Cormac’s Coast

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Private guided walking tours along Ireland’s Atlantic coast: Cliffs of Moher, Burren, Slieve League. Zoology, Marine Biology, Geology, Botany & Local history

Hello there. My name is Cormac McGinley and here’s a little background information about me and what I do. 

I grew up in the small fishing and farming community of Teelin, County Donegal on Irelands North West Atlantic coast, under the shadow of Slieve League – some of Europes highest sea cliffs. Ours was a fishing family in Donegal. My father’s family were from small uninhabited islands off the Atlantic coast and my mother was reared in Derry.

I studied Zoology, Marine Biology, some geology and paeleontology at Aberdeen University Scotland. I also traveled extensively and still do any chance I get.

I spent 5 weeks at Gerald Durrell’s world famous Jersey Zoo studying endangerd animals and their reintroduction.

• 11 years as a Ranger at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre.

• Worked as the education officer at the cliffs of moher visitor centre, setting up their education and conservation programmes and providing information on flora and fauna in their award winning exhibition area.

• Was responsible for most of their specialist tours (everything from university groups to v.i.p.s and royalty), training up staff at the visitor centre on flora, fauna and geology for delivering tours and answering guests questions.

• Was involved in assisting with the set up of the “Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark.

I have extensive touring experience and specialise in delivering high level content on Fauna, Flora, Geology and History and Heritage of the Cliffs of Moher and Burren area.

Ireland Sacred Water

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Keri Sherlock

In 2015 Keri designed a collection of sacred vessels inspired by her love, interest and fascination with the use of sacred water throughout Ireland’s history. There are hundreds of holy wells scattered throughout Ireland’s landscape, regularly maintained and still used by locals. The water rituals and the holy sites are something to behold and a visit would be encouraged to all. It is a thrilling adventure in locating and finding the Holy Wells, similar to a treasure hunt there are stories of legend and hidden trinkets to be discovered.Keri introduced a number of beautifully handmade water containers to contain collected sacred Irish water. These charming keepsake items make the perfect gift, a token of spiritual Ireland. The handmade clay bottles are glazed beautifully. If requested they can be filled with sacred water from a Holy Well in Ireland or blessed water from a sacred site. By definition sacred water is not for sale, the water is a gift adding a special value to the items.“Holy Wells” and sacred waters in Ireland hold a unique role as a symbol of the Irish culture and a connection with the natural environment. The holy well tradition is believed to date back to the pre-Christian era when they had deities and performed ceremonies at the springs. The well water itself is extremely important. Particular minerals and elements have been found at a number of sites, due to the water coming up from deep underground, springing from the earth in its purest form. The spring waters of Ireland have always been and are still being collected and used for blessings, protection and cure.Each ceramic bottles (9cm x 6cm ) is packaged beautifully and would make a lovely token, souvenir or gift. Accompanying the items is a small information leaflet describing the sacred site and the background to this Irish tradition.

Ripple Effect Ireland

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Highlighting how seaswimming can have a positive impact on many aspects of your life including #wellbeing

The Ripple Effect Ireland was set up on 2021 with the intention of spreading the good word about sea swimming and its benefits. We wanted to highlight that sea swimming not only impacts the person swimming but also how it can massively benefit other areas of their lives. Everyone has their own thing they take from sea swimming and if our page can inspire even just one person to take the plunge then the ripple effect of that spreads throughout. Sea swimming is a brilliant community of like minded people.

Ancient & Holy Wells of Ireland

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A Historic Well is a well or spring where there is a tradition or history surrounding it.Wells have been very important to the Irish for various reasons.There is a strong tradition of veneration of water (hydrology), or association with religious or magical experience in the form of Holy or Sacred Wells/Springs.

There has also been a tradition of visiting certain wells for their health benefits, whether they be the ‘tangible’ benefits received from Iron, Sulphurous (etc) Spa Wells, or other health benefits received from the Holy Wells.The original tradition associated with the veneration of wells is thought to have originated several thousand years ago in pre-Christian times, and many exist now through the re-dedication of them to Christian Saints, although their form may have been considerably altered.

Ireland is said to possess approx 3,000 Holy Wells on the island, but this is not defined. We believe that there are many more, as a considerable amount are unrecorded. There are many less Spa Wells, and an indeterminable amount of domestic wells with a history or tradition attached.This group is to assist in the documenting of all Historic Well sites in Ireland. 

Holy Wells of Cork & Kerry

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There are approximately 357 holy wells in County Cork at the last count (Archaeological Inventory of Cork). A few are still the site of pilgrimage, others receive occasional visitors and some are neglected, forgotten or have even disappeared. Some are tiny indents in natural stones, others have imposing wellhouses and some are fern-strewn basins hidden in the undergrowth. All have their stories to tell and individually and collectively provide a fascinating glimpse into a way of life and set of beliefs that are steadily disappearing. Once every community would have had at least one well which was revered and visited for its healing qualities.

I set out on St Bridget’s Day 2016 to discover the state of the county’s holy wells and to record what I found. Three years later I have visited around 300 wells (the remaining 50 are mainly classified as no visible trace). Roughly speaking, one third have gone, one third are inactive and one third are still revered. But what an astonishing variety remain and what adventures have been had on the way.

Women of the Water

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Our Mission

Women around the world have protected, tended and loved the Waters of Mother Earth for generations.  It is our sacred honor that many have forgotten. It is a vital role in living in harmony with the natural world.  All are invited to restore their connection with the Water.  

Women of the Water seeks to connect women across the world and to inspire every woman to take time out for herself and her community to tend the well-being of the water.

All is Well

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Rebuilding Community through the wells

We in Ireland recognise and celebrate our rich heritage in Holy Wells. This is a project to discover, and caretake our primary source water through our interaction with the holy wells. We aim to give back to this wonderful island we live on.

What we do

PURIFICATION: We use natural organic methods to purify the water and bring these wells back to a potable water source, as well as provide education and community building support around these heritage sites.

COMMUNITY: We believe the wells to be great community resource and aim to aid each community to find their own pride and creativity show through the wells.

HISTORY: Each well tells a rich tale, from is history in building, they it’s local histories and the cores, rounds beliefs around each of these wells. We endeavour to collect local lore about each well.

DATABASE: We are beginning to form a database of wells country wide.

EDUCATION: We provide workshops in:

  • Methods to clean Wells
  • Customs and Beliefs around Wells
  • The Path of Christian Saints
  • Water for Health
  • The Myth of Wells

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