CREEVAGHBAUN HOLY WELL

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The Creevaghbaun Holy Well near Tuam in County Galway, is dedicated to St. Bridget, one of the patron saints of Ireland, and is believed to date back to 1710, according to some hard to decipher text under a carved effigy of a woman, possibly St. Bridget, on the inner face of the wall opposite the well entrance.

The well is enclosed by a mortared stone wall that has an internal bench and a south facing entrance. The well is surrounded by a 2 metre high circular wall and is situated around 10 metres away from an alleged sweathouse, a small stone structure that was used as an ancient sauna or a cure for various ailments.

The well is full of water weed and areas of water, and it is said that people used to come here to pray and seek healing from St. Bridget. The well was also a site of pilgrimage on February 1st, the feast day of St. Bridget, when people would perform rituals such as walking around the well three times, dipping their fingers in the water, and leaving offerings such as coins, pins, or rags.

The Creevaghbaun Holy Well is a fascinating example of the rich religious and cultural heritage of Ireland, and a testament to the devotion and faith of the people who have visited it over the centuries. It is also a peaceful and scenic spot where you can enjoy the beauty of nature and feel connected to the past.

The well is open to the public and free to access, but please be respectful of the site and its surroundings.

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Creevaghbaun Holy Well

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