St Brigid's Holy Well

The holy well at Raffony is still highly venerated, locals still visit here on the 1st February, St Brigid's day. The semi-circular, stone-built, well house is situated inside an enclosure surrounded by a hedge. A short walk from the gate leads to a small paved area in front of the well. Each of the three large stones lying on top of the well house bears an inscribed cross. The site is very well maintained, I was expecting to see a lot more votive offerings at the well, as we visited shortly after St Brigid's day. The enclosure is located on the north side of the road, just beyond the old church.

Votive offerings

Inscribed stones

Situated: From Virginia in Cavan, take the R178 northeast to Bailieborough. After about 3 Kilometers take a right turn, signposted, for St Brigid's Well.

Discovery Map 35: N 6279 8927. Last visit Mar 2019.

Longitude: 7° 2' 45" W

Latitude: 53° 50' 57" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and José Gutiérrez.

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