St. Patrick's Well

Dublin Core


St. Patrick's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St Patrick’s Well

2 Townland, County, GPS

Tara, Meath

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

French writes that “a stone covered well stands by the roadside on the eastern slopes of the Hill of Tara. This well is one of the sources for the Gabhra stream” (French 2012: 13).

8 Stories

“The well recently named St Patrick’s Well was originally a pagan well. Conor Newman, the noted archaeologist, suggests that it may have originally been called Liaig” (French 2012: 13).

“There were a number of wells on this Hill of Tara, most of which retained their pre-Christian names. According to a plaque at the site the well is described in the Dindsenchas as the Caprach of Cormac, eastward from the Rath of Kings. It was also known as the Well of the Numbering of the Clans. Dark Eye, The Healer, the Well of the White Cow. It was later called King Cormac’s Well and then St Patrick’s Well. In 2002 the landowner, Dinny Donnelly, gave permission to a local group to restore the well” (French 2012: 13).

9 Publications

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