The year 1954 was declared by Pope Pius XII as ‘Marian Year’ and around Ireland hundreds of statues, shrines, chapels and grottos were erected, many of which can still be see on roadsides across the country.
Today, on almost every road in the country you will see statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, usually in well tended settings, like this one in Rossmore, County Laois. Erected by the workers of Rossmore Collieries to commemorate the Marian Year 1954. Re-erected here 1973.
This is called Catholic Grotto to Our Lady Of Lourdes. Our Lady of Lourdes is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in honour of the Marian apparitions that are claimed to have occurred in 1858 in the vicinity of Lourdes in France.
There are benches, and rosary recital every Sunday at 3pm. The Rosary during May for Life & Faith in Ireland.
Location of Catholic Grotto to Our Lady Of Lourdes, Rossmore, Co. Laois: