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St. Olcán's Holy Well
 

County

Antrim

Coordinates

N 54° 42' 17.88"   W 006° 21' 46.62"

Nearest town

Randalstown

Grid Ref.

J 05506 85328

Map No.

14

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

23

Date of visit

Wednesday 7 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The access tairs to the well. A rag tree grows above the pool of water.


It seems that this holy well is famous in the area. It is said to have been blessed by St. Olcán, who was a disciple of St. Patrick.
The well is renowned for its healing powers, as witnessed by the rag tree above to it. Crystals of gypsum taken from the bottom of the well are believed to have powers too. They would protect fishermen from drowning in the lough, emigrants from perishing at sea during the long trip to America, women during childbirth and homes from fires and burglary.
Three stone steps on the southeast (110°) side lead to the water which is dark, dirty and filled with insects larvae.

Southwest from the well is Cranfield church.


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