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

Cardiffscastle. Dublin

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

Branigan notes that the well “is located down a small lane on Mellowe’s Crescent just outside Finglas [Lane]. It is in poor condition and has a large cage erected over it with a gate [to prevent the] vandalism and anti-social behavior that occurred here. This is evident from its present condition” (Branigan 2012: 66-67).

4 Cure

Cures “inveterate ulcers” (Branigan 2012: 67) and disorders of the eyes.

5 Pattern day

According to Branigan, “a pattern was held on St Patrick’s Day in previous times” (Branigan 2012: 67).

8 Stories

“In the 1760s, a Philip Joyce from Kilkenny, posing as Dr Achmet Borumborad from Turkey, was successful in obtaining a Government Grant to develop the well into a spa, but his true identity was discovered soon afterwards and his plans did not go ahead.

9 Publications

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

10 More

“The key can be obtained by application via the local Dublin City Council offices to the Parks Department, and visits to the well will be accompanied by a staff member” (Branigan 2012: 67).