County Offaly | Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois

Ferbane Parish

Boora | Ferbane | High Street

The Oratory

The plain Liscannor stone leads us to the Oratory and simple prayer on the door to the blessed Mother beckons us enter. A simple monastic cell-like structure enables us to turn aside for a short while from the passing world. The honesty of the naked stone, the meaningful stained glass and flowing water all lend a quietude to a place of peace and rest and help us to unwind. But we look beyond the stillness to a caring presence to whom we can surrender ourselves in silent meditation. The massive roots of a yew tree enfolding Christ’s risen presence reach out to embrace and to invite embrace. The stark monastic settings are encapsulated in the stained glass, and the holy book resting on the bog oak brings together the present and the past.