'St. Fiachre's Well' : Holy Well

Grid RefS 724 482
GPSS 72378 48224 (4m)
Longitude6° 55' 55.69" W
Latitude52° 34' 50.05" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBorris (2.3 Km)
OS Sheet68
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Ullard - Church
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th January 2008

While visiting the two bullaun stones that share the same field as this well I had noticed the water trough in front of it, but wasn't sure if it was a holy well or not. The signs at the church don't mention it, but the presence of bullauns and the site's proximity to the church did indicate that it probably is a holy well.

Then, as I was looking at the bullaun stones a couple arrived to take the waters from the well. It is indeed a holy well and is obviously still used and renowned for its cures. The woman who visited the well told me that it had cured her several times, but didn't elaborate on what ailments it cured. She also pointed out that you had to Believe for the cures to work.

The spring head itself is protected by a concrete slab, which is actually much better looking than most modern wellhouses! The water then enters a long trough in front of the well before running down the field.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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