St. Molaga's Well (St. Malachy's)
Description of Well Item Type Metadata
1 Name of well and saint
St Mologa’s Well, St Malachy’s Well, Tobar Mhealaicí, or Tobermologa
2 Townland, County, GPS
Baile an Bhaoithín, Co. Kerry, grid reference: Q35768 03495.
3 Physical description of well and its surroundings
The condition of St Mologa’s Well has declined in the last few centuries and now there is only dampy earth and scattered rocks where a prosperous well had been. The surrounding area consists of a damp field and a shallow spring (Clarke 2019). There is also a stone with writing that has not been deciphered and a faded symbol near the well (SFC: 445-447:0421).
Locals believe that this well can cure aches, pains and warts. Locals believed that performing the taurus at this site could cure headaches (Clarke 2019).
7 Prayer rounds and stations
The School Folklores’ Collection mentions that people used to pay rounds here (SFC: 445-447:0421). Clarke explains that this practice fell out of use in the early 20th century (Clarke 2019).
There is a story about a pot that would not boil during a wedding because it had the trout from the well in it. When the blessed trout was returned to the well, the water boiled (Ballywiheen Church, Ballyneanig, County Kerry by RAS MacAlister, 1897. Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland).
There used to be a white eel and a “small white trout there with red spots on it” ( SFC: 445-447:0421). Locals believed that the presence of the trout or the eel during the rounds indicated that those who saw it would be healed (SFC: 445-447:0421). There used to be a tree next to the well, but it is gone now (Clarke 2019).