St. Anastasia's Well
Description of Well Item Type Metadata
1 Name of well and saint
Saint Anastasia's Blessed Well
2 Townland, County, GPS
Tullygarvan, Co. Clare
3 Physical description of well and its surroundings
Houlihan states that the well is, "about four kilometres south of Lahinch and east of the Lahinch-Milltown Malbay N67 road. [...] It is located in a sheltered hollow [and] is surrounded by a wall. The spring has crystal clear waters and is protected by a flagstone roof" (Houlihan 2015: 103).
Houlihan states, "The well retains a reputation for cures for many ailments. [...] if worried, you bring your cares here, pray and await a response. I met one individual who believes that a cure for a serious illness was greatly facilitated by the holy well saint" (Houlihan 2015: 104)
5 Pattern day
Annual Mass is celebrated every July and on Christmas Eve night people put candles around the well and pray. This is probably in associated with Saint Anastasia's feastday on December 25.
St. Anastasia is a 6th century martyr saint venerated predominantly by Eastern Orthodox communities and her relics are in her cathedral at Zadar, Croatia (Houlihan, 2015:103).
Houlihan, Michael. 2015. The Holy Wells of County Clare. Castleisland, Co. Kerry: Walsh Colour Print.
People often take bottles and fill them with well water to take home.