St. Kevin's Well

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St. Kevin's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St Kevin's Well

2 Townland, County, GPS

Clonabreany, Meath

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

St Kevin's Well is situated across the way from Clonabreany graveyard with "five steps leading down to the well which was covered by a corbelled roof." Following dilapidation due to a tree's overbearing root system the well was restored in 1990 with the addition of a stone wall (French, 2012:89).

4 Cure

Water from the well may help with warts, toothache, and headache. According to French, "anyone wishing to be cured of toothache should take three drinks of water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost" (French, 2012:89).

5 Pattern day

The pattern day of Clonabreany is acknowledged as St Kevin's Day, September 14th (French, 2012:89).

6 Offerings

No votive offerings have been left at the well since 1971, when the large ash rag tree fell (French, 2012:89).

8 Stories

St Kevin founded a monastery at Clonabreany and used the well for the baptism of his earliest converts. Additionally, the well was the apparent site of murder of landowner and baby by English soldiers (French, 2012:89).

9 Publications

French, Noel. 2012. Meath Holy Wells. pp. 88-9.