Story about St Killian's Well

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Story about St Killian's Well

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A feature of the Kilmakilloge pattern was watching for the movement of the "miraculous tussocks" in the well (the former Loch Mackeenlaun). The tussocks, described as little floating islands, were clumps of grasses and reeds that would occasionally float across the water. Their movement, particularly on pattern days, was thought to indicate that an answer or cure would come in response to a particular petition and historical accounts record that movement evoked dramatic responses from the gathered crowds. Reputed cures from the waters of St Killian's well included vision problems, lameness, and excessive thirst (Lyne, 1999: 52-78)