Once upon a time there was a country called Ireland and a long, long time ago (actually it was 1985) something very strange happened. Now as soon as you mention very strange you get my attention.
This was an Ireland, pre Celtic Tiger when life for many local people was very often a simple one revolving around small communities and a strong faith, none of this craic (and no, it’s not spelled crack or krack or any other way it’s actually Irish) nonsense in those days. Imagine then, the turmoil created when a seven year old girl from Asdee, County Kerry by the name of Elisabeth Flynn saw Madonna move. No, not THAT Madonna but a local statue of THE Madonna.
Her brother, sister and a gaggle of local school children all claimed similar experiences ,and by midsummer, the whole nation was experiencing enough vapours to claim to be seeing moving Madonnas left right and centre. Poor woman, all that moving around at her age! Where’s the justice.
Of course, the church had a view on events and devoutly proclaimed through a Msgr Dermot O’Sullivan that ‘moving statues’ of Asdee would not be accepted as a miracle by the Roman Catholic Church until all other possible explanations had been thoroughly checked out’. Well that’s OK then, its good to know that the RC church does check some things thoroughly.
Not content with Asdee in County Kerry things began to heat up as reports of other sitings around the country began to mount up. It seems that there was hardly a street side shrine that was immune to the movements, and if you know Ireland you’ll know that’s a ton of shrines, and if you don’t know, short of counting them, you’ll have to believe me. The summer progressed with sitings in locations such as Ballinspittle where 40 people reported seeing the statue move and the following day a local police officer, Sergeant John Murray, reported seeing the statue shake. Well John, that makes it definitely true then. If she was shaking perhaps she’d caught a chill the night before?
Perhaps the most telling comment came from Asdee Mum, Denise Lynch who told how the visitors came in their thousands………
So what was this all about? Was 1985 the year of Madonna Mania? Well it might well have been as she did storm the Live Aid show in Philadelphia with an amazing rendition of her song Holiday , check this out, love the intro Bette
Hey girl – some pipes even then.
Perhaps it wasn’t Madonna Mania of this sort, maybe it really was Her making her presence felt or then there was Denise Lynch and her thousands of visitors. I wonder if there was any link between the moving Madonnas and a need to attract as many visitors as possible? Oh well, Happy Holidays folks.