I had some job keeping the rain off my lens for these photos, and the wind was something else. As I entered the church grounds clutching my camera to me, a man hurrying towards his car gave me a look that implied that I was completely bonkers.
He was probably right. And not just because of the photos.
Clonbeg Church, Glen of Aherlow
Clonbeg Church was built in the 1800s and is Church of Ireland. The graveyard is both Catholic and Church of Ireland. Within the church grounds, the remains of an old medieval church can be seen and are covered almost entirely in ivy.
There are some beautiful headstones dating back to the 1700s.
Behind the church is St. Sedna’s healing well. St. Sedna founded the original Clonbeg parish site and the water from the well is rumoured to cure eye ailments.
If the photo below is blurred it’s because everything was going mad in the wind, including myself.
As everyone who is familiar with these healing wells knows, it is customary to tie a piece of clothing beside the well that belongs to the person seeking a cure. The hawthorn tree at St. Sedna’s well is covered with all sorts of bits and bobs, but mainly socks! It seems like a good way to get rid of all the odd socks lying around and obtain a blessing at the same time. I wonder if there are double blessings for a matching pair.
This was as close to the well as I got. The ground was really marshy and I didn’t fancy sliding into the thing, despite the fact that I could have done with a bit of divine intervention over the last couple of weeks. I made a mental note to return with a decoration for the tree the next time I’m in Aherlow.