Still a well of optimism at St Brigid's
The cold start to spring didn't deter pilgrims from all around the country taking part in the annual pilgrimage to St Brigid's Well in Liscannor, Co Clare, yesterday.
It is among at least 15 holy wells dedicated to Ireland's second-most revered saint after Saint Patrick.
Pilgrims traditionally attend an open-air Mass on the feast day held on February 1 and visit the well where they leave various personal tokens, believing it will cure a loved one who is ill or keep them safe.
The faithful believe they will be particularly blessed by drinking from the well on the eve or day of her feast.
Eamon Ward's photograph shows Tommy Sherlock, from Ennis, visiting St Brigid's Well yesterday.