St Patrick's holy well

I only learnt about this gorgeous holy well recently. It is situated on Baileys Farm in County Wicklow. The owners, the Hayden family supply milk for Baileys Irish Cream. A roadside gate gives access to the unenclosed spring. A narrow stream runs north from the spring. Next to the well is the customary rag tree bearing many clooties and votive offering left by visitors to the site. The site is really impressive and well maintained by the farms owners. A pattern was held here annually.

The information board at the site reads as follows; St Patrick's Well, one of Wicklows best known heritage sites is said to have been blessed by St Patrick on his travels around Ireland, some one & a half thousand years ago. The well in turn gives its name to the local area of Toberpatrick, "Tober" being the irish for "The Well". The well provided a source of excellent spring water for the families in the local area. The water was transported by a locally designed and built, horse drawn water cart. The well was restored in 1993 under the direction of the Office of Public Works. The restoration was grant aided by the Wicklow Leader programme.

Situated: From Killinierin head northeast through the Annagh Gap towards Tinahely. About 6 kilometres passed the Gap, take a right turn for the Orchard. Go past Baileys Farm till you see the gate for the holy well on your right.

Discovery Map 62: T 0798 7249. Last Visited July 2019.

Longitude: 6° 23' 56" W

Latitude: 52° 47' 34" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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