Wednesday 29 June 2011

Clonakilty, Co. Cork

This Lourdes scene is located on the N71 out of (or into, depending on your perspective) Clonakilty.  The pictures were taken hastily on a horribly mizzly day which I hope accounts for the strangely luminous quality of the statues...

B.V.M - Beata Virgo Maria / Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday 28 June 2011

Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny

An unusual shrine on the Main Street of Mullinavat - the grotto has paired waterfalls, which were not working when we saw it.

Monday 27 June 2011

Mitchel's Road, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Our first Kerry shrine, and it's from Tralee. Another opportunity to expose the yawning chasms in our limited knowledge  - we know nothing about this one.

Saturday 25 June 2011

Gray Street, The Liberties, Dublin 8

It's Saturday and time to give Mary a well-earned break.  Today we have a statue of the Sacred Heart protected by a lovely wrought iron canopy just off Meath Street in the heart of Dublin's Liberties.

Friday 24 June 2011

Thursday 23 June 2011

Ballyouskill, Co. Kilkenny

Last week seemed to turn into Laois Week and this roadside shrine is just across the border in Ballyouskill in the very north of Co. Kilkenny.

The shrine really benefits from its position in the landscape.

Wednesday 22 June 2011

Ballinspittle, Co. Cork

Oh yes, that one.  Here is the shrine at Ballinspittle made famous as the 'Moving Statues'.  There's a little article about the phenomenon on Wikipedia, here.

Tuesday 21 June 2011

Gardiner Street, Dublin

This little shrine (statue?) will be familiar to many Dubs from its location on Upper Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street.  Does anyone know the history of it?  Did the house have a previous religious use?

Monday 20 June 2011

Realt na Mara, Bull Wall, Dublin

This extraordinary monument is located at the end of the path on the Bull Wall near Clontarf in Dublin.  You can learn more about the history of the memorial on its own website, here.

Saturday 18 June 2011

Saint Molin's Well, Mullenakill, Co. Kilkenny

It's the weekend, so we have once again gone off message. This is a holy well dedicated to the memory of Saint Molin, hermit, bishop, and patron saint of the parish.

Friday 17 June 2011

Saint Fintan's Terrace, Durrow, Co. Laois

It appears to be Laois week here on, today's shrine comes from Durrow.

No date plaque on this one - wonder when it was built?

Thursday 16 June 2011

Market Square, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

The statue was erected on the site of the town hall, which burnt down in 1945.

Well maintained nicely detailed ironwork.

Tuesday 14 June 2011

Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick

Another shrine from Co. Limerick - this one a grotto in the grounds of the Church of the Assumption on the Main Street.

The coursed dressed stone is unusual.
I wonder is the grotto the same date as the church (1966-68).
Of course, it could be from either of the Marian years. There's no mention on the otherwise very informative

Saturday 11 June 2011

Clareen, Co. Offaly

It's Saturday so it's time for a non-Marian shrine.  This is not a Sacred Heart or a Joseph and Child but, having found it, we just had to share it.  This is St Kieran's rag bush outside of Clareen in Co. Offaly.

Wednesday 8 June 2011

Skibbereen, Co. Cork

This shrine is located at the junction of Mill Road and Cork Road on the edge of Skibbereen.