“Holy Wells” in Ireland hold a unique role as symbols of the Irish culture and a connection with the natural environment. The holy well tradition is believed to date back to the pre-Christian era when they had deities and performed ceremonies at the springs. The well water itself is extremely important. Particular minerals and elements have been found at a number of sites, due to the water coming up from deep underground, springing from the earth in its purest form. The spring waters of Ireland have always been and are still being collected and used for blessings, protection and cure.
Each glass vial contains water from the local Holy Well, Saint Brigid's Well, Shanagarry, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. This well commemorates the visit of St Bridget to the area, around 500 A.D. Bridget moved some stones from the ground, and a well sprang up where the stones had been. A life-size statue of the saint has been placed beside the well.
‘Rounds’ (circling the statue while reciting prayers) are made and a ‘Pattern’ (devotion) is held there annually on February 1st, St Bridget’s Day, which is celebrated world wide. Many visit St Bridget's temple in Kildare, Ireland on this ancient sacred day called "Imbolic", which marks the beginning of spring.
St Bridget is a Celtic triple - goddess, meaning that she represents the three aspects of woman: the young virgin, the nurturing mother, and the wise woman. St. Bridget protects those who call upon her.
The temperature of the this Holly Well well is constant and it is believed to heal sore eyes and other ailments.
Each glass vial is packaged beautifully and would make a lovely token or gift. Accompanying the items is a small information leaflet describing the well site and the background to this Irish tradition.
Postage is €6.90 (registered post)