Rag Tree and Well

St Brigid's Well

Holy Well

This gorgeous holy well at Clondalkin is still highly venerated and well kept by the local community. Sadly it is now dry as during road widening in the 1990s the water flow was diverted. The well may also be moved in the future because of the new metro line. It is believed to have been established by St Brigid in the 5th century to baptize pagans. It is said that the water has curative powers and if a young girl dips a rag in the water and wipes her face with the rag it will cure any eye ailments. She should then tie the rag or clootie to the tree.

Clooties

Clooties

Rag Tree

Rag Tree

Situated: From the Red Cow turn right at Newlands Cross. At the second set of traffic lights turn left. Then immediate left. The well is 100 metres up here on the left.

Discovery Map 50: O 0692 3067. Last visit Nov 2011.

Longitude: 6° 23' 44" W

Latitude: 53° 18' 56" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson

Entrance

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