This Friday, August 15 will see pilgrims from Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Cavan and Armagh visiting the Ladywell Shrine in Dundalk for the annual pilgrimage to the shrine.
In conjunction with the event, the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen, will host an event at 11.00am this Friday 15 August (admission €5) to highlight Patrick Kavanagh’s writing about the annual pilgrimage, which featured in his autobiography The Green Fool.
The poet, who was first published in The Dundalk Democrat in 1929, describes a visit to Ladywell Shrine in the book.
It is an interesting insight into how pilgrims who lived some distance from the coast, combined an annual visit to Ladywell Shrine with a 15 Aug harvest time visit to the seaside at Blackrock.
It is a tradition that has gone on for many years and this week, many visitors, from all these neighbouring counties, are expected to visit the shrine.
Those attending the event in the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen on Friday may also continue to Ladywell Shrine and Blackrock.
The Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen can be contacted at 042 - 9378560. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org