Our Lady's well

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Our Lady's well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St Mary's holy well

2 Townland, County, GPS

Killarney, County Kerry

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The well is located at the back of a car park behind the Killarney town hall and down a few steps. The well has a turret style superstructure with a slate roof. A sign notes that it has been a place of pilgrimage since 1302.

4 Cure

Sore throats and sore eyes (Amanda Clarke)

5 Pattern day

March 25 (pattern day) and August 15 (Feast of the Assumption)

6 Offerings

Coins and small stones have been thrown into the well

7 Prayer rounds and stations

Pilgrims circumambulate the well clockwise five times saying decades of the rosary. Formerly, pilgrims would wash their faces or eyes with the water, though as the well is now in a car park, this is not usual today.

8 Stories

"There was once a man who was very wicked. He had a son who was very wicked too. One day the man went to the well. He said he would not pray. He saw a fish below. He put his hand down to catch the fish. He slipped and fell in and his son saw him and jumped in to save his father but he could not and fell in and was drowned too. A long time ago there was a trout in the well, Anyone who saw the trout was cured of their illness. A man said he would catch the trout. he brought a net and when the trout appeared he caught him. When he was pulling up the net his hand fell dead to his side. When he tried to stand up he could not, his legs and hand were paralysed. The trout changed into a stone and remained a stone forever. It can still be seen at the edge of the well." (Amanda Clarke https://holywellsofcork.com/tag/st-marys-church-killarney/)

9 Publications