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Springs and Holy WellsSite Name: Saint Catherine's Well (Leixlip)
Country: Ireland (Republic of) County: Co. Kildare Type: Holy Well or Sacred Spring
Nearest Town: Leixlip
Map Ref: O018363
Latitude: 53.367326N  Longitude: 6.471431W
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
3 Ambience:
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5 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
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5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data

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Saint Catherine's Well (Leixlip)
Saint Catherine's Well (Leixlip) submitted by feorag : Overview of the site. Photographed 15th October 2005. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Holy Well or Sacred Spring in Co. Kildare

Two wells, each covered with a stone canopy, one larger than the other. The smaller of the two has a reputation for curing sore eyes. Both wells are said to never run dry.

The larger well once had a wooden door, of which no trace remains. The roof of its canopy is also quite badly damaged, and has been poorly repaired with corrugated iron at some point. Also missing is a statue of the saint that once adorned the well.

The Canons of the Congregation of St. Victor were assaigned the lands on which the wells are located in 1219, by Sir Adam de Hereford. That community's posessions passed to the Abbot of St. Thomas, Dublin, in 1323.

When I visited, there were traces of contemporary reverence, possibly neopagan, in the form of offerings.

St. John Joyce, W., 1920. The Neighbourhood of Dublin, Chapter 34, Dublin.
Donegan, W.S., 1902. Lucania: Topographical, Biographical, Historical, chapter 10 and 11, Dublin.
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Saint Catherine's Well (Leixlip)
Saint Catherine's Well (Leixlip) submitted by feorag : A tea light, some rowan and another unidentified flower, signs of ritual activity by a previous visitor to the site. Photographed 15th October 2005. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Saint Catherine's Well (Leixlip)
Saint Catherine's Well (Leixlip) submitted by feorag : Close up of the smaller well, said to be good for sore eyes. Photographed 15th October 2005. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Saint Catherine's Well (Leixlip)
Saint Catherine's Well (Leixlip) submitted by feorag : Close up of the two wells. Photograph taken 15th October 2005. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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O0137 : Royal Canal near Leixlip, Co. Kildare by JP
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