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Old Church, St Patrick's Well

Old Church, St Patrick's Well

Photographer: Hemphill, William Despard

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: 1782.c.16

Item number: 55

Length: 24.7

Width: 19.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

The church contains the altar tomb of the White family and the ramains of Nicholas White, who died on 30th August 1622.

"In a sequestered vale, about two miles west of Clonmel, and half a mile from the River Suir, a well of the purest and most liquid water is continually bubbling up, and pouring its contents, through two small circular openings cut in the rock, into a little stream that runs placidly through the demesne of Oaklands, to empty itself into the large pond at Marlfield. This little well, said to have been 'a spring that cured many distempers,' and consecrated by St. Patrick himself, is now but too often the scene of those degrading superstitions and panances that are so common in our island...In the immediate vicinity of the well stand the ruins of a small chapel, formerly belonging to the Abbey of Inis-Launog." William Hempel's description of St Patrick's Well.

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