Tobar Eoin

Holy Well

The well of St John the Baptist is located in the small village of Johnswell in County Kilkenny. The well once attracted thousands of pilgrims on the feast days of St John the Baptist. St John's Day, 24th June, coincides with the midsummer solstice and on St John's Eve bonfires were lit throughout Ireland. The well is located in a box shaped well house with a wooden doors. a large concrete enclosure is situated at the front of the well with another enclosure below. The latter enclosure is full with water weed, see image below. A statue of St John stands in the well house.

From the south

Situated: From Kilkenny head northeast on the Johnswell Road. After about 5k keep right at the farmhouse and stay on this road for another 2k. The well is on the left.

Discovery Map 61: S 5612 6162. Last visit May 2014.

Longitude: 7° 10' 10" W

Latitude: 52° 42' 10" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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