Description of Well Item Type Metadata
1 Name of well and saint
St Werburgh’s Well (Tobar Werburgh).
2 Townland, County, GPS
The well is located in the Crowscastle townland in County Dublin.
3 Physical description of well and its surroundings
Branigan states that the well “is located within a copse of trees at the edge of a stream beside Lakeshore Drive in Airside Business Park, Swords.” (Branigan 2012:25). The site is decorated and seems well-attended. A Buddha statue placed at the site evidences visitation by those with multiple spiritual perspectives.
The well is said to cure “disorders of the eyes.” (Branigan 2012:25).
5 Pattern day
Daughter of a Mercian king, this Anglo-Saxon saint died in 699 on the 3rd of February which remains her feast day. She was Abbess of Ely and her veneration came to Ireland with the Anglo-Normans. Her church in Dublin was built in 1178.
There are many offerings from a variety of faiths surrounding the well.
The well was destroyed in the 21st century, but has been restored by locals who continue to watch over it.
Branigan, Gary. Ancient and Holy Wells of Dublin. 2012> Dublin: History Press.
A link to a youtube video showing the well: https://youtu.be/Gdqude7t14M