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Springs and Holy WellsSite Name: Lady's Well (Mulhuddart)
Country: Ireland (Republic of) County: Co. Dublin Type: Holy Well or Sacred Spring
Nearest Town: Mulhuddart
Map Ref: O069410
Latitude: 53.408533N  Longitude: 6.393258W
Condition:
5Perfect
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:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
2 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
0No data.
5 Accuracy:
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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Lady's Well (Mulhuddart)
Lady's Well (Mulhuddart) submitted by feorag : Site in Co. Dublin: The eastern aspect of the well, taken from the middle of the road! (Vote or comment on this photo)
Holy Well or Sacred Spring in Co. Dublin

Recognised as a holy well in Norman times, the current housing - a small blue and white church-like structure - was constructed in the 18th century, probably by nuns from a nearby convent.

The water is supposed to be good for minor injuries and rheumatism. A legend says that a local landowner once filled in the well, but it sprang up again on the other side of the road. Offerings of flowers and small religious statues are still made.

A description from "A Journey from Dublin to the Shores of Lough Dergh," written in 1741 by Isaac Butler describes the well at that time, and the festivities associated with it:

"About midway ascending to ye Church is an excellent Well; it is carefully walled, and several large trees about it. Here on the 8th September, a great patron is kept with a vast Concourse of all Sexes and Ages from many miles, upwards of eighty Tents are pitched here furnished with all kinds of Liquors and provisions for ye Reception and Refreshment of ye Company."


The location, next to a busy road, is not particularly relaxing, but makes access easy. The well itself is in a reasonable state of repair, though in need of a coat of paint, and the rubbish really needs to be cleared from the water.
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Lady's Well (Mulhuddart)
Lady's Well (Mulhuddart) submitted by durhamnature : photo from 1906, from "Neighbourhood of Dublin..." via archive.org Site in Co. Dublin Ireland (Southern) (Vote or comment on this photo)

Lady's Well (Mulhuddart)
Lady's Well (Mulhuddart) submitted by feorag : Site in Co. Dublin: Offerings left in the niche above the eastern side of the well. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Lady's Well (Mulhuddart)
Lady's Well (Mulhuddart) submitted by feorag : Site in Co. Dublin: Detail of one of the inscriptions on the well. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Lady's Well (Mulhuddart)
Lady's Well (Mulhuddart) submitted by feorag : Site in Co. Dublin Ireland (Southern): View of the well from the south. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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O0741 : Mulhuddart  Old Church and Graveyard by Harold Strong
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O0741 : Mulhuddart  Graveyard by Harold Strong
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O0640 : Fás Centre, Mulhuddart by Harold Strong
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©2007(licence)
O0741 : New Road, Tyrrelstown, Dublin15 by Harold Strong
by Harold Strong
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O0640 : Tolka River looking upstream from Mulhuddart Bridge by jwd
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