The pilgrimage is a very ancient one
Pilgrimage to Knock
Hundreds Keep All Night Vigil At Well Known Shrine
Large numbers participated in the annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady at Knock on Wednesday. The absence of train facilities had a deterrent effect on the attendance. Hundreds kept the all night vigil from Tuesday evening, among those being many from the centre and outlying districts of Galway. At 11 o’clock on Wednesday morning Solemn High Mass was chanted , the celebrant being the Rev Father Gunnigan, C.C. Rev. Father Rabbitt was deacon; Rev. Father H. Curley, sub-deacon; Rev. Father Blowick, Maynooth Mission to China, master of ceremonies. The sermon on Our Lady was preached by Rev. Father Grogan, late of St. Mary’s Galway. There was a procession of the Blessed Sacrament in the evening, after which the day’s devotion concluded with Rosary and Benediction. A large number of pilgrims attended from Tuam.
Lady’s Well, Athenry
A large crowd of pilgrims made the Stations at Lady’s Well, Athenry, on Wednesday. This pilgrimage is a very ancient one, and has been observed with great solemnity throughout the ages. The well is a short distance from the town of Athenry, and the day was observed as a general holiday. From early on Tuesday, hundreds poured into the town to perform the duties of the station, which has been known to have accomplished many miracles. A special train left Galway on Wednesday with pilgrims.
Connacht Tribune, 11 August 1917