Here is a project which sounds fascinating, and straightforward to get involved in!
Ireland’s Holy Wells County-by-County is a very exciting project set up and run by Dr. Celeste Ray Professor of Anthropology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Celeste has been carrying out research on Irish holy wells since 2000 and has spent a lot of time researching Ireland wells. The project came about thanks to National Geographic Funding and Celeste is currently in Ireland carrying out fieldwork and research and promoting the National Database to be given to the National Folklore Collection.
Holy well at Ahadagh Co Cork photo by Amanda Clarke
What is Ireland’s Holy Wells County-by-County Project?
Ireland’s Holy Wells County-by-County is a community-sourced survey of Ireland’s holy wells and their associated traditions. This citizen-research initiative encourages young people to interview their older neighbors and relatives and add their knowledge of well lore to a national database that will be given to the National Folklore Collection.
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