LADYWELL

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Ladywell is a holy well located in Abbey village near Portumna in County Galway. This well is associated with the nearby Kilnalahan friary, a medieval monastery founded by the Franciscans in the 14th century. It is believed that the well was used by the monks of the monastery for their daily needs and rituals.

The well is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and is believed to have healing properties. Pilgrims have been visiting the well for centuries, especially between August 15th, which is the feast of the Assumption of Mary, and September 8th, which is the feast of her Nativity. During these days, pilgrims perform rounds of prayer and penance around the well, often bare-footed and fasting. Some pilgrims also leave offerings at the well, such as coins, rosaries, medals, or flowers.

The well itself is a natural spring that flows into a stone basin. At the head of the well, there is a statue of Our Lady holding a rosary and a crown of stars. The statue was erected in 1954 to commemorate the Marian Year declared by Pope Pius XII. The statue is surrounded by flowers and candles, creating a peaceful and devotional atmosphere.

The well is not only a place of religious worship, but also a place of historical and cultural interest. The well is located near the ruins of Kilnalahan friary, which was once a thriving religious community that played an important role in the history of Galway. 

The well and the friary are both part of the heritage of Galway and Ireland. They are testimonies of the faith and resilience of the people who lived and died here. They are also sources of inspiration and hope for those who seek spiritual guidance and healing.

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Ladywell

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