Tom Cliffe came to the Grotto at 5:00pm with his mother and accompanied by his cousin Barry Buckley aged 11
Shortly after some prayers Our Lady appeared to both boys. First they noticed the gown on the statue blowing as in the wind, and then a crown appeared on Our Lady’s head, with golden hair flowing to the shoulders. People were talking and children running around. Our Blessed Lady said through the boys BEHAVE. But when the people did not Our Blessed Lady again said BEHAVE When the people did not heed her, the boys said tears flowed from her eyes and splashed on the ground. The boys said that Our Blessed Lady was crying.
The people nearby realised something was happening and asked the boys why Our Blessed Lady was crying. Our Blessed Lady said I WANT PRAYER
People started saying the rosary. The boys could see the lips and fingers of Our Lady moving in prayer. When the rosary was finished the boys heard Our Blessed Lady continue with the Hail Holy Queen. All joined in to the end of the prayers, afterwards they heard Our Blessed Lady say THANK YOU
Shortly after this the boys got two biblical visions. The first was that of Our Blessed Lady standing in a line with six Apostles on each side of her.
Then Tom got the second biblical vision.
Our divine Lord and the apostles were sitting around a table in a big room. Outside in the streets were beggars and some people sweeping with brooms and dogs barking. It was a long table with Our Divine Lord at the top. Our Divine Lord had his finger up and seemed to be lecturing one of the apostles. This frightened Tom, as he thought Our Divine Lord was giving out to him, and Tom felt he was actually in the room and began to cry. Our Blessed Lady reappeared and said to Barry TELL TOM TO STOP CRYING . As Tom looked up she said BE HAPPY and then as he was slowly recovering, she said, BE HAPPY, TOM He then looked up again and smiled.
The boys were dressed in t-shirts and were feeling cold several times. Each time Our Blessed Lady sent down a warm breeze for a few seconds which kept them warm for up to half an hour. It was now about seven in the evening and Mrs. Cliffe said that they would have to go home. The boys noticed that this saddened Our Lady. Mrs. Cliffe said to tell Our Lady that they would come back. Our Lady smiled.
Shortly after 8:00pm the boys returned to the Grotto. Both their mothers were with them. As they settled on the seat Our Blessed Lady appeared. Ursula joined them shortly afterwards. She told the boys to ask Our Lady how long she would stay. Our Lady replied A WHILE . Somebody else also asked through the boys whether other people would see her. She replied, IN TIME
A large crowd had now gathered and the Rosary was been recited.
Our Blessed Lady was up at the top of the Grotto where the statue is – standing at the top of a flight of steps. She said I HAVE A MESSAGE . Then she walked down the steps towards the boys. She wore a white robe and blue sash and brown sandals on her feet. Her golden hair was flowing to her shoulders and she wore one red rose in her hair. The steps were of brown clay and multi-coloured roses of all sizes, some very large, at both sides of the steps. At the bottom of the steps she turned to her left a few paces from the waters edge in front of the boys and said, MY MESSAGE IS PEACE AND PRAYER – TELL THE PEOPLE THAT THE WATER IS BLESSED . Our Blessed Lady was very close to the boys with her arms stretched out.
Tom put out his hand to touch her, but she said NO . She walked back up the steps again and turning at the top said: GOD IS ANGRY WITH THE WORLD. THE PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO IMPROVE AND PRAY. MY MESSAGE IS FOR ALL THE PEOPLE OF GODS CHURCH. THE PEOPLE HAVE TEN YEARS TO IMPROVE AND PRAY AND IF NOT THEN THIS IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN
They received this vision.
The stream in front of the boys turned into a river and the railings into a dam. To the boys left, where the people in the Grotto were standing, appeared a village of huts and beyond it men were building a three decked boat, which the boys recognised as Noahs Ark. One of the men, whom they took to be Noah, was a short fat man, white hair and no beard, chubby face and wearing old baggy, worn clothes. One of the boards which was being curbed to the slope of the boat, sprung out and knocked one of the men backwards. To the extreme left of the boys was a church. Some people were taking furniture out of the church and making gates and carts out of it. People were jeering at Noah. Other people were building the dam higher. Stones were being brought to the dam in roughly built carts – a few boards on the floor and rough creel in front, pulled by some ox like animals. One of the wheels of a cart came loose and the wheel fell off, much to the boys amusement. Many animals, large and small, were entering the Ark, up a ramp at the side. There seemed to be two of each animal – elephants, hippopotami, even chickens. A man on a horse was pulling a giraffe by a rope, another pushing from behind. The wind and the rain came. People were trying to make the dam higher. All the animals were in the Ark by this time. The small animals on the bottom deck, and the big animals on the top. Noah and his family were in the middle deck – Noah, his wife, two other couples and two teenage children. When Noah had the ramp closed he went to the back of the Ark to look at the dam. A crack came in the dam and it split in two. The water hit the Ark and it went flying in the air, It landed back in the water again. The people remaining in the village were swept away. But the waters kept rising and came up over the mountains and all were drowned.
Shortly afterwards someone asked through the boys, Why was there so much suffering in Ethiopia? Our Lady replied, IT IS THE CRUELTY OF THE WORLD . Someone else asked if the moving statue phenomenon was only happening in Ireland. ONLY IN IRELAND was the reply. Both boys had the following visions:
(a) Our Divine Lord clothed in dark robe, off the left shoulder turned sideways, exposing his left side with whip marks and holes in his hands.
(b) Our Blessed Lady with the cross in front and slightly below her. She had her two hands on the arm of the cross. A dark cloud overhung this vision.
(c) Our divine Lord wearing a red robe, the crown of thorns on his head.
As the boys arose to leave the Grotto, Our Blessed Lady said. GOOD BYE and repeated this as they departed.
When Our Lady spoke she usually appeared head and shoulders only but very clear and large a young tanned face, blue eyes, golden hair blowing as in the wind. Other times she appeared full length as when she came down to the waters edge.