School: Clochar na Trócaire, Baile an Róba

Location:
Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Na Siúracha

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Holy Well

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0101, Page 121

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There is a well on the Lough Mask Road called the blessed well. It is said that in the old days there was only a well on one side of the road. One night a lady came and washed butter in the well and afterwards her feet . A well appeared on the other side of the road. When the people saw it they set to work and built a beautiful wall round it. They also built two stone altars and decorated them. People went there on pilgrimages every year. When the Black and Tans came they ruined the place as they knocked the walls and broke the statues. The water is good for headache and toothache.

Informant
Mrs Joyce
Gender
female
Age
55
Address
Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo
Language
English