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Calliaghstown Holy Well
 

County

Meath

Coordinates

N 53° 40' 17.46"   W 006° 19' 45.66"

Nearest town

Julianstown

Grid Ref.

O 10388 70383

Map No.

43

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

32

Date of visit

Sunday 26 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

2
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The holy well is hidden among the vegetation and might pass for an old wall on the side of the road.


This place is absolutely neglected! Until a few months ago it was very well looked after, with flower beds and regularly cut grass. Now it appears merely like a stone wall to the side of an old local road, overgrown and forsaken.
A stone square enclosure surrounds a pool of green and murky water. A lintelled passage is provided in the south side of this enclosure. The north (0°) side of the enclosure is higher in the central segment and in this wall, facing the water, is a niche with a statue of St. Columbcille in it. The figure wears a mantle and a crown, is about 1 metre tall and was carved out of a block of a particular limestone called oolite.
The holy well was part of a pilgrimage route for locals, and a pattern was held here on June 9th every year.
Near this well once was a cell depending on the nunnery of St. Brigid of Odder, or Othir, a parish in the barony of Skreen.
It was pouring rain when we arrived at the well.


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