Sunday, August 25, 2019

inSPIREd Sunday

Sally and Beth host inSPIREd Sunday!  

2015 - Kinsale Ireland

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The moving statues (Irish: Bogadh na nDealbh) phenomenon occurred during the summer of 1985 in Ireland, where, in several different parts of the country, statues of the Virgin Mary were reported to move spontaneously.

In Ballinspittle, County Cork in July 1985, an observer claimed to have seen a roadside statue of the Virgin Mary move spontaneously. The site is about one kilometre along the Ballinspittle to Kinsale road. In a ravine the life-sized blue-and white painted plaster statue of a woman stands about 4 metres above the road, fronted by a balustrade of large blue concrete letters reading "I am The Immaculate Conception". The head of the statue is surrounded by small electric bulbs in the form of a halo. Across the ravine is an unfenced grassy slope with some benches. In front is a blue boilerplate box for donations, secured by two large padlocks.


As a side note, when the Virgin appeared in Lourdes to Bernadette she said she was the Immaculate Conception.

A printed notice beside the grotto states that its continual upkeep is designed to keep the people of Ballinspittle focused on their veneration of the Virgin Mary, and also to inspire faith in "mere passers by".



  1. ...some things are hard to explain, that's what faith is all about.

  2. Admittedly I've always found that frame of thought baffling.


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