Garland Sunday ceremonies in Sligo culminate with mass at the holy well and mass rock of Tobernalt.
Garland Sunday or Reek Sunday is an annual day of pilgrimage held on the last Sunday in July. The celebrations evolved from the pagan festival of Lughanasa marking the beginning of the harvest season.
The traditional ceremonies were opened on Friday by Bishop of Elphin Dominic Conway who lead a procession from Sligo town to the holy well of Tobernalt, the Well of the Cliff, an ancient site at the foot of Carns Hill.
On Sunday the day of devotions got underway with a dawn mass by Bishop Conway offered for the intention of a just and lasting peace in Ireland.
Tobernalt is dedicated to Saint Patrick who is said to have visited the site and knelt at the large rectangular block of stones beside the well and put his hand on the rock as he knelt. During the 18th century penal laws, this rock was a penal mass rock where illegal masses were said.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 July 1975. The reporter is Dermot Mullane.