School: Ovens (C.) (roll number 5985)

Location:
Ovens, Co. Cork
Teacher:
Maud Mc Guire

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0345, Page 402

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St Loughdean's Well, now situated at Greenafh (Co Cork) is supposed to have moved about one hundred years ago from its original bed at Donoughmore to its present location...
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his amazement he discovered that a beautiful well had sprung up overnight. Overjoyed, he rushed home to tell his wife of their luck - for spring water was rare in the locality.
She accompanied him back to the spot & drew a great measure of sparkling water - but - as the legend goes "if she had the water in a vessel over the biggest fire in the parish, from that day to this, it would not boil".
Neighbours came to examine the new well. They noticed that the bushes, which surrounded the margin, were similar in every way to those that grew around St. Loughdeen's Well at Donoughmore.
This discovery had hardly been made, when news arrived that St. Loughdeen's Well had dried up overnight. Not a drop of moisture remained in the empty hollow.
The people realised that the phenomena of the removal of the Well was a sign of Divine Displeasure at the sacriligous conduct of the Pattern Day.

Informant
John Dorney
Gender
male
Age
61
Occupation
stationmaster
Address
Killumney, Co. Cork
Language
English