St. Ultan's Well
Description of Well Item Type Metadata
1 Name of well and saint
St Ultan’s Well
2 Townland, County, GPS
3 Physical description of well and its surroundings
The well is located “about 150 yards from the Protestant church…the well was closed up with mud and sedge by 1837. The well may have been closed by a local tenant to prevent the pattern on his lands…In 1930s the well was described as partly closed in and no pattern or religious ceremonies took place at the site” (French 2012: 62).
“John O’Donovan recorded that the saint’s name was then anglicized as Hoult, and his blessed well called Tobar Ultain was reputed to have cures” (French 2012: 62).
“Ballinakill was the last home of the Kindelans, the O Ciondealbháin, former kings of Laoghire and patrons of St Ultan’s monastery at Ardbraccan. It is natural that they should have dedicated the well at Rathcore to the same patron” (French 2012: 62).
French, Noel. 2012. Meath Holy Wells. Trim: Meath Heritage Centre.
St Ultan is the patron saint of Rathcore.