2004, 52 minutes. TG4
Every year many thousands of people visit Holy Wells around Ireland. Some are large national gatherings and others small and very local. People visit these wells for a variety of reasons – some because it’s tradition, just as their parents and grandparents did before them while others go in times of need, searching for comfort or cures. This film visits some extraordinary locations, recording a living tradition that predates the arrival of Christianity on this island. On our journey we drop in on many interesting places and characters finding out what cures or other benefits they find and get a sense of what role Holy Wells have in modern Ireland.
In Association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board
Editor – Cúán Mac Conghail
Music – Stephen Rennicks
Camera- Ronán Fox
Researcher- Muireann De Barra
Producers – Martha O’Neill and Adrian McCarthy
Director – Anna Rackard and Adrian McCarthy
Directed with eagle-eyed flair by Anna Rackard and Adrian McCarthy this is a slick but humane film.