John Magee, Drumlougher, an octogenarian remembers the station at St. Patrick’s Well, Bellaleenan on the last Sunday ( Domhnach Sunday) of July each year. Before ever he took part in it, John had seen his father go there year after year. John Magee, Senior, went off bright and early to the well on Domhnach Sunday. He said his own set of prayers, the Our Father and three Hail Marys, followed by the Apostles Creed, while standing beside the well. He then formed his special intention or petition and having passed it on to God and St. Patrick his final act was to tie a knot of rushes- five or six rushes would make a knot (no use trying to make a knot out of one rush) and the knotted bunch of rushes was left standing there. Then back home went John, milked his cows and after a little tidying up he was off on a three mile walk to ten o’ clock Mass in Kildoagh Church.
His son, John continued the practice. He went there as a young man, did the station and remained with his peers to have a good evening’s enjoyment. When John Dolan and Freddie Brown arrived with their accordion and fiddle there were many there ‘to take the floor’ on the Bellaleenan roads and an enjoyable evening followed. Bellaleenan Bridge was a favourite spot for the dancing- sets, waltzes and Highland Flings. If the weather was unsuitable there was always a welcome in Sonnie Dolan’s house. So it was ‘On with the dance, let joy be unconfined’. And what a gathering was there! Three parishes would have come together. The boys and girls of Corlough and Aughawillam joined with those of Templeport for an evening’s enjoyment.
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