St. Mary's Well

Dublin Core


St. Mary's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St Mary’s Well

2 Townland, County, GPS

Tobertown, Dublin

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

Branigan notes that “St Mary’s Well is located within the grounds of the late medieval graveyard of Balscadden … and of Tobertown, adjacent to Balscadden National School. The overall structure is teardrop shaped, and is constructed of stone and mortar with four [steps] leading down from ground level to the water, which is perfectly stagnant. There is also [a] crack up both sides of the structure. Up until recently the well frequently flooded the [area] until remedial works were carried out to pipe surplus water away…In previous years a hawthorn overhung the well and was used as a rag tree, but this is no longer present” (Branigan 2012: 58).

4 Cure

Cures eye disorders. Wash with water.

5 Pattern day

15 August.

9 Publications

Branigan, Gary. 2012. Ancient and Holy Wells of Ireland. Dublin: The History Press Ireland.