St. Scire's Well

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St. Scire's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St. Scire's Well

2 Townland, County, GPS

Kilskyre, Meath

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

This well has recently been restored by the community of Kilskyre, appearing now as a sturdy stone superstructure. The stones form an arch over the mouth of the well, which has a metal gate at its immediate entry. The stone walls form an "L" shape with the short length facing the road, which is just a few steps away (see French, 2012 for image).

4 Cure

St Scire's Well—along with two others in Kilskyre: "the Well of Miracles" and "the Heavenly Stone Well"—is said to cure diseases, though none in particular are specified (French, 2012:93; Thunder, 1886:657).

5 Pattern day

The pattern day is apparently disputed in historical records with disparities in dates among calendars (e.g. Calendar of Cashel versus the Irish Calendar). St Scire's Day appears to have been celebrated on March 24th (French, 2012:93-4).

8 Stories

There are a number of claims of wells dedicated to or blessed by St Scire in separate locations, including a well at Clonabreany that is "better known as St. Kevin's Well" (French, 2012:94). In a blog post dedicated to Irish holy wells user "Adomnán" notes that in 2008 a local historical society called "Pride of Place" offered a sympathetic restoration of the well.

9 Publications

(Adomnán, May 2, 2014);;;

Thunder, John M. 1886. The Holy Wells of Meath. The Journal of the Royal Historical and Archaeological Association of Ireland, Fourth Series, 7:68, pp. 656-7;

French, Noel. 2012. Meath Holy Wells. pp. 93-4.