About the Well of Wisdom Temple

The Well of Wisdom, or Tobar Segais in Irish, is the mythological Well that is the origin of the river Boyne. It was guarded by Nectan and let loose upon the world by his wife Boann, so that the Wisdom, Imbas Forosnai, wouldn’t be kept from the world.

The Well of Wisdom Temple is a Cork based Temple founded in 2007, with a focus on Irish mythology and folklore in a modern setting. Our rituals reflect the rich cultural heritage of Ireland, both of the past and present, and our practices are firmly based on academic and scholarly research. The Temple falls in the wider category of Modern Paganism, and though our practices have a strong Irish current, all who are interested in any form of Paganism, are warmly welcome at our meetings.

The Well of Wisdom Temple is a unique group. It is the only Temple in Ireland with a focus on celebrating festivals founded on academic scholarship, and Temple membership is open to anyone who wants to join in our celebrations.

The Temple provides a large number of meetings throughout the year in Cork. Every month there are Moots, informal meetings which are designed to meet other people interested in Paganism in a welcoming atmosphere. Each moot a speaker is invited to talk on a topic relevant to Paganism, often with a special focus on Irish mythology and folklore.

Seasonal celebrations take place 7 times a year, following the traditional Irish festivals of Samhain, Imbolc and Bealtaine, as well as the 4 solar based Summer and Winter Solstice, and Spring and Autumn Equinox. Irish mythology and folklore practices are interwoven in the Temple celebrations.

During the summer months of July and August, the Temple is closed.

Everyone who is genuinely interested in exploring Paganism are welcome at Moots and seasonal celebrations. People of all backgrounds, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and (dis)abilities are explicitly welcome at the Temple. A strict anti-discrimination policy is in place to insure everyone feels welcomed at Temple events. Please see our Code of Conduct (insert link) for more information.

Our clergy members are part of the Irish umbrella organisation Pagan Life Rites, and as a result our Temple is a Pagan Life Rites affiliate.