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Discover Bere Island's Pilgrim's Pathway

Helen Riddell
Bere Island Projects Group

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the construction of the Bere Island Holy Year Cross, a large stone cross which stands on the island’s highest point. The cross was funded and built by the island people at home and away to commemorate the Holy Year of 1950. Just below the Holy Year Cross is St Michael’s Holy Well, which is said to cure ailments of the eyes. Located in the same town land is the St Michael's Church and adjoining graveyard. The graveyard also contains a number of British Commonwealth War graves. The history and construction of the Holy Year cross, folklore associated with St Michael’s Well, and the history of the island church will be documented and presented on the Bere Island website and the story of these sites told via a special programme on Bere Island Community Radio which will be broadcast during National Heritage Week. A podcast will be made available. The three sites listed are part of an island loop walk, visitors to the island during National Heritage Week will be provided with details to walk this pilgrim route from the Holy Well, to the Holy Year Cross and onto the island church themselves.

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