St. Patrick's Well

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St. Patrick's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St Patrick's Well

2 Townland, County, GPS

Carlanstown, Meath. “Carolinstown, in the barony of Lower Keels,” (Thunder 1886: 655)

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

Completely overgrown in 2019.

Located now behind a housing estate, in a small area fenced off from a field with cattle opposite the National School.

Noel French described the superstructure as chiselled blocks of granite that form a dome and a cross over the well (2012:1).

4 Cure

eyes (one must have the intention of being cured)--wash the eys with the water and say six Hail Marys (French, 2012:3).

5 Pattern day

March 17, the well is only sporadically visited now.

8 Stories

While domestic use of holy well water is generally prohibited and has dire results, water from this well used for cooking and tea is thought to prevent disease.

The red color of the main flagstone is said to have derived its color from a cut St. Patrick suffered to his foot in teh vicinity. There are tiny holes on another associated stone which were said to be St. Patrick's thumb print and big toe print (French, 2012:2).

9 Publications

Thunder, John M. “The Holy Wells of Meath.” The Journal of the Royal Historical and
Archaeological Association of Ireland. Oct 1886-Jan 1887, pp 655-658.

French, Noel. 2012. Meath Holy Wells. Trim: Trim Heritage Centre.