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Grallagh - St. Patrick's Holy Well
 

County

Dublin

Coordinates

N 53° 32' 45.96"   W 006° 19' 49.56"

Nearest town

Garristown

Grid Ref.

O 10646 56426

Map No.

43

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

79

Date of visit

Thursday 23 May 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The holy well house has a very steep roof and a narrow pointed head entrance. Seen from the south-southeast.


On the west side of a local road off the R122 is an old graveyard, with the miserable ruins of a church, of which only the west gable survives to a certain height, and a holy well next to the south edge of the burial ground.

A tiny rectangular well house has been built to resemble an oratory, with a high-pitched roof and a narrow pointed head entrance in the south (170°) wall. It might resemble St. Lua's Oratory in a smaller scale.
There are four steps down to the water in the well house. The first step has a shamrock incision, to remind the St. Patrick's tradition of the Holy Trinity, and though there's no official indication of who the well is dedicated to, the local tradition calls it the St. Patrick's Well.
It is said that drinking the well's water might cure the whooping cough, and rubbing or washing one's eyes with this water might cure eye soreness.
There wasn't much water in the well on the day of our visit, and lots of small stones were emerging from the water which was rather unclear and uninviting.
Two rectangular recesses are on either side walls.
The well house is 2.78 metres long, 2.17 metres wide and 3.04 metres tall.


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