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A Light from the Grave

A visit to a simple grave in Daingean, Co. Offaly which has become a hallowed spot and a place of pilgrimage and cures.

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Documentary maker: Garret Daly

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Documentary maker: Liam O'Brien

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A Light from the Grave

Sunday 9th July 2006

This documentary explores the mystery of this grave - the grave of Father Andrew Mullen (born in 1790) and the dedication of a priest, Father William Dempsey, who has made it his life's work to have Father Mullen beatified.

Two unlikely believers Gary, 21 and Aidan, 31, explain why they visit the grave on a weekly basis.

The programme was recorded over the Easter period as pilgrims from all over the country come in search of cures and answers.

It was a fairly common custom at one time for sufferers to lie all night in spite of cold or rain, beneath the stone slab covering Fr. Mullen's grave, especially on Good Friday night.

This documentary unveils the factual and mythical background to Father Mullen and why in 2006 his grave is still visited for cures and hope.

Presented by Martina McGlynn
Producer: Garret Daly
Production supervision: Liam O'Brien

An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries

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