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St. Lasair's Holy Well
 

County

Roscommon

Coordinates

N 54° 03' 31.86"   W 008° 09' 21.36"

Nearest town

Keadew

Grid Ref.

G 89792 12202

Map No.

26

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

63

Date of visit

Thursday 28 May 2009

GPS Accuracy (m)

5
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The holy well and the commemorative plaque.


This holy well is on a side of the R284, in front of the graveyard of Keadew. It's well maintained and a nice stone wall surrounds the water. Above this stone wall a marble plaque has been erected in 1979 to commemorate the visit of Pope John Paul II to Ireland.

UPDATE: June 8th, 2019 - We came here for the first time on May 28th, 2009, but for an unknown reason I only took one single photo of the place. This time I fixed my fault with plenty of photos.

The holy well is dedicated to St. Lasair, who was St. Ronan's daughter.
Two steps on the southeast (130°) side of the stone enclosure leads to the water that, along with the clay around the well, is said to have healing powers.

To the southeast from the holy well is an altar made with a large slab resting on four stone pillars. This slab is known as St. Ronan's Altar, it is said that the saint would celebrate the Mass on this stone.
Opposite the entrance to the well, on the enclosure wall there's a triangular block of concrete with a Greek cross engraved, and an old memorial slab for Roger McDermot Roe and his wife, 1686.

Since our previous visit, the white marble plaque that commemorates the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1979 has been moved under a tree between the well and the altar.


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