Yesterday I visited my first pilgrim site of 2013, St Batholomew’s holy well or Tobar Phárthanáin. The well is to be found in the parish of Kinsalebeg in Co Waterford, a short distance from the village of Pilltown and a few miles from the town of Youghal.
The well is located in a field of rough pasture on the east side of the Blackwater estuary, close to a cross roads in the townland of Moord/Mord, (An Móird/An Magh Ard or “The High Plain”) about mile south of Piltown. It’s really hard to find, I was really lucky to meet a local man who despite being in a hurry brought me to the well.
The well is dedicated to St Bartholomew, who was one of the twelve apostles. The saints feast day is on the 24th of August. …
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