Our Lady's Well, St. Mary's Well, Crosshaven

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Our Lady's Well, St. Mary's Well, Crosshaven

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

Our Lady's Well, St. Mary's Well, Blessed Virgin Mary

2 Townland, County, GPS

Crosshaven, County Cork

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The well is near church ruins and a graveyard in a wooded area--one tree was associated with the well. The water flows down towards fields

4 Cure

cures sore eyes and feet

5 Pattern day

August 15

6 Offerings

ribbons, medals, Rosary beads, etc.

7 Prayer rounds and stations

Rounds were made on the Feast of Our Lady, but this custom was stopped about thirty years ago. It was also an ancient custom to say a prayer when passing this well and the custom continues (Clarke).

8 Stories

“There were two very wealthy men living in Crosshaven, both Protestants. One man was asked to cut the tree and he said he would rather starve than put a saw to it. The other man was asked and he said he would cut it. He was told it was not right to cut the tree but he only laughed. He brought a cross saw and with one of his sons started to cut the tree; the saw broke in two halves; he got a second and the same thing happened and the third saw went the same way as the first and the second. The fourth saw cut the tree. All went well until morning. He went to the stable to get his horse ready to draw home the timber but found his horse dead.” (Clarke)

9 Publications

Clarke, Amanda. "Gazetteer." Holy Wells of Cork. Accessed November 31, 2018. https://holywellsofcork.com/gazeteer/.

Power, D., Byrne, E., Egan, U., Lane, S., & Sleeman, M. (n.d.). Archaeological Inventory of County Cork (Vol. 2,