|CLOGHER CURE STONES
|PHOTO by Pip POWELL
|The fifth century St. Attracta was a highly renowned miracle worker and healer.
Her well here outside Monasteraden, Co. Sligo, is reputed to have cures for various
diseases such as warts. The well is surrounded by a wall on top of which are several
rounded stones cemented into it. Visitors would handle the stones, while women
seeking assistance with childbirth would take a stone home for a period of time.
The local custom was almost forgotten until recently but has been revived and the
fertility aspect of the 'serpent eggs' is now applied in the old ways.