Top ten apparitions of Jesus and Virgin Mary in Ireland
American's sighting of Christ at the Cliffs of Moher finds itself in good company
Surely by now you’ve heard of the most recent sighting in Ireland - an American pilot who claims to have seen and photographed the image of Christ at the Cliffs of Moher. Her sighting has come to find good company with others around Ireland. Here are some of the reported religious apparitions from Ireland.
1. Virgin and Child on stump in Rathkeale, Limerick
Legend has it that a female spectre which haunted the churchyard in Rathkeale, Limerick, was so terrifying that all who looked upon her died soon after. A local man banished the ghost by slicing off her arm with his sword and praying for the rest of the night. In an odd coincidence in 2009, the Limerick Newsire reported that a tree stump in the churchyard contains the image of the Virgin Mary and Child, and that hundreds of visitors had come to the area to pray.
The Independent reports that on September 29, 2009, fourteen people claimed to witness crosses that formed in the sky above the shrine, before the statue became animated and began to weep. The shrine had become a popular site after producing a religious apparition seventy years ago.
Perhaps further supporting the 2009 visions in Dungloe, visions were reported here in 1939 also. An apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared on a dark knight to be shining bright on a nearby granite rock.
4. Rocking Virgin Mary at Ballinspittle grotto in Cork
Cathy O'Mahony and her mother observed the statue of the Virgin Mary rocking on its heels on July 22 1985. The following night they returned with friends who observed the same event. Since this time, tens of thousands of people have visited the shrine in the hope of seeing something. The Independent reports more recently that O’Mahony stands by her observations, despite others ridiculing her.
5. Knock Shrine in Knock, Mayo