I admit, even in my atheistic post-Catholic brain-state,
to a certain obsession with statues of The Blessed Virgin Mary,
which are ubiquitous in Ireland. We encountered her
in roadside shrines, at holy wells, in gift shops.
And that's it -- an obsession, without any philosophical
rants or reasons or explanations.
BVM on the road to Rosmoney:
BVM at St. Patrick's holy well, in rain:
A bounty of BVM's in a gift shop at the shrine in Knock:
Ring of Kerry BVM:
Not the BVM, but a saint (Bridget? [Gidget?])) in North Mayo: