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Wishing Tree
27-OCT-2011 Dick Keely

Wishing Tree

Leenane, Co. Galway

A wish tree is an individual tree, usually distinguished by species, position or appearance, which is used as an object of wishes and offerings. Such trees are identified as possessing a special religious or spiritual value. By tradition, believers make votive offerings in order to gain from that nature spirit, saint or goddess fulfillment of a wish. The practice of tying pieces of cloth to a wish tree is often directly associated with nearby clootie wells, as they are known in Scotland and Ireland, or "cloutie" or "cloughtie" in Cornwall. This particular example is a whitethorn bush, near Leenane, Co. Galway.


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norbi28-Oct-2011 12:53
A fine shot of this unusual tree. Hope the wishes will fullfill. v. norbi
Ali Majdfar28-Oct-2011 12:31
Very interesting to see such a tree in West; It is a very common scene in East.
Great capture! ~V
Enny28-Oct-2011 08:59
a lot of wishes and offerings, never seen, beautiful.
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