Review of Book The Holy Wells of County Clare

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I recently got a copy of The Holy Wells of County  Clare written by Michael Houlihan.  This is a great read and a must have for anyone interested in holy wells or the history of County Clare.
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Clare  has 240 known holy wells, the highest concentration of  holy wells of any county in Ireland, while there has been some research carried out on individual  holy wells or wells within a select geographical area such as the parish, this is the first comprehensive countywide study.

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The book  begins by exploring the origins and antiquity of holy wells.  The author then discusses the  Clare group of wells against the social and historical landscape of the county during 19th century,  charting the rise and fall of the popularity of devotion at wells, their significance to the community  and the slow decline to modern times.

IMG_4356 St Inghean Bhaoith’s holy well at…

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