How to submit a well record

*if you notice an entry to which you could add more detail, please contact Helen at

1. Click on “Submit a Well Record”

2.  Enter as much information as you can. If you don’t know the answers to some questions (such as the pattern date, for example), just leave it blank.

3. After the question fields, near the bottom of the page, enter your name, email address, and captcha characters, and click the box next to “Publish my Content on the Web.”  Your email address will not be made public. 

5. This website does not have an editing or “save and complete later” function. All data must be entered into the research question fields at one time and photos, video clips, etc., must be uploaded at the same time. So, please decide what you wish to upload and plan for enough time to load all of your data in one sitting. If you find you need to make an edit or addition, please just send the information or files to us at and note the county, townland and name of your well. We are happy to enter all data for you if you send materials to

 6. This website can only accept one submission at a time. If you only have one photo to upload, you can do it at the bottom of the "Description of Well" form.  If you have more, to upload a photo, Word file, audio, or video (referred to as “items”), you need to make a new submission for each item and re-enter the GPS coordinates, your name, your email address and the Captcha characters.

a. To upload a photo (128MB limit), begin the process again by clicking on “Submit a Well Record” and choose “Image of Well.” Upload your photo by clicking on “Choose a File.” Name your photo with four elements: 1. the well name and saint dedication (if any), 2. the townland and county, 3. the day and year the photo was taken (if known), and 4. the photographer’s name (if known). For example, an image title might read:" St Attracta’s well, Attymas, Co. Mayo, 12 August, 2016, Patrick O'Neill.) If the photo is from a previous decade, please supply a year date in the title if possible.

b. Contributing GPS points is particularly useful for future researchers, but an entry is still very valuable if you cannot collect these. If you are able, take GPS coordinates while standing immediately in front of your well and enter them in the box beside “Find A Geographic Location.” Then click “Find” and a red marker should appear on the map at the location. 

You must enter your GPS coordinates without a degree symbol and with only one decimal point as shown below.

Separate the latitude from the longitude with a comma.

         If your phone app or other coordinate finder reads

          51 47 016 N, 009 48 7.28 E,

         then enter this:  51.47016, -9.48728

Contributors are encouraged to consult the National Monuments Service Archaeological Survey Database at for their townland. Information taken from the Database for use in contributions should be cited as “” No other information is needed as the NMS Database is queried by townland, county and site type so that interested readers might easily retrieve the full source of information.

When you have uploaded successfully, you will receive a "thank you" notice. If you do not, please contact us. After clicking the two boxes: one beside "Publish my Contribution to the Web" and the other beside "I agree to Terms and Conditions"--your upload may take at least a minute and one half. We apologize for the wait and the multiple boxes to protect the site from "bots."

7. Once your submissions are approved (which could take a few days), they will be searchable under “Browse by County.” You may also click on “Browse by Tag,” under the "Well Records" tab, and search by townland, saint, or county.

Saint names in varied spellings

The spelling of saints' names varies by location and time period.  Below are lists of spelling variations.  Users will wish to search this database for sites connected to particular saints.  So that our search engine functions best, we ask that you please use the first listed spelling (underlined) for you well's patron when entering well data.

Abban, Abán

Adomnán, Adhamhnán

Aidan, Aodhán/Maodhóg

Aigne, Ėigneach, Egney

Ailbhe, Albert

Attracta, Athracht, Araght, Atty, Tarahta

Barry, Barra, Bearach

Buadán, Boden

Brigid, Brighid, Bridget, Brigit, Bride, Breeda

Bronagh, Brónach, Inghean Mhíolchon

Buonia, Mughain

Canice, Cainneach

Conleth, Conlaodh

Cranat, Cránait, Cránaid

Caolán, Cunnlan

Dahalin, Daithle, Dahalinn

Davnet, Damhnad

Declan, Déaglán

Dervla, Derrivla, Deirbhileadh

Enda, Ėanna

Fiacre, Fiachna, Fiachra

Finbarr, Fionnbharr

Fintan, Fiontan

Gobnait, Abigail, Gobnaid, Deborah

Hugh, Aodh, Aodhán, Maodhóg

Inghean Bhaoith, Naomhuidhe

Íte, Íde, Ita, Ida, Dorothy

Kenny, Kenneth, Cainneach

Kevin, Caoimhghin

Kieran, Ciarán

Killian, Kilian, Ceallachán

Lassair, Lasir

Laurence, Lorcán

Lelia, Faoileann, Liadhain

Manchán, Manchain, Manchan

Maurice, Muireadhach

Meena, Miodhna

Molaise, Molash

Moneena, Moninne, Dairearca, Dareca, Blinne, Bline

 * Also Blinne, Moninna or Moninne, Modyn, Modym, Modena or even Mud so that her holy well was sometimes called “St. Mud’s Hole.”  Killeavy is also Killeevy.

Movee, Mobhí

Nathy, Nathí

Oran, Odhrán

Pappin, Papán

Sedna, Séadna, Séanna

Sourney, Sárnad

Vogue, Maodhóg

Other alternative spellings exist and the selection above (many Anglicizations with some Irish spellings) reflects most common popular usage from previous fieldworkers' interviews and locally-offered accounts of well patrons, not scholarly preference.