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St. Berrihert's Well - Hidden

At the feet of the Galtee Mountains in County Tipperary 170 meters east of the holy St. Berrihert's Kyle there lies a hidden well. It's 1.5 meters deep and 20 meters across.

St. Berrihert's Well - Adventure

It's an adventure to get to the well. Thereīs a barbed wire fence to cross - careful, careful ... and then you will find yourself stuck in the bog, in the midst of some cows ... could be a bull even, so make sure to figure out the gender, before you walk on ... then there's a stream to cross and you will get wet feet. Actually it wasn't even possible to jump over, it was like a wildwater-adventure to walk through.

Images of Ireland - Glen of Aherlow - St. Berrihert's Well
Images of Ireland - Glen of Aherlow - St. Berrihert's Well

St. Berrihert's Well - Temple

Under a group of trees and bushes with another fence around and a gate lies the holy place of sacred water, nature's temple. As you can see, the Holy Spirit (or St. Berrihert) is dancing above the water.

St. Berrihert's Well - Prayer

People leave pieces of cloth and ribbon in the trees and bushes as a reminder that others have prayed here too.

Images of Ireland - Glen of Aherlow - St. Berrihert's Well
Images of Ireland - Glen of Aherlow - St. Berrihert's Well

St. Berrihert's Well - Pilgrim

A pilgrim's path encircles the pond. It is said, pilgrims should walk the path three times, slowly, while whispering their prayer.

St. Berrihert's Well - Questions

The prayer would sink deeper and deeper into the soul, and in the deepest ground an eager pilgrim will find the answers to his questions.

Images of Ireland - Glen of Aherlow - St. Berrihert's Well
Images of Ireland - Glen of Aherlow - St. Berrihert's Well

St. Berrihert's Well - Answers

This being done, the mind and soul lies as open and clear as the St. Berrihert's Well.

St. Berrihert's Well - Ground

In summer the water is quite clear and you can see to the very ground.

Images of Ireland - Glen of Aherlow - St. Berrihert's Well
Images of Ireland - Glen of Aherlow - St. Berrihert's Well

St. Berrihert's Well - 18.February

Actually thereīs still a pilgrimage each year on
18. February
, organized by a lady who lives nearby. A mass is held in her house afterwards. Her son knows the area like his own home, a very openminded fellow of 13 years.

St. Berrihert's Well - Healing

This boy can tell many stories about the healing power of the water and how his father cures the farm-animals with success. It is said the water cures burns and scalds, the boy said itīs good for the eyes. There are cups hanging in the trees. To taste this water is a very special act of trust in God. I drank two times, one time the result was horrible, the next time I felt really refreshed. But both times it was an inner touch of the well's power.

Images of Ireland - Glen of Aherlow - St. Berrihert's Well
Images of Ireland - Glen of Aherlow - St. Berrihert's Well

St. Berrihert's Well - Meditation

The water is coming up from the ground with big bubbles. Just to sit there and watch the spots of white sand, which are moving and whirling around, is a wonderful meditation for the seeker.

St. Berrihert's Well - Circles

Concentric circles of water reach out to the place where the visitor stands, touched by the wonders of this world. It's not a breathtaking place like the
Gap of Dunloe or the Cliffs of Moher, but in itīs humble silence a place that can help to find the way back to who you are ment to be.

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