Long ago the Holy Well was just a spring. A female inhabitant of Coole Abbey House is reputed to have seen a monk praying at this spring and had an oratory built over it. It was called St Devlit's Well and was supposed to have a cure for warts and sore eyes. People used to make "rounds"at the well by saying a decade of the rosary. This ritual had to be carried out three times in succession in silence. Those making the rounds always left some possession at the well, such as a coin or medal.
This practice had practically died out and the area had become overgrown and access was difficult.
We decided to improve access to the well and develop the area south of the well as a wild life habitat and amenity area.
To achieve this a number of steps were built at both sides of the stile. A shale path was laid from the entrance to the well. Flagstones were laid around the well and a stone seat was installed. 3500 woodland bulbs, bluebells, wild garlic and ferns were planted in the area around the well. A bridge was built over the stream south of the well and a shale path was laid from the well to the bridge. The area south of the well was cleared of brambles, nettles and dead trees. Wild flowers were planted here and a grass path was laid adjacent to the stream.The watercource was cleaned, the waterfall repaired and the sidewalls were restored. Unique tables and chairs were installed close to the stream.
The history of Coole, Coole Abbey House and the Rite of the Holy Well is included in an information board erected at the entrance.


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