St. Ruadhán’s Well

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St. Ruadhán’s Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St Ruadhán’s Well, Sandy cove, Kinsale

2 Townland, County, GPS

Courtaparteen, Co. Cork 

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

tucked into a field boundary and has a semi-circular basin full of fresh clear water.The concave stone wall contains a slabbed shelf, full of offerings – white pebbles and a statue of the BVM. A single white rag hangs above the well.

4 Cure

warts and sore eyes

5 Pattern day

April 15

8 Stories

“Ruadhán is said to have caused the downfall of the ancient kingdom of Tara for he cursed the High King, Diarmuid Mac Cerbhaill, after he had gone against the rules of Christian sanctuary and wrenched a hostage hiding in a church.  Aengus the Culdee in his Féilire, a sort of catalogue of saints written around 780AD, praised him as such:
An excellent flame that does not wane,
that vanquishes urgent desires.
Fair was the gem,
Ruadhán, lamp of Lorrha.”

9 Publications

Clarke, Amanda. "Gazetteer." Holy Wells of Cork. Accessed November 31, 2018.