St. Marnock’s Well
Description of Well Item Type Metadata
1 Name of well and saint
Called St. Marnock’s Well, or “Tobar Mhearnóg.” (Branigan 2012:19).
2 Townland, County, GPS
It is located in the Burrow (Portmarnock) townland of County Dublin.
3 Physical description of well and its surroundings
The well is near the “medieval ruins of St Marnock’s church,” but now is in the “Royal Portmarnock Golf Course.” Branigan notes that “the site of the well is now quarried out and a large untidy pond exists there…[with] a circular trough and pedestal.” (Branigan 2012:20).
It is said to cure all disorders.
According to Branigan, in the past, “over the well grew an old willow tree which was said to bend down to shield the water from oncoming storms, and thus predict them, and also to give it its curative powers.” (Branigan 2012:19). An “Ogham stone” used to stand by the well but was destroyed when the well was “filled in 1855.” (Branigan 2012:19).
Branigan, Gary. Ancient and Holy Wells of Dublin. 2012> Dublin: History Press.