Well of Saint Cuan and Saint Brogan

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Well of Saint Cuan and Saint Brogan

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

Tobar Chuain is dedicated to Saint Cuan and Saint Brogan.

2 Townland, County, GPS

The well is located in the townland of Mothel in County Waterford.

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The well is located at a site of an old monastery said to be build by the saints. While the building no longer stands, there are small relics of the structure, near its location. There is also a large tree said to stand at the site of the original altar built in the monastery.

4 Cure

It is said that the well holds curative properties for many common ailments, specifically sore eyes.

5 Pattern day

In the past, the pattern day was held on July 10th. However, the day now falls on the Sunday closest to the 10th.

6 Offerings

Votive offerings of hair are tied to the tree next to the well.

7 Prayer rounds and stations

Pilgrims are to make nine rounds around the well In doing this, they walk without shoes through a shallow stream that contains water from the well. Pilgrims will also carry a small stone with them and then place it on a heap of rocks once they had finished their rounds.

8 Stories

It is said that there were two small trout that lived in the well, and that these fish were the embodiment of Saints Cuan and Brogan. Once, a man from outside the village tried to steal the fish and was promptly chased by the villagers until he dropped the fish.

9 Publications

Broderick, Eugene. 2016. Patterns and Patrons: The Holy Wells of Waterford.
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0633, Page 374