Nowhere is history and legend more interwoven than in the west of Ireland. Here the ancient raths – the mounds and stone circles where the pre-Christian people worshipped the old gods – are treated with the same respect as the holy wells, where people still go to be healed of different ailments. Here in Mayo, the historical figure of St Patrick – brought to Ireland from Wales as a slave – battled the old gods and personally met with the queen of the Tuatha de Danaan.
A brooding landscape
A tree growing from a Holy Well. Visitors looking for favours usually leave something on the tree.
A collapsed Court tomb in use over a thousand years before the Christian era by the side of the road.