School: Saints Peter & Paul, Balbriggan

Location:
Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
Teacher:
Bean Uí Chorcoráin

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Our Holy Wells

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0783, Page 454

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Our Holy Wells 9:6:'38

Betty Connolly, Dublin st., Balbriggan. These facts were told to me by Mr. P. Daly, Drogheda St., Balbriggan.
There are only two holy wells in the parish of Balbriggan. One is situated in Mr. Wade's land Whiteheart. The other well is situated Balscadden grave-yard. Each of the wells are known as st. Mary's Well.
Many people who have belief are cured at these wells. The well at Whiteheart has been recommended for the cure of sore eyes, toothache and a pain in the head. In order to obtain the cure the people who visit these wells recite certain prayers, drink the well-water and also rub it on the part affected. There is no special day on which to visit these wells. When people visit the wells they leave relics such as hairpins, strings and pieces of cloth on the tree which over-shadows the well.

Collector
Betty Connolly
Gender
female
Address
Dublin Street, Co. Dublin
Informant
Mr P. Daly
Relation
unknown
Gender
male
Address
Drogheda Street, Co. Dublin
Language
English