School: An Pasáiste Thoir (C.), Port Láirge

Location:
Passage East, Co. Waterford
Teacher:
Clare, Bean Uí Eachthigheirn

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Our Local Saint

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0652, Page 241

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The local patron Saint of the Parish of Crooke is St. John the Baptist. The present Church is named after him. A more ancient Church and church yard are situated about 300 yds inland from the present Church. These also are named after him. In the field adjoining the Churchyard is a Holy Well named St. John's Well. Formerly a pattern was held hereon the 29th August - The Feast of St. John the Baptist. People came from all over the parish and from adjoining parishes to the pattern. Of later years no particular stations prayers or visits were made to the well. The pilgrims merely drank the water and took away some in bottles. Mr. Patrick Hearne of Kil St Nicholas (about 86 years old) tells us that he himself never made the actual stations - though he attended the patterns - but his father and other aged people to his knowledge kept up the custom of making the pilgrimage and the station. The station consisted of making a round of the old churchyard by the wall on the inside on bare knees, while saying the Rosary. (This does not appear to be generally known now). The pilgrim then visited the well and drank the water.

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Informant
Mr Patrick Hearne
Relation
unknown
Gender
male
Age
86
Address
Kill St. Nicholas, Co. Waterford
Informant
Mrs Mary Meade
Relation
unknown
Gender
female
Age
82
Address
Crooke, Co. Waterford
Language
English
Location
Crooke