I was thinking of this visit to Brigid’s wells as we celebrated her feast last night, and blessed ourselves with water collected 4 1/2 years ago.
On our way from the west to the east of Ireland, we stopped in Kildare, the town which was home to St. Brigid, one of the patron saints of Ireland and, according to the stories, an abbess who founded a monastery in 5th and 6th century. Many stories link her to the older goddess Brigid, goddess of smithcraft, poetry, and healing. We had read that there were two Brigid’s wells in Kildare–one now designated for the saint, and a pagan well still associated with the goddess. Apparently, the pagan well wasn’t advertised, but we had read that it could be found near the parking lot of the Japanese Gardens/Irish National Stud. So we set out to find it.
On the way, close by, we saw a sign for St. Brigid’s well and found that one. People come to the Brigid’s wells for the healing properties of their waters…
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