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Old woman at Doon Well, Kilmacrenan, Donegal (1860-1883)

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Caption   Old woman at Doon Well, Kilmacrenan, Donegal (1860-1883)
Description   An old woman sits behind Doon Well in Kilmacrenan, County Donegal, circa 1860-1883. This well, reputedly established by a Lector O'Friel, is famous for its cures. Vigils are held at Doon Well on New Year's Eve and on May Eve.

Holy wells were probably sacred places in pre-Christian Ireland. When Christianity came to Ireland, it used many sites previously associated with pagan worship and the wells became associated with particular Christian saints.  
Collection   RTÉ Murtagh Collection  
Date of photograph   01/Jan/1860 - 31/Dec/1883
(01/Jan/1860 - 31/Dec/1883)  
Rights holder   RTÉ  
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