Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Of Ogulla Holy Well and Broken Child of Prague Statues.


We spent a wet day over the weekend exploring some of the local holy wells. This one was my favourite - Ogulla Well named after Oigh Giolla, near Tulsk. (In Roscommon.)
It is an amazing well, with a few statues and a rag tree outside and a large octagonal glass building built for having mass in with a couple of altars where people have left things, like the armless statue above...
...candles and coins...
...and more ratty statues.

There's the building pictured below.
I love the mangled statues, the way they are weathered and damaged. It reminds me of the Child of Prague we had when I was a kid - I think it may have been compulsory by law for every newly married couple to be given one, and also compulsory for it to have its head/hands knocked off subsequently. We even saw an ad for one for sale recently - "Child of Prague, In great condition, 150 euro, no offers, head broken."

So you can see, the head being broken off obviously was compulsory, or they wouldn't have described it as being in great condition.

4 comments:

Quirky Apple said...

What a lovely place, and yes, I have never seen an Child of Prague statue undamaged...it was all that leaving hem in he garden to make sure it didn't rain for a wedding hat did it Im sure.

caroglo said...

Who is Oigh Giolla? I think it is associated with good luck, the broken head of the child of prague statue.

Snag Breac said...

Oigh I'm not sure of the meaning, but Giolla means servant... He's the man of the minute down there anyway!

Good luck - I wouldn't be surprised. You wouldn't want it to be bad luck else everyone in the country is doomed!

Cruachan AĆ­ Heritage Centre said...

More through the community visitor centre at www.Rathcroghan.ie if anyone is interested :)