It was in the year 2014 when I travelled to Annascaul, Co Kerry to attend the “wake” and funeral of my brother in- law. Annascual is a picturesque little village situated between Tralee and Dingle on the Dingle Peninsula itself.
As is usual with these “Housewakes” the neighbours sit around sipping tea or sometimes something stronger if available and talk about the corpse lying in the coffin. As time passes this small talk dries up and a silence descends on the mourners.
This is exactly what happened in my case, so I escaped to the back yard.
Lourdes, a small town in the South of France was privileged to have our Lady appear there 18 times between the nth of February and the 8th of ,July in 1858, to a poor, uneducated and sickly young girl, whose name is now known around the world: Bernadette Soubirous.