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

Trim, Meath

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The well is located "on the banks of the river Boyne upstream from the town of Trim” (French 2012: 16).

4 Cure

“The well had the cure of the headache and pilgrims left behind a piece of cloth on the thorn bush over the well” (French 2012: 16).

8 Stories

“One of the earliest recorded wells in Meath is one used by St Loman to baptize Foirtchern at the Fort of Trim in the Fifth century. According to the Book of Armagh, which was completed in the ninth century, a well opened in Trim so that St. Loman could baptize Foirtchern. This well was named after Loman’s uncle, St Patrick” (French 2012: 15).

“Here is the translation of the Latin as given by the Canon Athey in Riocht na Midhe in 1955: ‘He (Loman) arrived in his boat against the flow of the river, as far as the Ford of Trim, at the door of the house of Feidhlimidh, the son of Laoire, the High King. And when it was morning, Foirtchern, son of Feidhlimidh, found him reciting the Gospel, and wondering at the Gospel and its doctrine, immediately believed: and there being an open fountain at that place, he was baptized in Christ by Loman’” (French 2012: 15-16).

“It is said that the well was originally in the middle of a large field on the Kildalkey Road but that soldier’s wives washed clothes in the water and the well disappeared only to spring forth near the river” (French 2012: 16).

9 Publications

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

10 More

“Sr. Assumpta revived the pilgrimage to the well in 1995 and since that year an annual ecumenical pilgrimage takes place at 12 noon on St Patrick’s day” (French 2012: 16).

“Margaret Conway identified the well on Loman Street as St Patrick’s Well. This well has recently been restored as part of street works” (French 2012: 16).