A site-specific documentary following the performance of a pilgrimage.
Within an ancient crypt carved from interlocking stone arches and marked with graffiti hundreds of years old, St Winfriede’s well is a site of pilgrimage for 40,000 souls every year.
Pilgrims come for the water, considered holy since it sprang forth from the spot where St Winefride was beheaded in AD660 – murdered for her rejection of an amorous advancing Lord.
In 2013, you enter through the gift shop where you can purchase a small plastic bottle marked ‘holy water’. Most visitors come to pump this precious substance into their small bottles and take it home.
The McDonaghs are different. A raucous, sprawling Irish traveller family full of charisma and camaraderie. They are here on a mission.
Legend has it that, for miracles to happen, you must swim the gauntlet through the underwater stone tunnel from the spring’s source to the outdoor pool. No-one has done this for years.
“Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing, that makes it water and nobody knows what it is.” DH Lawrence