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St. Attracta's Holy Well
 

County

Mayo

Coordinates

N 53° 56' 09.3"   W 008° 47' 21.12"

Nearest town

Charlestown

Grid Ref.

M 48178 98798

Map No.

32

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

87

Date of visit

Wednesday 14 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The sad look of the holy place behind two runs of barbed wire.


Reaching St. Attracta's holy well is quite a trip. It's well hidden behind a hedgerow and beyond a stream along the N17 to Knock.
The area is enclosed within two runs of barbed wire. There's a small shrine made in concrete with a statue representing St. Attracta. It seems that the shrine was erected in the Marian Year 1954, and unveiled on the August 11th of that year, though it also seems that a previous shrine was erected in 1767.
Before the shrine there's a horrible concrete round enclosure that looks very like a half interred large concrete pipe. On the east (100°) side there's a small and rusty gate.
In the centre of this enclosure is something that might be an altar, made with four concrete pillars and a stone slab above them, to cover a hole in the ground that is the well itself.
The water is unreachable.
Honestly I don't think this is worth the effort.


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