St. Brigid's Well

Dublin Core


St. Brigid's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St Brigid’s Well

2 Townland, County, GPS

Brideswell Commons, Dublin

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

Branigan records that the well “is located on Lilliput Lane, just off Boot Road in Clondalkin. It is situated in a large enclosure that is maintained in a very good order and includes a statue of the saint and highly festooned rag tree of ash…The stone structure around it dates from 1761, and the railings were donated by workers from the Clondalkin Paper Mills in 1940” (Branigan 2012: 84).

4 Cure

Cures disorders of the eyes.

5 Pattern day

1 February. Branigan notes that “three visits are required for it to be successful. The cure is particularly effective for young girls” (Branigan 2012: 84).

8 Stories

“It is believed that St Brighid baptised local Pagans at this well in the fifth century” (Branigan 2012: 84).

“It is traditionally believed that there is a cillín at this site, either in the raised grassy area behind the well chamber or on the green space to the immediate north-west” (Branigan 2012: 85).

9 Publications

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

10 More

“Unfortunately, during road-widening operations in the 1990s, the source of the well was severed and it dried up for the first time. It was then connected to the mains water supply and it is this that flows at the site” (Branigan 2012: 85).