St. Catherine's Well

Dublin Core


St. Catherine's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St Catherine’s Well

2 Townland, County, GPS

Drishoge, Dublin

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

“The spring of St Catherine’s Well rose beneath the kitchen floor of a house in Millbourne Avenue, Drumcondra, and from there it was culverted to a rustic pointed well chamber built onto the side of the house itself. When the house was demolished, the municipal authorities took great care to protect the well and preserve it within a section of ornamental shrubbery, but both have now disappeared and its present location is along the main walkway in Griffith Park…[no] surface remains of the well exist, but a brass plaque attached to the railings of the park [are the] approximate location as being the site of the well” (Branigan 2012: 71-72).

4 Cure

Cures eye disorders, whooping cough, toothache. Branigan notes that to obtain a cure, “water was drunk from a skull, strongly pointing to pre-Christian practice” (Branigan 2012: 71).

9 Publications

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