Stradbally.  The Mass Rock

Stradbally. The Mass Rock

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Have you ever been asked to close your eyes and imagine a peaceful place?   Well the Mass Rock, deep in the Oughaval (Oakvale) wood is such a place.  Although well signed posted now, it must have been very difficult to find when the people gathered there to attend mass back in the late 17<sup>th</sup> century.    If you are lucky enough to have your first view of it with sunlight slanting through the tall ancient trees, you will never forget it.  We are trying here to capture a sense of place.  Words don’t always work.  A single image either.  It is serene, peaceful, spiritual.  It smells of wood and weeds. The light is soft. The sound is silence.  The tall trees around you are as magnificent as the roof of any cathedral where people congregate to worship.

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