Hundreds of pilgrims flocked to the famous St Brigid's Well in Liscannor, Co Clare, to light candles to mark the saint's feast day.
well is renowned for its healing qualities and attracts the faithful
each year on February 1, which is traditionally regarded as the first
day of spring.
Although meteorologists disagree, saying spring is
still a month away, the belief that the first day of February marks the
end of winter goes back to pagan times and was marked by the ancient
festival of Imbolc.