St. John's Well

Dublin Core


St. John's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St John’s Well

2 Townland, County, GPS

Inchicore North, Dublin

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

Branigan notes that the well is located “in the car park of James’s Street Church…the new incarnation of St John’s Well [is] in the Tibetan Buddhist Centre of Ireland” (Branigan 2012: 87-88).

5 Pattern day

Branigan records that a “pattern took place on Midsummer’s Eve…when booths [were erected] and bonfires lit” (Branigan 2012: 88).

8 Stories

“St John’s Well has had a very chequered history. It was originally dedicated to St Maighneann, who founded an ecclesiastical settlement in the vicinity called Cill Mhaighneann (Kilmainham). When the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem set up a church and hospital on the site of the present Royal Hospital they rededicated the well to St John the Baptist” (Branigan 2012: 87).

9 Publications

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