St. Brigid's Well

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St. Brigid's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

Saint Brigid's Blessed Well

2 Townland, County, GPS

Ballysteen, Co. Clare

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The well is near the Moher cliffs and north of the Liscannor village. Houlihan states, "In making the pilgrimage the site is considered to be in two parts -- the upper sanctuary (Ula Uachtarach) which includes a rag tree and the graveyard [...] and the lower sanctuary (Ula Íochtarach) where the statue and well are located" (Houlihan 2015: 114).

4 Cure

"The well offers cures for eyes, joints, and headaches. Nowadays it appears to offer assistance with a broader range of ailments, as demonstrated by the requests and notes of thanksgiving in the well house" (Houlihan 2015: 114).

5 Pattern day

There are pilgrimages done on the 1st of February, Saint Brigid's feast day, and is visited again on the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the 15th of August.

6 Offerings

There's a rag tree at the site for offerings.

7 Prayer rounds and stations

Rounds begin at the saint's statue where pilgrims can make silent prayers, then they move to the upper part of the site, and end at the well.

9 Publications

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

10 More

The well is also known as Dabhach Bhride.