half to the south of Lombardstown railway station. The graveyard is small - less than a quarter of an acre in extent. About twenty yards from the entrance gate is the holy well, called by everybody Saint Abby's Well. It is protected by a wall of stone and mortar in the form of a hood so that the approach to the well is open towards the east. The overflow from the well is towards the north and on Pattern Day, pilgrims who are suffering from sore eyes, ears, or pains of any kind wash the affected parts in this water.The "Rounds" are usually performed by commencing the Rosary in front of the well, saying one decade there, and moving on clock-wise round, saying a decade at each station. In front of the well on Pattern Day are two or three poor women who supply glasses of water to the pilgrims who are expected to pay at least a penny each.The attendance at the Pattern is getting smaller each year. The old people remember a time when on Pattern Day the young men of the different townlands of the parish used to assemble in a field near St. Abby's Well and compete for the "Championship of the Parish" in the hop-step-and-jump and long jump.
- Thomas Coleman