Jaundice Well or St. Patrick's Well

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Jaundice Well or St. Patrick's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

The name of the well in English is the "Jaundy Well" or Jaundice Well. Its name in Irish is the Greallach Bui Mór. The well is also associated with St. Patrick.

2 Townland, County, GPS

The townland of Drumcru, near Stone Bridge, in the Parish of Clones, County Monaghan.

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The well is a large spring. It is surrounded by trees of whitethorn, hazel, alder and rowan.

4 Cure

The well has the cure of Jaundice and skin conditions. You say three Aves and three Paters, and three Glorias and wash the afflicted area with the water. If you had jaundice, there was a peculiar tradition associated with it where you took off your shirt and washed it in the water and then drank as much water as would make you vomit. In nine days you would be cured.

5 Pattern day

There was no particular pattern for the well, you just went as you needed.

8 Stories

Saint Patrick stopped there for a rest when he was fleeing Slemish. His shirt had got dirty on the way and he took it off and washed it in the waters. Later on, when he returned to Ireland, he baptised the local people in the well.

9 Publications

Folk tradition as it was passed on to Seáinín Mac Brádaigh.