St Attracta's Well

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St Attracta's Well


Tamlyn McHugh

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St Attracta’s Well

2 Townland, County, GPS

Glennawoo, Co. Sligo.

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The spring well is c. 1.5m below ground level with stone steps leading down to it, revetted and surrounded by a large D-shaped cairn of stones. There is a cross, depicted in white marble, above the well. (Source Archaeological Survey of Ireland). Scenic setting close to a farm house. The well is enclosed within a small field surrounded by a stone wall. Very well cared for, grass is kept low and some planters are set up near the well. A cup is present for drinking the water.

4 Cure


5 Pattern day

Formerly pilgrimage to the well took place on the last Sunday of July until August 15th. Mass is now celebrated at the well on August 15th every year.

6 Offerings

A small number of rosary beads and rags on a nearby hedge.

7 Prayer rounds and stations

No stations

8 Stories

Tradition has it that St Attracta killed a monster living in the glen at a place called Lug na Paiste or Hollow of the Beast. St Barbara, a companion of St Attracta, has a well dedicated to her which is situated close by.

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This entry contributed by Tamlyn McHugh, please cite her as source.