St Bartholomew's Holy Well

Situated in Moord townland, about half-way between Ardmore, County Waterford and Youghal, County Cork is St Bartholomew's Holy Well. Somehow I failed to find the well on my previous visit, even though I was in the right field. It is tucked away in the southeast corner of the field, south of the field entrance, on the edge of the Blackwater estuary. To the west of the white washed well house is a rectangular trough lined with stone slabs on the north side.

A few stone steps, also on the north side, lead down to the well a small recess allows access to the water. The trough reminded me of Doon Well in Donegal, where pilgrims step into the trough and bathe their arms and legs in the holy water. It is believed the water can also provide a cure for sores eyes and headaches. A Whitethorn rag tree once present at the site is no longer visable. Pilgrims would visit the site on 24th August, St Bartholomew's day, when they would do the 'rounds' and drink three cups of water from the well. The road is narrow with dangerous bends it may be best to park at the small school, 250 metres north of the crossroads.

Situated: Travelling east on the N25 from Youghal. After about 4.6K take a left for the R671. Then turn left onto the R671. About 1.6K down here is a crossroads. The well is in a field on your right about 150 m before the crossroads.

Discovery Map 82: X 1319 7920. Last visit Sept 2019.

Longitude: 7° 48' 29" W

Latitude: 51° 57' 54" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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