Celebrating holy wells - and the gift of water
IRISH people have a long tradition of praying at holy wells, with around 3,000 thought to be found in our countryside.
Sunday June 18 has become national holy wells day, with the group Loving Sister Earth appealing for it to become an opportunity to appreciate and care for water, that most precious of resources.
"Clean water is a great gift. By drinking polluted water millions of people are becoming sick; without water living things are withering and dying; droughts are creating barren deserts," say the Loving Sister Earth team (www.lovingsisterearth.com), adding: "The time to save Planet Earth is now."
And if you cannot make it to a holy well, they suggest turning on a tap at home for a moment and "give thanks for the water and reflect on what you can do to protect it".