St. Werburgh

Dublin Core


St. Werburgh

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.

4 Cure

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.

6 Offerings

There are many offerings from a variety of faiths surrounding the well.

8 Stories

The well was destroyed in the 21st century, but has been restored by locals who continue to watch over it.

9 Publications

Branigan, Gary. Ancient and Holy Wells of Dublin. 2012> Dublin: History Press.

10 More

A link to a youtube video showing the well: