Ladyswell (Cashel, Ireland)

Ladyswell: Named in honor of the Virgin Mary, Lady’s Well was a place of local pilgrimage until the end of the 19th century. Ladyswell Street was the Fair Green of Cashel where there were two fairs held annually in March and in June for over 1500 years.

* Ladyswell Street * Cashel, Ireland *
Coordinates: 207738, 140925 Latitude: 52.520107973501 Longitude: -7.8867085874111

This little housed well is called “Ladyswell” and its well house was built in honour of the Virgin Mary. It was a place of pilgrimage until the end of the 19th century and was also the site of the Fair Green of Cashel, a town fair held every March and June for over 1500 years. However, the well in its current built-up stone house is not that old as it dates from 1820-1840 in construction.

According to the Department of Arts – Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the well house was built as a gable-fronted single-bay single-story pump house in 1830 with a pitched limestone slab roof, rubble limestone walls, and dressed limestone plinth. The font consists of a cast-iron lion face that spouts the water to the plinth. There is a square-headed opening with a cut limestone lintel and sill with timber to keep the house closed. There are limestone steps climbing down to its base. The water supply emanates from the nearby Lady’s Well.

Ladyswell: Named in honour of the Virgin Mary

Bibliography / Recommended Reading:

  • Ireland Stats undated “Ladyswell Street, Cashel”. Website referenced on 2/6/2014 at
  • Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Undated “Cashel” website referenced 2/5/14 at,_County_Tipperary.

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