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Covid-19

Emergency Management

26 Mar 2020

Fingal County Council and COVID-19: Help us to help you.

Fingal County Council's public offices are now closed to the general public.

A number of our services can be completed over the phone, by mail or online.

You can contact Customer Care Unit at 01 8905000 . Paperwork can be sent by e-mail. E-mail addresses may be found on our website at www.fingal.ie

Full details can be found here.

 

Fingal Community Response Forum

A dedicated community support helpline and email address has been launched to assist at-risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice. Find out more here.

Heritage from Home - Holy Wells

Holy Wells

Heritage from Home: Fingal has about 50 holy wells. The veneration of water had its origins in prehistory, when people threw offerings into sacred springs, rivers and lakes-a tradition we mirror when we throw coins into a fountain.

Many holy wells in Fingal are natural springs that may always have been venerated but became associated with particular saints or Christian foundations.

Some like Colmcille’s in Swords are within sight of ecclesiastical enclosures; others are marked by a single tree or bush on which prayers and rags could be hung.

Many holy wells were also said to have curative powers. St Fintain’s well, Sutton was thought to cure sore eyes and stomach disorders; St Kenny’s well at Hollywood could cure headaches and sore throats and water from Ladywell, Balbriggan was applied to sore eyes and drunk for the relief of toothache.

Pattern days were held at holy wells, to celebrate the saint or patron of the well. In the 18th century these were rowdy affairs with ‘all kinds of liquors and refreshments’ available in the eighty tents pitched at Lady’s well in Mulhuddart.

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