The well

St Mobhi's Well

I have wanted to visit this ancient well since I first saw Gary Branigan's photograph in his book "Ancient and Holy Wells of Dublin". The large boulders used in the construction of the well house give it a wonderful megalithic appearance. I waited until autumn to visit in the hope that the vegetation around the well may have died away. Unfortunately I was a bit too early, but will call back again soon. A series of stone steps lead you down to the well. Built into the wall on the right is a large single bullaun stone, pictured below. The well is associated with St Mobhi or St Movee, a hermit who died in 630AD, about a century later than St Mobhi of Glasnevin. One of the stones around the well is said to bear cup-marks, but I could not locate it on this visit. The graveyard to the west of the well is believed to be the site of St Movee's Hermitage.

Located behind the tree

Bullaun in side wall

Situated: heading for Skerries on the R127 turn left just after the right turn for Baldongan Castle. After 750 metres you will see a stile at Milverton gate lodge. This is a private estate so please ask for permission before visiting.

Discovery Map 43: O 2248 5937. Last visit Oct 2013.

Longitude: 6° 9' 3" W

Latitude: 53° 34' 12" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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