celebrations
The 22-acre property, originally called Inis Rath, is ISKCON’s only temple on its own island. Located on the waters of Upper Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, resplendent with emerald green foliage in the summer and often shrouded in mists during the winter, it’s perfect for spiritual reflection and growth.
Hare Krishna Festival Tour Gets Irish Feet Dancing
The temple building, an old manor house, once witnessed top business families, associates of Lords and Ladies and even the famous Winston Churchill, all of whom used the scenic area of Upper Lough Erne in the border Lakelands of Ireland for hunting. Now it was claimed as a religious settlement and home for Krishna and His devotees. The year was 1986, Ireland was still in the midst of a guerrilla warfare conflict.
Emerald Isle Reveals Kirtan Gem in Gopagana’s “Sixth Rainfall”
The Hare Krishna Festival tour that drew many Irish people to Krishna consciousness in the 1990s returned to the Emerald Isle this summer, and once again got Irish feet dancing. Between 1990 and 1995, the late inspirational preacher and Prabhupada disciple Tribhuvanath Das toured Irish cities with his festivals based on Prabhupada’s model from the early days of ISKCON.
Inspiring Day of Communications for ISKCON UK and Ireland
So far, “Sixth Rainfall” has been a hidden kirtan gem, with only a few homemade copies making the rounds amongst its creator’s friends. But the word is starting to spread about the unique project – an epic eight-hour boxset that was born in Gopagana Das’s home studio near the lake island temple of Govindadvipa in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
Akhandadhi Das on a Historical Handshake
Over thirty devotees from the UK and Ireland attended a special ISKCON National Communications Training Day at Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK.Taking part in a series of innovative and interactive workshops, the group learned about why engaging with the media matters, what makes a good news story and how compatible the worlds of spirituality and media really are.
On June 27th, Queen Elizabeth II shook hands with former IRA leader, Martin McGuiness, now British Parliamentary MP for Mid Ulster. It was an event that many people who lived through the ‘Troubles’ in Ireland thought impossible. Akhandadhi Das was invited to speak briefly on the topic as part of his regular ‘Thought for the Day,’ a morning radio piece that goes out to around 7 million thoughtful listeners on BBC4.
Radha-Govinda Celebrate 25th Anniversary on Their Emerald Island
Devotees from all over Ireland and abroad gathered this July 15th, 16th and 17th to celebrate Sri-Sri Radha-Govinda’s 25th anniversary, on the twenty-two acre wooded island in County Fermanagh once known as Inish Rath—and now called Govindadwipa, or Govinda’s Island.
Vrindavana Parikrama 6356 Miles Away From Vrindavana
Every day in the Holy land of Vrindavana thousands of pilgrims flock to visit the sacred spots where Lord Krsna performed His earthly pastimes. For those around the world who cannot travel regularly to Vrindavana, ISKCON temples and communities provide spiritual shelter from regular material society. Govindadvipa in Ireland is another community that has modelled its rural surroundings on the original Vrindavana geography.
Temple Profile: Govindadwipa
Inish Rath, Ireland: In the mid-19th century, the island was part of the lands of the earl Lord Erne. Erne gifted it to his son-in-law Sir Henry Cavendish Butler, who built the existing house during the Victorian era. Used into the early 20th century as a summer house for the local gentry, it remained in the Cavendish Butler family for 100 years before being sold in the 1950s and then going though constant changes of ownership for the next 30 years. Finally in 1982, at the height of the Northern Irish Troubles, property prices slumped in the area and ISKCON devotees purchased the island, seeing its potential as a spiritual center and retreat.
Dublin Govinda’s Apply for Continued Use of Raw Milk
Dublin’s three branches of Govinda’s vegetarian restaurants are negotiating to be allowed continued use of raw milk directly from a farm, after receiving prohibition orders from Irish government agencies on April 21st.
Honoring Patrick in a Saintly Way in the UK
The Irish festival of St Patrick's day is celebrated in many major cities around the world. Unfortunately the festival in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland is often celebrated in a rather unsaintly fashion. Many see it as simply a national festival celebrating all that is Irish with an emphasis on wearing something green and getting drunk.
ISKCON Dublin: A Temple For Devotees, by Devotees
This year sees a brand new ISKCON center open in Dublin, Ireland, with a packed house expected on its April 5th Open Day. But for Irish devotees, the path to the present victory wasn’t an easy one.