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Shrines and Holy Wells abound in Ireland, particularly in the West of Ireland. In the 19th century it was estimated there were three thousand, the highest number in Europe. The first three images were made at St. Brigid's Holy Well in Liscannor, County Clare. The other images are from various shrines we found as we traveled about. The roots of these shrines and wells are in the pre-Christian pagan era but some of these holy sites continue to be part of the religious life of Christian Ireland, particularly in the month of May.

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