St MacCullin's Well

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St MacCullin's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St MacCullin’s Well (Tobar Mhic Chuilinn) It is also known as “St Michael’s Well and St Patrick’s Well.” (Branigan 2012:29).

2 Townland, County, GPS

This well is located in the Grallagh townland of County Dublin.

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

Branigan states that “St MacCuillin’s Well is located within the Grallagh Graveyard. It is situated within a tall pitched stone structure and entered via a Gothic archway, with four steps leading down to the water; a shamrock is carved into the top step.” (Branigan 2012:29).

4 Cure

It is said to cure disorders of the eyes, rheumatism, and whooping cough. A holy stone outside the graveyard gate bears what were thought to be the imprints of the saint's fingers. Pressing one's back against the holy stone is thought to cure backaches.

5 Pattern day

Patterns held on the “first Sunday in August.” (Branigan 2012:29). MacNeill noted that "a patron" was still being held on the first Sunday of August in 1934 (2008 [19662]: 640).

9 Publications

Branigan, Gary. 2012. Ancient and Holy Wells of Dublin.
Dublin: History Press.
MacNeill, Máire. 2008 [1962] The Festival of Lughnasa.
Dublin: Comhair le Bhéaloideas Éireann. [Pg. 640]