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ST AUGUSTINE’S WELL

ST AUGUSTINE’S WELL ON LOUGH ATALIA ROAD – ORIGINALLY PHOTOGRAPHED AUGUST 2015

There was a group of three holy wells at this location but only one survives. Some claim that all three were dedicated St Augustine but according to others the northern and southern wells were dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and John the Baptist.

The well shown in some of my photographs [August 2015] was restored by the Galway Civic Trust in 2000. Today it consists of a concrete hexagonal trough surrounded by a low wall.

The well is tidal and when I visited the tide was out so it was possible close to the well.

Lough Atalia is best described as a narrow finger-like inlet in Galway Bay. The entrance is in the heart of the City docks. The lough is adjacent to both Galway Railway Station and the Galway-Dublin Road, with unrestricted access to most of the site.

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