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Wells and Wellbeing – Irish holy wells

Holy wells have been important in Ireland for many centuries, and probably millennia, and continue to be popular sites of local pilgrimage and folklore, but they are also an expression of the groundwater flowing beneath the landscape. A new book by Bruce Misstear, former IAH Secretary General, sets out the science behind holy wells and in groundwater topics more generally, including their importance to society and the potential links between water quality and human health.

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