Holy Spout of Howth
Description of Well Item Type Metadata
1 Name of well and saint
Holy Spout, also known as Eye Spout. (Gob Bheannaithe)
2 Townland, County, GPS
Located in the Howth townland in County Dublin.
3 Physical description of well and its surroundings
Branigan notes the location as “on the north side of Harbor Road, beside a bus stop and built into the retaining wall of St. Mary’s Abbey” (Branigan 2012:35). Additionally, “up until recent times the water flowed from two short lengths of pipe which protruded from the wall, but these pipes have been removed and the outlets cemented over resulting in the entire wall becoming damp, mossy, and constantly dripping” (Branigan 2012:35). The wall appears to be on a street, making it easy to access.
This well is said to cure disorders of the eyes.
Branigan, Gary. 2012. Ancient and Holy Wells of Ireland. Dublin: The History Press Ireland.