Pic­turesque Tubrid Well draws crowds

The Corkman - - NEWS - JOHN TAR­RANT

TUBRID WELL has been the place of pil­grim­age for hun­dreds over re­cent weeks and vis­its to the pic­turesque Mill­street lo­ca­tion came to a head at the tra­di­tional stag­ing of the an­nual out­door Mass.

Though a con­stant flow of young and old con­vene on Tubrid and its Lour­des grotto to Our Lady through­out the year, it reaches a peak dur­ing May for pa­trons to gather, pray and sam­ple holy wa­ter - with con­fir­ma­tion of cures for the hand­i­capped and ill.

The chief cel­e­brant was Canon John Fitzger­ald PP while Mill­street Choir and Mill­street Pipe Band main­tained a long tra­di­tion with Tubrid, at­tend­ing and de­liv­er­ing a fit­ting recital.

Tubrid is the sec­ond largest well in Bri­tain and Ire­land, 40 feet in di­am­e­ter as an abun­dance of clear spring wa­ter gushes up all sea­sons of the year from a source that sup­plies Mill­street town and its hin­ter­land.

Thanks to the ef­forts of a vol­un­tary com­mit­tee, sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments are hailed by vis­i­tors in the pro­vi­sion of a bet­ter road ser­vice, ex­tra car park­ing, seat­ing, as well as light­ing at the grotto .

De­nis and Mary O’Connor from Bo­her­bue joined by Mary Kiely of Donough­more at the an­nual Tubrid Well Mass. Pho­tos: John Tar­rant

Kath­leen and Mar­garet Cof­fey at the grotto.

Eileen Twomey, Ban­teer was at Tubrid Well for the Mass.

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