Rest House, Balla

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Near the Holy Well in Balla, there are the remains of an old Rest House. It was used to house pilgrims throughout the 19th century.  The pilgrimage took place from August 15th to September 18th  The Rest House was also a refuge for the blind or ill.

In the house, there were once two little pillars, of mason work, on top of which are two small stone crosses with inscriptions on them dated back to 1733.  Both inscriptions are written in English and underneath them are the words ‘Sub tuum presidium fugimus, sancta dei genitrix’, meaning ‘Under your protection, we fly, Holy Mother of God’.

In the Stone walls of the Rest House, during spring and summer, there is a plant in bloom known as St Patrick’s Cabbage, which normally blooms in alpine areas.