Holy Wells throughout the Celtic world are dedicated to different goddesses and saints, many of whose waters are thought to be curative of various ailments.
Around the Holy wells you will often see votive offerings like prayer beads, charms, tokens, ribbons and food to honor and offer prayers, devotion and intercessions, all relayed by the millions of pilgrimages whom visit these sacred place.
The “dressing of wells” with branches and flower, would take place during major seasons and calendar event changes. These Holy wells offer life giving hope, renewed healing properties and a spiritual connection to our deities and nature.
Many centuries old, they are often beside a Mass Rock (a place where Holy mass and prayers were offered) or a sanctuary or church, which was built beside or nearby.
See also: St. Brigid’s Well