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St. Fachtna's Holy Well & fulacht fias

St. Fachtna's Holy Well & fulacht fias

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Location: Clare, Munster, Ireland

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  • AltheGnome

    This is an "eye well"- in other words a holy well providing general cures and more specifically cures for eye ailments. It is the most common type of holy well in Ireland, and one of two on this looped walk.
    A flulacht fia is a kind of steam-based cooking pit from the pre-medieval period.

    • August 23, 2019

  • The history of St. Fachtna's Holy Well goes back centuries. Saint Fachtna, also known as Fachanan, was an Irish saint who lived in the 6th century. He founded the Church of Ross Carbery in Cork and is venerated in the Catholic Church as the patron saint of Rosscarbery and the Bishopric of Ross. The shrine that bears his name is a sacred well that has long been visited by locals to pray for health and well-being.The walk to St Fachtna's Holy Well starts near Carron, a picturesque village in the heart of the Burren. The walk is a beautiful and varied route that leads through hills, forests and meadows. There are numerous impressive views of the stunning Burren landscape and surrounding mountains along the way.When you finally reach the sanctuary, you are greeted by a serene and spiritual atmosphere. The fountain itself is surrounded by stone masonry and adorned with wildflowers. A small chapel building and a cross remind of the spiritual importance of this place.There is also an old stone well that locals still visit today to pray for health and well-being. The water is clean and fresh and is believed by many people to have healing powers.

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    • February 25, 2023

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