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Ciaran's Well

Ciaran's Well and the High Crosses are roughly 5 km from the town in the direction of Oldcastle. St Ciaran (fl. C8 and perhaps biographer of St. Patrick) founded a monastery on the site. The Crosses were apparently markers for the boundary of the site. Nowadays there is a festival on the first Sunday in August to celebrate the curative power of the water from Ciaran's Well. Though the festival is much reduced in the amount of ballyhoo surrounding it, nonetheless people may still be seen taking the water on this day.The waters are believed to be most efficacious at that time.

Differnt areas of the well have different curative powers. Drinking the water, as above, is said to heal ailments of the throat. Lower down the stream, the water is said to cure problems with the feet and ankles. Elsewhere there is a stream for healing backs. The Festival formerly featured sideshows and other events but those are mercifully absent nowadays.Whether it works or not ? Seems to, by times.

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