Malin Well

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Malin Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

Malin Well
Saint Dedication -- St. Muirdhealach

2 Townland, County, GPS


3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The well was located in front of a shallow cavern along the shore and was supplied by a spring-now moved. The well now is said to live in a circular hole in a stone only revealed at low tide.

4 Cure

The well is said to have miscellaneous curative properties. There are records that describe visitors dropping beads into the well as part of a ritual that is associated with the well, but most offerings are thought to be washed out to sea during high tide.

5 Pattern day

August 15th

6 Offerings

Beads and other personal items are likely deposited in the well, but because of the tides, these items do not remain.

8 Stories

"In 1801 McParlan observes the
culmination of pilgrimage festivities
into an unusual ritual with, “people
dropping beads in the water…all
vehemently whispering prayers....
but the ceremony finishes by a good
ablution in the sea, male and female,
all frisking and playing in the water
stark naked and washing off each
other’s sins.”

9 Publications