School: Clochar na Trócaire, Carn Domhnaigh (roll number 16821)

Location:
Ballylosky, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
An tSr. M. Beirín Ní Bhaoighill

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Stories of the Holy Family

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1114, Page 285

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The little flower called the "Speedwell" is supposed to have sprung into existence at the time of the journey of the Holy Family into Egypt. Our Blessed Lady rode on a donkey and everywhere Her feet touched the ground on the way this little flower sprung up to wish Her "Good speed" on Her journey, and ever afterwards it is called the "Speedwell" flower.

On the journey into Egypt Our Blessed Lady was often very sad at the hardships Her Divine Son had to endure and She shed many tears. When a tear drop fell to the ground there sprang up a little frail white flower which we call the "snowdrop" but which was known then by the name of "Our Lady's Tear".

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(name not given)
Gender
female
Occupation
nuns
Address
Carndonagh, Co. Donegal
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Sadie Maria Long
Gender
female
Address
1419863
Language
English