Holy Well at Cranavane

By admin • April 29th, 2010

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Set in an untouched rural landscape the holy well at Cranavane is closelyassociated with the early medieval Barragh church, the ruins of which lie some 400 metresto the west. This church was linked with St. Finian who was born nearby in Myshall. Itwas the custom to dip coffins in the water of the well before burial in Barragh graveyard.

The waters of the well are believed to cure a range of ailments including soreness of theeyes, pains and hurt limbs. People from the surrounding area come to the well, particularlyin the month of May. The Patron or Pattern day on May 3rd attracts many visitors.

In the nineteenth century large gatherings at the well could sometimes become rowdy anddrunken, leading to the suspension of visits. Nowadays the recently restored well and itssurrounding area offer a haven for those seeking peace and tranquillity.

Open: Daily, daylight hours | Admission: Free | Parking: Limited9 Directions to the next site: From Cranavane follow the R724 to Kildavin Village and from there follow signs for N80 toCarlow through the village of Ballon. The Quaker graveyard and Lecky family graveyard are on the outskirts of Ballon Village on theleft hand side of the road. Distance 13km.

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