TG4 came and recorded a piece for Nuacht on Tuesday, January 5th, at 7pm. We will try to find the link for this. They were present that morning at the Blessing of the Well.
The following link on the TG4 television news programme, 5th January, has the report on the blessing of St. Dominic’s Well; it is 17.50 minutes into the programme which will be available for another month of so: Click here, or below
The water from St. Dominic’s Well is traditionally blessed on these two days each year. People come from near and far to take water from the well, for use on their farms and for their farm animals.
The origins of this custom are lost in history, but obviously date from the time of the Dominican Presence in Esker, between the early 1700′s and the late 1800′s.
A local legend had it that, when the friars had to flee for their lives from the Abbey in Athenry, ( and they fled several times, before, during and after Cromwell’s time) they forgot about their pet dog. A day later, the dog is supposed to have arrived at the hiding place of the friars near Esker, and that it carried in its mouth the Ritual, the Book of Prayers and Blessings used for different occasions – and that it was opened at the prayers for the Blessing of Wells! After which the Friars decided that it was a sign that they should bless the well, and named it after their founder, St. Dominic. As we say in irish, ‘sin an scéal’,- that’s the story.
You are invited to join us for the 11am Mass on the mornings of January 5th, or on the Feast of Epiphany, January 6th. We then process to the well for the blessing. And bring your canisters with you.
Meantime, we with you and your families a truly Happy New Year. Pray for us Redemptorists in Esker, and pray for young men to join us in the coming year, to continue the work of spreading the joy of the Gospel of Christ.
Tá Dia láidir, agus Máthair maith Aige! God is strong and has a good Mother!
Ná tréig Muire Máthair Dé! Do not abandon Mary, the Mother of God.