Imbolc celebrated in Slieve Blooms

AS part of the Slieve Bloom Association’s drive to revive the ancient tradition of the mountains, on Sunday February 3, some members of the association headed up to the Bracket Stones above Cadamstown to milk a goat on Spink Hill for the Festival of Imbolc.

AS part of the Slieve Bloom Association’s drive to revive the ancient tradition of the mountains, on Sunday February 3, some members of the association headed up to the Bracket Stones above Cadamstown to milk a goat on Spink Hill for the Festival of Imbolc.

The goat followed her owner Johnny Rigney to the elected spot and patiently waited as Mick Dowling performed the necessary deed – said to bring prosperity and a good harvest to all this year.

A number of the children present got the opportunity to try their skill at milking as well, and about 16 members enjoyed the fun or as one person said, ‘madness’.

Unfortunately, the magnificent view was shrouded in the mist on the day, so members have said that they will just have to visit again.

They then ajourned to try out the new coffee shop in Cadamstown in high spirits to repenish their energy and heat levels.

Meanwhile, the Slieve Bloom Association held their meeting in the Parish Hall in Clonaslee on Thursday, January 24.

A minute’s silence was held in the memory of Pat Bowe, who died suddenly the previous weekend.

The next meeting will be held in the Green School in Rosenallis on Thursday, February 28.

Those who have an interest in promoting the Slieve Bloom Mountain amenity area, while preserving it’s unique environment, are invited to come along to the meeting, and new members are always welcome.