'Toor Well' : Holy Well

Grid RefX 155 876
GPSX 15508 87648
Longitude7° 46' 26.28" W
Latitude52° 2' 26.62" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownYoughal (11.3 Km)
OS Sheet82
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 7th July 2007

This well is not marked on the OS map, so I was surprised to come across the makeshift sign pointing towards it. I followed the road for quite a way and had almost given up on finding the site when I came upon a second sign pointing down a narrow track that leads to some woods. I was even more surprised when this track opened out into a large car park.

This well is a popular place, it seems. The enclosure around it contains pulpit, a cross, a bath house and a raised room with an altar. The well is dedicated to St. Declan and is known for curing skin ailments. A sign above the well asks that pilgrims do not bathe their sores in the main well, but use a second well below the raised altar house. There is a rag-bush next to the raised structure.

At the back of the small compound there is an old, ornate turnstyle. This leads out to an ancient sunken track that is sadly overgrown. Whether this was once part of the pattern here is unclear, but it seems an odd place for such an entrance.

A mass is held here every year on 26th July.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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