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St. Fanahan's Holy Well
 

County

Cork

Coordinates

N 52° 15' 47.1"   W 008° 15' 10.5"

Nearest town

Mitchelstown

Grid Ref.

R 82735 12405

Map No.

74

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

91

Date of visit

Tuesday 20 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The lane between two houses in Mulberry Road, Mitchelstown.


St. Fanahan's holy well is at the east outskirts of Mitchelstown, east of Mulberry Road.
Between two houses on the east side of the road there's a 500 metre long lane lined on both sides with beech trees. At the end of the lane there's a stone footbridge to the well that is located in a grove.
There's a modern granite cross to the north of the pond with the effigy of St. Fanahan on the south face. The saint is representated with his crozier, called An Cenn Cathac and an eel under his feet. It appears than an eel is occasionally seen in the well, and it is believed to be a manifestation of St. Fanahan. A raised decorated boss is on the head of the cross. On the north face of the cross a bell and a sickle are represented, the latter being his tool of self-mortification. This cross was erected in 1989.
The saint's feast day is November 25th. People come to this well for the Pattern, that traditionally lasts 9 days before the saint's day and people pray each day at the well and personal request are made before, during and after walking three times clockwise around the pathway behind the well, each time saying a decade of the rosary.
The water of the well seems to cure blindness, flesh wounds, lameness and warts.

On the south parapet of the footbridge there's a carved head of a person with a grin.


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