One More Island Reflection

A short post today. But I want to share one more story from Joe McGowan’s book, Island Voices. This one from Dan Brady about his experiences with the holy well water. Enjoy!

We had two boats, one was the St. Mary, we did a lot of herring fishing in her, and the other was the St. Anne. My father always had a bottle of holy water in the bow, the water came from Tobar na Corach. Every one on the island believed in the well. Everyone! It calmed the sea. Although the water mightn’t calm the seas right away they would be calm later, or the next day. There’s one thing the islanders would never do is make fun of anything of a religious nature. Never, ever! They were very sincere when it came to those things.