The annual devotions take place at Ladywell Shrine Dundalk on August 14th
The annual devotions at Ladywell Shrine in Dundalk for the Rising of the Waters will take place on August 14th.
The devotions mass will begin at 11:15pm, starting with the Rosary. This will be followed by mass with the Blessings of the Water at midnight.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own bottles to be filled with holy water from the shrine, which can be blessed during the next day.
These personal devotions take place all day on the 15th of August.
Large crowds are expected to arrive at the Dublin Road shrine next week. People from across Louth, and our neighbouring counties such as Armagh, Monaghan, Cavan and Meath, have travelled to Dundalk for the event for generations.
Dundalk's Ladywell Shrine has been known as a place of pilgrimage for centuries - maps have highlighted the shrine as a holy well as far back as the 16th Century.
In the 1960's a group of locals organised special ceremonies for the Rising of the Waters around midnight, after making improvements to the shrine.