St. David's Well

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St. David's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St. David's Well, Kilmolash Parish

2 Townland, County, GPS

Woodhouse/Tinakilly townland, Co. Waterford

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The well is off R671 if coming from Clashmore, and is before Clogh. Going up that hill out of Clashmore, one would travel past a large pig farm and into the townland of Woodhouse. Crossing a farmer’s field, you must then cross a stream by a string of hazel trees. Following the stream takes you to the well. The well is in the Kilmolash parish and is large and rather deep, according to Broderick (Broderick 2016: 49). The well has a sandy bottom and is surrounded by patches of daffodils. A statue of the saint stands nearby. There is a cathedral containing his relics now at the site.

4 Cure

The well is believed to cure headaches, so pilgrims will come specifically for its curative properties.

5 Pattern day

The pattern day is March 1, St. David's feast day, but it is unclear if it is still regularly observed.

6 Offerings

No offerings are left at this site.

7 Prayer rounds and stations

There is a ritual that states one must walk around the well reciting any desired prayers at the well.

8 Stories

A local legend says that because of a sacrilegious act, the well moved. No other stories are known.

9 Publications

Broderick, Eugene. 2016. Patterns and Patrons: The Holy Wells of Waterford. 49.

10 More

The photo is courtesy of the Blogger Holy Well page, a contributor named Adomnán, posted on March 1, 2013.