Lachtaín’s holy wells reopen after renovation
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.