Local radio is reporting that residents in the west Limerick town of Rathkeale say an “outline” of the Virgin Mary has allegedly appeared on a tree in church grounds in the town.
The report says a number of people “noticed the outline of the Blessed Virgin in a tree cut down as part of a cleanup operation at a church” on Monday.
Live95FM says a large crowd had gathered at St. Mary’s church Monday night with a “steady flow of people today as the news spreads”.
A chairman of the local community council told local radio in an interview, “Certainly there was a figure of a lady, it was eerie looking i’ll be honest with you”, “It’s hard to describe it really; you’d nearly want to see it”.
Your grand thanks.
Locals in the area have now signed a petition preventing the removal of the tree from the grounds of the church with some saying it’s a ‘divine intervention’.
It comes as a local priest calls for restraint.“There’s nothing there, it’s just a tree. People shouldn’t worship a tree”, Fr Willie Russell said.
Almost 2,000 people in Rathkeale have now signed a petition to keep the tree stump as a permanent fixture where it stands on church grounds. We have been kindly sent on this image of the stump. This is what all the fuss is about…
This image can also be found, along with one other, on the Limerick Leader website at www.limerickleader.ie