Public Rosary to Mark Fatima Apparition 100th

Fatima 100th Rosary 13-6-2017
Members of the group which gathered for today’s recital of the rosary at the Back-of-the-Forge in Castleisland to mark the 100th anniversary of the second apparition by Our Lady at Fatima. Seated: Tess Leahy, Rose Scanlon, Pat Horan, Mossie O’Donoghue, Cormac Walsh and Dan O’Sullivan. Back row: Doris Fitzmaurice, Nora Murphy, Joan Broderick, Peg Kerin, Joan Thompson, Sheila Murphy, Jim Thompson, Muireann Walsh and Peg O’Sullivan. ©Photograph: John Reidy

There have been many sightings at the Back-of-the-Forge at all times of the day and night over the years.

However, today’s apparition caused more curiosity that anything that ever happened there before.

Only the knocking of the old weighbridge hut in October 1993 could compere with it.

Goodness in their Hearts

With only goodness in their hearts a small group of people from this and neighbouring parts of the parish gathered to commemorate the second apparition of Our Lady of Fatima on this day 100 years ago.

Sins of the World

The group arrived around 3pm. They set up a little alter and placed a statue of Our Lady of Fatima on it and proceeded to say a rosary for the sins of the world and in commemoration of the apparition.

Fatima 100th Rosary 13-6-2017
Pat Horan from Scartaglin with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima for the alter for today’s rosary at the Back-of-the-Forge in Castleisland to the mark the 100th anniversary of the second apparition in Fatima. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The Second Apparition

One of the group, Pat Horan from Scartaglin said that today marked the anniversary of the second apparition.

“Our Lady appeared six times in all in 1917 and the second apparition happened today 100 years ago and we just wanted to mark it some way,”  said Pat.

100 Years Ago Today

Sheila Murphy, also from Scartaglin, said that the little group wanted to spread the word.

“One hundred years ago Our Lady appeared in Fatima on the 13th of every month from May to October. We wanted to mark the occasion of the second apparition by saying the rosary here in a public place to give Our Lady the honour that’s due to her as much as we can,” said Mrs. Murphy.

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