Thousands in Ballinspittle County Cork hope that they will witness a statue of the Virgin Mary move.
Throughout the year claims of moving statues were made up and down Ireland. On 22 July 1985 claims were made of moving statues in Ballinspittle, county Cork, and since then both believers and non believers have been heading to the town to see for themselves.
The 15th of August is the Feast of the Assumption, a holy day of obligation in the Catholic Church, commemorating the assumption of the Virgin Mary. The day was especially poignant for those who visited the grotto in Ballinspittle where claims of a moving statue had been made.
Edmund Barry who claims to have seen the statue move on several occasions describes it as,
Divine intervention... it's a miracle.
He also claims to have witnessed apparitions of the face of Our Lord and Padre Pio.
While the Catholic Church has argued that these claims should be treated with caution and prudence, Edmund Barry says,
Approximately 80% of the people here saw most of those movements or apparitions, and certainly they all can not be wrong.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 August 1985. The reporter is Michael Ryan.