This is a Wishing Tree in Killary Harbour in Galway’s Connemara that I stumbled across while touring the region. I just love the symbolism of these trees where people for centuries have been tying pieces of ribbons or some other small personal items as an offering to the local saint or goddess in the hope that their dreams and wishes, blessings or solace would be fulfilled.
It is so moving to see the flashes of vibrant ribbons and personal effects fluttering in the wind representing the hopes of so many. There is something truly special in the air around these trees and whether you believe in their magic or not — I certainly do (!) — you do sense that this place is scared and revered and trust that the people who have visited before you have received their wishes and blessings and have found what they are looking for…
Niamh, www.tourireland.com — Clontarf, Dublin – Ireland
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