THE reputed healing powers of a renowned west Kerry well are to be explored in a TG4 documentary to be aired at the end of October.
Produced by West Kerry production company Sibéal Teo, 'Gleann na nGealt' delves deep into the intriguing history of Tobar na nGealt - an ancient well near Camp village that is said to to have miraculous healing powers.
For centuries mentally ill people travelled from all over Ireland and further afield to the well in search of a cure, with the earliest written references to Tobar na nGealt dating back to 1584.
In the documentary, psychiatrist Dr Rose Shinkwin, local residents Brigid O'Connor and Dr Páidí Ó Domhnaill, West Kerry author Dairena Ní Chinnéide and scientist Henry Lyons revisit some of these stories, grapple with the sensitive subject of mental illness, and finally decide to look at the mineral content of the well water in search of a possible answer.
Retired chemistry professor and Head of Development at IT Tralee, Dr Henry Lyons also offers his views on the well's possible curative powers.
Dr Rose Shinkwin, meanwhile, explores how the curative properties of the well water at Gleann na nGealt first become known and what led its local residents to open their doors and homes to the steady stream of people who turned up in their community desperately seeking a cure.
Gleann na nGealt will air on TG4 on Sunday, October 28 at 9.30pm or Monday, October 29 at 8pm.