St. Catherine's Well

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St. Catherine's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St. Catherines Well (Tobar Cháitríona)

2 Townland, County, GPS

Located in the Fieldstown townland of County Dublin.

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The well, according to Branigan, “is located in the grounds of Fieldstown House, built into a bank nearby the used graveyard and site of St. Catherines (alternatively St. Bride’s) Church.” Additionally, “the well is a stone and brick structure, with an iron gate to protect animals from falling in. (Branigan 2012:26). The subterranean well was accessed through the brick structure which is situated under a large tree.

5 Pattern day

St. Catherine's feast day is 25th of November. Arthur Spears notes that rounds and a pattern were recorded at the site into the early twentieth century (2006:60).

7 Prayer rounds and stations

Arthur Spears notes that pilgrims were harassed at teh site in 1521 and the Prebendary of Clonmethan petitioned parliament successfully to fine "vexatious" persons and to grant pilgrims "the King's protection while in progress." Early twenty-first century efforts to revive the pattern have not been sustained (2006:61).

9 Publications

Branigan, Gary. Ancient and Holy Wells of Dublin. 2012>
Dublin: History Press.
Spears, Arthur. 2006. The Cult of Saint Catherine of
Alexandria in Ireland. Rathmullan: Rathmullan and
District Local History Society.