St. Brigid's Well

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St. Brigid's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St Brigid's Well

2 Townland, County, GPS

Kilcloon, County Meath

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

In the nineteenth century, John Thunder described the well as located “about two miles from Kilcock; it is situated on the side of a circular mound or hill, and an aged ash spreads its branches over it; the diameter of this well is twelve feet four inches” (Thunder 1886: 655).

Noel French notes that the area where the well resides is known as "Brideswell." This is one of the hot wells that occur in southern Meath (2012:33).

4 Cure

deafness and ear complaints

5 Pattern day

February 1

8 Stories

St. Brigid is said to have rested on a mound here while journeying from Faughart, Co. Louth to Kildare and while she rested, the waters sprang up for her refreshment (French, 2012:33). The mound was destroyed in the twentieth century.

Due to landowner generosity and local efforts, the well was restored in the Jubilee year of 2000 (French, 2012:34).

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.