St. Donagh's Well
Description of Well Item Type Metadata
1 Name of well and saint
St Donagh’s Well
2 Townland, County, GPS
Kilbarrack Upper, Dublin
3 Physical description of well and its surroundings
The well was formerly located in “the green area between Holywell Road and St Donagh’s Road in Kilbarrack…it was a large pool approximately 15ft in diameter and overhung by an ash tree. The well was believed to be the cure for all disorders, particularly on St John’s Eve, when water was drunk and rags were hung on the tree. The well was filled in due to vandalism, and there are no longer any surface remains” (Branigan 2012: 73).
Branigan, Gary. 2012. Ancient and Holy Wells of Ireland. Dublin: The History Press Ireland.
“Although St Donagh did exist it is unclear whether the name of this well is a corruption or not, as it is generally assumed that St Donagh was the local saint who lent his name to the neighbouring Donaghmede, but Donaghmede translates as St Mede’s Church, a totally different saint, so it is likely that the correct translation of the well should have been Church Well or Sunday Well as opposed to St Donagh’s Well” (Branigan 2012: 73).