St. Anastasia's Well

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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).

4 Cure

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.

8 Stories

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).

9 Publications

Houlihan, Michael. 2015. The Holy Wells of County Clare. Castleisland, Co. Kerry: Walsh Colour Print.

10 More

People often take bottles and fill them with well water to take home.