Wethers Well

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Wethers Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

Wethers Well dedicated to St Brendan

2 Townland, County, GPS

Tubrid townland in Ardfent Parish, County Kerry

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

This well lies in an area of pasture land. There is a chapel on site and the spring/holy well is located on the left side of the chapel as you approach it. The well itself is enclosed by an oval shaped fence. There is a stone altar that holds three figures, although the figures do not have clear faces as pilgrims have scratched crosses onto them over the years. The well itself is fed from groundwater and a pipe has been installed so the water can run through it for the pilgrims to complete their rounds.
(Talbot-Crosbie, 1911)

4 Cure

Various cures have been reported although none have been confirmed.

5 Pattern day

St Brendans day is May 16

6 Offerings

The altar is constantly covered with votive offerings such as: images, beads, containers to hold rain water, pencils, buttons, and pins.

7 Prayer rounds and stations

The well is circled clockwise by pilgrims as they say the rosary, and water is sipped from the well.

8 Stories

Local stories say that St Brendan was said to have been baptized in the well.

9 Publications

Talbot-Crosbie, Bligh. “Tobar na Molt.” Kerry Archeological Magazine, October 2011.