famous for cures

April 6, 2017

A couple of miles from this village we turned aside to look at an old ruined church of the Ceathair Aluinn (The Four Beautiful Persons), and a holy well near it that is famous for cures of blindness and epilepsy.

As we sat near the well a very old man came up from a cottage near the road, and told me how it had become famous.

‘A woman of Sligo had a son who was born blind, and one night she dreamed that she saw an island with a blessed well in it that could cure her son. She told her dream in the morning, and an old man said it was of Aran she was after dreaming.

‘She brought her son down by the coast of Galway, and came out in a curagh, and landed below where you see a bit of a cove.

‘She walked up then to the house of my father – God rest his soul – and she told them what she was looking for.

‘My father said that there was a well like what she had dreamed of, and that he would send a boy along with her to show her the way.

“There’s no need, at all,” said she; “haven’t I seen it all in my dream?”

‘Then she went out with the child and walked up to this well, and she kneeled down and began saying her prayers. Then she put her hand out for the water, and put it on his eyes, and the moment it touched him he called out: “O mother, look at the pretty flowers!”

John M. Synge
The Aran Islands

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