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

Stackallen, Meath

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

“The well is located “on the Slane-Navan Road, opposite the lodge to Stackallen House…[it was] recorded by Wilde in 1849 as neglected and disused” (French 2012: 12). Additionally, “on the borders of Cruicetown and Stackallen townlands, the well was recorded by the schoolchildren in the 1930s… At this time the well was not visited by any strangers except by the neighbours for water. There is still a spring there today and the pump house has been erected over the well. A stone stile in the roadside wall provides access to the site of the well” (French 2012: 12).

5 Pattern day

“According to French, “Wilde wrote that there was a patron held near Stackallen where the people swam their cattle across the river as a charm against fairies and disease. He wondered if this was associated with St Sinchea’s Well, Tober t-sinne, which is said to be in the neighbourhood but questioned could this well be the one marked Tobar Patrick on the OS map” (French 2012: 12).

8 Stories

“Another story records that “St Patrick on his journey to Tara stopped at this well and blessed it. The marks of his knees and hand were to be seen on a nearby stone” (French 2012: 12).

9 Publications

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