St. Fursey's well

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St. Fursey's well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

Holy Well of Ahachoura or Tobar na hAbha Cumhra (dedicated to St. Fursey)

2 Townland, County, GPS

Knocknatobar mountain in County Kerry

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The well is lined by a “coursed stone” and fed by a natural spring. Many coins line the bottom of the well and there is a stone with a cross etched into it at the top of the well.

4 Cure

Cures blindness as the saint was said to have cured his own blindness at the well. (O'Sullivan and Sheehan, 1996).

5 Pattern day

Traditionally on the last Sunday of July

6 Offerings

Coins are thrown into the well

7 Prayer rounds and stations

Stations of the Cross were added to the pilgrimage in the 19th century--starting at the well and leading up the mountain

9 Publications

O’Sullivan, Ann and John Sheehan eds.,1996. The Iveragh Peninsula: An Archaeological Study of South Kerry. Cork: Cork University Press, 341.