St Cuan's Well

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St Cuan's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St Cuan’s well

2 Townland, County, GPS

St Cuan’s Well is located in Cornamucklagh, Co. Galway.
GPS: 53.245442, -8.185548

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The well is in the middle of a grassy field and circled by a low wall built up by stones. In the wall there is a small opening which allows access to the well water. Inside the well are small steps which lead to the head of the spring. Around the site there is a large drainage ditch.

4 Cure

The well is known for its general curative properties.

5 Pattern day

St Cuan’s Day is the 15th of October and people celebrate it by doing stations for various intentions such as wanting a cure for an illness or ailment. The priest of the nearby parish recites the rosary there annually.

6 Offerings

There used to be a rag tree on the edge of the well, but after it fell people no longer left offerings.

8 Stories

During the penal times, people visiting the well would use the surrounding ditch as a footpath whenever it snowed in order to avoid leaving footprints across the field (see Megalithomania).

9 Publications

Carty, Margaret, “Cluain Braec School’s Collection,” Vol. 0044, pg. 99-102. DUCHAS Archives,
FourWinds, Tom, “St Cuan’s Well,” Megalithomania, Aug, pg. 29, 2004.
Photo by Tim FourWinds