Irish Sacred Wells Tours was started in 2017 by Rosaleen Durkin.
Her passion for the ancient pilgrim paths and holy wells of Co. Wicklow has grown from a hobby into a small business that has allowed her to share this knowledge with others; locals residents, international groups, academics and artists.
Rosaleen started her career as a primary school teacher in 1984. She became a qualified kinesiology practitioner in 1992 and has run a successful clinical practice for over 30 yrs. In 2001 she became co-director of Brightchild Productions Ltd and designer and co-author of the ImaginationGYM® Methodology and programs for children. This new venture enabled her to bring her knowledge and experience from both the classroom and the clinic to a new forum. She has give lectures and educational papers around the world.
In 2010 she moved to Glendalough, Co. Wicklow and developed a deep connection with the landscape and history of the place. She co-founded a community-based group with the aim of documenting, researching and restoring about 30 of the total 120 holy wells in the county. Often set in beautiful but hidden locations, many of the holy wells were completely overgrown and neglected, and in some cases in danger of being lost forever. Researching and documenting these sites introduced her to some fascinating people, and recording the lore and traditions from the older generations has become a passion.