Clonbeg Service

Elaine Wilkinson performing at St. Sedna's Holy Well at the Clonbeg Pattern festival in the Glen of Aherlow with the Aherlow Gospel choir and spectators in the distance
The sun shone with soft evening light as the piper, Willie Morrissey, played a beckoning tune and led a procession of spectators from the road to St. Sedna’s Holy Well at the opening ceremony of the annual weekend Clonbeg Pattern festival.

The sun shone with soft evening light as the piper, Willie Morrissey, played a beckoning tune and led a procession of spectators from the road to St. Sedna’s Holy Well at the opening ceremony of the annual weekend Clonbeg Pattern festival.

At the holy well, the life of St. Sedna was played out with actors in monk’s habits and paupers clothes, interspersed with blessings from Dean Knowles and Margaret Kingston and carefully narrated by John O’Gorman. A harmony of voices filled the air with song from the Aherlow Gospel choir and the spectators stood soaking up the serenity and spirituality of the event. As the sun sunk behind the trees everyone moved inside Clonbeg church for a service to close the opening ceremony of the weekend festival.