STATUE OF ST. PATRICK

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One of the most striking features at the pilgrimage site of Mám Éan is the stone statue of St. Patrick, which was erected by Margaret Mahony for her parents Bryan and Julia Madden and her grandparents Dan and Ellen Madden. 

The statue depicts St. Patrick as a shepherd with a sheep at his feet, and was created by Cliodna Cussen in 1986. The statue stands near a small chapel called ‘Cillin Phédraig’, a mass altar, a holy well, a rock known as St. Patrick’s bed, and the Stations of the Cross scattered roughly around the rocky and boggy site.

The statue of St. Patrick is a symbol of the rich and diverse history that reflects the cultural and religious changes that have shaped Ireland over time. According to legend, Mám Éan was one of the places where St. Patrick encountered resistance from the local pagans, who threw stones at him from the nearby hills. St. Patrick responded by throwing his crozier (a staff) at them, which miraculously turned into a serpent and chased them away. He then built a small church at Mám Éan and left behind a holy well, a stone altar and a footprint on a rock. The site became a popular destination for pilgrims.

Mám Éan is not only a place of spiritual significance, but also a place of natural beauty and challenge. The statue of St. Patrick stands proudly against this backdrop.

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