Clondalkin, in west county, Dublin is home to St Brigid’s Well, which is said to have been established as a well for baptising pagans by Saint Brigid in the 5th century. It was believed that the well possessed powers of healing.
There are several different St Brigid Wells located throughout Ireland, they are holy wells or sacred wells, connected with Saint Bridgit of Kildare, who was a 5th-century Irish saint from Kildare, who is one of the patron saints of Ireland, and also a figure in Irish folklore.
Legend has it that St. Brigid came to the site of the monastery at Clondalkin and baptised pagans at the well on Boot Road. The structure around it dates from 1761. The well is
believed to have curative powers. A piece of rag dipped in the water and used to wipe the face, particularly of young girls, was said to cure eye complaints.
We heard about the well, when we did a self-guided tour of Clondalkin, which was created by South Dublin County Council, you can click here for more information.
It is located about a kilometre from Clondalkin Village, on the Boot Road and Fonthill Road (R113) junction, very close to a Statoil petrol station and Bewley’s Hotel at Newlands Cross.
It took us a bit of time to find St Brigid’s Well, as from the junction at Boot Road and the Fonthill Road it can’t be seen, as it is tucked away in behind some trees and hedgerow. When you are at the junction and are looking up towards the petrol station and Bewley’s hotel, the Well is located on that side of the road, just before the petrol station, behind railings. Coming from the Clondalkin Village direction, go straight through the junction and take a sharp left and there is a footpath/small road that leads up to a row of houses, St Brigid’s Well is located to the left.
Photos of St Brigid’s Well, Clondalkin, Dublin 22