Our Lady’s Well

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Our Lady’s Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

Our Lady’s well (Sometimes called Lady’s well)

2 Townland, County, GPS

Our Lady’s Well is located in Athenry, County Galway.
GPS: 53.173762, -8.43519

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The well itself is closed off from the top by a metal structure which prevents access to the water and is surrounded by pavement. At the head of the well is a statue of Our Lady. Surrounding the well, there is a grotto, a part, a large sculpture, and more, all dedicated to Our Lady.

5 Pattern day

The main pattern day for Our Lady’s well is August 15th. It is a large time for gatherings of families and community members as public prayers are held (see Kennedy web page for more info).

8 Stories

At the location of the well, local tradition states that on August 15th, 1249, an apparition of Our Lady appeared to a wounded Marian soldier after “The Battle of Athenry.”

9 Publications

King, Canon Tony, “Our Lady’s Well,” Athenry Parish Heritage Archive, http://athenryparishheritage.com/our-ladys-well-by-canon-tony-king-p-p/
Kennedy, Monsie, “Lady’s Well, Athenry,” Athenry Historic Archive, http://homepage.eircom.net/~oreganathenry/oreganathenry/athenryjournal/ladyswell.html
Photo by Declan Maher