Sunday, 5 January, 2014

The ancient Christian settlement of Toureen Peacaun in Country Tipperary dates from 650 AD. Near the stone cell where the hermit saint once did dwell there’s a holy well and water from it is said to provide a cure for burns and protection against drowning. To visit this other-worldly site, one has to cross a railway track, enter a farmyard replete with hens and ducks, proceed along a lane attended by a mountain stream and decipher some peculiar local signage. Apart from the gurgling water, only the lonesome wind can be heard here.


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