School: Ballinakill (B.) (roll number 895)

Location:
Ballinakill, Co. Laois
Teacher:
William Hande

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Holy Wells

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0831, Page 044

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St Fintan's Well is situated at Cromogue about four miles from Mountrath and three miles from Abbeyleix. This is a noted well called after St. Fintan the patron Saint of Clonenagh. There is a fish in the well, people who see the fish are cured of their ailment.

The farmer on whose lands the well is situated is thought to drain the well, next morning there was another well in the hollow of a tree at Clonenagh three miles distant.
This well is visited by many people on the 18th February every year. One day a woman took water out of the well to boil bacon and cabbage. The water was on the fire all day but it never hearted.
In the evening the woman took the water back and threw it in the well.

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Collector
Peter Clinton
Gender
male
Address
Ballypickas Upper, Co. Laois
Informant
Annie Fingleton
Relation
relative (other than parent or grandparent)
Gender
female
Occupation
dress-maker
Address
Ballypickas Upper, Co. Laois
Language
English
Location
Cromoge