St. Mochuda's well

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St. Mochuda's well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

Cuddy’s Well or Cloc Mo Cuda dedicated to St. Mochuda

2 Townland, County, GPS

Townland: Knockreer, Killarney in County Kerry

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

In a field by a tree with a white cross painted on it. The well is surrounded by stones.

5 Pattern day

May 16

7 Prayer rounds and stations

This is a Triduum site (three consecutive days of visitation begin on Maundy Thursday). The way to the Cloc was originally a public right of way. It was closed and enclosed in Kenmare Demesne by a Grand Jury Order. Amanda Clarke gave the steps of the pilgrimage as follows:
The pilgrim arrived at dawn. She brought with her:
(a) a quantity of plain water in a vessel.
(b) Three rags. They were left behind and hung on a Palm tree overhanging the stone.
(c) Some fragments of Bread. If the Robin appeared rags were given him. Some think that a priest (was) known as the “Robin” and that the “rags” were in reality the altar linen. Tradition says if the robin appears your request will be granted.
(D) The pilgrim returned to Killarney heard Mass and communicated.
(E) The prayers prescribed were the Rosary but if the pilgirm had to hurry away 5 Paters, Aves and Gloria’s sufficed.
(F) The water used by the Pilgrim from the stone for blessings was to be replaced from the stone brought. The vessel was not to be brought back.
(G) The Credo was to be recited on the flag."
(Amanda Clarke,

8 Stories

Clarke provides the following story from the Schools Folklore Collection:
Long, long ago there was a monk living in the monastery of Innisfallen. He used to go for a walk every day. One day when he was teaching in the school he told the pupils that he would be back to say the Angelus with them. He went away and was not gone far when he was attracted by the singing of a robin. The music was so delightful that he followed the robin and when he had travelled about four miles after the bird he heard the Angelus bell ringing. He knelt down to say the Angelus and he was so tired he fell asleep. He remained there for nearly two hundred years and when he woke up the place was changed entirely. The print of his two knees remained on the stone, and that is why they called it Cloc Mo Cuda." (Amanda Clarke,

9 Publications

Amanda Clarke's Blog,