Sunday's Well

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Sunday's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

Sunday’s Well, Tobar Riogh an Domhnaigh. Dedicated to the King of Sunday.

2 Townland, County, GPS

Rooves Beg, County Cork

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

According to Amanda Clarke’s Blog, this well is signed and can be found right on the roadside. The road is quiet, but it was once the main butter route between Kerry and Cork. A neat stone wellhouse is surrounded by two curved benches and an array of potted shrubs. A concrete cross lies on top of the structure, draped with a rosary; and a pretty plaque depicting the Mother and Child is pinned to the front. Above the well is a little shelf with a painted Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM), flanked by statues of Jesus and St Patrick. The shelf is adorned with all sorts of offerings and blue is the predominant theme. In front, there is a blue kneeler made out of a wooden stool and covered with a gardener’s kneeling pad to make life comfortable for pilgrims. Steps lead down into the water with a stone slab at the front. The water is fresh and abundant and a red cup with a heart-shaped rim is available for drinking the water. Another name for the well is Tobarin an Aifrinn, Little Well of the Mass, and Mass was held here during Penal Times. A Mass Rock lies close to the well, also beautifully kept.

4 Cure

General Cure. The water was considered effective for a cure after three visits.

5 Pattern day

The well was traditionally visited on Good Friday and Easter Sunday when rounds were paid. Today, the Rosary and prayers are said on August 15th, but May is also a popular time to visit.

6 Offerings

The well is decorated with flowers and candles that were left as offerings.

9 Publications

Clarke, Amanda. "Gazetteer." Holy Wells of Cork. Accessed November 4th, 2018.