Archives - Ballyheigue prides itself on Holy Well

Archives - June 1982 THEY may not have flocked in their hundreds to Tobhar na Suil (St. Daithleann's Holy Well) a few miles outside Ballyheigue in June 1982 but there was no doubting the pride of the locals who made their way to this place of pilgrimage.

The day of celebration was the Feast Day of St Daithlaann, the patron saint of the Well and it was indeed a day of celebration for the many local people who have worked so hard restoring this area, building a road and erecting a plaque, kneeler and seats for those who went to pray there.

Last year [1981] the local people under the direction of the Ballyheigue Race Committee decided to restore the well and make it accessible to members of the public. They have through voluntary labour and in many cases through the donation of materials, managed to develop it and now they plan to tar the approach road and sometime in the not-too-distant future to have Stations of the Cross erected there.

Local people who came to honour St. Daithleann at the Well were only too anxious to speak of the traditions of the area and the legends attached to the Well.

Mrs. Rita Nelligan pointed out the ruins of St. Daithleann's Convent on a hill beside the Well and told how when the nunnery was attacked, the saint struck the attackers blind and later told them that if they washed their eyes in the local well they would recover their eyesight.