If you would like to submit a contribution to our Readers Blog section then follow this link. Be sure to include your full name, address and contact number otherwise your submission will not be considered for publication. We will contact you prior to publication.

Ardmore Head ritual is an act of veneration

I was thrilled to read Damien Enright’s article of Monday, June 30, as Ardmore Head is one of my favourite places.

I have memories galore of spending my childhood in this area. I just want to take issue with the comments on the crude crosses carved out on stones. There is a pattern every year on July 24 to celebrate St Declan. There is a week in which the pilgrim visits the well three times. On each visit, the ritual is to walk around the circle of the well three times, while praying the rosary. On the third circle, one is to enter the church wall and then trace out the cross three times, and then kiss the cross.

So, contrary to being un-Christian, as you reported, this was done in veneration and adoration.

So, even if, as in Enright’s opinion, these crosses “are crude”, defacing was certainly never the intention of the many locals and pilgrims who have returned here year after year.

I think the judgement was harsh and lacked an understanding of what is, and has been, a lovely tradition.

It would be a pity that an otherwise lovely article should cause needless offence.

Marie Curran

Mitchell Street

Dungarvan

Co Waterford


Lifestyle

I don't remember a lot of shouting in my household growing up, and neither does my twin.Mum's the Word: How did my parents manage to create a calm household?

The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards have been revealed. These are the destinations that came out tops.3 emerging destinations to add to your travel wish list – according to TripAdvisor data

The recent death of Caroline Flack has once again brought the issue of internet trolls and cancel culture back into public discourse.Learning Points: The reality is we all play a role in cancel culture

Rita de Brún speaks with Sean McKeown, Fota Wildlife Park director and longtime Cork resident.‘You’ve got to make the changes you want to see’, says Fota Wildlife director

More From The Irish Examiner