I stopped to see the Catholic Grotto to Our Lady Of Lourdes located at Rossmore, County Laois.
The year 1954 was declared by Pope Pius XII as the ‘Marian Year‘ and around Ireland hundreds of statues, shrines, chapels, and grottos were erected, many of which can still be seen on roadsides across the country.
Catholic Grotto is a small cave or an artificial structure like a cave. It offers a sanctuary of peace, prayer, and natural beauty for all people.
Our Lady of Lourdes is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in honor of the Marian apparitions that are claimed to have occurred in 1858 in the vicinity of Lourdes in France. Our Lady instructed Saint Bernadette Soubirous, a fourteen-year-old peasant girl, to dig in the ground nearby, from which came a spring with healing properties, active to this day.
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.
There are benches, and rosary recital every Sunday at 3 pm. The Rosary during May for Life & Faith in Ireland.