Why are people are seeing apparitions all over Ireland?

In the months following the first claims of moving statues in Asdee in Kerry and Ballinspittle in Cork, the phenomenon spread throughout the country. People in places as far apart as Clare and Wicklow insisted they had seen religious statues move. One statue was said to have shed blood and another to shimmer.

Colm Connolly meets both sides of the camp, those who claim to have seen an apparition as well as those who remain sceptical.

Fr Kilian Dwyer says there have been about 250 claims of apparitions throughout the Catholic Church from 1928-83, none of whom have received positive approval. According to Dr Joseph Cassidy, Bishop of Clonfert,

I think there is a danger religion itself, genuine religion, will be ridiculed. And I think there is a danger that good prayerful people, and there are many good prayerful people out there, would have their expectations unduly aroused.

Dr Peter Davison believes the shimmering of the statues can be explained by the autokinetic effect.

An RTÉ News report from 23 September 1985. The reporter is Colm Connolly.