Glencomeragh in August

Glencomeragh in August


Stained Glass from the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry, Tipperary. Part 2.

Stained Glass from the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry, Tipperary. Part 2.

Following my prior post, here are more traditional (albeit quite interesting and in one case quite intriguing) panels from the rest of the Church. Firstly St John and Mary Magdalen:

Then Peter and Paul. What is the story with Peter’s face?

The Sacred Heart appearing to St Margaret Mary:

The Immaculate Conception and St Michael The Archangel:

The Holy Family:

Two-thirds of the Patrons of Ireland:

I am intrigued by Peter’s face. It is radically different from the rest of these panels. Did something happen to it? Is it based on another image?

I always seem to be lamenting my poor skills in photographing pieces above altars – this is no exception. The ones I deleted were worse….

Stained Glass from the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry, Tipperary (Part 1)

Stained Glass from the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry, Tipperary (Part 1)

The Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry has much beautiful glass; on these days of intense sun it is particularly worth visiting as some wonderful effects are created. I am dividing this post into two, firstly considering the more modern glass with themes related to the Crucifixion. I particularly liked this window with motifs of Pilate’s handwashing and Peter’s betrayal:20180728_174209929595124.jpg
As always in these posts, I lament the quality of my pictures, and find this one of a window with a cross of thorns and the robe (with dice) didn’t capture the wonderful effect of the light:

However, the robe with dice is worth a closer look. I wonder if there is any significance to the numbers displayed?

I am a tiny bit unsure of the motif on the right below. Is it Jacob’s ladder?

Doon Mass Rock, Doon, Co. Donegal.

Doon Mass Rock, Doon, Co. Donegal.

While the Holy Well and the rock where the O’Donnell chieftain was inaugurated are better known, the site near Termon in Donegal features a well–preserved Mass Rock. These photos capture it from a few angles on a recent sunny day (haven’t they all been)

In recent years the muddy tracks which one had to follow to climb have been replaced by tarmac paths, not to everyone’s taste and I must say something has been lost while obviously a great deal of access has been gained. .











A resting blessing from the Carmina Gadelica

From Alexander Carmichael’s collection of the Scottish oral tradition Carmina Gadelica , a resting blessing


AN ainm an Tighearn Iosa,
Agus Spiorad ìocshlain aigh,
An ainm Athar Israil,
Sinim sios gu tamh.

Ma tha musal na dusal,
Na run air bith dhomh ’n dan,
Dhia fuasgail orm is cuartaich orm,
Is fuadaich uam mo namh.

An ainm Athar priseil,
Is Spiorad iocshlain aigh,
An ainm Tighearn Iosa,
Sinim sios gu tamh.
*         *         *         *
Dhia, cobhair mi is cuartaich mi,
O ’n uair ’s gu uair mo bhais.


IN name of the Lord Jesus,
And of the Spirit of healing balm,
In name of the Father of Israel,
I lay me down to rest.

If there be evil threat or quirk,
Or covert act intent on me,
God free me and encompass me,
And drive from me mine enemy.

In name of the Father precious,
And of the Spirit of healing balm,
In name of the Lord Jesus,
I lay me down to rest.
*         *         *         *
God, help me and encompass me,
From this hour till the hour of my death.

Pilgrimage at St Declan’s Well, Toor, Co. Waterford

Happy St Declan’s Day! For the occasion here is a post from 2012 from the wonderful Pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland blog which I have had cause to reblog much from. By my reckoning this year’s pilgrimage will be at Toor on Thursday coming the 26th..

Pilgrimage In Medieval Ireland

St Declan’s Well at Toor in Co. Waterford, has a special significance for me as my grandmother, who was originally from the area, visited the well throughout her life (even when living in another county).

St Declan’s Well

According to folklore St Declan  stopped here while en route to Cashel to quenched his thirst and it was this act that blessed the waters (Komen no date). I was unable to find any references to the well prior to the twentieth century, but the dedication to St Declan a pre-patrician saint suggests it is of some antiquity and  it may have originally attracted pilgrims only from the local area.

Statue of St Declan at Toor

Changing landscape of the Well

The modern landscape of the well is relatively recent. The statues, the structure where mass is said, the outdoor pulpit, are all additions dating to the 1950’s -1960’s. The coniferous plantation…

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