Lach­taín’s holy wells re­open af­ter ren­o­va­tion

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Pet O’Con­nell

Two an­cient holy wells which lay over­grown for decades are now ac­ces­si­ble to the public once more, thanks to the ef­forts of a com­mu­nity group.

To­bar Lach­taín con­tains two wells just inches apart, cut into a rock near the vil­lage of Réidh na nDoirí in Cork’s Múscraí Gaeltacht, their wa­ter re­puted to be a cure for eye ail­ments. It was once a well-at­tended holy site where pil­grims did the ‘rounds’ in sim­i­lar cus­tom to prayer rit­u­als at nearby Gougane Barra and Baile Mhúirne.

Though a pop­u­lar site of pil­grim­age and prayer within liv­ing mem­ory, the wells, ded­i­cated to 6th cen­tury saint Lach­taín, had fallen into dis­use un­til re­cent ren­o­va­tion work by de­vel­op­ment group Coiste For­bartha Réidh na nDoirí. An open-air Mass will mark the re­open­ing of the holy wells this Sun­day at 3pm and the site is now ac­ces­si­ble via a drive­way, with sign­posts on the L3402 Béal Átha ’n Ghaorthaidh road. Shut­tle buses will be avail­able.

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