The Virgin Mary has appeared in the wood grain of a cabinet at a vintage shop in Co Kerry.
Vintage Vendors antique shop in Tralee, Co Kerry has attracted crowds after the wood grain on a cabinet for sale in the store bears a resemblance to the Virgin Mary.
On Facebook, antique shop Vintage Vendors shared some pictures of the cabinet alongside a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes:
A rather interesting cabinet is causing a bit of a stir at the shop here in Moyderwell. What is interesting about the...Publiée par Vintage Vendors sur Jeudi 19 septembre 2019
The Facebook post reads: “A rather interesting cabinet is causing a bit of a stir at the shop here in Moyderwell [in Tralee, Co Kerry].
“What is interesting about the piece is people's interpretation of the natural pattern of the wood grain on the door, which to many has a striking resemblance to that of The Virgin Mary.
“Another interesting fact about the cabinet is that if the door is removed and turned upside down the image can be interpreted in the same way.
“Not everyone that comes to visit can see the resemblance but I must admit that when a statue of 'Our Lady of Lourdes' was offered up for comparison the resemblance is striking.
“We know little enough as to the origins of the cabinet other than that it is an Edwardian mahogany display cabinet c. 1910 - 1915 stamped Greenlands Ltd, Hereford England and that it came from a residence in Northern Ireland before being purchased by a Tralee man."
A majority of the commenters on the Facebook post said that they do indeed see a likeness of the Virgin Mary in the grain of the cabinet, with many adding in “Amen.”
Tom O'Connell, the owner of Vintage Vendors, told Newstalk: "We've had people coming in to view the cabinet - they're coming in, having a look at the cabinet and they're touching the door and things like that.
"It has legs of its own at this stage - I'm not saying it's moving or anything, but you know what I mean - it's gone viral as such.
"A lot of them are just coming in to look at the cabinet from Facebook or whatever.
"They're touching the door with little prayers and things like that.
"We're quite amazed actually at the speed that this thing is actually growing."