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PILGRIMAGE TO OUR LADY’S ISLAND

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Our Lady’s Island is an ancient place of pilgrimage in the Diocese of Ferns. The parish includes many other townlands – Carne, Carnsore, Churchtown, St. Margaret’s, St. Helen’s, Broadway & Tacumshane. Tradition has always held that Our Lady’s Island was founded by St Abban in the sixth century and its reputation as a place of pilgrimage and of devotion to Our Lady was established by or before the year 600 A.D. Since then the pilgrimage has grown year by year, with the official season lasting from August 15th to September 8th. On December 18th (a very rainy and windy day) Aidan III, accompanied by their R.E. teacher, Ms. Simone O’Neill, made the Pilgrimage to the Island. They attended the 10 am. Mass in the Parish Church and were very genuinely welcomed by Fr. Nolan and all the parishioners they met. A number of the students provided music during the Mass on the concertina, violin, flutes, etc. After Mass they said a decade of the Rosary and viewed the beautiful stained glass windows in the Church, which illustrate the Mysteries of the Rosary. Then they walked along the causeway to the Shrine at the entrance to the Island and followed the ancient path which goes around the Island. In very strong winds they got back to the Shrine at the entrance for photos. They were very glad of the warmth on the bus and the visit to McDonalds [Mr. Daly was not amused—healthy eating policy!!]. The group were a bit shocked to find that they were back in time for the afternoon classes. However, it turned out to be a very interesting journey in Advent and Ms. O’Neill says they were impeccably behaved.

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