|St. Patrick's grotto at the Abbey Well|
Tying rags in an ancient custom
Catsby Cave near St. Patrick's Well at Ballyshannon
Listening to the history of the Abbey Well with Anthony Begley
The station involved reciting set prayers and moving around beds in a similar manner to Lough Derg at the present time. According to folklore the station at the Abbey Well went as follows: Fifteen pebbles were picked from the river bed or station bed and pilgrims began by saying, one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Creed while kneeling at the well. Then going sun wise they knelt at each bed, saying one Our Father, ten Hail Marys and one Creed. A pebble was tossed into each bed. The round of five beds was completed three times and the station was concluded by taking three sips of water from the well and saying a rosary at the grotto. A rag or a medal was left on the bushes near the well
Rag Tree with the Abbey bay in the background
Happy St. Patrick's Day from Ballyshannon
The photographs above were taken by Pauline Kilfeather, Coláiste Cholmcille, on a history walk/talk to the Abbey, which I gave to students from the local community school .
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