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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Lá Fhéile Pádraig 2021

Pictures from the past, due to Covid-19!

                                                                                                                                                                     A Cork family of 'Travellers' with David ('Keeper of the well') on right, 2011.

Regrettably, Portlaw's church organist for over sixty years, Maura Power, has passed away since.

This young lady was a greater attraction than the Portlaw Pipe Band members in 2011!

St. Patrick baptising the two princesses, Eithne and Fidelma, daughters of King Laoghaire of Ireland, at Ogulla Well (aka Cliabach Well), near Tulsk, Co. Roscommon in 432 A.D. Portrayed in the middle light from a 3-light window at a Dundalk Church, photographed in 2019. Eithne was known as 'Eithne the Fair', Fidelma as 'Fidelma the Red'. Both princesses were being fostered there at Rathcroghan.  The well and shrine is well worth a visit, if in the area, also Tulsk village, which has much of historic interest to see, including a fine heritage centre. 

Above: most of the Dundalk window.

There is material go-leór about St. Patrick, The Princesses, Rathcroghan and Tulsk on the Internet.     St. Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Co. Down, in the year 461 A.D. There is much also to see and hear about the man himself in that town. 

Information plaque at St. Patrick's grave, Downpatrick.

The great stone and plaque covering the graves of Saints Patrick, Colmcille and Brigid

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A quiet St. Patrick's Day in Portlaw due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

The procession of cars around the village was unplanned and not announced in advance, resulting in so few viewers turning out. 
The Oakville children confined themselves to their own estate and had a great time with suitable music!

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