A single signpost points towards St Patrick’s Holy Well along R665. I have driven along this route a few times and noticed the signpost the other day. When Louise talked about it, I expected a small well; a partially covered natural spring. Instead, I was greeted by a beautiful glen that shows the importance and reverence towards the well.
The well, oblong in shape flows from a natural spring and into a larger reservoir. In the center of the reservoir is a stone cross. The pedestal that it sits upon is ‘new’. The cross, itself is considerably older, possibly as early was the 5th century.
On the location is a 17th century church. A single grave is located inside the church walls.
As we left, we took an opportunity to drink from the well. We will see what ails it may heal.
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