Holy Cross Well

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Holy Cross Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

Holy Cross Well, Kilwatermoy

2 Townland, County, GPS

Kilwatermoy, Co. Waterford

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The well is 100 meters east of the old parish church ruins in the townland. No other information was found.

4 Cure

It is said that one must wash their eyes and ears in the well, which may be indicative of its curative powers to eyesight and hearing.

5 Pattern day

It is observed on the feast day which is 14 September. A mass is celebrated in the church afterwards and as of the 1950s, the pattern day was still observed.

6 Offerings

No information about offerings is available at this time.

7 Prayer rounds and stations

Rounds are made on the feast day, and as of the 1950s they were still being made. Pilgrims kneel at each corner and say a Hail Mary, Our Father, and "Glory as one round," for a total of five rounds made (SFC 0637:346).

8 Stories

According to the Schools Folklore Collection, “long ago feasts used to be held on this day at which vendors selling sweets and all classes of confectionery used to attend” (SFC 0637:346).

People also believed that there was a genus loci fish in this well, and if removed, the water a pilgrim had taken back to boil will not boil until the fish is returned back to its resting place.

9 Publications

Broderick, Eugene. 2016. Patterns and Patrons: The Holy Wells of Waterford.
Schools Folklore Collection. 0637:345-346.

10 More

No other information is present at this time.